Holy shit (heilige Scheiße) it was really fun meeting Carolin Kebekus (psycho German Comedian) on Pussy Terror (yes, that’s the title of her TV show) . She crashed my Mendelssohn rehearsal with WDR Funkhausorchester to learn how to play/mangle different instruments... 🎻🎺🎵🎼 Actually she was very good at conducting!
Can I just emphasize that she says at the start I could have been an underwear model… 👙(“what went wrong?”). Shoutout to my new fans from the German gay community who have reached out since the air date.🌈 🌈 🌈Read More
Jónsi (of Sigur Rós fame) and partner Alex Somers released a static ambient duo album in 2009 Riceboy Sleeps that has captured cult status for itself. American orchestra ninja David Handler orchestrated the thing, and together we performed it live in Hobart with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at Dark MOFO (Australia’s loosest festival).Read More
Danzón Cubano is my new album with the Marialy Pacheco Trio and the gorgeous WDR Funkhausorchester (Cologne). The program is mostly compositions of the extraordinary Cuban pianist Marialy Pacheco, some of which I arranged. The album opens with my piece ‘Baby Steps First’, a wildly-energetic re-imagining of John Coltrane’s iconic ‘Giant Steps’. The concert was recorded for broadcast by West German Radio (WDR) at the Viersen Jazz Festival, and it’s this live recording that’s now been released on the NeuKlang label. Thanks to all my friends from WDR and the trio for a great result!Read More
I spent a month aboard the icebreaker Aurora Australis on a round trip to Casey Station, Antarctica. I was undertaking an Aurora legacy project from the Australian Antarctic Division to compose a work for Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and London Mozart Players.
The symphony I composed is called ‘Far South’ and is in six movements.Read More
An epic concert at City Recital Hall Angel Place (Sydney) with The Metropolitan Orchestra and legendary Hiphop duo Horrorshow! We originally did this show at WAVE Festival with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, who commissioned the arrangements. Let’s do it all again next week in Melbourne!
I was really honoured to receive a Ukaria Cultural Residency with Beatboxer Tom Thum to ramp up our orchestral-hiphop collaboration Thum Prints.Read More
My new collaboration with rapper-poet Luka Lesson is Macquarie an orchestral-hiphop interrogation of the legacy of Lachlan Macquarie. Sarah-Grace Williams conducted the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in the premiere.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!
I had a bloody great time working on WAVE Festival, a morphing of modern sounds, technology and talent with the classical heritage and strength of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. I arranged and conducted a show with Australian hip-hop icons Horrorshow; and also composed an original work, Macquarie with rapper-poet Luka Lesson.Read More