Solo works for piano and electronics inspired by the narrative of the colonial piano in Australia
Works by Elena Kats Chernin, Luke Harrald, David Harris, Cathy Milliken, Jon Rose, James Rushford
Pianist Gabriella Smart
The colonial pianos chosen for Of Broken Trees and Elephant Ivories offer a kaleidoscopic view of Australia’s history including famous artists, Afghan cameleers, Aboriginal genocide, and morse code. The chosen pianos still exist in various locations around Australia, and their cultural and historical narratives have inspired new works by Australian and German composers. Smart commissioned composers from Australia and Germany to write new works inspired by the narratives of seven colonial pianos still extant in various parts of the country. They belonged to famous artists such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Percy Grainger and Hans Heysen, or contained intriguing narratives, such as the first piano to arrive in Alice Springs on the back of a camel from Oodnadata.
Gabriella Smart performs the world premiere of ‘Two New Proposals…’ by Erkki Veltheim:
Adelaide at the Adelaide Central School of Art (13th April @ 7pm, also featuring ‘Picnic at Broken Hill’ by Jon Rose)BOOK HERE
Melbourne at Monash University as part of the MLIVE Series in Robert Blackwood Hall (22nd April @ 5pm, also featuring ‘Kaps Freed’ by Cat Hope with Stuart James, electronics) INFO HERE
2 new works by Jon Rose and Erkki Veltheim
Friday April 13,
Adelaide Central School of Art – Glenside Cultural Precinct, 7 Mulberry Road, Glenside SA 5065
Tickets $25/$15 BOOK HERE
Picnic at Broken Hill by Jon Rose – Video Installation in Studio 2 from 7pm.
Two New Proposals… in Studio 1 at 8pm.
reflecting our universal obsession with trivia.
“Ellen DeGeneres on Twitter_ “If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever”
Two New Proposals for an Overland Telegraph Line from Port
Darwin to Port Augusta, from the Perspective of Alice Springs (World premiere, 58’) For detuned colonial piano and electronics by Erkki Veltheim, written for and performed by Gabriella Smart. Electronic music that distills new music and history, embodied through the first piano to arrive in Alice Springs via Oodnadata by camel. Morse code played on colonial piano spells out the world’s most retweeted tweet of January 2015, reflecting our
universal obsession with trivia.
“Ellen DeGeneres on Twitter_ “If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever”
Picnic at Broken Hill …a musical transcription for solo piano of suicide letters
Rose’s work Picnic at Broken Hill was inspired by a true story that took place in Broken Hill with two Afghan ex-cameleers. On New Year’s Day in 1915, a picnic train carrying 1200 miners and their families was attacked by the two Afghans in protest against the invasion by the western allies of Turkey. Knowing they would die as a result, they both wrote suicide letters in Urdu. Picnic at Broken Hill is a musical transcription for solo piano of these suicide letters.
Presented by Adelaide Central School Of Art in association with Soundstream New Music
You are invited to a unique event:
Soundstream’s 2018 Blue Touch series launches in the beautiful ballroom of Beaumont House, with pianists Gabriella Smart and Dan Thorpe, and cellist Rachel Bruerville workshopping new pieces by composers Rachel Bruerville, Jesse Budel and Dylan Crismani.
Where: Beaumont House, 631 Glynburn Rd., Beaumont
When: Sunday February 25, 5-7pm
Seats are strictly limited, so be sure to book your place
$5 Donation towards refreshments.
Composers: Jesse Budel, Rachel Bruerville and Dylan Crismani
Long Island by Jesse Budel
Written for piano four-hands and electronics, Long Island is named after the eponymous island on the Murray River at Murray Bridge, and provides a visceral journey of the area’s terrestrial and aquatic soundscape, investigating the impact of motorboat noise on aquatic environments.
You can hear a shorter electronic version of the work, premiered at Michigan Tech University in December 2017, here < https://soundcloud.com/jesse-budel/long-island>.
Jesse is currently in his final year of PhD research at Elder Conservatorium, and was awarded an 2017 Carclew Fellowship to undertake a professional development of the US and Canada.
