Last days of three RMIT Gallery exhibitions

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Composer Liza Lim and ELISION Creative Director Daryl Buckley in the exhibition ELISION: 30 Years at RMIT Gallery. Photo by Vicki Jones.

Elision: 30 years

Australia’s international and enduring contemporary classical music ensemble Elision, is 30 years old this year and celebrating with an exhibition at RMIT Gallery.  Elision: 30 years explores the group’s musical journey from Melbourne church halls to the Paris Opera House, Kings Place London, and the Fomenko Theatre Moscow.

Through films, recordings, press, posters, sketches and drawings, this exhibition celebrates thirty years of contemporary practice and ELISION’s involvement with artists such as theatre directors Barrie Kosky, Michael Kantor, writers Allison Croggon, Beth Yahp, visual and new media artists Justine Cooper, Heri Dono, Judy Watson, Per Inge Bjørlo, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Ensembles Modern and CIKADA, and composers Liza Lim, Brian Ferneyhough, Richard Barrett, Aldo Clementi, Franco Donatoni, John Rodgers, Aaron Cassidy, Dmitri Kourliandski, Turgut Ercetin, Timothy McCormack, Matthew Sergeant, and Luke Paulding amongst others.

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Radical Actions: Seamus Nolan’s 10th President. Installation image at RMIT Gallery by Tobias Titz, 2016.

Radical Actions

Commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, which marked a pivotal moment in the Irish struggle for independence, the contemporary Irish exhibition Radical Actions, curated by Linda Shevlin, explores the after effects of Irish independence and self-governance and features new and existing work by high profile Irish artists Kennedy Browne (Gareth Kennedy & Sarah Browne), Duncan Campbell, Jesse Jones and Seamus Nolan.

Nolan is one of Ireland’s top young artists and his powerful work The 10th President, a political campaign to commemorate victims of institutional abuse, has a new recording using an Australian voice which highlights the global nature of institutional abuse.

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Bijoy Jain Studio Mumbai: Making MPavilion 2016 features sketches, inspirations, drawings by the architect as well as large portraits by Australian photographer Nicholas Watt.

Bijoy Jain Studio Mumbai: Making MPavilion 2016

This exhibition presents the creative process in the design of this year’s MPavilion and explores the inspirations and processes of making and designing MPavilion 2016.

In addition to samples of materials and modelling sourced from Studio Mumbai, the exhibition includes photography from Australian photographer Nicholas Watt, providing a rare insight into the renowned architect’s process—one that has taken place both in Mumbai and Melbourne with local and international collaboration.

Presented in partnership with RMIT Gallery, Naomi Milgrom Foundation, Confluence: Festival of India and celebrates the forthcoming arrival of MPavilion 2016 to the Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne.

What: Elision: 30 years, Radical Actions, Bijoy Jain Studio Mumbai: Making MPavilion 2016

When: Exhibitions close 5 pm Saturday 22 October 2016

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

ELISION’s concert takes audiences on a dynamic sound journey

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Tristram Williams performing Matthew Sergeant’s work ‘terrains’ at ELISION Ensemble’s concert The Surface Project, RMIT Storey Hall, 2016. Photo by Margund Sallowsky.

Congratulations ELISION Ensemble on a wonderful performance at last night’s concert of The Surface Project at RMIT Storey Hall, presented by RMIT Gallery in partnership with RMIT SIAL Sound Studios.

The concert was part of the public programs for the RMIT Gallery exhibition ELISION:30 years, on until 22 October.

Composers Matthew Sergeant flew in from the UK and Timothy McCormack from the US to hear their works performed.

Sergeant’s work [terrains] was written for Tristram Williams (who performed the piece), “in friendship and the sincerest admiration.”

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Composer Matthew Sergeant applauds musician Tristram Williams after his performance of ‘terrains’

“It’s certainly not really about development, as the word is usually defined. Nor is it really about contrast,” explains Sergeant.

“In one way I suppose it’s more like watching an earwig or a mountain goat weave its way across different planes – some steep, some high, some tight, some sprawling – and watching that same creature accommodate such different lands in its gait.

