Bits and pieces that might be of interest...
Dancing to the Tremors of Time :
Work has begun on the new piece for Michael Kieran Harvey : Dancing to the Tremors of Time. The preliminary doodlings are shaping up nicely..........
The fabulous viola player Phoebe Green is to give another performance of Torque at the next Arcko Symphonic gig - at the Church of All Nations, Carlton - on the 27th. If it is anything like the premiere she gave in 2015 (which can be heard on the Like a Maelstrom CD available from Crackbell Records) it will be an absolute stunner !!
I'm very much looking the first few months of 2018, when I'll be writing a major new work for the brilliant and fearless Michael Kieran Harvey : Dancing to the Tremors of Time. The title is taken from a painting by James Gleeson, whose dramatic and colourful art has inspired several other recent works.
Movements I, V, and IX of Figuration in Search of Identity have now been premiered with great success by James Townsend, Madi Chwasta, and Mathew Levy - make a note of these names if you don't know them already......
The performances they gave at the booked-out ANAM/NGV concert (Ian Potter Centre : NGV Australia - Federation Square) were simply stunning. I've been lucky enough in my time to have had some spectacular premieres of my works, and these rank right up there with the best !!!
More details confirmed for the ANAM/NGV performances on the 20th May at the Ian Potter Centre : NGV Australia - Federation Square.
Movements I, V, and IX of Figuration in Search of Identity to be performed by James Townsend, Madi Chwasta, and Mathew Levy.
NB : Free but registration essential- see here and follow the links
New Audio sample :
Michael Kieran Harvey premiered re-fract in Sydney in September last year.
An excerpt from his breathtaking performance has now been added to the Audio:Video page, where you can check out all sorts of bits and pieces - or if this is the only sample you're after you can listen here
Sinuosity : for piano, glockenspiel. (2017: 5 mins. 45 secs. approx.)
Peter Dumsday and Arcko Symphonic Ensemble finish the year with very much deserved acknowledgement (for this year's performance of Like a Maelstrom) in Clive O'Connell's Classical Year In Review.
You can check out the full article in the Melbourne AGE (26/12/16) or in a printer friendly version here
I can only conclude that Peter Dumsday enjoys "...lots of fast notes. And more finger-bleeding drama..." because his recent premiere of Contretemps was an absolute ripper!!
I previously had only heard a whisper, but it is now official that the extraordinary Peter Dumsday is to premiere Contretemps on December 4 as part of ASTRA's 'All Premieres' concert at the Church of All Nations.
Here's a grab from his Facebook page to help set the scene:
"Brendan Colbert was so happy that I played his huge piece "...Like a Maelstrom" that he wrote me another piece to say thank you. With lots of fast notes. And more finger-bleeding drama. You're welcome, Brendan."
the pulse returns : for vibes soloist, 2 percussion and strings. (2016: 14 mins. 30 secs. approx.)
Michael Kieran Harvey will premiere re-fract in Sydney on September 1st. (details here)
I've been very fortunate over the years to have Michael involved in a number of premieres, from his stunning performance of Agité III some 15 years ago through to the 2015 release of Quicksand on his recent SIVA CD through Move Records. Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to the concert, but it is sure to be a cracker!!
MCL site update:
The Melbourne Composers' League has recently completed an update of their website. You can now preview & purchase the CDs they've released. If you're interested in sampling a wide range of composers, performers & works (including a couple of my piano solos), you can check them out here
"That Like a Maelstrom was able to evoke such a strong response speaks to the power it has as a work..."
Another review of MELBOURNE MADE : this time on the CutCommon website - Leah Blankendaal gives her thoughts here
" ... an uncompromising voice, both enervating and exciting to hear in an age when contemporary composition is finding it difficult to sustain interest, let alone an audience..."
Clive O'Connell's review of Arcko's MELBOURNE MADE concert (& CD Launch) is now available - you can read his detailed thoughts on the night here
The LIKE A MAELSTROM CD is to be launched at Arcko's MELBOURNE MADE concert on 19/3 at the Church of All Nations in Carlton. The concert will include the second performance of my double concerto (featuring Bruno Siketa and Peter Dumsday), as well as works by Caerwen Martin, Elliott Gyger and Tim Dargaville - promises to be another outstanding Arcko experience.......
There's a new article by Stephanie Eslake over at the CutCommon website. You can read a bit about Arcko, Maelstrom & me, and when you drop by it's well worth checking out what the rest of the site has to offer....
On Certainty : for 2 percussion (glock/xyl, vibes) and piano. (2016: 7 mins. 15 secs. approx.)
"I act with complete certainty.
But this certainty is my own."
from On Certainty, by Ludwig Wittgenstein.
There's now a review of the LIKE A MAELSTROM CD over on the Music Trust website - you can find out exactly what Alistair Noble thinks of it here
Portrait CD release:
NOW AVAILABLE through Crackbell Records
LIKE A MAELSTROM : The Music of Brendan Colbert
Arcko Symphonic Ensemble : live in concert
Bruno Siketa - trumpet
Peter Dumsday - piano
Phoebe Green - viola
with special guests
Silo String Quartet - Aaron Barnden, Atilla Kuti, Phoebe Green, Caerwen Martin.
Also downloadable in MP3, FLAC etc.
Check out other Crackbell & Arcko releases while you're at it!!
Ascension : for trumpet in C. (2016: 1 mins. 45 secs. approx.)
Contretemps : for piano. (2016: 3 mins. 45 secs. approx.)
15/12/15 : An edited version of the November interview with Tony Thomas (that includes me confidently and incorrectly confusing Shostakovich & Stravinsky!!) is now available on the 3MBS website on their Podcasts / Interviews page.
Silo String Quartet's spectacular premiere of Proxima also featured on tonight's Contemporary Visions.
24/11/15 : Interview on 3MBS (Contemporary Visions with Tony Thomas) included broadcasts of ...like a Maelstrom, Torque & Quicksand.
...like a Maelstrom : video of the powerful premiere performance (sample & full versions) is now on the Arcko Symphonic Ensemble website.
winding down : for string orchestra [minimum 4,4,2,2,2] (2015: 11 mins. 30 secs.)
Quicksand now available on CD on
SIVA - Australian virtuoso piano music.
Michael Kieran Harvey (pno).
Move Records MD 3397 : other works are by Helen Gifford, Raymond Hanson, Gordon Kerry & Neil Kelly.
Move Records page here
CD available from the AMC here
Fracture : for piano (2009 - 2015: 27 mins. 40 secs. approx.)
With Shard finally completed, the reborn Fracture is done at last!
i) re-fract : 2009: 8 mins. 10 secs. approx.
ii) Doublethink : 2012: 12 mins. 50 secs. approx.
iii) Shard : 2015: 6 mins. 40 secs. approx.
All three works can be performed individually, or as part of the larger work.
Portrait concert review:
Weering Review had some nice things to say about Arcko's Composer Portrait concert last month.... Printer friendly PDF here
21/2/2015 - Arcko Symphonic : Like a Maelstrom, the music of Brendan Colbert.
Arcko Symphonic Ensemble in a portrait concert performing a selection of recent works (including 4 premieres), featuring the Arcko commission ...like a Maelstrom (double concerto for trumpet, piano and small orchestra) with soloists Bruno Siketa (tpt) and Peter Dumsday (pno). Guest performers are Silo String Quartet premiering Proxima, Phoebe Green premiering Torque (viola solo), and Timothy Phillips will premiere the palest light (glockenspiel solo) and conduct the whole show, which will also include Arcko's latest performance of ...floating in the void... for thirteen strings.
A mountain of work for all concerned, and an undoubted career highlight for me !!