The Saturday on ABC-Classic FM at 10:30 pm on New Music Up Late, Stephen Adams will interview me and present a selection of my pieces for the past 25 years. We recorded the interview back in March, and it was a lot of fun to do. Here's a link to more info:
And the show will be available for streaming for a couple of weeks after the show.
Coming up this weekend, a performance of a large environmental work by Catherine Schieve, with me on electronics, and with Astra Choir and the Astra Improvising Choir, led by John McCaughey and Joan Pollock, respectively, at the Meat Market Arts Centre in North Melbourne. The environment consists of paintings, sculptures, instruments, choir, sounds, etc. The concert has 2 parts - in the first, "Earth and Lustre" the Improvising Choir responds to Catherine Schieve's "Nine Levels of Earth and Lustre" paintings along with electronics by me. Interspersed with these improvisations are choral works by Dan Dediu, Robert Carl, Will Ogdon and Maurice Ravel. In the second, "Experience of Marfa" the choir will begin with a new a capella work of mine, "Elegy" which will then transition into "Experience of Marfa" where paintings, electronic drones, Catherine playing her sruti box orchestra, gongs, the Astra Choir responding to an electronic tone-scape, and a recording of a windstorm will conjure up sonic and visual magic. It should be a great show, and I hope those of you in the Melbourne metro-plex can make it. More details at www.astramusic.org.au.
5 pm Saturday 1 June & Sunday 2 June
Arts House at the Meat Market,
corner Blackwood and Courtney Streets, North Melbourne
Last Thursday, as part of the Performance Seminar Series at Box Hill Institute, I performed 3 pieces, two solo and one duet with Craig Schneider. I had the presence of mind to get them videoed, and enough spare memory cells to remember to bring the camera (!) so we got them recorded. Here they are for you listening and viewing pleasure, complete with the notes to them I put on YouTube.
A live performance for alphabet beads, iPhone and iPad, both with Jorg Piringer's abcedefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz app, voice, and small loudspeakers mounted on my belt. I draw random letters from the alphabeads, then load those into the iOS devices, and use that as a score for an improvisation with letter sounds to accompany the electronic (German) phonemes. I first performed this piece at La Mama Theatre in Carlton, Melbourne in March 2013. This performance was given as part of the Performance Seminar Series at Box Hill Institute on May 9, 2013.
MORNING ON PRINCES PIER
A live electronic performance. With my left hand, I'm performing an iPad with the app SoundSquares by Mark Verstraete. My right hand is performing an Alesis Air F/X, an effects unit with uses hand motion to change the settings of the selected effect. There are four sections to the piece. In each section I'm performing notes from 6 different 7-note scales derived from Ervin Wilson's "Mt. Meru" scales. (www.anaphoria.com/wilson.html) With this piece, I'm trying to get beyond the notion of live electronic music performance happening behind a laptop or a keyboard, and make the performance more physical, and body-based. Looking at the video, it's clear that I probably need both a director, to make me stand up straighter, and some refresher Alexander Technique lessons, to get me moving with more ease. Losing 10 kilos wouldn't hurt either. Then again, this performance is a start in a direction I want to go further with. Performed as part of the Performance Seminar Series at Box Hill Institute on Thursday, May 9, 2013 by Warren Burt. Camera by Tim Opie, and many thanks to Tim for doing that. And if you're in Melbourne, do take a trip to Princes Pier in Port Melbourne - it's a very unique and really beautiful environment.
This is rather late notice, but those of you near a radio or an internet stream on Tuesday night, May 14, 2013 at 8pm, can tune into radio station 3MBS-FM 103.5, or on the web at www.3mbs.org.au, where I'll be the guest of Tony Thomas on his Contemporary Visions radio program. We'll be playing a variety of pieces for both acoustic and electronic instruments, older pieces (from the 1980s) and work from the past couple of years. It should be a fun show, so tune in and enjoy!