Creative Music Intensive

Tarraleah, Tasmania
12-22 September 2015


Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani, Peter Knight, Sandy Evans, Adrian Sherriff, Simon Barker plus more to be announced.

"The opportunities that exist in Australia for dialogues with Asian cultures are among the most exciting prospects for Australian musicians. Improvised practice, which is at the core of the AAO, is an ideal platform for facilitating these dialogues. This residency is conceived to extend the role of the AAO as a central player in the fostering of cross-cultural links with Asia."

- Peter Knight, Artistic Director

Applications for 2015 are now open
Focus Country India

Application pack available by contacting:
Renee Dudfield, AAO Executive Producer 
Applications close 29 May


The Creative Music Intensive residency is conceived to provide a unique professional development program for musicians from Tasmania, across Australia and internationally that explores the meeting of cultures and practice.

Following the success of the Creative Music Intensive at the Tanks Arts Centre in 2014, 2015 will see the project explore a new regional setting at Tarraleah in the Tasmanian Central Highlands. the cultural focus will be India, with longtime AAO collaborator Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani in residence. The ten-day practice-based residency focuses on cross cultural collaboration and is made up of daily lectures, small ensemble workshops and open group practical sessions. These sessions will explore the meeting points of classical Indian music and western jazz and improvisation, as well as embracing the different techniques and histories.

History of the Collaboration
The Australian Art Orchestra has collaborated with Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani for almost twenty years. Through The Chennai Sessions, Into the Fire, and Two Oceans, the rhythmic intricacies and improvising practises that reside at the core of both the South Indian Carnatic tradition and the Western jazz tradition have been explored through performances across India, Europe and Australia. Rich in power, beauty and originality, this collaboration continues to explore a new style of music built on the foundation of the Carnatic tradition and combining with Western interpretations, performed on South Indian and Western Instruments.

Watch a video about the 2014 Creative Music Intensive here.

Program History

The Australian Art Orchestra’s inaugural Creative Music Intensive consisted of ten days of workshops in September 2014 with members of Australia’s leading contemporary music ensemble in the stunning tropical setting of The Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns, culminating in a concert as part of their ‘Jazz Up North’ series. The AAO created this residency to promote and develop collaborations between Australian improvising musicians and improvising musicians living in Asian countries.

Participants had the chance to work and perform alongside some of Australia’s leading musicians including Simon Barker (percussion), Peter Knight (trumpet, electronics), Scott TInkler (trumpet), Chris Hale (bass) and one of Korea’s most extraordinary talents Bae Il Dong (p’ansori singer). Four young traditional Korean instrumentalists from Seoul participated in this unique intensive residency alongside selected emerging Australian musicians.

AAO faculty: Bae Il Dong, Scott Tinkler, Peter Knight, Simon Barker, Christopher Hale
Participants: JooHee Yoon, Jua Yoon, Min Young Woo, Jeong Hwa Sohn, Kofi Kunkpe, Vicki Hallett, James Macaulay, Josh Kelly, Martin Rotolo, Giuseppe Vizzone, Adam Cadell, Joshua Tait, Tom Robb, Katya Brandon, Joseph O'Connor, David Breeze and Jeremy Rose

Participants were joined by Phil Slater, Vanessa Tomlinson, Carl Dewhurst, Erkki Veltheim and Scott McConnachie for the world premiere of The Return of Spring composed by Scott Tinkler and Simon Barker and featuring Bae Il Dong.