Indigenous Composer Initiative 2018

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Now in it’s second year, AMPlify: Indigenous Composer Initiative is aimed at supporting and mentoring emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander composers in new music and jazz.

AMPlify: Indigenous Composer Initiative had its first iteration in 2017 and is a collaboration between the Australian Music Centre, Moogahlin Performing Arts, Australian National University and Ensemble Offspring. Supported by APRA AMCOS, the participants are mentored in 2018 by Chris Sainsbury, Kim Cunio and Ensemble Offspring.

The program is aimed at supporting and mentoring emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander composers in developing new techniques and skills in instrumental composition and notation, as well as industry knowledge and relationships to build their craft and networks into the future.

In April 2018 the first batch of compositions from 2017 was toured to Brewarinna by Ensemble Offspring and presented as part of the Baiame’s Ngunnhu Festival. For the remainder of 2018 we again collaborate with the same team of five composers from around Australia – Brenda Gifford, Troy Russell, Elizabeth Sheppard, Tim Gray and Rhyan Clapham. Throughout 2018 their new works for voice, violin, clarinet and piano will be workshopped at Eora College, recorded at the ANU School of Music and then showcased in a concert at Eora College.

Performances

30 NOVEMBER, 6pm, Eora College, Redfern

Program

New works by Brenda Gifford, Troy Russell, Elizabeth Sheppard, Tim Gray and Rhyan Clapham.

Performers

Sonya Holowell (voice)
Anna McMichael (violin)
Roland Peelman (conductor)
Jason Noble (clarinet)

Media

Read an article by Chris Sainsbury, composer and concept creator of the Indigenous Composer Initiative in Resonate Magazine
Listen to ABC Classic FM’s special podcast on the 2017 Indigenous Composer Initiative here.
Read about our experiences at Baiame’s Ngunnhu Festival in April 2018 here.