Soundstream’s Artistic Director, Gabriella Smart, has taken up a UNESCO City of Music Residency in Katowice, Poland. full details and itinerary August – December 2018
the Titjikala Women’s Choir (NT) shared their unique artistic and musical practice with Adelaide, celebrating cultural exchange. Together We Rise featured art and music workshops with the Titjikala women run by The Art Bus with artists Miranda Harris and Helen Fuller and Soundstream’s Gabriella Smart.
Workshop events culminate in an exhibition and a concert at Ayers House Museum on 8th Aug in a celebration of Cultural diversity.
Co-hosted by Soundstream Music and the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, the University of Adelaide. This event is also generously supported by Adelaide City Council, National Trust of South Australia, Renewal SA, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music, the University of Adelaide and The Art Bus.
A free concert to celebrate Gabriella’s Prelude Composer Residency:
Gabriella Smart performs ‘Inner Cities’ by Alvin Curran, a five hour piano cycle
Sunday, July 22, 2-7pm
Beaumont House, 631 Glynburn Rd., Beaumont
Bring your bean bag! Gabriella has previously toured Alvin’s vast piano cycle around the country. This performance is in preparation for European performances, and a CD recording. Feel free to stay for the full duration, or come for an hour and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Beaumont House.
Photo: Alvin Curran and Gabriella Smart, Sydney 2013
These concerts are made possible with the generous support of Chamber Music Adelaide, Prelude National Network of Residencies, and the following organisations.
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.
Wednesday July 4 7pm Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, North Tce, Adelaide
Activate Seminar Series “GENDER EQUALITY AND PRIVILEGE IN MUSIC”
With Cat Hope, Professor of Music and Head of school, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University
Wednesday 4 July 4pm – 5pm.
Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, North Tce, Adelaide
Inspired by Anne Summers’ ‘Women’s Manifesto’ released in 2017, which is intended as a blueprint for equality for women in Australia, Tura New Music, Monash University, Soundstream and Decibel New Music Ensemble have launched The Summers Night Project. The project has been established to support and mentor emerging composers who identify as women to create a composition for performances in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, with the aim of growing the gender diversity of composers in music programs Australia-wide.
The three composers chosen from a national call-out are Olivia Davies (WA), Rachel Bruerville (SA) and Carmen Chan Schoenborn (VIC). They will compose works for a chamber ensemble comprised of members of Decibel New Music Ensemble and Soundstream. Each composer has been allocated a lead mentor from their home state and has access to all performer mentors each possessing different areas of expertise.
Mentor and initiator of the project, Professor Cat Hope (pictured), Head of the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music at Monash University, has been planning the project for some time, and the project gained momentum after participating as a mentor in Soundstream’s Emerging Composers Forum in 2016.
“Artistic Director of Soundstream, Gabriella Smart and I decided that teaming up to support composers was a good idea, and that focusing on composers identifying as women – irrespective of their musical style, age or level of experience – was an important focus for a mentorship project at this time. I reached out to Anne Summers, whose work in support and recognition of women in Australia has been an enormous inspiration to me, with the name idea – and so with her approval, and Tura’s facilitation, the project is finally underway,” Professor Hope said.
A recent report published by Sydney University’s Business School in 2017, Skipping a Beat, identified that “[w]omen represent only one-fifth of songwriters and composers registered with the Australasian Performing Rights Association despite making up 45 percent of qualified musicians and half of those studying music.” This is backed up by data on radio programming, festivals line-ups and board member, senior and strategic roles in national music industry peak bodies where women are overwhelmingly under-represented.
Drawing from this report, Professor Hope states, “I believe that we need to support and nurture composers who are fighting to be visible. Recent statistics show us that on average, music created by women is programmed and performed less often than that by men, and that is why we have made this project to support composers who are not men in their endeavours as composers. Mentoring builds confidence in a unique way that I really believe adds something important to the development and presentation of new creative work.”
