It was a great pleasure and honour to have conducted WDR Funkhausorchester with Marialy Pacheco Trio on 'Danzón Cubano': music for jazz trio and orchestra (I arranged some of the music). We had an open rehearsal at the Kölner Philharmonie and the concert took place at the International Jazz Festival Viersen.Read More
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra under Hamish McKeich recently recorded my piece 'Snap' (the first movement from my 'Symphony With Just One Theme'). Wonderful cellist Sue-Ellen Paulson playing the solo. Thanks TSO!Read More
A little background video on the Thum Prints project for beatboxer and orchestra... featuring the ungodly mouth of beatboxer Tom Thum. (Our massive thanks to QSO, Richard, Dale, Costa, Steve & Warwick.) For more on the project, checkout the Thum Prints website.
Over the last week I was fortunate enough to have been on tour in regional QLD with the wonderful Queensland Symphony Orchestra and The Australian Voices, conducting Handel’s Messiah. Four marvellous choirs joined us – shoutout to the Mackay Choral Society, The Rockhampton Musical Union, the Bundaberg Orpheus Singers and the Sunhine Coast Oriana Choir.
Recently I was in Cologne for the premiere of my new piece Action Hero for recorded Schwarzenegger and orchestra. Here it is performed by the amazing WDR Funkhausorchester and conductor Frank Strobel.
I was thrilled that the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, under their music director Alondra de la Parra premiered my new work, 482 Variations on a Very Short Theme.
Saturday, August 6, 2016 (5:00pm 6:00pm)
Eugene Goosens Hall, ABC Ultimo, Harris Street
Natural Selections is a work for turntables, projector and orchestra inspired by sounds and images of the natural world.Read More
Tom and I were super pumped to perform Thum Prints at the BBC Proms Australia with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall, Melbourne. This was the QSO's first performance outside of QLD in its entire history. A big deal! The concert was live across Australia on ABC Classic FM and delayed on BBC.Read More
Last year I interviewed renowned theatre and opera director Peter Sellars while he was in Brisbane for his new dance theatre show FLEXN. I asked him about music and audiences.
This work for orchestra and choir is a setting of the famous Wilfred Owen WW1 poem. The choir is a column of soldiers: ‘Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge’. A gas attack sends them into a spiral of confusion as one man dies ‘guttering, choking, drowning.’ The organ only enters near the end, after the man has died, and a solo soprano (an ‘innocent tongue’) sings the titular text in latin. Of course its meaning – ‘sweet and noble it is to die for country – is intended to be scathing and ironic. The organ music sounds deformed: a sunken instrument in some bombed out church nearby – only “half beautiful”.Read More