While I was in Australia in August, I had the pleasure of chatting with Sophie Chapman, a funky trombonist and the creator of an interesting new podcast, How Musicians Work. Our conversation is available here (along with the ones she’s had with other musicians)!
Some personal projects and highlights of 2019 so far, slotted in between touring, recording and performing in the usual places I play… no rest for the wicked!
And coming up…
I feel very blessed at the moment to have the chance to play chamber music with people I love, admire and respect! The next project is the debut of a new trio with Lina Andonovka (flute) and Harold Gretton (guitar), named after the legendary Phoenix Pub in Canberra, the city where we all met and played together as students at the ANU School of Music in 2008.
Lina and Harold are travelling from Ireland and Australia for two intimate, powerful chamber music concerts in Berlin, featuring music by JS Bach, Francesco Molino, Leo Brouwer, Elena Kats-Chernin and Dusan Bogdanovic.
1. June, 20 Uhr (doors 19.30). ORi – Friedelstr. 8, 12047 Berlin
Entry by donation.
2. June – salon concert in Berlin-Neukölln; Erster Internationaler Neuköllner Kultur- und Debattier-Salon. Doors open 19.30. Entry by (home-cooked/not packaged) food donation. RSVP: Martina Rummel, email@example.com
Andonovska/Hawkins/Gretton (Phoenix Trio) come together for this concert of new and old, reimagining some chamber music masterpieces alongside recently penned compositions for the combination. Collectively, the performers have performed with some of the most acclaimed ensembles on the globe including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam and the Deutsches Kammerorchester and individually have growing reputations as international soloists and chamber musicians. The trio formed in 2008 when they were all students at the Australian National University. After parting ways for a decade, the trio have come together to perform a series of concerts around Europe and Australia during the 2018/2019 season.
In May, I will be playing with Elena Rindler, Edward King and Bertan Balli in a house concert and then at the Spiegelsaal in Clärchens Ballhaus, Berlin Mitte. I first visited the Spiegelsaal for a concert while travelling through Berlin in early 2013 and dreamed of playing there ever since – it is an ideal setting for chamber music, and I can’t wait to collaborate with these musicians again!
19 May, 16.30 (details and RSVP: http://www.hauskonzert-berlin.de)
20 May, 19.00 (tickets online or at the door, http://www.sonntagskonzerte.de)
A. Schnittke – Klavierquartett in a-moll
W.A. Mozart – Klavierquartett in Es-dur, K. 493
J. Brahms – Klavierquartett in A-dur, Op. 26
I’m really excited to have been invited to perform a solo and chamber music recital in April, as part of BKA Theater’s fantastic weekly series, unerhörte musik. I’m extra happy that two of my great friends and favourite collaborators, Elena Rindler (violin) and Edward King (cello), will join me for two pieces.
I’ve chosen an eclectic range of music that bursts with colour and intensity, as well as that which immerses the listener in a deep, dark sound world. I was inspired by Rabindranath Tagore’s Fireflies, and the epigram therein:
“Days are coloured bubbles that float upon the surface of fathomless night.”
coloured bubbles/fathomless night at BKA Theater
17 April, 8pm
Information and tickets: http://unerhoerte-musik.de/Dienstag_15_2018.html
Marcos Balter Vision Mantra for string trio
Brett Dean Intimate Decisions
Nicoleta Chatzopoulou Continuum II
Samir Odeh-Tamimi SOLO
Lisa Ilean Lightsense for string trio and electronics
Peter de Jager Stars from Metaphors
I will post more information about the music and recital here soon. For now, here is Peter de Jager’s enchanting Stars, performed in 2015 by Beth Condon, Greg Daniel and Will Clark, as part of my ANAM Fellowship recital.
My last project for this trip to Australia is some performances as part of Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music. I’m humbled to return to this awesome gathering and hear some of the most respected and innovative performers of contemporary music from Australia and the world.
I’ve hit the ground running in the land down under and have just spent a week rehearsing with some extremely inspiring musicians for quartet performances as part of Bangalow Festival, happening in Northern New South Wales next weekend.
Following that, I’ll travel with the quartet to Canberra, where we’re co-presenting a concert with be:longing magazine on 22 August. I’m thrilled about this collaboration, which includes several musical heroes and mentors of mine, dear friends, and powerful art. If you’re in Canberra, DON’T MISS IT!!
Tickets available here
Art from the 20th and 21st centuries often has a personal biographical element, immersed in contemporary events, environment, circumstance and questions of identity.
On August 22, this element is common in a unique exchange between authors from be:longing magazine and some of Australia’s most dynamic young classical musicians that tells several stories of varied perspectives, interwoven with the thread of humanity that connects us all.
be:longing, launched in Canberra in 2016, publishes contemporary works exploring personal experiences of migration, cross-culture, nostalgia and belonging, and encourages an inclusive, open discourse on the intricacies of a multifaceted cultural existence.
Soviet Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his 3rd string quartet in 1946, suffering immense compositional and personal pressure to submit to the pressures of a nationalistic political ideology enforced to regulate and resist the influence of ‘external’ musical cultures on Stalin-era ‘Soviet’ music played in the public sphere.
This gathering invites the audience to contemplate the kinds of situations that drive artists to communicate and create in the context of a range of pressures and through media that are born of cultural complexity and collaboration.
Featuring celebrated special guests, cellist David Pereira and violist Tor Fromyhr.
Musicians: Kristian Winther (violin), Ioana Tache (violin), Alexina Hawkins (viola), Thomas Marlin (cello).
Writers: Dunja Cvjetićanin, Vesna Cvjetićanin, Abeir Soukieh, Dejan Stevanović, Anita Patel, Akka Ballenger Constantin.
Presented by be:longing and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres. Generously supported by Biginelli Espresso.