Grand Silence is an improvised response by UnPiano to the soundscape of the same name created by Sean Williams from the landmark recordings of Jonty Semper (UK), Kenotaphion (2001, Locus+). Semper collected all surviving recordings of the two-minute silences at the Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday ceremonies at the Cenotaph in London from 1929 to 2000. Grand Silence is an improvised threnody of this remarkable memorial.
UnPiano (Derek Pascoe, saxophone (UK/Aus), Johannes S. Sistermanns, exciter, voice, (GER), and Gabriella Smart, synthesizer, (AUS)) have performed Grand Silence in Poland and Berlin. It is a poignant commemoration to the people who have lost their lives in War.
Presented by Soundstream in partnership and the Samstag Museum of Art
Thursday April 25 at 6pm. 45 minutes duration, no interval
Samstag Museum of Art
University of South Australia
55 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Tickets: $15/$30 TRYBOOKING:

The Wire’s Top 50 for 2005,
hit of the 2018 Sacrum Profanum Festival Krakow
Performed by Cat Hope and Kasper T Toeplitz
Sunday March 17, 4pm. 90 minutes duration with interval
Ayers House, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Tickets: $20/$40
A student of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, Radigue’s is a unique musical voice of the 21st Century. Toeplitz’s performance was a hit of the 2018 Sacrum Profanum Festival, Krakow, and Hope’s acclaimed performance was premiered in 2018 at Carriageworks Sydney.

Occam XXIV for flute, written for Cat Hope by Éliane Radigue
Elemental 11 for bass guitar, written for Kasper T Toeplitz by Éliane Radigue
(Australian premiere)

Presented by Soundstream in partnership with the National Trust of South Australia


“You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die, or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live now.”
– Joan Baez –
A chance meeting of two Australian musicians in Poland resulted in perfect synergy. Gabriella Smart (Piano) & Maryanne Piper (Clarinets & Soprano Saxophone) perform works by women composers who dissect traditions of composition and improvisation, surrendering to a stream of music that absorbs a mix of cultures and influences. Including works by Leah Blankendaal, Keyna Wilkins, Nicole Murphy, Christina Fuchs (GER), Issie Barratt (UK) and Elena Kats Chernin.
A performance in the sublime surroundings of Beaumont House at sunset.
Presented by Soundstream in partnership with the National Trust of South Australia

Wednesday February 6, 7pm. 60 minutes duration, no interval
Beaumont House, 631 Glynburn Rd., Beaumont SA
Tickets: $10/$25


Celebrating Titjikala Culture through Art & Music
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

Gabriella Smart performs INNERCITIES by Alvin Curran

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
TICKETS $25/$15

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.



Adelaide concert
Wednesday July 4 7pm Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, North Tce, Adelaide
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