For Suzie Miller’s adaptation of Euripides’ Medea (produced by La Boite Theatre Company and directed by Todd MacDonald), the team and I have taken an exciting creative leap and incorporated a completely-sung ‘Greek' Chorus. I’ve plucked four singers from the ranks of my vocal ensemble The Australian Voices.Read More
The work is Thum Prints, and the beatboxer is Tom Thum, a magnificently-talented dude with an inexhaustible vocal inventory of glorious and weird noises.Read More
I’m pretty excited about this… The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) are apparently letting me have another go at them. I composed a piece for them this year called Ghosts in the Orchestra, where I get a bunch of singers from my choir The Australian Voices (TAV) to stand among the orchestral players and sing instructions at them. The instructions get unrolled into little symphonic miniatures.Read More
This story is really weird....
Berlioz was so obsessed with Harriet Smithson that he wrote her a symphony. She married him, only after hearing a Symphony he composed for a second(!) woman he was obsessed with.
This is a little radio thing I made.
Here's an article I wrote for the ABC Classic 2 Tumblr. Have you ever wondered why your singing sounds so good in the shower, but when you belt out an aria in front of friends, a stranger’s voice emerges? Where did the charismatic, full tone disappear to? Why do we sound better in the buff? Here are four reasons.Read More
Every now and then a piece of music comes along that makes me think of a familiar instrument in a different way. After a nutritious education of orthodox piano training I was introduced to Messiaen's piano – an avery, organ, orchestra and religious object all rolled up together.
Joby Talbot's hour-long choral work Path of Miracles recently shocked me out of a humdrum attitude toward the choir (goddammit lots of choral music can be predictable and boring).Read More
Strauss is seen as bridging the late romantic and early modern eras. His daringly-orchestrated tone poems and operas are central to the repertoire and he played a crucial role in the post-Wagnerian development of opera. His progressive harmonic palate and expanded tonality remain strikingly-modern even today.Read More
When the mundane or banal is recycled into art, it can be elevated to an ironic, humorous and oddly-exquisite level (the auto-tuning of viral videos comes to mind!)Read More
Not that the Australian press took any notice, their envious gaze fixed firmly across the Tasman on Lorde, the incredibly-talented 17-year-old darling of NZ.
Not that the Australian press took any notice, their envious gaze fixed firmly across the Tasman on Lorde, the incredibly-talented 17-year-old darling of NZ.The Australian Chamber Orchestra was the only Australian act to win at the 56th Gramophone Awards with their album Winter Morning Walks picking up a stunning 3 (yes, that's THREE!) Grammys.Read More
Booze and Butt-Drumming:just some things I'd like to see at classical concerts...Read More
TAV is turning 20! I've been with The Australian Voices for 4 years now, and I couldn't be more thrilled about where we're at. I want to pay tribute to the last twenty years and the composers, conductors and singers who have made it happen.Read More
Although The Australian Voices toured China once before (twice if you include Taiwan), the line-up – conductor and all singers – has since turned over completely, so our trip in December 2012 was a first. Like the naive protagonist at the beginning of a roadtrip movie, I felt overly confident and giddily unaware of what was in store.Read More
I had the great pleasure of watching Orchestra Victoria play my arrangement of Waltzing Matilda with Greta Bradman and four star Chinese tenors – Gu Xin, Chi Liming, Xue Haoyin & Yang Yang. All for Chinese New Year!Read More