Kim Myhr commission for AAO recorded at Melbourne Jazz Festival performance out on Hubro in 2019
Peter Knight selected for Australia Council Arts Leaders program
Collaborating again with black metal superstar Striborg for MONA FOMA in Tasmania 20th January
Great reviews of performances in Wroclaw Poland for Jazztopad
“Take the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO) for instance. One evening, the nine-member Melbourne-based group premiered atmospheric compositions that combined elements of improvisation and New music with an Aussie accent. Then during the next few days its core – trumpeter Peter Knight, trombonist James Macaulay, clarinetist Aviva Endean, bassist Jacques Emery and drummer Simon Barker – were fixtures at those informal gatherings.
“The AAO’s NFM premiere benefitted from scene-setting undertow of brittle electronic crackles from Tilman Robinson’s computer and Andrea Keller’s alternating microtonal or propulsive pianism. It reached a high point with Knight’s “The Plains”, which communicated a sense of vast space via concentrated band motifs, fluidity propelled by the trumpeter both open-horned and with processing.” Jazzword
We are excited to announce the appointment of Jerry Remkes as the Executive Producer of the Australian Art Orchestra. Jerry has had an extensive career as an arts administrator both in Australia and abroad. Since 2012 he has held the position of Programmer Performing Arts at Arts Centre Melbourne delivering seasons of large scale international works, as well as supporting and presenting Australian independent artists and small-to-medium companies. Prior to his arrival in Australia in 2012, Jerry held various Executive Producer roles in the Netherlands, as well as working for local government and the Theatre Institute of the Netherlands. His career in the arts commenced through his love for improved music, working both as a music journalist and at festivals like the North Sea Jazz Festival. Welcome, Jerry!
Someone posted a Wikipedia page for the Australian Art Orchestra HERE
Tickets on sale for Meeting Points #4 Breath and Circles 26th May Arts Centre Melbourne
Two compositions commissioned and premiered by the AAO in 2016 are in the list of finalists for the 2017 AMC/APRA Art Music Awards Instrumental Work of the Year:
'Diomira' by Peter Knight (premiered at Metropolis New Music Festival) and 'Aisles' by Austin Buckett (premiered at Sydney Festival by AAO and Ensemble Offspring).
Congratulations to the composers, and thanks to the musicians who brought this extraordinary work to life.
Listen to Aisles here http://www.abc.net.au/classic/content/2016/03/24/4426063.html
Listen to Diomira here
Full list of nominees here
We are collaborating with legendary UK group, Spiritualized, for Supersense on August 20th. This will be an incredible concert!
Applications for 2017 Creative Music Intensive have now closed. Cohort will be announced soon.
Alvin Lucier monograph to be released in 2017 on Mode Records featuring Swing Bridge commissioned by the AAO for the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ and ensemble. Premiered in 2016 at Melbourne Town Hall with Ensemble Offspring as part of a program called, Exit Ceremonies. The release will also feature a version of Alvin's piece for organ soloist (Austin Buckett) and resonating percussion recorded at Melbourne Town Hall in February 2017, along with his piece for triangle, Silver Street Car, which will be recorded by Claire Edwardes in April 2017.
Water Pushes Sand composed by Erik Griswold for AAO plus musicians from Sichuan and recorded during Melbourne Festival performances in 2015 is nearly complete and will be released later in 2017 in conjunction with a national tour.
Creative development between Artistic Director, Peter Knight and Ensemble Offspring's, Claire Edwardes for Ten Days on the Island Festival's Acoustic Life of Sheds project was completed in January. The location in Northern Tasmania is incredible and we expect the performance will match! 18-19 and 25-26 March.
At the end of an easy to miss driveway that runs off a distinctive bend in Port Rd on the way to Boat Harbour, Ossie Snare’s Gasthorpe Farm is familiar to locals who drive past it every day. Entering the farm and continuing down the driveway towards the sheds and past the Snares’ home reveals a wonderful vista gradually opening out to a magical and expansive view of ocean beyond steep cliffs. For our performance within the walls of the shed, which exists in natural counterpoint to this endless horizon, we want to create a darkened cocoon for listening.
We were initially inspired by the Snare family name. The dictionary definition of snare (in the context of the percussion instrument) is: ‘a length of wire stretched across a drumhead to produce a rattling sound’. We mentioned this to Ossie and he wasn’t aware that this was how the ‘snare’ drum works. So we enlisted the help of his son and strung taut fencing wire from one side of the shed to the other to literally sound the shed like a big snare drum! We then amplified the sounds of the wire and combined them with the sounds of found objects from about the farm including milk vats, old pieces of machinery and other curios, and from these instruments we have created a kind of chamber work duo for shed, farm machinery and electronics.