The IMMERSE project
IMMERSE, is an interactive work incorporating live chamber and digital music performance, immersive electronic sound and three-dimensional (3D) visual design, created specifically for the UTS Data Arena, an interactive audiovisual space that offers state-of-the-art, multi-screen projection and multi-speaker sound diffusion technology.
The project will develop new knowledge that can be applied to the areas of interdisciplinary performance, virtual reality, augmented reality, interactivity, and immersive sound. It is a collaboration between the School of Software, Interaction Design discipline (FEIT), the School of Communications, Music and Sound Design discipline (FASS), and UTS ensemble-in-residence, the Australia Piano Quartet (APQ), and features a new electro-acoustic composition by acclaimed Australian composer, Felicity Wilcox.
Concerts dates to soon be announced for December/January 2018-19.
(String Quartet no.1)
Commissioned by Sean Botha, WSU, my first string quartet, SON-ombra, was performed by Sydney Art Quartet, at "Secrets Through the Soundglass", Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, February 24, 2018, and at the Yellow House March 7-9, 2018.
Vivre Sa Vie, Composer's Cut
Building on my professional background as a composer for film, theatre, and installations, my art music for the concert hall may incorporate other media, including still photography, animation, motion graphics, video and sculpture.
Vivre Sa Vie, Composer's Cut, was commissioned by the Australia Ensemble and had its World Premiere performance in the Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW, on September 18, 2017. While composing, I edited Jean-Luc Godard's 1962 French New Wave classic, with the kind permission of Godard himself!!!
This piece has been a success with audiences, with reviewer Harriet Cunningham writing,
"The inventive synergy between the two (pictures and music) is a big part of the work’s impact: there are no words, but clarinet and flute manage to provide most eloquent dialogue; and when the ensemble break into an irresistible groove, the main character on screen can’t resist dancing. It’s playful, it’s dramatic, and it nudges the boundaries between live and recorded, screen and stage, concert and film with a delicious sense of exploration."
Subsequent performances were held in 2018 by Ensemble Offspring at The Sewing Room, Perth, 11 September, Subiaco Arts Centre,13 September, and Albany Entertainment Centre, 15 September. https://www.ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/albany-entertainment-centre
Broadcast: ABC Classic FM, September 19, 2017
To read more about the film and the composition, read my article for the Australian Music Centre's Resonate Magazine, November issue, 2017
Or...listen to the Composer Conversation! Felicity Wilcox and Artistic Chair of the Australia Ensemble, Paul Stanhope, talk about her new commission Vivre Sa Vie, Composer's Cut.
YURABIRONG (PEOPLE OF THIS PLACE), 2016
Bass clarinet-Jason Noble
Video by Ros Dunlop and Felicity Wilcox
Dedicated to Jason Noble and Gadigal traditional owners
This collaboration with leading Australian clarinettist, Jason Noble, is an expression of my sense of shared place, as a Sydney woman of many generations, deeply aware of the original Sydney people, the Gadigal, who came before me and who continue on. In composing and sharing it, I pay my respects to Gadigal Elders, past and present and acknowledge them as the traditional owners of the land which inspired it, and extend that same respect to all Aboriginal people.
Recording: ABC Classic FM, June 2016
Broadcasts: ABC digital radio, "New Waves" 2016-17
CD release: Jason Noble, Chi's Cakewalk, 2017.
Yurabirong has been selected for multiple concert performances 2016 through 2018, including Canberra International Music Festival, Musica Viva Sessions, Royal College of Music London, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, Delmar Gallery, Articulate Space, Salon Callan, 100clicksWest Salon, ANU, WSU and Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Reviewer Judith Crispin wrote, “Jason Noble’s masterful performance of Wilcox’s “Yurabirong” for bass clarinet was noteworthy for its fine control of extended techniques” Canberra Times
World premiere: People of this Place, 100clicksWest Salon, November 19, 2016.
Performances also at Salon Callan, October 2017, Create Space, Curl Curl, November 2017, “Glories of the Score” conference, AFTRS, December 2017, Adams State University, Colorado, USA, December 2017.
Mvt 2-Falling, for piano, cello and clarinet.
Cello-Freya Schack-Arnott, Piano-Scott Davie, Clarinet-Jason Noble
Video by Felicity Wilcox
Commissioned for Decibel New Music Ensemble, Interactive electroacoustic work based on “animated notation” World premiere: “Anime”, PICA (WA), September 5, 2015.
“Wilcox’s bound together the visuality of film, with music, and travel...and used time, in slowing and speeding it, in a manner that was most engaged in the world, but also prepared to challenge it. It spoke so eloquently of its matter that it was successful.”
G.H.Mathwin, Sensible Perth
Uncovered Ground, 2015
Commissioned for Ensemble Offspring and Ironwood, “Broken Consorts” tour.
World premiere: February 20, 2015, Bah’ai Temple Hobart.
Other dates in Feb-March 2015 and August 2016 include: Burnie Arts Centre, 45 Downstairs, Melbourne, Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Newcastle Museum.
Performed by Claire Edwardes, Zubin Kanga, Lamorna Nightingale, Veronique Serret, Jason Noble, Julia Fredersdorff, Anna McMicheal, Nicole Forsyth, Daniel Yeadon.
Recording: ABC Classic FM, February 2015.
Broadcasts: ABC Classic FM, 2015-16, ABC Radio National, 2015.
“This engaging commission work comprehensively answers the brief of exploiting this collaboration’s combined ingredients and backgrounds...and blends early and new music styles effortlessly and seamlessly. Its inclusion is a highlight of the programme and a brilliant flagship for the sensibilities of the project.”
Paul Nolan, Sydney Arts Guide
Gouttes d’un Sang Etranger (Drops of Foreign Blood), 2014
Interdiscplinary electroacoustic piece with spoken word, text, video, and photography.
Doctoral work created through research at Sydney Conservatorium.
Performance commissioned for Vivid, New Wave Sound Festival with the assistance of the Australia Council.
World premiere: Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, June 6, 2014.
Performed by Anthea Cottee, viola da gamba, Nathan Henshaw, saxophone and Felicity Wilcox, spoken word.
Visual Design by Natasha Dusenjko
Text by Felicity Wilcox
Images Felicity Wilcox/Natasha Dusnjko
Recording: ABC Classic FM, June 2014
Broadcast: ABC Classic FM, October 11, 2014
Interactive chamber music/animation work. Commissioned for the Australia Piano Quartet and UTS Department of Animation.
Performed by Veronique Serret, Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Thomas Rann, James Wannan
World premiere: UTS, Broadway, Sydney, September 4, 2013.
Commissioned for Halcyon Ensemble and Kammerklang Vox.
Interactive chamber music/photographic work.
Performed by Alison Morgan, Jenny Duck-Chong and the Kammerklang Chamber Orchestra.
World premiere: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, May 10-12, 2010.
CD RELEASES (Concert music compilations)
"Dual", on Kammerklang Alpha, 2013, Halcyon and Kammerklang Chamber Orchestra (Music Forge Australia)
"Yurabirong", on Chi's Cakewalk, 2017, Jason Noble.