On the eve of the world premiere of Matthew Sergeant‘s Lichen – a new work commissioned for the RMIT Sonic Arts Collection, RMIT Gallery have launched a new video of group’s evolution.
In a world where physical presence is frequently replaced by digital avatars capable of generating enormously complex effects, the groundbreaking ELISION ensemble –
formed 30 years ago – continues to be fascinated by an artisanal and intimately gestural approach to the production of music.
ELISION’s new concert held in partnership with RMIT Gallery on Tuesday 8 August at The Meat Market in North Melbourne, will also feature Richard Barrett’s Codex XIX, and Liza Lim’s Roda – the living circle. All music will be performed in the presence of the composers.
The free concert, in partnership with RMIT Gallery, is dedicated to the memory of musicologist Richard Toop.
The Lichen programme will also celebrate the music of Russian composer Dmitri Kourliandski, with the Australian premiere of his blisteringly incessant ‘prePositions’.
These scores propose new forms of musical thinking and reflect the energies of ELISION musicians. Of special importance to ELISION in this regard is the music of composers Liza Lim and Richard Barrett. Close to three decades of joint practice now inform their work together.
Sergeant, a Senior Lecturer in Composition at the University of Bath Spa, will travel to Melbourne to attend the performance. His work explores ideas surrounding identity, hybridity, space and place.
ELISION has established an international reputation as Australia’s premier new music ensemble through its engagement with complex and virtuosically challenging aesthetics.
The ensemble’s 16-strong membership includes some of the world’s leading musicians who have defined contemporary instrumental technique with their recordings and publications.
ELISION ensemble is: Daryl Buckley, electric lap-steel guitar; Graeme Jennings and Elizabeth Welsh, violin; Marshall McGuire, harp; Peter Neville, percussion; Paula Rae, flutes; Peter Veale, oboe; Richard Haynes, clarinets and Tristram Williams, trumpet.
This project is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.
Sponsors: RMIT Gallery, Creative Victoria, and ELISION
What: Lichen Concert by ELISION ensemble Bookings
When: Tuesday 8 August, Performance 7–8:15pm
Where: The Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne