A wonderful production of Monterverdi's L'Orfeo - The Tale of Orpheus concluded last week at the Meat Market in North Melbourne (7th & 8th September). It was an honour to play a new work Reconfiguring Orpheus each night before the opera performance. In Reconfiguring Orpheus a number of sampled fragments from Monteverdi’s opera are reimagined into an electronic work. Grains of sound from the sampled fragments are magnified to create micro-beats and lush new textures and colours in a contemporary homage to Monteverdi’s beautiful, powerful work.

The Sound and Image of Future Landscape is an audiovisual installation exhibition running from the 18-08 to 24-08 at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts On-Air Gallery in Singapore. The exhibition is an inquiry into the forthcoming ten years of a possible site development in Singapore city. Through sound and visuals, the exhibition seeks to render the desire for conversation and curiosity about urban development in the broader world. Includes a new collaborative work between Anthony Lyons and animator Paul Fletcher titled Complimentary Halves.

This Wednesday (2nd August), this incredibly rare and unique synth gets moved to the Melbourne Recital Centre for a special immersive concert performance of new works: ’The Synthi 100 - In Concert’. I'm looking forward to performing my own work, as well as joining in with my wonderful colleagues Les Craythorn, David Haberfeld, Mark Pollard, Peter Neville & Rob Vincs. Tickets have been selling fast through the MRC at: https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2017/synthi-100

The Grainger Museum will participate in Nite Art 2017 on Thursday 27th July (6-10pm) with a series of performances of experimental music with audio-visual installations, guest-curated by Liquid Architecture. This event is free and open to the public, and visitors are invited to come to the Grainger Museum and explore at any time throughout the evening.

The program takes as its point of departure the music and ideas of autodidactic Australian composer and polymath Percy Grainger, specifically his sense of ‘freedom’ expressed in the works and experiments that he called free music. In a series of specially commissioned performances utilising Grainger’s recently rebuilt free music ‘machines’, a group of artists and musicians offer their own multifaceted readings of Grainger’s ‘freedom’, including new sound sculpture installation work by Anthony Lyons and Paul Fletcher.

 

It was a fascinating experience sampling some of Percy Grainger’s instruments recently. Grainger’s ‘Butterfly Piano’ was originally tuned by him with notes a 6th of a tone apart - the tuning has slipped a little from that now! Some of the samples from this session will go towards a sound sculpture installation with Paul Fletcher for Nite Art 2017 at the Grainger Museum, Melbourne on the 27th July, 6pm-10pm.

  


Sounding Out 'Love: Art of Emotion' was recently published as a blog for the Australian Research Centre's Histories of Emotion research project. The blog gives an overview to a recent Interactive Composition engagement with the exhibition Love: Art of Emotion 1400-1800 held at the National Galley of Victoria. There are a number of links to new audio works, visual images and creative statements in the blog.

 

A few weeks ago now, but a little pic here performing a new work Distant Calls at the Wesley Anne venue in Melbourne as part of the Melbourne Composers' League Elbow Room Concert series. Instrument is the Buchla Music Easel, an analogue semi-modular synth.

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Sacred Spaces album - out now!

It’s always a privilege to be part of a Cities and Memory project, and now a wonderful 15-track album of highlights from the Sacred Spaces project is available for download. The album showcases ambient, drone, techno, house and electronica created from field recordings as diverse as church organs, prayer wheels, bells and choirs. I’ve contributed the piece ‘Sacred Signals’ based on a recording of Sadan Cave in Myanmar.

As part of a fascinating Melbourne Masterclass series titled Objects, Sounds and Stories of Love, I'll be joining my colleagues at the University of Melbourne (Professor Jane Davidson, Dr Angela Hesson, Dr Erin Helyard and David Haberfeld), to talk about the Sounds of Love: Music. This evening is the final in the series held on Wednesday 26 April, 6-8.30pm @ Forum Theatre, Arts West Building, The  University of Melbourne (Parkville). More in information here

Sacred Spaces is another unique project by Cities and Memory that explores and reimagines the sounds of churches, temples, mosques, cathedrals, natural environments and other sacred spaces.

The project examines the critical role that sound has played in spiritual and religious life for many thousands of years, and the similarities between how sound is used across the world’s religions and sacred places.

My contribution to the project is the piece Sacred Signals which takes as its start point a recording from the Sadan Cave in Mynamar. The piece picks up on interference signals heard from mobile phones and other hand-held devices as people visit the caves captured in the source recording. You can listen to Sacred Signals and a number of other works as part of this project at the Cities and Memory project site here.

CO+LAB is about bringing artists together to create new musical experiences to enjoy. Thick As Thieves artists, Phil Kieran (Ireland), T-Rek (AUS), and Nick Coleman (AUS) will be performing live with an orchestra in the back room of Revolver Upstairs, on Wednesday September 14th 2016, for what is sure to be a uniquely inspired musical experience.

All three artists will be playing a combination of some of their more well known songs, alongside new material created especially for this event, (including work by Anthony Lyons), all of which will be brought to life by conductor Mario Dobernig and a 12 piece Chamber Orchestra. See Calendar for further info, or ticket sales via: http://colab01.eventbrite.com.au/

What a fun and high quality night of audiovisual making at Lionel's/ Grant Street Theatre in Southbank, Melbourne. Interactive Composition's Node 0: The Beats Project transformed the venue with live electronic performances and multiple VJ projectionists. Jordie Gilmour and myself teamed up with our laptops, controllers, synths and guitar for a blaster set! Some pics below from the night.   

The Emotional Life of Objects exhibition brings together several artists working in different mediums whose works explore the relationships between people and objects, revealing rich narratives of history, identity, loss and comfort. Installed in the George Paton Gallery at the University of Melbourne 11-14 May, composition works respond to these artworks as well as the composers personal objects of significance, exploring the ways sound can act as an emotional conduit to memory, history, time and place.

I have contributed the electronic work Phosphorescence to the exhibition, after the artwork When Darkness Falls by Elizabeth Rich.

  Presented by the Australian Research Council Centre for the History of Emotions and The University of Melbourne.

  Image above: Linda Judge, 'Howard’s Shoes', 2014 (detail), Acrylic on linen, 150 X 102cm.

Resonance FM, are playing an hour-long special of the Prison Songs project by Cities and Memory of which my piece Weigh Five-Hundred has been included in the playlist - tonight (London) at 11pm GMT.

You can listen on 104.4FM in the UK or if you're in another country you can tune in online here. The show will also be repeated at 4am GMT on Tuesday.

The full track listing for the show, which features 14 pieces from Prison Songs, is online here. Thanks to Stuart Fowkes at Cities and Memory, and Fari Bradley at Resonance FM for making this happen!

For more information on the Prison Songs Project see Cities and Memory here.

Prison Songs is a project by Cities and Memory that examines the lives of the prisoners of the Mississippi State Penitentiary in the late 1940s, by reimagining the work songs recorded there. I have contributed the piece Weigh Five-Hundred to this fascinating project which is a reimagining of the old work song Black Women. The launch happens here and some more general info about the project below from Cities and Memory:

"The Mississippi State Penitentiary is the oldest prison in the USA, founded in 1901, and was and is known by its inmates as “Parchman Farm”. As well as its history as a prison, thanks to Alan Lomax’s pioneering work, it is also an important location in the history of field recording as a practice.

From ‘Eighteen Hammers’ to ‘No More My Lawd’, these songs are a moving portrait of prison life, and defiant statements of hope and unity in the face of appalling conditions. Here, 30 sound artists from as far afield as Brazil, Turkey, Australia and the USA bring their own lives and experiences to bear on reimagining these songs."

70 Variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star has just been released on Move Records (MD 3405). I contributed the work Fallen Star to this international compilation and was invited to freely reimagine the familiar tune. Commissioned by Julian Yu and performed by Australian virtuoso pianist Michael Kirean Harvey the recording displays a wide range of compositional approaches and unique responses. The CD will be available shortly through stores including Buywell Just Classical, Australian Music Centre, Thomas’ and Readings.

A CD launch with Michael Kirean Harvey performing will take place on the 28th February at the Move Records studio, 10 Glen Drive, Eaglemont, Vic. 3084 at 3 pm. RSVP essential as seating is limited - if you would like to attend, please email move@move.com.au

I recently contributed a new work in two parts to the wonderful project Dada Sounds by Cities and Memory. This was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, and the beginning of Dada. My work takes a 5-minute field recording I made of Melbourne’s iconic Luna Park and surrounds, with a reimagined version of this recording that uses Dada techniques of reassemble and abstraction. Very happy to have been able to contribute to this wonderful global mapping project through Dada Sounds. You can find out more and listen to the diversity of sound responses, locations and images here.

The Tilde New Music Festival 2016 is a 3 day event held across 3 different venues in Melbourne. Thrilled to be part of this growing and diverse festival of creative sound and visual makers. I will be playing a solo improvisatory set at 5pm with guitar, laptop, controllers, but there are a fantastic range of performances, collaborations, installations happening throughout the day from 2pm-11pm at Testing Grounds. For more info about the festival and programme head - See more at: http://www.alyonsmusic.com/gig/#sthash.vqwUpQRR.dpuf

The Tilde New Music Festival 2016 is a 3 day event held across different venues in Melbourne. Thrilled to be part of this growing and diverse festival of creative sound and visual makers. I will be playing a solo improvisatory set at 5pm on Saturday 23rd at Testing Grounds behind the Arts Centre. While on Sunday 24th at AIM I will be contributing a little sound installation to the plethora of activities going on. For more details see Calendar or for full festival programme and booking info visit one of the Tilde sites here. 

The Australian Music Centre has published a blog article of mine in Resonate Magazine - about the recent Resonating Spaces project to Rarotonga, Cook Islands. You can read about this creative cultural project and experience here. 

 The long-held tradition of the Melbourne Composers’ League Elbow Room concerts continues with the latest instalment at the Wesley Anne on Saturday 21st November at 3.00 pm. The Elbow Room concerts are known for their broad array of both traditional and experimental music by local composers, including acoustic and electronic works.  For audiences, the diverse mix offers something for everyone to enjoy or be surprised. Featured composers on 21st November include George Dreyfus, Peter Simondson, Leah Blankendaal, Stephen Lebsanft, Allira Preuss, Julian Cafarella, and Anthony Lyons, with a selection of works including pieces for wind quintet and baritone voice, electronics, bass clarinet, double bass and piano accordion. More info see: Calendar

My electroacoustic work Diffraction is being featured as part of the 2015 Zeppelin Festival in Barcelona. The work responds to the festival theme of Dures Pedres Precioses (precious hard stones). There are a couple of chances to experience the work. It will be exhibited in the Theatre Hall of the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona 16th-17th October (along with works by Alvin Lucier and Iannis Xenakis). It will also be performed in concert as a 24 channel surround work by L'orchestra del Caos. The concert takes place on 17th october, and this time in the Ravel Hall of the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. For more info see: calendar

Centre of Contemporary Culture, Barcelona.Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, where they shall be heard and experienced by the audience.

Over 10 days 20 Interactive Composition students and staff (Anthony Lyons and Mark Pollard) from the University of Melbourne create audiovisual composition responses to the island of Rarotonga. They will interact with the local community and environment to explore issues of sustainability, climate change, cultural context, site, history, community and topography in response to locations and people of the Cook Islands. This culminates in the creation of 21 unique sound and vision snapshots of Rarotonga presented as a series of installations at the Punanga Nui market. (With many thanks to the New Colombo Plan, the people of the Cook Islands, University of the South Pacific and the University of Melbourne for making this happen.)

                                                                                                                                                                               

Node Zero presents an audio/visual feast of digital video and performance-based works by Interactive Composers from the University of Melbourne. Reflecting a strong inter-arts focus these short works draw on VCA collaborative projects and explorations with animation, film, drawing and printmaking, sculpture, songwriting and dance. Also included in this concert is a new sound work by Anthony Lyons with video by Aimee Chapman.

  Friday, 22nd May, VCA HUB, 6pm. See Calendar for more details.

   Image: courtesy of Mark Pollard

On the 12th April: A concert of musical works from Australia of a more experimental nature presented by the Melbourne Composers' League in the Barn Gallery, Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham, Melbourne, Australia. Works by Alice Bennett, Howard Dillon, Vincent Giles, Livia Judge, Anthony Lyons, Colin McKellar, Paul Moulatlet, Jacqui Rutten, Johanna Selleck, Dindy Vaughan.

For more details see: Calendar

I feel honoured to have been invited to present at the DDCA Symposium on the 20th March. I will be discussing some of my PhD research and reflecting on the compositional process in the writing of Trace Elements for piano/electronics. More info below:

"The symposium showcases the most outstanding PhD projects to have emerged from the Creative Arts in Australia and New Zealand over the last decade. All presenters are PhD graduates whose thesis projects have been recognized for their quality and excellence. This recognition includes Chancellors Awards for excellence, national and international prizes and other external recognition of the innovation and impact of their artistic research. Presenters for this symposium have been sponsored by Creative Arts institutions from across Australia and New Zealand." For more details: Calendar

Tilde New Music Festival: Contemporary music, sound art, improvisation, and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Trace Elements I-V for prepared piano and electronics will be part of an exhibition of fixed-media sound works and the wonderful Laila Engle performs Lace Frequencies for flute and electronics. Many other new and interesting works throughout the day. Date: Saturday 24th January. The venue: 'Testing Grounds' is located at Southbank, Melbourne (just behind the Arts Centre). More details: Calendar

Kew Court House - Sunday Nov 16

Anthony Lyons (electronics) joins intrepid sonic explorers Laila Engle and Ken Murray who have been scouring the globe to find exquisite music for flute and guitar.  Together they present an unforgettable afternoon of music influenced by Brazilian choro, Macedonian folksong, and the beauty of the Australian landscape. With compositions also by Ken Murray, Barry Conyngham, Lisa Illean and Anthony Lyons. More details: Calendar

Thrilled to have a work played in the upcoming Bleed Through Concert with the amazing Ken Murray - guitar and Leila Engle - flute.

Bleed Through: A concert of fragile and evocative soundscapes for flute, guitar and electronics, performed in the stunning acoustic of the Oratory Room at the Abbotsford Convent. This intimate, exclusive performance will feature the world premiere of Lisa Illean's Sahul, alongside electroacoustic works by Anthony Lyons, Wally Gunn, and Samuel Smith.

When: Sunday, November 2nd, 5-6pm

More info: Calendar

Artistic Directors Mark Pollard and Paul Fletcher, 55 composers  and 21 animators reconstruct aspects of the Melbourne Zoo to create an audio visual map of sound and vision installations relating to the topography, intent and history of the location and the surrounds.

Sunday 26th October at the Melbourne Zoological Gardens - see Calendar for more details.

Node Zero launches a new audio/visual performance space in the Hub at the VCA, University of Melbourne. This concert includes works for flute and electronics by Australian composers Mark Pollard and Anthony Lyons, and one by visiting Canadian composer Bob Pritchard. Pritchard's interactive work Rebirth, for flute, electronics, motion controller and images, is a highlight and moves sound and image around the space.

Interspersed between the flute/electronics works are shorter audio/visual pieces composed by Interactive Composition composers including Cayn Borthwick, Martin King, Gaelen (Tom) Dickson, Maize Wallin and Nigel Tan.

Free! 7:30pm Friday 17th October. see calendar for more details.

(Image above: A still from Martin King's work Cycle Input - Generative Dance)

Node Zero launches a new audio/visual performance space in the Hub at the VCA, University of Melbourne. This concert includes works for flute and electronics by Australian composers Mark Pollard and Anthony Lyons, and one by visiting Canadian composer Bob Pritchard. Pritchard's interactive work Rebirth, for flute, electronics, motion controller and images, is a highlight and moves sound and image around the space.

Interspersed between the flute/electronics works are shorter audio/visual pieces composed by Interactive Composition composers including Cayn Borthwick, Martin King, Gaelen (Tom) Dickson, Maize Wallin and Nigel Tan.

(Image: A still from Martin King's work Cycle Input - Generative Dance)

- See more at: http://www.alyonsmusic.com/gig/#sthash.4Ylg7LnJ.dpuf

Node Zero launches a new audio/visual performance space in the Hub at the VCA, University of Melbourne. This concert includes works for flute and electronics by Australian composers Mark Pollard and Anthony Lyons, and one by visiting Canadian composer Bob Pritchard. Pritchard's interactive work Rebirth, for flute, electronics, motion controller and images, is a highlight and moves sound and image around the space.

Interspersed between the flute/electronics works are shorter audio/visual pieces composed by Interactive Composition composers including Cayn Borthwick, Martin King, Gaelen (Tom) Dickson, Maize Wallin and Nigel Tan.

(Image: A still from Martin King's work Cycle Input - Generative Dance)

- See more at: http://www.alyonsmusic.com/gig/#sthash.4Ylg7LnJ.dpuf

Node Zero launches a new audio/visual performance space in the Hub at the VCA, University of Melbourne. This concert includes works for flute and electronics by Australian composers Mark Pollard and Anthony Lyons, and one by visiting Canadian composer Bob Pritchard. Pritchard's interactive work Rebirth, for flute, electronics, motion controller and images, is a highlight and moves sound and image around the space.

Interspersed between the flute/electronics works are shorter audio/visual pieces composed by Interactive Composition composers including Cayn Borthwick, Martin King, Gaelen (Tom) Dickson, Maize Wallin and Nigel Tan.

(Image: A still from Martin King's work Cycle Input - Generative Dance)

- See more at: http://www.alyonsmusic.com/gig/#sthash.4Ylg7LnJ.dpuf

Node Zero launches a new audio/visual performance space in the Hub at the VCA, University of Melbourne. This concert includes works for flute and electronics by Australian composers Mark Pollard and Anthony Lyons, and one by visiting Canadian composer Bob Pritchard. Pritchard's interactive work Rebirth, for flute, electronics, motion controller and images, is a highlight and moves sound and image around the space.

Interspersed between the flute/electronics works are shorter audio/visual pieces composed by Interactive Composition composers including Cayn Borthwick, Martin King, Gaelen (Tom) Dickson, Maize Wallin and Nigel Tan.

(Image: A still from Martin King's work Cycle Input - Generative Dance)

- See more at: http://www.alyonsmusic.com/gig/#sthash.4Ylg7LnJ.dpuf

A short work of mine, Convergence has been included in the Melbourne 60x60 project at the Australasian Computer Music Conference. The ACMC will be held at the Victorian College of the Arts (Federation Hall) in Melbourne from the 9th-11th July. Convergence is an electronic work made from reprocessed prepared piano recordings that are put together in rhythmic sequences cumulating in a kind of micro-montage effect, or a convergence. Among a great looking program, DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) will be giving the keynote address and performing. You can look at the complete ACMC program here.

