We are excited to be premiering a new work by Lisa Illean in 2017, commissioned through the new APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund. Following the world premiere in Sydney, the work will be premiered in five other countries, across four continents, by Asko Schönberg Ensemble (Netherlands), Aventa Ensemble (Canada), Ensemble x.y (United Kingdom), Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and Stroma New Music Ensemble (New Zealand).
Lisa shares some thoughts about the project.
I am extremely grateful to APRA AMCOS for supporting the commission of a new project, Cantor, which I will create to be premiered by Ensemble Offspring and soprano Jessica Aszodi in September 2017.
In Cantor, I will be probing the ways in which meaning can be quietly accrued through a piling up of sound scraps – borrowing from Paul Celan’s term ‘hoerreste’ (which one might roughly translate as “scraps of heard things”). Underpinning the work is this thought, written by Celan to his friend Joachim Seng: “…the difficulty of all speaking (to one another) and at the same time the structure of that speaking is what counts”. On this page I’ll be sharing some of my research, thoughts and other documentation of the project over the year, so please take a look from time to time.
It will be a privilege to work with Ensemble Offspring on the development of the piece, ahead of premieres in Holland, U.K., Canada, New Zealand and China. I’m particularly excited to be working with musicians so experienced in performing microtonal music on both familiar and bespoke instruments; and the chance this affords to experiment in this field in a precise and very personal way.
Lisa Illean is an Australian composer of acoustic and acousmatic music, living and working in London. Her music has been described as “exquisitely quiet shadows shaded with microtunings” (The Sydney Morning Herald) and “a compelling exercise in stillness and quietude” (The Australian). Works range from pieces written for orchestra to those commissioned for new, prepared or adapted instruments, and sound works conceived for unique spaces.
Lisa has recently worked with BBC, Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Octandre Ensemble and Explorensemble, among others, and has held residencies with The Arts Centre, Melbourne, the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver and at Church Walk, Aldeburgh. Her music has been featured in Melbourne’s Metropolis New Music Festival (2012, 2014), and broadcast on ABC National Radio, 3 MBS, BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM.
Images: Left – Claire Edwardes and Elizabeth Welsh in performance, photo by Heidrun Lohr; Right: Lisa Illean portrait, photo by Cathy Pyle.