Join American composer and conductor Aaron Cassidy and Daryl Buckley, Artistic Director of the ELISION Ensemble, Australia’s premier and international contemporary music group, on Monday September 14th at 12.30pm as they discuss their new collaboration the wreck of former boundaries which has been commissioned by the RMIT University Sonic Arts Collection.
Aaron Cassidy will create the new piece as part of a group of works entitled The surface project, which will be written and performed in collaboration with Daryl Buckley.
Following the conversation, ELISION Ensemble member Tristram Williams will give a performance of Aaron Cassidy’s What then renders these forces visible is a strange smile (or, First Study for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion) (2007-08).
RMIT University’s Sonic Arts Collection is the first of its kind in Australia. The field of sonic art can involve music, language and sounds across a wide sonic palette and provide an opportunity to hear the world in a different way with a focus on listening as a creative act.
For more than five years RMIT Gallery has worked closely with sound and design researchers at the University developing a platform for spatial electroacoustic sound works which are showcased in exhibitions and public performances.
In 2015 the ELISION Ensemble performed the Australian premiere of Richard Barrett’s world-line cycle, with Timothy McCormack’s Heavy Matter and Liza Lim’s Weaver of Fictions at RMIT Storey Hall. The event was presented by RMIT Gallery in collaboration with SIAL (Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory) Sound Studios, and recorded for inclusion in the RMIT Sonic Arts Collection.
Aaron Cassidy and Daryl Buckley’s work The surface project will be premiered at RMIT in 2016, and then toured as part of the ELISION Ensemble’s ongoing appearances at the Harvard Music Department, Carriageworks, the Singapore Festival and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
What: Daryl Buckley in conversation with composer Aaron Cassidy
Where: SIAL Studios, RMIT Design Hub (building 100), Level 1, Room 3 (turn left after leaving the lifts), Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton VIC 3000.
When: 12.30pm Monday 14 September
FREE but RSVP essential: firstname.lastname@example.org / (03) 9925 1717
About the speakers
Aaron Cassidy is an American composer and conductor, who has been based in England since 2007. His work has been programmed by leading international contemporary music specialists and soloists, including ELISION, Ensemble SurPlus, EXAUDI and Ictus Ensemble, and soloists such as Garth Knox, Ian Pace, and Mieko Kanno. His work has been played at major International festivals and venues including Donaueschingen, Huddersfield, Darmstadt, and Gaudeamus. In 2015 Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble performed “A Painter of Figures in Rooms” by Aaron Cassidy at New Music New College in Sarasota, Florida.
In 2008 ELISION presented a portrait concert of his work for broadcast on ABC Classic FM, and in 2009-10 the ensemble completed an extensive recording project of his work in conjunction with Radio Bremen. He has received grants, stipends and commissions from Südwestrundfunk, allerArt Bludenz, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, Haupstadtkultutfonds Berlin, New York Foundation of the Arts, the British Council, and the London Cultural Olympiad 2012.
Daryl Buckley has been Artistic Director of the ELISION Ensemble, Australia’s premier and international contemporary music group, since 1986. He has organized over thirty international tours from Australia to 14 different countries, with highlights including performances at Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Radio Bremen and the Festival d’Automne á Paris.