“And yet, in another way, it’s about the land itself. A mountain not just as a relief but as an imprint in the sky. And how – just like the ‘Gestalt Vase’ (is it a vase or two opposing faces?) – one’s impression oscillates between foregroundings of these different states. Relief/imprint. Pitch/noise.

The Surface Project concert performance was especially emotional for composer Timothy McCormack, as it was the world premiere of his work ‘subsidence’.

The music, performed by Daryl Buckley and Peter Neville, took audiences on a haunting Gothic journey – and the composition itself took four years and featured a ‘third player’ – according to Buckley, ‘the instrument asserted itself in the piece.’

McCormack explains: “subsidence plumbs a nearly featureless world of soft but charged noise to reveal its subterranean motion. At times static, at times turbulent, the movements and behaviours within this noise embody a geologic heaviness and hugeness.

“Named after the gradual caving in or sinking of an area of land, subsidence enacts a slow concentration of matter and energy which give way to a protracted, eventually cataclysmic implosion.”

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(left to right) Daryl Buckley in rehearsal with composer Timothy McCormack, working on McCormack’s piece ‘subsidence’.

Subsidence was commissioned and recorded for the RMIT Sonic Arts Collection.

The Surface Project comprised four works – Aaron Cassidy’s The wreck of former boundaries (for electric lap-steel guitar and electronics),  Matthew Sergeant’s  [terrains] (For quartertone flugelhorn with preparation), the world premiere of Timothy McCormack’s subsidence (for electric lap-steel guitar with two players) and Richard Barrett’s Codex III (for three players).

Associate professor Lawrence Harvey, Director of the RMIT Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) provided sound spatialisation, along with technical management by Simon Maisch.

“This concert continues RMIT’s research and practice into spatial music performance,” said Harvey.
“For this performance we used a different software solution, but similar technique to previous events.  The different software for sound spatialisation, meant we could move individual instrument sounds in real-time, making for a more dynamic and responsive approach to the sound.
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ELISION Ensemble musicians (left to right) Tristram Williams, Peter Neville and Daryl Buckley perform Richard Barrett’s ‘Codex 111’ at The Surface Project concert performance, RMIT Storey Hall, 2016. Photo by Margund Sallowsky.

 “We also placed the performers further into the sound-field of the speakers, allowing them to hear more of the spatialisation.”
A video of The Surface Project concert will be shown during the RMIT Gallery exhibition ELISION: 30 years (9 September – 22 October).

 

 

Free ELISION concert – September 21 RMIT Storey Hall

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(left to right) musician Daryl Buckley with visiting composers Matthew Sergeant and Timothy McCormack, at RMIT Gallery’s ELISION: 30 years exhibition.

The internationally renowned ELISION Ensemble will be performing in a free concert at RMIT Storey Hall on Wednesday 21 September from 6.30-8 pm.

Register for tickets

The Surface Project concert features Daryl Buckley, Peter Neville and Tristram Williams performing the world premiere of Timothy McCormack’s subsidence, as well as works by Aaron Cassidy, Matthew Sergeant and Richard Barrett.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see ELISION in concert in Melbourne. The Ensemble explore new ways of incorporating performative techniques into musical performance, making the contemporary classical music concert both visually and aurally exciting for audiences.

ELISION turns 30 years old this year. To celebrate, RMIT Gallery’s exhibition ELISION: 30 years (9 September – 22 October) features regular performances and talks, as well as The Surface Project concert performance. Read the full list of lunchtime performances and talks. 

‘ELISION cultivates an elaborate vocabulary of choreographic behaviour in sonic design’ said creative director, and founding member Daryl Buckley.

‘The Surface Project will showcase radical new techniques in performance.’

Audiences will be able to hear Aaron Cassidy’s The wreck of former boundaries, Matthew Sergeant’s terrains, Richard Barett’s Codex as well as Timothy McCormack’s subsidence. All works fall under the rubric of The Surface Project.

Buckley will play an electric lap-steel guitar, which combined with new tunings, new double slide techniques and a radical use of the bridge system to affect pitch alteration, will enable an exploration of the concept of ‘surface’ across the three works.