Saturday November 9th saw a capacity concert at the Art Gallery of Ballarat for the 10th anniversary of the Pure Poetry Project. Among premiers from composer Ann Carr-Boyd and poet Bronwyn Blaiklock were performances of my works We string out along the sand (cello/laptop), In a close orbit (piano), and my collaborative piece with the talented Nathan Curnow called The Last Chocolate Factory (narrator, clarinet, piano, cello, electronics and music box). Some snaps below;

  

 

 

 

 

 

New writing. New compositions. Creative collaboration.

It's the Pure Poetry project's 10th birthday this year so come celebrate with poets Terry Jaensch, Nathan Curnow and Bronwyn Blaiklock. Plus composers Amadis Lacheta, Ann Kirsten Carr-Boyd, Scott Sanders, and Anthony Lyons, along with musicians Lachlan Dent, Samantha Kelson Gray, Judith Dodsworth and Leigh Harrold. One night only! Co-presented by the Art Gallery of Ballarat and supported by Arts Victoria.

Where: Art Gallery of Ballarat

When: Saturday 9th November, 7:30pm

Tickets: Available at www.trybooking.com/DQGA

The new osh10 album, 'Like a Lion' is here!! Now available to buy on itunes, amazon, etc., and being launched this Sunday 13th October in Melbourne at The Empress, 4pm-6pm. Aimee Chapman (osh10) is letting 'Like a Lion' out to prowl in the world on its own four feet. Have a sneak listen here: https://soundcloud.com/osh10/sets/like-a-lion. I'll be dabbling on keys and guitar for the launch which will be a lot of fun! Come on down...

And, opening proceedings will be the talented lady of electronica Edenn (formerly known as By Elly) Check her out right here: https://soundcloud.com/musicofedenn

Sound checking at the quite lush State Theatre Centre in Perth before a performance of Trace Elements I-II for piano and live electronics at the ICMC/ Totally Huge New Music Festival. Thank you to Michael Kieran Harvey for his piano excellence.

 

 

The talented Michael Kieran Harvey (piano), will be joining me in a performance of my work Trace Elements I-II for piano and live electronics at the ICMC/Totally Huge New Music Festival in Perth:

8pm Monday 12th August

Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre, Perth $20/$15

      

 

 

Works by Takayuki Rai (UK), Robert Seaback (US), Anthony Lyons (AUS), Paul Doornbush (AUS), Cooper Baker (USA), Hans Peter Stubbe Teglbjaerg (Denmark), Timothy Page (Finland), Daniel Mayer (Austria)

"The 2013 International Computer Music Conference live performance concert program as part of the Totally Huge New Music Festival gives Perth audiences a unique view into the latest developments in computer and electronic music technologies and philosophies interacting with live acoustic performance"

More info at:

http://icmc2013.com.au

http://www.tura.com.au/tura-program/totally-huge-new-music-festival/totally-huge-new-music-festival-2013

Trace Elements I-II for piano and electronics has been selected for performance at the ICMC - International Computer Music Conference in Perth, WA which runs from the 11th - 17th August. The focus of the ICMC this year is Developments in Electro Acoustics and the ICMC is happening in conjunction with the Totally Huge New Music Festival. There's going to be a lot on in Perth in August! More details to come...

Highly recommended are two very special recent music releases…

Firstly from Denmark the talented Ice Cream Cathedral have produced their first full length album The Drowsy Kingdom – and it’s a ripper! The songs are beautifully crafted, intelligent pop full of strong melodies, interesting harmonic changes and alluring electronic and production values. I’m not surprised they are starting to get so much positive attention from reviewers and bloggers around the world. More on the album here.

http://www.icecreamcathedral.com

 


Meanwhile Luke Howard’s Sun, Cloud has developed over the past year from recording sessions in Oslo, Reykjavík and Melbourne. This album is also a beautiful and unified body of work with compositions lushly orchestrated for strings, piano and electronics. Again, very highly recommended! You can find information about Luke Howard and the album Sun, Cloud here.

www.lukehoward.com

 

Anthony will be playing guitar with osh10 this Thursday 28th February for Tinderbox Radio at Voice FM (99.9FM) in Ballarat. Tinderbox celebrates it’s last show and they’re throwing a live to air balcony party! Amy from Tinderbox is a massive supporter of Australian independent music and super lady to boot and so it will be a pleasure to be part of this event. If you are in Ballarat you can come and be in the audience - if you're in another city or another country then you can still get amongst it (6pm-10pm AEST) by streaming live at:

www.voicefm.com.au

 

 

In the studio again at Atlantis Sound for another enjoyable string recording session with osh10. It's exciting as her new album gets very close to completion. In other news the Bach/Lyons Project recordings from December 2012 are currently being mixed and mastered.

