Forces in Music // Masterclasses

Join internationally renowned musicians who share their stories, talents and expertise with a lecture and/or performance. Connecting with the UNSW student cohort, each presentation is followed by a related performance by UNSW musicians. You can ask questions, provide feedback and join in the discussion.  

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All are welcome! 
While these Masterclasses are designed for our students, everyone is welcome from the wider UNSW community and beyond!

UNSW Music Students
If you are enrolled in a Performance Lab course (MUSC1707, MUSC1708, MUSC2703, MUSC3705, MUSC3706, MUSC4705) you must attend four (4) masterclasses across the year. Each term, three are scheduled and you must register in advance. Please read through the below masterclass descriptions to choose which four you would like to attend and register for them now. 

At the end of the year, student attendance will be checked, and students shown to have attended less than 4 across the year, risk failing the course. Masterclasses will appear on your Class Schedule.

Time & Place
Unless otherwise noted, Masterclasses are:
Fridays as listed, 3-5pm
Studio 334, Level 3, Robert Webster Building

Contact
Alister Spence
Forces in Music Convenor
Email // alister.spence@unsw.edu.au

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Week 1, Term 1 2020
Friday 21 February // 3-5pm
Room 334, Level 3, Robert Webster Building

A compelling voice in Australia’s hip hop community.

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Rhyan Clapham, AKA DOBBY, is a rapper, drummer, speaker and workshop facilitator. Aged 24, he proudly identifies as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician, whose family is from Brewarrina on Ngemba land, and is a member of the Murrawarri Republic in Weilmoringle, NSW. He is also a skilled composer, and is the 2017 recipient for the bi-annual Peter Sculthorpe Fellowship.

Rhyan’s musical training began at age 7. He studied classical piano and achieved AMEB grade 6 and grade 2 musicianship. At age 14, he learned jazz drumkit, and in 2012 performed as part of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music in California and Nevada, USA. Rhyan has completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of NSW, and an Indigenous Studies Honours (focusing on Aboriginal Hip Hop music) in 2015. He has performed as a rapper and drummer for a variety of events such as BIGSOUND 2017/18, The Plot Festival, Yabun Festival, UNSW corporate and academic functions, Koori Radio events and at numerous NAIDOC celebrations across Australia. He recently spoke on a panel as part of VIVID Sydney’s VIVID Ideas Exchange.

​​He currently facilitates Hip Hop and drum workshops in community centres and schools throughout Sydney and rural NSW. Rhyan co-hosts the Hip Hop show ‘Sunsets with DOBBY and DIOLA’ on FBi Radio. He is also currently an academic tutor in Indigenous Studies at UNSW.

 DOBBY released his self-titled DOBBY EP in September 2018, which he wrote and produced. ​ The EP was listed as 1 of 6 "incredible Australian artists you need to hear this week" on Tonedeaf, being described as a ‘sonic showcase of rhythm,’

​and listed as the ‘BIGSOUND buzz act’ DOBBY's live show has been described as ‘mind blowing,’ ‘dynamic,’ and ‘powerful.’

www.dobbyau.com

This masterclass will take the form of a presentation (lecture and/or performance) by our invited guest followed by related performances from members of the UNSW student cohort. 
At the end of the presentation there will be time for questions, feedback and discussion.

The Forces in Music Masterclasses supports students specialisations, but everyone is welcome from the wider UNSW community and beyond!

Contact
Forces in Music convenor, Alister Spence
Email // alister.spence@unsw.edu.au

** NEW DATE **

Week 1, Term 2
Friday 5 June, 3-5 pm
Online. Stay tuned for details on how to access this Masterclass. 

“One of the most original [musical] thinkers on the Australian scene... she has the priceless ability to think outside the square.”

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Convinced from a young age that she would be a musician, Andrea studied piano, flute and saxophone at the Sydney Conservatorium High School. Inspired by her older brother, she penned her first compositions at the age of 10, and received her AMusA with distinction on piano at age 14. It was around this time that she was introduced to jazz music and the art of improvisation. Continuing to explore classical, jazz and original musics throughout her teenage years, her musical path became more defined when she moved to Melbourne in 1993 to study improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts.

