Media release – New music 22 May 2008

Media release 21 May 2008

Classical music is dead! Long live classical music!

SOUND TRAVELLERS TAKES NEW MUSIC ON THE ROAD.
From June 2008, a collection of Australia’s most innovative classical musicians will be hitting the road to bring their diverse and exciting sounds to new audiences across the country, with the help of the Sound Travellers initiative.

The series of new music tours kicks off with collaborative performances by improvisation artists Alex Masso and Peter Farrar in early June, and will be followed in coming weeks by performances from Ensemble Offspring, Metalog, Colin Offord, and two special shows of Con Koukiatis’s Prayer Bells. Each performance will push the boundaries of contemporary classical music practice, and will give audiences the chance to experience something new and inspirational.

Funded by the Australia Council’s Music Board, Sound Travellers is a new project, created to allow some of the country’s most interesting music practitioners to promote and tour their art, in contemporary classical music, as well the diverse fields of as improvised jazz, and sound art/electronica.

“This is a fantastic initiative for both musicians and audiences. It is an opportunity to inspire, with the diversity and quality of music being produced all around Australia, to connect like-minded people who enjoy the richness of our uniquely Australian musical vocabulary and a chance for artists to exchange creative ideas.” Joanne Kee, Director – Sound Travellers

Sound Travellers was created to support individuals and small to medium sized organizations touring new music. The artists that will be touring through the second half of the year will visit every State and will be travelling the length and breadth of the country, plus many of the places in between. A total of 13 tours, over 60 artists and more than a few road trips and flights with over 50,000 kilometres to be travelled, Sound Travellers are helping these musical journeys come to a place near you

“Ironically it is often easier for Australian artists to tour their work overseas than interstate. The Sound Travellers scheme goes some way to addressing the huge need to nurture ensemble-to-ensemble and musician-to-musician connections around the country.” David Young, Aphids

www.soundtravellers.com.au

Sound Travellers is supported by the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, Performing Lines and Ceres Solutions.

TOUR DETAILS

JUNE 2008
Masso and Farrar
When Masso and Farrar kick off the series of dates, audiences will be treated to an exploration of the possibilities of purely improvised music. With stylistic influences harking back to 1960s jazz, Masso and Farrar are heavily influenced by Australian musicians working with new approaches to sound, forms and musical interaction. Both musicians have been heavily involved with the Splinter Orchestra; formed the group Quarantine with Rod Cooper (Melb) and Rory Brown; performed with the unique musician Gerard Crewdson; and in April 2008 with creative music legend Wadada Leo Smith. They are closely involved with the NOW now.

Tuesday 3rd June, The Make It Up Club @ Bar Open, Melbourne
Wednesday 4th June, The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart
Thursday 5th June, The Exeter Hotel, Adelaide
Saturday 7th June, Club Zho, Perth
Sunday 8th June, Audiopollen Social Club, Brisbane
Thursday 12th June, Venue tbc, Canberra

http://www.myspace.com/massoalex or http://www.trioapoplectic.com/massofarrartour.html

Ensemble Offspring – Waiting to Turn into Puzzles

Working with the Aphids Reel Music Festival, Ensemble Offspring have created Waiting to Turn into Puzzles – a cinematic experience with live music. Curham’s hand-processed, etched and looped super 8 films are simultaneously an intense visual experience as well as functioning as music notation for Ensemble Offspring.

David Young ascribes a vocabulary of musical gestures and techniques to the textures, colours and shapes f the projections through a process of composition that explores the continuum between improvisation and notated music. David’s music has been likened to the “aural equivalent of seeing a world in a grain of sand”.

Wednesday 25 June, Chauvel Cinema Paddington, Sydney
Thursday 26June, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne
http://www.ensembleoffspring.org.au

Please check venue details, times and dates directly with venues at time of publishing all info correct – however things sometimes change!

Publicist Susie Cairns – “newmusicmedia@soundtravellers.com.au”

Media release – General – Sound Travellers, 20 May 2008

Media release 20 May 2008

ON THE ROAD
Musical points of departure, arrival and the space between

The first tours for Sound Travellers, a national touring project for sound art/electronica, improvised jazz and contemporary classical music are about to commence, headed for every State and Territory over the next six months.

We are launching a National media campaign in association with each individual tour having its own media/marketing campaign.

June
The Ghost Of 29 Megacycles/ Adam Trainer, Greg Taw
Alex Masso and Peter Farrar
Ensemble Offspring, Waiting to turn into Puzzles

June/July
Mace Francis Big Band Tour

July
Metalog – Jim Denley, Amanda Stewart, Ben Byrne, Natasha Anderson, Robbie Avenaim, Dale Gorfinkel
Liquid Architecture – Festival of Sound Arts

July/August
Tom Hall, Sight Beyond
Jon Tjhii and Alex Novak

September – November
Colin Offord, solo performance
Misinterprotato, Variations tour – jazz trio
Open Frame Tour, from Lawrence English Room 40
Ihos Music Theatre and Opera – Prayer Bells
Way Out West, Old Grooves for New Streets Tour.

Sound Travellers is supported by the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body and aims to support individuals and small to medium sized organizations touring new music. The artists that will be touring through the second half of the year will visit every State and will be travelling the length and breadth of the country, plus many of the places in between. A total of 13 tours, over 60 artists and more than a few road trips and flights with over 50,000 kilometres to be travelled, Sound Travellers are helping these musical journeys come to a place near you

We are working with the following publicists, so you may receive more than one email about different tours. Please be patient, it’s all good information.

Clare McGregor – Jazz 0418 192 524 email jazzmedia@soundtravellers.com.au
Amy Curl – sound art/electronic 0420 960310 email soundmedia@soundtravellers.com.au
Susie Cairns – new music 0418 635 684 email newmusicmedia@soundtravellers.com.au

More information is available on http://www.soundtravellers.com.au
All other queries please contact -jkee@soundtravellers.com.au-