 

Image: Working with the strings at Atlantis Sound

Anders Bach and Anthony Lyons have spent the last week recording new compositions in Copenhagen towards an intended 2013 Bach/Lyons EP release! You can find more information on the Bach/Lyons Project here. Some photos of the past week below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to cellist Lachlan Dent for featuring one of my solo cello works last night at the Malaysian Composers Concert Series at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre.

 

  

 

Well into a three week residency at the inspiring La Muse in Labastide-Esparbairenque and starting to finally hit a groove with sketching some new works. If only there were more blocks of time like this. Some photos below of the autumn colours and my work space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the osh10 blog comes a nice review of the recent ASTRA concert:

“I was lucky enough to see both the rehearsal run and the performance of a highly ambitious and truly engaging presentation of new works on Sunday. Titled ‘Piano Between Fingers and Electronic Transformation’ it featured the works of two Melbourne based composers Anthony Lyons and Steve Adam who composed pieces for solo piano and computer technology, and who for the past year have been devising work in close consultation with the pianist at the centre of the performance - Sonja Lifschitz.
It was entrancing, so often the fusion between organic and electronic can be forced and insincere- creating two separate sound sources that divide and confuse the listening experience.  However in the case of this performance they were entwined with subtle beauty, each allowing the other to take focus or to support. Lifschitz in both her technical prowess and her commanding presence and focus in what was a demanding 70 minutes of playing was mesmerizing.” 

- osh10, October 3rd, 2012

Thank you to everyone who came to the Astra Spring Piano Concert Series #1 in Melbourne on Sunday and for helping to make it such a beautiful experience. A special thank you to pianist Sonya Lifschitz and fellow composer Steve Adam. A couple photos below as we were setting up the space, preparing pianos, organising speakers and electronics.


Pianist Sonya Lifschitz has written a blog article for the Australian Music Centre's Resonate Magazine discussing our upcoming ASTRA piano concert this Sunday 30th September in Melbourne. Sonya also writes about the collaborative process between performer and composer framing creative collaboration as contemporary performance practice. You can read the full Resonate article here.

ASTRA Spring Piano Plus Series #1

  • Date: Sunday, 30 September 2012, 5pm
  • Venue: The Eleventh Hour Theatre — 170 Leicester Street, Fitzroy, VIC
  • Tickets: Adults: $30 | Concession: $15 - Bookings phone  (03) 9326-5429

A pleasure to have shared the stage with some fabulous musicians the past two weeks during the osh10 Japan tour. A particularly inspiring night of music at Urbanguild in Kyoto. Some photos below, firstly from Urbanguild in Kyoto and then (in the 'Read more' section), Vi-code in Osaka.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to returning to Japan in September for a series of shows playing guitar with osh10. Friends in Japan, please come along and say hi.


More details can be found on the Calendar page or at the osh10.com

A couple of shots below from a string quartet recording session at Atlantis Studio in Melbourne. Myles Mumford at the desk, Aimee Chapman out of frame, and myself conducting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently announced as part of the wonderful ASTRA Concerts for 2012 is the premiere of a new piano work that I have been developing with the pianist Sonya Lifschitz. Ours is the first of four concerts to be part of the ASTRA Spring Piano-Plus Series, held at the Eleventh Hour Theatre, Fitzroy, Melbourne on Sun 30 September at 5pm. The full ASTRA 2012 concerts program is now available from ASTRA.

 

 

 

 

 

Just back from witnessing osh10 play a fantastic set at Cuckoo for the Fuse Festival in Adelaide, and also managed to catch the start of the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

 

 

 

 

Image: osh10 at Cuckoo, Adelaide, 2012

Ukranian born Australian pianist Sonya Lifschitz and myself have been developing a series of new works for piano exploring the intersection of electronics with acoustic and prepared piano sounds. We recently finished the first stage of this project with a week of recording sessions. As the recordings get mixed and manipulated into shape I’ll post some audio links in the not too distant future. Below some photos from some of the recent recording sessions.


 

 

 

 

 

I’m going to be a guest on radio 3MBS 103.5 FM this coming Sunday evening, the 22nd of January, on the ‘Australian Sounds’ program with composer and broadcaster James Wade. I’ll be talking with James about my music with a number of pieces then being broadcast. You can tune in 9pm - 10:30pm Melbourne time.  If you’re not in Melbourne the show is streamed via the 3MBS website here

My latest orchestral work Quelques Cercles is now up on my audio page for a listen. The performance of the work took place at the Melbourne Recital Centre last year, performed by the University of Melbourne Orchestra, conducted by Michael Thomas. Hope you enjoy.

I’ve been asked to give another composition short course at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in March/April 2012. You can find out more about it through the University of Melbourne page here.

Some news on a couple of my favourite artists and collaborators...

