Weapons of mass distortion
- Week 1, Friday September 20
- Ros Dunlop, and the composition and audio-visual work of Martin Wesley Smith
A clarinet and multi-media performance, and masterclass by/with one of Australia’s leading clarinettists. Including performances by UNSW music students.
Ros Dunlop is one of Australia’s leading clarinettists/bass clarinettists. She has been a strong advocate of new music for the clarinet & bass clarinet all her professional life. She has commissioned many Australian Composers and premiered many new compositions by composers worldwide. Ros has performed throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, East Timor, China and the USA. She has performed in numerous festivals, including several International Clarinet Festivals in the USA, Japan, Canada and Europe. Her CDs have received International acclaim.
Ros is a member of the chamber ensemble Charisma, with whom she has commissioned and premiered many new works including many multimedia premieres.
In 2002 she visited East Timor for the first time, performing concerts in remote villages. Subsequently she embarked on an extensive project in East Timor, recording the traditional music of East Timor, a deeply hidden culture in danger of extinction, thus preserving it for future generations.
Atlas of the Sky, and beyond: beauty, time and ecology in exploratory compositional practice
- Week 5, Friday October 18
- Liza Lim (composer)
A lecture demonstration and masterclass with acclaimed and ‘genre-defying’ contemporary Australian composer, Liza Lim.
Liza Lim is an Australian composer, educator and researcher whose interests include collaborative and transcultural practices in music with a focus on perspectives from ecological anthropology, post-human/anthropocene studies and research into distributed creativity. Her compositional practice is deeply imbued with a sense of the socio-cultural lineages of objects and performance practices hence her interest in musical form as an emergent expression of group processes. Her works, and in particular four operas: The Oresteia (1993), Moon Spirit Feasting (2000), The Navigator (2007) and Tree of Codes (2016), as well as the recent large-scale cycle Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus (2018) explore themes around ritual, temporal slippage and the uncanny. Her genre-defying percussion ritual/opera Atlas of the Sky (2018), is a work involving community participants that investigates the emotional power and energy dynamics of crowds.
The voice as a bodily power
- Week 9, Friday November 15
- Jane Sheldon (soprano)
Jane Sheldon is an Australian-American soprano who specializes in the creation and performance of avant-garde opera and exploratory chamber music. Praised by the New York Times for singing “sublimely”, Timeout Sydney for “an extraordinary vocal performance”, and The Washington Post for "a stunning performance", she has appeared with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, Pinchgut Opera (AUS), Sound Icon (USA), Ekmeles (USA), Talea Ensemble (USA), Wet Ink (USA), Ensemble Offspring, the Australian String Quartet, and Sydney Chamber Opera (AUS), where she is an Artistic Associate. She has worked extensively with composers as they create new works for voice, most frequently with John Zorn, whose music Jane has performed across the globe. Jane has performed at international arts festivals such as the Sydney Festival, Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.