During Keller's professional career, she has led many projects as a pianist, whose focus has been to perform her original compositions and arrangements, most notably Still Night: Music in Poetry, Five Below, Transients, Masters & Apprentices, The Andrea Keller Quartet, The Bartok Project, The Wayne Shorter Project, The Komeda Project, From Ether, and Three Lanes. She was a co-founding member of the original Bennetts Lane Big Band (2001-2013), and is a Yamaha artist, and a represented artist of the Australian Music Centre.

Keller is currently Lecturer in Music (Jazz & Improvisation - Piano) at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne.

With a growing body of work traversing styles, Keller has been invited to compose and arrange music for Adelaide Festival (2019), the Australian Art Orchestra (2018), Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (2018), Ensemble Offspring (2017), The Sydney Women's Jazz Collective (2016), The Letter String Quartet (2016), The Song Company (2015), Marshall McGuire (harp)(2015), Zephyr (string) Quartet (2015 & 2014), Black Arm Band (2012-current), Genevieve Lacey & James Crabb Duo (2014), ‘Poetica’ ABC Radio National (2013), Genevieve Lacey (recorder)(2013), Four Winds Festival (2010), ANU Canberra (2010), Claire Edwardes (percussionist)(2010), Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival (2010, 2003, 2000), Seraphim Trio (2009), Ten Part Invention (2009), Royal Children’s Hospital (2008), Mike Nock (2002), Australian Art Orchestra (2002).

Lauded for her music, Keller has received three ARIA Awards, seven Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards, two Art Music Awards, an APRA Professional Development Award, the Merlyn Myer Composing Women's Commission, a Music Victoria Award, the Melbourne Music Prize (Beleura Emerging Composers Award), and fellowships from the MCA/Freedman Foundation and the Australia Council.

www.andreakellerpiano.com.au

This masterclass will take the form of a presentation (lecture and/or performance) by our invited guest followed by related performances among the UNSW student cohort.  At the end of the presentation there will be time for questions, feedback and discussion. The Forces in Music Masterclasses supports students specialisations, but everyone is welcome from the wider UNSW community and beyond!

Contact
Forces in Music convenor, Alister Spence
Email // alister.spence@unsw.edu.au

** CANCELLED **
Due to COVID-19 John can not travel to Sydney. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Week 1, Term 2 
Friday 5 June, 3-5 pm
Studio 334, Level 3, Robert Webster Building

A conceptualist able to translate the traditions of jazz and new music into a fresh, eclectic, forward-looking language.

Registration coming soon.

American genre-crossing composer/percussionist John Hollenbeck, renowned in both the jazz and new-music worlds, has gained widespread recognition as the driving force behind the unclassifiable Claudia Quintet and the ambitious John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, groups with roots in jazz, world music, and contemporary composition. He integrates his deep interest in contemporary composition and spiritual practice into a musical language that is as accessible and expressive as it is advanced.

He has earned five GRAMMY nominations: Best Jazz Large Ensemble Album for his albums ‘All Can Work,’ ‘A Blessing’ and ‘eternal interlude’; for his composition ‘Falling Men’ from the album Shut Up and Dance; and for his arrangement of Jimmy Webb’s ‘The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress’ from the album Songs I Like a Lot. He has worked with many of the world's leading musicians in jazz including Bob Brookmeyer, Fred Hersch, and Tony Malaby, and is well known in new-music circles for his long-time collaboration with Meredith Monk and for his work with Ensemble Cairn of France.

John’s most notable awards include a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2010 ASCAP Jazz Vanguard Award, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. He has created an extensive body of work including commissions by Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ethos Percussion Group, University of Rochester, Melbourne Jazz Festival, Orchestre National de Jazz, and Frankfurt Radio Big Band. He was professor of Jazz Drums and Improvisation at the Jazz Institute Berlin from 2005-2016, and joined McGill University Schulich School of Music’s faculty in 2015.

www.johnhollenbeck.com

This masterclass will take the form of a presentation (lecture and/or performance) by our invited guest followed by related performances among the UNSW student cohort.  At the end of the presentation there will be time for questions, feedback and discussion. The Forces in Music Masterclasses supports students specialisations, but everyone is welcome from the wider UNSW community and beyond!

Contact
Forces in Music convenor, Alister Spence
Email // alister.spence@unsw.edu.au

Week 5, Term 2
Friday 3 July, 3-5 pm
Studio 334, Level 3, Robert Webster Building

The guitar as the amplifier of the Brazilian soul.

