Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger Than Space

World Premiere Season November 2018 at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and London Jazz Festival

A contemplation of the centenary of Armistice Day in music. New compositions by Tilman Robinson, Andrea Keller, and Peter Knight


Wangaratta Festival of Jazz - Friday 2 November
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EFG London Jazz Festival - Sunday 18 November
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Peter Knight trumpet/electronics/composition
Andrea Keller piano/composition
Tilman Robinson electronics/composition
Georgie Darvidis voice
Lizzy Welsh violin
Aviva Endean clarinets
James Macaulay trombone
Jacques Emery double bass
Simon Barker drum kit

System design/production Jem Savage


Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger Than Space

Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger Than Space is a suite of three works commissioned by the Australian Art Orchestra marking the centenary of Armistice Day 2018 in response to accounts recorded in the publication World War One: A History in 100 Stories by Bruce Scates, Rebecca Wheatley, and Laura James. 

The stories of war that are most often highlighted are those that happen on the battlefield. Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger Than Space focusses on the aftermath of war. On the stories of those who returned to Australia - the gassed, the crippled, the insane, all those irreparably damaged who tried to pick up ‘normal’ lives after the war. These stories are much longer than the stories of the war itself and involve whole communities affected in profound ways by the echoes of violence from the battlefields of Gallipoli, the Somme, Passchendaele, and Verdun.

Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger Than Space responds to the intimate accounts of lives remembered in fine grain detail away from the thrust of battle, and in this concert program are given musical expression in original compositions by three extraordinary Australian composers: Andrea Keller, Peter Knight, and Tilman Robinson.


Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger than Space is supported by the Anzac Centenary Public Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, and the Australian High Commission in the United Kingdom.

The project was conceived from an original concept by Paul Grabowsky AO, founding director of the Australian Art Orchestra.


Andrea Keller

Andrea Keller is a Lecturer in Music (Jazz & Improvisation) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, the University of Melbourne. and one of Australia’s most celebrated composers and pianists, lauded for her originality and expressivity. She has received three ARIA Awards, five Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards, two Art Music Awards, an APRA Professional Development Award, and fellowships from the MCA/Freedman Foundation and the Australia Council.

With a growing body of work traversing styles, Keller has been invited to compose and arrange music for e Sydney Women’s Jazz Collective (2016), The Letter String Quartet (2016), The Song Company (2015), Marshall McGuire (harp)(2015), Zephyr (string) Quartet (2015 & 2014), Black Arm Band (2012-current), Genevieve Lacey & James Crabb Duo (2014), ‘Poetica’ ABC Radio National (2013), Genevieve Lacey (recorder) (2013), Four Winds Festival (2010), ANU Canberra (2010), Claire Edwardes (percussionist) (2010), Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival (2010, 2003, 2000), Seraphim Trio (2009), Ten Part Invention (2009), Royal Children’s Hospital (2008), Mike Nock (2002), Australian Art Orchestra (2002).

Peter Knight

Australian trumpeter/composer/sound artist, Peter Knight, is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for his distinctive approach, which integrates jazz, experimental, and world music traditions. Peter’s work as both performer and composer is regularly featured in a range of ensemble settings, he also composes for theatre, and creates sound installations.

Perpetually curious, Peter’s practice defies categorisation; indeed he works in the spaces between categories, between genres, and between cultures: “Hard to categorise... hauntingly memorable” The Wire (UK). “Falling into an utterly genre-less wormhole” Cyclic Defrost. “Honest, inventive and original” Hour Magazine Montreal. “A serious work of stringent originality” BBC Jazz on 3. “If trumpet is an element then Knight is an alchemist” New York City Jazz Record.

Peter is the recipient of numerous awards including recently the Albert H. Ma s Composition Award, the Age/Music Victoria award for Jazz Album of the Year, and a Green Room Theatre Award (with Tamara Saulwick). In 2013 he was awarded a prestigious Australia Council Music Fellowship. He is the recipient of two Bell Jazz Awards, along with nominations for the Australian Music Prize (AMP, for Daughter’s Fever), APRA/AMC Art Music Awards, Green Room Theatre and Helpmann Awards (sound design), and AIR Independent Recording. He holds a doctorate from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and was awarded Alumnus of the Year in 2013.

Tilman Robinson

Tilman Robinson is an Australian composer, producer and sound designer, creating electro-acoustic music across a range of genres including classical minimalism, improvised, experimental, electronic and ambient. Academy trained in the fields of both classical and jazz composition, Tilman’s diverse output focuses on the psychological impact of sound.

Tilman has received major work commissions from broad sources including Arts Centre Melbourne, PBSFM, Australian Art Orchestra, Perth International Arts Festival, and APRA; accolades including nominations for APRA/AMC Work of the Year, two Australian Bell Awards, a Music Victoria Genre Award and was a finalist in the 2016 Melbourne Prize for Music Development Category.

Cover image by Pier Carthew