Music Masterclasses

Every year, students enrolled in a Performance Lab course (MUSC1707, MUSC1708, MUSC2703, MUSC3705, MUSC3706, MUSC4705) must attend four (4) masterclasses across the year. Each term, three are scheduled and must be registered for 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 in Term 1, 2019 will appear on your Class Schedule, and will take place on Fridays from 3pm to 5pm in the Robert Webster Building, Studio 334. 

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. 

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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. 

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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.

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Serious Fun 

  • Week 9, Friday August 2 
  • Mike Nock (jazz pianist/composer) 

A performance, conversation, and masterclass by/with one of the key jazz musicians for our time. Interviewed by Sandy Evans. Including performances by UNSW music students. 

Mike Nock’s career has spanned a broad range of contemporary musical styles and he is widely recognised as an important voice in Australian modern music. Based in Sydney since 1986, he previously spent 25 years in the USA, working with many of the world’s top jazz artists. His compositions include orchestral music, woodwind / percussion ensembles, electronic / choral works etc., and have been recorded and performed by a range of jazz & non-jazz performers. Attracting many awards and honours over his lengthy career in 2014 he was awarded the Don Banks Award, the most valuable individual music award in Australia. In 2009 he was inducted into the Bell Awards Australian Jazz Hall of Fame and in 2003 presented with the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM). 

‘Nock’s ringing iconoclasm pervades all his music, taps a deep well of melody that transcends jazz and informs and ignites his every encounter.’ – Fred Bouchard, Downbeat (USA) 

Interviewer: Dr Sandy Evans, Lecturer at UNSW, School of Arts & Media, improviser and composer. 

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