Firstly, osh10 has released a remix CD called ‘Heart:Disambiguate’ which is now available. It’s excellent, and a lovely launch was had recently at the Off the Kerb Gallery in Collingwood, Melbourne.

 

One of the osh10 remixes is by Anders Bach of the Bach/Lyons Project. Do also check out a recent release by Ander’s project Ice Cream Cathedral. Their new EP called ‘Straight Arcs’ is also now available.

Pianist Sonya Lifschitz presented some of our research into composer/musician collaboration models and creative practice at the ICME Conference in Perth recently. 

The conference, titled ‘The Power of Music’ was held at the University of Western Australia from 30 Nov – 3 Dec. Sonya and I are planning to record a series of pieces for piano and electronics in January 2012.

image: In my music room with Sonya Lifschitz - joined by my cat Figaro.

I’ll be joining osh10 at the Phoenix Public House this Thursday 24th November to play a short and sweet set. The night is part of a project called ‘We are Weapons: Part Two’ and Osh10 is on 10:15 – 10:45pm. Visuals, Music, come down if you're free...

"We Are Weapons - Exhibiting live musical collaborations set to film, exploring the contrast and continuity of nature and technology." Performances by DEJA, By Elly, Little Audrey and osh10, Yuko Nishiyama.

image: Phoenix Public House

Back to Melbourne town. Coming up I'm giving a five week composition short course at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music - more info here. I also re-commence composing for pianist Sonya Lifschitz as we work towards a recording in December/January for piano and electronics - there is much music to write for this.

I gave an open showing of some of my works and discussed composition process and collaboration with the residents of La Muse today. It’s always enjoyable to discuss ways of creating and processes, particularly with some of the other art-forms here. A mutual learning experience all-round! We filmed a bit of an impromptu reading/music piece that I’ll try to edit and get up soon.

Two weeks now in this special part of the world at La Muse to work on new compositions, collaborate, workshop, and digest the past few months.

 

 

 

Final day in Denmark today. There is a bit of time to wander around this beautiful city of Copenhagen – also a train up to Helsignor to see where Shakespeare’s Hamlet was set, a quick visit to the Carlsberg factory, then a catch-up and de-brief with Anders in the afternoon. Very sad to be leaving tomorrow but I leave so inspired by the positive experience of the Bach/Lyons Project. We next plan to perform our work with the project in Australia in February/March 2012. More info as it becomes available…

Anders and I spend most of the day getting gear organised for the gig tonight. Such beautiful weather here in Copenhagen. Literaturhaus turns out to be a beautiful venue for us, nice high ceilings, wooden floor, grand piano – it once was a church.

The performance goes superbly. The hard work over the past four days pays off and Anders, I and the rest of Bach/Lyons musicians enjoy a great gig, really sitting in the music nicely – up there with my most enjoyable performances ever! A really warm and enthusiastic reaction from the audience as well – can’t wait to do this again, as well as write and collaborate on new material for it.

 

 

 

 

 

We do a live studio recording today between 1pm-5:30pm. We get about five pieces recorded – there’s only time for one or two live takes each, but I’m hopeful a couple of the pieces will come up nicely. The pieces are sounding better each time we play and I’m excited about the performance tomorrow night at Literaturhaus, 9pm.

The Bach/Lyons Project do a video recording this afternoon and into the night which allows me part of the day to go over scores and laptop things, plus get a few things sorted (like replacing all the batteries in my fx pedals). The video recording at the Aquarium looks great – we light candles all over the stage and run through our program of now 10 compositions.


Second rehearsal…still a lot to get through including new compositions today but everybody is really focused and it’s feeling really good. Tonight I catch a train down to Roskilde to join osh10 play a gig at 10pm at Gimle.

 

 

 

 

First rehearsal at the Aquarium today!

Have arrived in Copenhagen tonight and although a little weary am glad flights have all synced up. I love this city! Tomorrow down to work though with the Bach/Lyons Project.

Conductor Michael Thomas and the University of Melbourne Orchestra premiered my new orchestral work Quelques Cercles last night at the Melbourne Recital Centre. I'm happy at how much the orchestra lifted in the performance and how well the piece was received. Thank you to all the supporters who came along, and thank you to everyone who came up to me afterwards with their many kind words of congratulations. I just hope the recording comes out well too! Now to pack my bags and get to the airport - next stop Copenhagen for the Bach/Lyons Project.

The Bach/Lyons Project have an exciting week of rehearsals, recordings and performance coming up in Copenhagen, Denmark beginning on the 22nd September. There is much music and collaborating to be done over the next few weeks but Anders and I are confident that we, with the musicians of the Bach/Lyons Project will produce something beautiful. You can read more about the Bach/Lyons Project here

Orchestral parts for Quelques Cercles are all printed and bound - a relief. First rehearsal with the conductor Michael Thomas is September 12th. Three rehearsals with the orchestra then performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre  on Monday 19th September, 7:30pm. Fingers crossed! The piece takes its title and broad inspiration from a painting by Vassily Kandinsky.