Under the Fig Tree by Rachel Breuer
Adelaide-based Rachel Bruerville is a composer, arranger, cellist, singer, and writer, whose main performing activity is singing alto with the Adelaide Chamber Singers, as well as playing cello with her band, Minority Tradition. She finished her B.Mus in 2015, and all things going to plan, she will complete her Honours year in composition at the Elder Conservatorium in July this year.
The first version of her work Under the Fig Tree was originally written for solo classical guitar in 2014, and now in 2018, the piece will be reimagined for cello and piano. The title was inspired by Rachel’s grandma’s musical synesthesia, where B major is reddish-brown (figs), and E major is green (leaves). Oh, the serenity!
To find out more about Rachel and her work, please visit www.facebook.com/rachelbruerville <http://www.facebook.com/rachelbruerville> music, or www.rachelbruerville.com <http://www.rachelbruerville.com>
The un-tempered pianos by Dylan Crismani
The un-tempered pianos is an extended minimalist work for two pianos and one pianist in just intonation. The piece explores a tuning in just intonation based on the prime numbers 3, 5, and 7. It also explores the concept of critical bands through the syntonic comma – 81:80. The composer of the piece is Dylan Crismani who is a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide, his PhD focuses on a theory of music based in geometry and symmetrical patterns of shapes and numbers.
The un-tempered pianos explores the following concepts:
Modes of Synthesised Inversional Symmetry (MOSIS)
Harmonic Clouds and dyadic harmony
People Process, Repetition Process, and Mathematical ProcesS
MOSIS is the acronym for Modes of Synthesised Inversional Symmetry, and MOSIS are part of Dylan Crismani’s contribution to knowledge as a PhD candidate. The concept can be compared to transposition in musical terminology, where 1 set of pitches is the inverse of another set of pitches. This kind of transposition and inversion is possible in regular tempered piano tuning, but it limited to 12 notes only, or two sets of 6 and lower. The un-tempered pianos explores this idea in a 24/48-pitch micro-tonal system. Another way to think of this concept is in terms of geometry, where the charateristics of a certain shape – i.e. the length of sides, and degree of angles, can be replicated, or translated from one place to another, in a number of dimensions, including the theoretical fourth dimension. The un-tempered pianos explores a number of these geometrically conceived modes throughout all nine movements of the un-tempered pianos.
Harmonic clouds, and static dyadic harmony are ideas borrowed from avant-garde American minimalist La Monte Young. Harmonic clouds are cluster chords played with a rapid, and indeterminate tremolo. Dyadic harmony is harmony based on two pitches only, this is also a borrowed concept from La Monte Young’s well-tuned piano.
Critical bands can be likened to the visual arts where an artist can access unlimited shades of the primary and secondary colours, the only limit being that of human perception. The same is true in music, where musicians can explore unlimited shades of the main 12 musical pitches, this is a widely accepted idea in Indian classical music. The un-tempered pianos explores different shades of the same pitches through two pianos, and through the syntonic comma, which creates the kind of beautiful dissonance reminiscent of the inharmonicity of Javanese Gamelan instruments.
Polyrhythm is the juxtaposition of one rhythmic pattern against another. This idea is explored in the final movements of the un-tempered pianos. This is implemented through various finger patterns which create accents at different times, creating a back and forth echo between the two pianos.
People process is used in this piece. The meaning behind this is that the performer is instructed to move through the composition at their own pace. Repetition process is the process where movement in the music is created solely through extended repetitions. Mathematical process is also used in this piece whereby short repeated patterns evolve into longer patterns through the process of addition.
The aim behind the entire piece is to explore a new world of sounds not through the traditional mechanisms of melody and motif, but through relatively modern approaches to composition, a new approach to piano tuning.
The use of Beaumont House is generously provided by the National Trust of South Australia as part of Gabriella’s Prelude Composer Residency. Prelude is a national network of residencies for Australian composers, housed in historic buildings and providing time and space to create new work. It is a collaboration between the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers Trust , National Trust of Western Australia , National Trust of South Australia , , APRA AMCOS , Arts South Australia , The Helpmann Academy and Bundanon Trust.