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Born in Rio de Janeiro, Marcia Taborda has a PhD in Social History and a master's degree in guitar both from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ.

Marcia studied guitar under the guidance of Turibio Santos and took interpretation courses of Baroque and Renaissance repertoire with the guitarist Xavier Díaz-Latorre in Barcelona (ESMUC).  The only Brazilian to receive The J.F. Kennedy Center Fellowships of the Americas Award, she studied singing and specialized in contemporary repertoire with Joan La Barbara and Christine Schadeberg in New York. Marcia Taborda recorded the guitar works of the acclaimed composer Paulinho da Viola and the CD Musica Humana with works of the contemporary Brazilian repertoire for ABM (Brazilian Music Academy).

As a researcher Marcia has been granted awards from the most important Brazilian institutions: National Library (Resident Researcher Prize, 2016), Casa de Rui Barbosa Foundation and Brazilian Ministry of Culture. One of the winners of the Funarte Award in Music Essays (2010), she published the book "Guitar and National Identity" with Civilização Brasileira. Marcia is coordinator of the guitar studies group and a tenured professor at the School of Music of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro where she works in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

She is currently developing her Postdoctoral research “The Brazilian Guitar in 78 rpm,” at UNSW in Sydney, working in collaboration with Dr. Dorottya Fabian, one of the leading specialists in the field of phonographic record analysis.

Marcia will show a documentary she has made called ‘The guitar in the city of Rio de Janeiro.’ She says of this:

In the 1920s, it used to be said that the guitar was the amplifier of the Brazilian soul. Almost a century later, the expression still holds very true. In this video, we present a very specific vision of the guitar’s trajectory in Brazilian society.

We went back in time to trace the ancestors of our guitars and landed in the
1950s; this historical itinerary took place in a very privileged setting: the city of Rio de Janeiro. The great guitarists are of course, here, as well as the art they produced - songs and the different instrumental genres of our music.

This masterclass will take the form of a presentation (lecture and/or performance) by our invited guest followed by related performances among the UNSW student cohort.  At the end of the presentation there will be time for questions, feedback and discussion. The Forces in Music Masterclasses supports student specialisations, but everyone is welcome from the wider UNSW community and beyond!

Contact
Forces in Music convenor, Alister Spence
Email // alister.spence@unsw.edu.au

Week 9, Term 2
Friday 31 July // 3-5 pm
Studio 334, Level 3, Robert Webster Building

‘Bringing a wealth of experience as a performer in some of Europe’s finest orchestras, her tone is rich and robust with a thrilling brightness.’

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Sally Walker is Lecturer in Classical Woodwind at the Australian National University, regular Guest Principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Principal Flautist with the Omega Ensemble.  She performs on modern flutes and piccolo as well as historical flutes and recorders and has appeared in the London Proms, Salzburg, Lucerne, Tanglewood and Edinburgh Festivals.

She was Grand-finalist in the Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition (Italy), won 2nd Prize in the Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition (Germany) and was awarded scholarships from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange for postgraduate study in Germany), Ian Potter Cultural Fund and the Queen's Trust. 

She has toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras, is a former Principal Flute of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, was a member of Kölner Kammerorchester and has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Manchester Camerata, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Sally devotes herself to both Early and Contemporary Music, having performed with Early Music ensembles such as Das Neue Orchester Köln, Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum and the Leipziger Kammerorchester as well as Contemporary Music ensembles such as Halcyon.  She is deeply committed to chamber music and has collaborated with colleagues across various art forms and styles, including Tamara Anna-Cislowska, Aiko Goto, David Greco, Steven Isserlis, Afro Moses, Ian Munro, Simon Tedeschi, Dénes Várjon, Shanghai and Acacia string quartets.  She has recorded three CDs with Pianist Philip Mayers, was featured on Sally Whitwell’s Aria-nominated CD, I was Flying, Cyrus Meurant’s CD Monday to Friday and on recordings with Halycon, Australian Chamber Orchestra and other orchestras. 

www.sallywalker.com.au

This masterclass will take the form of a presentation (lecture and/or performance) by our invited guest followed by related performances among the UNSW student cohort.  At the end of the presentation there will be time for questions, feedback and discussion. The Forces in Music Masterclasses supports students specialisations, but everyone is welcome from the wider UNSW community and beyond!

