Creative Music Intensive

Bae Il Dong, Daniel Wilfred, David Wilfred, Peter Knight, Chris Hale, Simon Barker, Sunny Kim, and Sam Curkpatrick.

"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

2018 Creative Music Intensive - applications open soon

In 2018 year we will again focus on cross-cultural practice between traditional Korean music practices and Arnhem Land manikay (song) and the residency will include some very special guests.

The thirteen-day residency will be held in Tarraleah in the Tasmanian Central Highlands from 9 to 21 September (approx dates)

The Creative Music Intensive residency, established in 2014, 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.

Held at Tarraleah in the Tasmanian Central Highlands, the cultural focus in 2016 had two streams: Korean and indigenous Australian culture featuring extraordinary p'ansori singer Bae Il Dong and the Young Wagilak traditional songmen Daniel and David Wilfred from Arnhem Land. The program was co-directed by AAO Artistic Director Dr Peter Knight (composer/trumpet), with Dr Simon Barker (drums), Chris Hale (percussion/bass) and PhD scholar: wagilak manikay, Sam Curkpatrick plus special guest Sunny Kim (voice/electronics/composition) from Korea.

The ten-day practice-based residency was made up of daily lectures, small ensemble workshops and open group practical sessions bringing together the extraordinary cultural traditions of Arnhem Land manikay (song) and Korean traditional p'ansori. These approaches to human voice sound very different but there was much that also linked them: stories, improvisation, a focus on extreme refinement of vocal techniques, and repetitive/hypnotic rhythmic elements.

History of the Collaboration

The 2016 Creative Music Intensive was conceived upon strong and longstanding collaborative relationships, enabling a deep and trusting exploration of musical cultures. Simon Barker and Bae Il Dong's unique collaboration has spanned more than a decade, with numerous presentations of 'Chiri' (a trio with Scott Tinkler) culminating in the 2014 premiere of The Return of Spring with the full Australian Art Orchestra. The AAO's friendship with Daniel and David Wilfred also reaches back more than a decade and has seen the Crossing Roper Bar project tour across Australia, Asia and Europe.

Watch the 2016 Creative Music Intensive video wrap up here.

Listen to a podcast about the 2016 CMI, produced by Toby Frost at ABC Classic FM here.

Watch a video about the 2015 Creative Music Intensive here.

Watch a video about the 2014 Creative Music Intensive here.

Watch a video about the AAO's relationship with the Young Wagilak Songmen here.