OCTOBER 2018

PAUL KELLY, JAMES LEDGER, ALICE KEATH AND THE SERAPHIM TRIO

THIRTEEN WAYS TO LOOK AT BIRDS

Birds have fascinated poets for centuries, not just for their song and flight but as symbols: of hope, freedom, love, communication, peace, luck good and bad, and migration. And what better way to honour them than by sending songs out into the air?

In a new song cycle commissioned by the 2019 Adelaide Festival from an idea by Anna Goldsworthy, Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger have written thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds. Using the words of John Keats, Thomas Hardy, Emily Dickinson, Judith Wright, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Gwen Harwood, A.D. Hope and others, each poem is its own world – delicate and intimate at times, colossal and soaring at others, with all states in between.

Paul Kelly and James Ledger will be joined by celebrated piano trio Seraphim (Anna Goldsworthy – piano, Helen Ayres – violin and Tim Nankervis – cello) and singer-songwriter Alice Keath to create a unique marriage of electronics, acoustic instruments and the human voice, celebrating winged creatures from the barn owl to the nightingale, from the thornbill to the falcon, from the magpie to the swan.

The final creative development of this project was held at UKARIA in October 2018.

Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds will premiere at the Adelaide Town Hall on Friday 1 and Saturday 2nd March.


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SEPTEMBER 2018

GORDON HAMILTON AND TOM THUM

Queensland-based composer and conductor Gordon Hamilton and international beatboxing sensation Tom Thum developed new works that will be premiered in upcoming performances in Cologne, Germany.

You can see a little bit of what they produced in this video of their new work Rosella Resurrection – aptly named after a parrot flew into the glass window while they were thinking of a name.

This was the first residency as part of a partnership between UKARIA and the Australia Council for the Arts.



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11 – 13 JULY 2018

Quartet and Country – a commissioning initiative between UKARIA, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and the Australian String Quartet.

Key creative personnel in residence at the UKARIA Cultural Centre:

Ursula Yovich Indigenous Composer / Performer
Djakapurra Munyarryun Indigenous Composer / Performer
Iain Grandage
Collaborator on compositional elements
Australian String Quartet Performers



Supported by UKARIA, Ulrike Klein AO, and the Klein Family Foundation.

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SYZYGY ENSEMBLE, THE SONG COMPANY AND DR KATY ABBOTT

HIDDEN THOUGHTS

5-9 February 2018

Hidden Thoughts is a daring new work by Dr Katy Abbott. Based on the anonymous confessions of 200 women and featuring live audience participation, the work is in its final stage of collaborative development.

Composed for The Song Company and Syzygy Ensemble, two of Australia's leading ensembles, Hidden Thoughts is a 60-minute work based upon responses to an online survey devised by Dr Abbott and author Kaz Cooke, consisting of a series of questions intended to uncover the most intimately held thoughts of the women that took part.

Concert audiences will be surveyed in the same manner and their responses integrated into each performance, and it is for the purpose of this integration that Dr Abbott, director Thomas de Mallet Burgess and the musicians of Syzygy Ensemble and The Song Company will travel to UKARIA Cultural Centre for a creative development residency, from 5-9 February 2018.

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MUSICA VIVA AUSTRALIA

FUTUREMAKERS 2018-2019

Saturday 27 January - Sunday 4 February 2018

Pianist Aura Go and percussive artist Matthias Schack-Arnott, Musica Viva's FutureMakers 2018-19 artists, were joined by the initiative's leadership team and mentors for a nine-day residency at UKARIA.

This residency began the fellows’ time in FutureMakers and was focused on capacity building and artistic leadership mentorship for them. Under the direction of Genevieve Lacey, theatre director Naomi Edwards, innovation and strategy director Lynette Nixon, independent producer Michaela Coventry and leadership expert Chris Kotur worked closely with the participants to guide their creative business skills and artistic development as they commenced their time in the initiative. The residency allowed the FutureMakers artists to work intensively on future musical and business plans, including time to begin shaping the music-centred performances projects they will develop over the two years of their involvement. Professor Margaret Barrett and Karlin Love from The University of Queensland was also at the residency continuing their interviews and research on FutureMakers, the outcomes of which will be featured in forthcoming publications on radical education programs.

Following the UKARIA residency, the full details of the FutureMakers 2018-19 activity and the two inspiring emerging leaders involved over these two years was announced.


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20 NOVEMBER - 1 DECEMBER 2017

ANNA GOLDSWORTHY

Pianist and writer Anna Goldsworthy develops her first novel in the artists' studio at UKARIA Cultural Centre.

A series of stories, constructed loosely on the form of variations. The theme of this book is the rites of passage of a woman's life; the variants take the form of time and circumstance. These interconnected stories chart the seven ages of Ruby, an Australian woman, based on stories my grandmother told me. The final work is at once epic in scale - spanning nearly nine decades of a woman's life - but constructed as a mosaic. Central to it is a portrait of a marriage, and through this the stories examine the trauma of war.

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7-11 AUGUST 2017

QUARTET AND COUNTRY

A commissioning initiative between UKARIA, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and the Australian String Quartet.

Key creative personnel in residence at the UKARIA Cultural Centre:

Stephen Pigram Indigenous Composer / Performer

Lou Bennett Indigenous Composer / Performer

Iain Grandage Collaborator on compositional elements

Australian String Quartet Performers

This project was generously supported by the UKARIA Foundation.


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20 – 23 FEBRUARY 2017

heard this and thought of you

Creative Development Workshop

The artists in residence intend to turn an internationally acclaimed recording project into a full-length piece of live, music-centred theatre. Taking existing music (contemporary Australian works written for them, as well as old music that they've reimagined), and texts written in response to their performances, from writers such as Helen Garner, Michael Leunig, Chloe Hooper, Luke Davies, Jana Wendt, John Clarke, Robert Dessaix and Scott Rankin, they will create a theatrical performance with music at its heart.

Key creative personnel in residence at the UKARIA Cultural Centre:

Genevieve Lacey recorder
James Crabb
classical accordion
Andy Packer
director
Michaela Coventry
producer
Katherine Tonkin
actor
Geoff Cobham
designer

Andy Ellis videographer

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25 JANUARY – 3 FEBRUARY 2017

Arcadia Winds with the Australian String Quartet

The inaugural Musica Viva FutureMakers ensemble Arcadia Winds spent a week at UKARIA rehearsing with the Australian String Quartet for upcoming performances in the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival.

Key creative personnel in residence at the UKARIA Cultural Centre:

Genevieve Lacey Artistic Director

Kiran Phatak flute
David Reichelt oboe
Lloyd Van’t Hoff clarinet
Rachel Shaw horn
Matthew Kneale bassoon

Dale Barltrop violin
Francesca Hiew violin
Stephen King viola
Sharon Draper cello

Stephen Newton double bass
Lachlan Skipworth composer



To watch a video of Arcadia Winds reflecting on their experiences as the first FutureMakers upon competing the two-year fellowship, click here.

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6 – 11 JULY 2016

Quartet and Country – a commissioning initiative between UKARIA, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and the Australian String Quartet.

Key creative personnel in residence at the UKARIA Cultural Centre.

Deborah Cheetham AO Indigenous Composer / Performer
William Barton
Indigenous Composer / Performer
Iain Grandage
Collaborator on compositional elements
Jessie Lloyd
Mentored composer
Eric Murrawuy Mentored composer
Australian String Quartet Performers

This project is generously supported by the Klein Family Foundation.

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