Kandinsky’s abstract painting, full of coloured circles against a dark background seemed to me like a snapshot of the cosmos or a nebulae full of rotating stars and planets. Circular and spiral ideas permeate the music and structures in Quelques Cercles. Here to the left is Kandinsky's painting;

 

 


My final gig on the osh10 tour at Lizard in Yokohama goes well. I will be sad to leave Japan tomorrow after experiencing so much new music and so many lovely people.

Teaching duties and orchestral parts wait for me in Melbourne. osh10 has another 5 shows in Japan so have a look at the tour schedule if you're in and around Tokyo.                

 

 

We played at Chop in Ikebukero tonight - a really enjoyable gig. Aimee's energy is amazing and we connect to a really appreciative audience. Some great groups on the bill also - excellent musicians using guitars, laptops and creating interesting electronic and hybrid sounds, great sound engineers, and friendly people all round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through Harajuku, parks, op-shops, ice-cream, metro, markets, more op-shops, gallery and nice dinner out. Then of course I work for hours in the middle of the night on orchestral parts! Photo below of day time rambling through Harajuku park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple of trains out of Tokyo to a venue called Pumpkin in Yokosuka. It's loud tonight but I do enjoy turning up when given the chance! There are fireworks above the city before we play - perhaps because this is also Hiroshima Day.

Arrived in Tokyo this morning with laptop, guitar and fx pedals intact and ready to join the osh10 Japan Tour. Sound-check at Deseo Shibuya at 3pm and gig at 7pm!

Orchestral score is done!!!! Whoo, it's been 6 weeks from start to end and somehow I've written 14 minutes of new orchestral music. I'm exhausted but feeling mostly good about this piece. I've settled on the titled of Quelques Cercles (several circles). Now to complete the individual parts due by the end of the month. Excited also to be heading to Japan in 3 days to join the osh10 Japan Tour

It's nearly finished...a new orchestral work for the University of Melbourne Orchestra to be premiered at the Melbourne Recital Centre on the 19th September. Deadline in one week...

osh10 album launch at the Toff this Tuesday from 7:30pm!!!  I contributed string arrangements to three of the tracks on the album. You can get the album One Hundred to the Ground here

I love the Ballarat crew! Had a lot of fun tonight on Tinderbox Radio with Amy and guest host Nathan Curnow. Osh10 played a few great tracks off the upcoming album One Hundred to the Ground (including one of my favourites Black Widow) and I sneaked in an old Leaf track called Diving. Osh10 CD Launch at The Toff next Tuesday 19th!!!

Below a little pic taken after the show of us doing various interpretations of blue steel. I'm sure Nathan would have won this blue steel competition, but he had to take the photo.

Next week I'll be on the wonderful Tinderbox Radio with osh10. Tune in on Thursday 14th July from 6pm-8pm on the Ballarat dial 99.9 FM or listen in online via the online stream: VoiceFm.com.au

Hosts Amy and Lauren have a really great and inspiring show with Tinderbox, so even if you can't listen in next week, catch them and the music they play one Thursday soon!


I've just stumbled across a great blog by whisperinggums called Monday musings on Australian literature. In the blog on the 20th June whisperinggums looks at interactions between contemporary poetry and music. The blog makes mention of the Pure Poetry Project and quotes some of my comments published in Resonate regarding the process of collaboration between music and poetry for the 2011 Pure Poetry Project. Have a read of whisperinggums musings, there are some really interesting comments as well as mentions of other Australian poets, composers and ensembles, including Bruce Dawe, Les Murray, Andrew Ford and The Song Company. Here is a link.

A little review of the Pure Poetry event by Thomas McIlroy was published today in the Ballarat Courier. Some excerpts below;

"A highlight of this year's program was the world premiere of an
interdisciplinary work penned by composer Anthony Lyons in collaborations with Nathan Curnow."

"The audience came on a discovery and were moved by the interplay between music and words."

Thank you to all those who came to the Pure Poetry/Music performance at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on the 21st May. We had a full house and enjoyed great performances of new works. The night was also recorded by ABC Radio. This photo was taken after the performance and from left to right you see: Lachlan Dent (cello), Emma Knight (flute), Me, and the brains behind the project - pianist and poet Bronwyn Blaikclock. Nathan Curnow, poet extraordinaire, reader, narrator and collaborator with me on the main work of the night (The last Chocolate Factory) must have been off getting a drink at this stage.

An article written by me about the upcoming Pure Poetry Project event has been published in the Australian Music Centre's on-line magazine, Resonate. You can read the full blog here.

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