The Surface Project  will be premiered at RMIT on 21 September, in partnership with SIAL Sound Studios. It will then tour as part of the ELISION Ensemble’s ongoing appearances at the Harvard Music Department, Carriageworks, the Singapore Festival and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

 

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Andrew Ford, composer and presenter of The Music Show on Radio National, talks to ELISION creative director Daryl Buckley, and to composer Liza Lim. Listen now
 

 

 

 

 

Daryl Buckley in conversation with composer Aaron Cassidy

Composer Aaron Cassidy in action

Composer Aaron Cassidy in action

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).

Tristram Williams, Performing with the ELISION Ensemble, RMIT Storey Hall. Photo: Vicki Jones

Tristram Williams, Performing with the ELISION Ensemble, RMIT Storey Hall. Photo: Vicki Jones

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: rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au / (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.

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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.

   

ELISION Ensemble enthrals audience with world-line cycle

Peter Neville, percussion, ELISION Ensemble

Peter Neville, percussion, ELISION Ensemble. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

The ELISION Ensemble performance at RMIT Storey Hall on 30 April was totally, viscerally enthralling. And the musicianship superb!! The Australian premiere of Richard Barrett’s world-line cycle and the energetic, kinetic performance enthralled a full house at RMIT Storey Hall. We are still on a high. 

Tristram Williams, trumpet, ELISION Ensemble

Tristram Williams, trumpet, ELISION Ensemble. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

ELISION, Australia’s International Contemporary Music Ensemble are Daryl Buckley, electric lap steel guitar; Tristram Williams, trumpet; Peter Neville, percussion.

The three movements of Richard Barrett’s world lines were commissioned for the RMIT Sonic Arts collection. ‘World-line’ is a term derived from the theory of relativity, and denotes the history of a particle or object as it passes through the dimensions of time and space.

As we were recording the performances for the RMIT Art Collection, the doors were shut during the performance and the audience was respectful of the event – not one cough, not one shuffle, not one mobile phone beep. Perfection!

Daryl Buckley, electric lap steel guitar, ELISION Ensemble

Daryl Buckley, electric lap steel guitar, ELISION Ensemble. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

Audiences also heard Timothy McCormack’s Heavy Matter, featuring Ben Marks, on solo trombone, and Liza Lim’s Weaver of Fictions featuring Genevieve Lacey, on solo Ganassi recorder. What pleasure in hearing – and watching – these consummate performances. Ben Marks, on trombone, performing Timothy McCormack’s Heavy Matter. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

Ben Marks, on trombone, performing Timothy McCormack’s Heavy Matter. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

Genevieve Lacey, on solo Ganassi recorder, performing 2.Liza Lim’s Weaver of Fictions. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

Genevieve Lacey, on solo Ganassi recorder, performing 2. Liza Lim’s Weaver of Fictions. Photo: Vicki Jones Photography.

ELISION concert at RMIT Storey Hall tonight 30 April

Daryl Buckley rehearsing in RMIT Storey Hall Auditorium for the Australian premiere of Richard Barrett's world-line cycle.

Daryl Buckley rehearsing in RMIT Storey Hall Auditorium for the Australian premiere of Richard Barrett’s world-line cycle.

We are hearing some amazing sounds in RMIT Gallery as Daryl Buckley (pictured) and the rest of the ELISION Ensemble rehearse upstairs in Storey Hall Auditorium for tonight’s concert performance of the Australian premiere of Richard Barrett’s World-Line Cycle.

Daryl Buckley plays the electric lap steel guitar and will be joined by Tristram Williams, trumpet and Peter Neville, percussion, for the free concert performance.

The program will also feature Timothy McCormack’s Heavy Matter (Ben Marks, solo trombone) and Liza Lim’s Weaver of fictions (Genevieve Lacey, solo Ganassi recorder)

The ELISION event is presented by RMIT Gallery in collaboration with Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory Sound Studios.

It will be recorded for inclusion in the RMIT Sonic Arts Collection. Some tickets are still available for the event, which takes place from 7.30-9 pm.

Title: World-Line ELISION Ensemble
Date: Thursday 30 April
Time: 7.30pm to 9pm
Venue: Storey Hall Auditorium, Building 16, Level 5, City campus
Bookings: Free
RSVP: Book via rmit.gallery@rmit.edu.au. Or (03) 9925 1717.