Contact
Forces in Music convenor, Alister Spence
Email // alister.spence@unsw.edu.au

*NEW DATE*

Week 5, Term 3
Friday 16 October // 3-5 pm
Room 334, Level 3, Robert Webster Building

Exploring the body’s engagement with sound, space and movement.

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A masterclass by and with an internationally recognised conductor, educator and communications trainer, exploring the expressive and communicative capacities of music making.

Monica Buckland originally trained as an opera conductor but has gone on to enjoy a wide-ranging career.  Besides conducting orchestras, ballet, and even the backing orchestra for a rock group, she has worked in higher education, not only teaching aspiring conductors but also working across genres with dance and theatre arts. Monica is currently Adjunct lecturer at UNSW in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

What happens when musicians ditch the written parts and find a way to communicate the essence of the music itself?  Over many years of work with orchestral players, singers, conducting students and others, Monica has developed a unique way of exploring the body’s engagement with sound, space and movement.  Lying somewhere between the art of improvisation, conducting, and communication skills, the masterclass will give participants a chance to listen differently, to develop their ability to draw out the music within themselves, in a way that enriches their own practice as musicians and performers.

This masterclass will take the form of a presentation (lecture and/or performance) by our invited guest followed by related performances among the UNSW student cohort. In this case Monica looking to involve a wide musical cross section. There is no need to prepare a piece. As she says ‘the people I’d hope to involve are musicians (of whatever genre) who are willing to listen, and to try something new.’

At the end of the presentation there will be time for questions, feedback and discussion.

The Forces in Music Masterclasses supports students specialisations, but everyone is welcome from the wider UNSW community and beyond!

Contact
Forces in Music convenor, Alister Spence
Email // alister.spence@unsw.edu.au

Week 9, Term 3
Friday 13 November // 3-5 pm
Studio 334, Level 3, Robert Webster Building

‘To say she is virtuosic is redundant; she's more, transforming what must clearly look promising on manuscript paper into sonorous, shimmering aural opulence.’

Registrations coming soon. 

Internationally acclaimed Australian percussion soloist, chamber musician and artistic director of Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes has been described by the press as a ‘sorceress of percussion’. In 2013 she was granted a prestigious Australia Council Music Fellowship, she is the first person to take home the APRA AMCOS Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual (2016, 2012, 2007) three times and is the most recent percussionist to win the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award (1999). From 1999-2006 Claire was resident in the Netherlands where she developed a successful international career as a percussion soloist and revered chamber musician. Since returning to Australia 10 years ago she has been instrumental in leading, developing, and stimulating the art music scene back at home.

Under her leadership (along with that of recently retired co-Artistic Director Damien Ricketson), Ensemble Offspring has become one of Australia’s most significant commissioners and exponents of new music. Recently winning the APRA AMCOS Art Music Award for Excellence by an Organisation (2016), Claire and the group have been featured in significant international festivals including Shanghai New Music Week, Kings Place (London), Warsaw Autumn and numerous times in the Sydney Festival. Claire’s curatorial nous and commitment to composer and cross art-form collaborations has been as important to the group’s success as her virtuosic gifts as a performer.

Claire has also developed a stellar career as an independent percussionist, and has generated a new musical canon for percussion with three solo discs on the Tall Poppies label and a fourth just released on ABC Classics. In addition she has forged a path as Australia’s leading percussion concerto soloist with regular engagements with all of the Australian orchestra’s since 2000.

She has appeared hosting Play School (ABC TV), presented solo percussion works by Xenakis at MONA FOMA accompanied by the lasers of Robin Fox to a rapt audience, and She has also toured Australia as soloist with the Australian String Quartet, and in 2018 performed the Australian premiere of James MacMillan’s Second Percussion Concerto, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

claireedwardes.com

This masterclass will take the form of a presentation (lecture and/or performance) by our invited guest followed by related performances among the UNSW student cohort.  At the end of the presentation there will be time for questions, feedback and discussion. The Forces in Music Masterclasses supports students specialisations, but everyone is welcome from the wider UNSW community and beyond!

Contact
Forces in Music convenor, Alister Spence
Email // alister.spence@unsw.edu.au

 

21 February 2020 // Rhyan Clapham

 

2 August 2019 // Mike Nock

 

5 July 2019 // Liisa Pallandi

 

26 April 2019 // Lisa Moore

 

22 March 2019 // Elena Kats-Chernin

 

22 February 2019 // Douglas Khan & Peter Blamey 

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