The composer mentors are Professor Cat Hope (VIC), from Monash University and artistic director of Decibel New Music Ensemble, Rebecca Erin Smith (WA), who recently mentored young composers from WAAPA to compose fanfares for the 2018 Perth Festival, and instigator of the inaugural Composing Women’s Festival in Adelaide, Becky Llewellyn (SA). Composers will have access to performance mentors Stuart James (WA) electronics, piano and percussion, Derek Pascoe (SA) saxophone, Tristen Parr (WA) cello, Gabriella Smart (SA) piano and Cat Hope (VIC) flutes.
Composers are given the choice to write for as many or as few of the following instruments as they desire; percussion, cello, flute, saxophone, electronics and piano, and will take part in a two-day rehearsal intensive in Perth on 30 June and 1 July 2018. This rehearsal period will be followed by concerts in the three host states; Monday 2 July at the Subiaco Arts Centre (WA), Wednesday 4 July at Elder Hall, University of Adelaide (SA), and Friday 6 July at the Music Auditorium, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University (VIC) as part of the Gender Diversity in Music Making Conference being held there.
The Summers Night Project is presented by Tura New Music, Soundstream and Monash University, and acknowledges the support of APRA AMCOS, the Australia Music Centre and Decibel New Music Ensemble.
Sunday, JUNE 24, 5-7pm
Beaumont House, 631 Glynburn Rd., Beaumont
Derek Pascoe and Gabriella Smart have been an improvising duo for three years. Ahead of their European tour, they delve into what they love to do most – stretching the boundaries of listening through improvisation in sound and technique. Featuring a new work written for Pascoe and Smart by Leah Blankendaal, and solos including an Australian premiere for solo piano by Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh.
Tickets Full $25 Concession $15
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, National Trusts of Australia, APRA AMCOS, Arts South Australia, Helpmann Academy and Bundanon Trust.Prelude is assisted by the Australian government through the Australia Council for the Arts.
Soundstream’s Artistic Director, Gabriella Smart, was awarded the first residency for 2018 which include a performance series below:
May 13: Beaumont House (Blue Touch Concert series):
Gabriella Smart and Derek Pascoe perform with guest artist Jon Rose
June 17: Beaumont House (Blue Touch Concert series):
Gabriella Smart performs Inner Cities by Alvin Curran, a 5 hour piano cycle
July 15: (TBC) Performance and talk by Gabriella Smart, 2018 Prelude Beaumont House residency recipient (in collaboration with National Trust of South Australia, National Trusts of Australia, APRA AMCOS, Arts South Australia, Helpmann Academy and Bundanon Trust. Prelude is assisted by the Australian government through the Australia Council for the Arts)
August 7/8: (Date TBC) Titjikala Choir in concert and art exhibition at Ayers House (collaboration between NTSA, JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice University of Adelaide, The Art Bus, Renewal SA)
Other performances by Gabriella Smart during her Residency:
April 5: Performance in Two Horizons: Australian Association for Pacific Studies Conference, Adelaide University: works by Cathy Milliken, David Harris (WP) and Jon Rose
April 9: Gabriella imrpovises ‘Grand Silence’ with Derek Pascoe (saxophone) and Luke Harrald (guitar, electronics) at COMA, Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide
April 13: World premiere of new work by Erkki Veltheim (60’) at the Adelaide Central School of Art
April 22: Solo concert at Monash University, works by Erkki Veltheim and Cat Hope
June 29: Solo concert in Perth, part of TURA concert series
June 30-July 6: Summer Nights Project, Mentoring women composers from VIC, SA and WA in a 2-day workshop and concerts in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. (Partnership between TURA, Soundstream and Monash University)
6-8 July: Performance in the Gender Diversity in Music Making Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
August 18: 8 pianos concert, Joan Penrith Centre, NSW, with Tamara Anna Cislowska
August 21: Gabriella curates the APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards, City Recital Hall, Sydney
August 25: Solo concert in Extended Play, City Recital Hall, as part of a 12 hour new music festival (TBC)