PIAF 2017: New Music and Contemporary Arts

Having launched for 2017, the Perth International Arts Festival has plenty of exciting new music and contemporary arts productions on offer. See the full program schedule here, or browse Tura’s picks for this year’s Festival.

Soft Soft Loud | Past Event

Future Shock with William Brittelle & Aaron Roche.
Performance review here.

The Encounter | 16-25 February

Created by one of theatre’s great storytellers, Simon McBurney, and performed by Richard Katz, this critically acclaimed theatre production has taken Broadway and the world by storm.
More information here.

The Calder Quartet | 17-19 February

The LA-based Calder Quartet are in demand all over the world, collaborating with artists across genres – from classical, contemporary and rock music to visual arts. The Calder’s fresh take on string music makes the familiar seem new.
More information here.

Flit | 17-18 February

Award-winning composer and experimental accordionist Martin Green has brought together a supergroup of UK songwriters, musicians and artists to tell stories inspired by his grandmother’s stories of fleeing Europe in the 1930s, through extraordinary live music and animation.
More information here.

The Australian String Quartet and Arcadia Winds | 18-19 February

In a refreshing pairing that links some of Australia’s greatest chamber music talent, the renowned Australian String Quartet (ASQ) team up with the award-winning Arcadia Winds for two unique concerts.
More information here.

Eighth Blackbird | 20 February

Described by the LA Times as a band of ‘super-musicians’, America’s Eighth Blackbird combines the finesse of a string quartet with the energy of a rock band. More information here.

Meeting | 4 March

The compulsive choreography of Antony Hamilton combines with Alisdair Macindoe’s obsessive machine-making practice in Meeting. Together they created a dynamic and choreographic sound installation which reveals a fascination with the body and mind in motion.
More information here.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

Church Series Launches for 2017

Tura’s Church Series, a concert series for experimental chamber music, launches for 2017 this Saturday in the intimate surrounds of St Paul’s Church in Menora. Providing a peaceful atmosphere for intimate performances, St Paul’s Church in North Perth hosts acoustic performances that utilise the sympathetic acoustics of the space.

Church Series #3 at 1pm on Saturday 11 February presents the sprawling and detail-attentive compositions of Berlin/Melbourne based trio, DRUM.

DRUM is the trio of Jon Heilbron (contrabass), Andy Butler (harmonium) & Callum G’Froerer (trumpet), based between Melbourne & Berlin. Their work explores simple compositional restraints leading to expansive, slow-melodic sound worlds. The event will present an extended performance by the ensemble, as well as featuring solo performances from Heilbron, G’Froerer and Perth-based oboist Niamh Dell.

Entry by donation.
Facebook event here.


A Touch of the Kimberley in Margaret River

On Saturday 21 January Cullen Wines in Wilyabrup hosted a wonderful evening supporting Tura’s Regional Program. It was a fantastic night with music from the Kimberley by Stephen Pigram (guitar/vocals), Mark Atkins (didgeridoo), Stephen Magnusson (guitar), Tristen Parr (cello) and Tura’s Artistic Director Tos Mahoney (flute) in the Cullen Winery barrel room overlooking the vines. The concert was followed by an exquisite three course meal, sourced from the garden, with matching Cullen wines.

A warm thank you to Cullen Wines for hosting such a superb event. Cullen Wines have written a short reflection on the evening here: http://bit.ly/2jDQAc5

The evening was a hugely successful fundraiser for Tura’s Next30 Campaign which encourages awareness of new music and sonic arts in Australia. Supporting this means Tura can work hard developing emerging artists and commissioning new works, culturally enriching the lives of all Australians, in particular those living in remote northern Western Australia.

More information here on Tura’s Regional Program, or to donate to Tura’s Next30 Campaign head to www.tura.com.au/donation/.

Images by Fabian Haegele.


Kimberley Reflections at Cullen Wines

Saturday January 21 2017

Featuring Stephen Pigram, Mark Atkins and members of the Narli Ensemble

Cullen Wines will be the beautiful backdrop for a celebration of music, fine food and exceptional wines, in Kimberley Reflections in Margaret River. Come and share in this event which will feature the unique sounds of ‘the Bard of Broome’ Stephen Pigram (guitar, vocals, harmonica) along with Mark Atkins, one of Australia’s finest didgeridoo players.

Stephen and Mark will share the stage with members of the Narli Ensemble: Stephen Magnusson (guitar), Tristen Parr (cello) and Tura’s Artistic Director Tos Mahoney (flute). Together they will create a wonderful feast of contemporary, classical, country, jazz and traditional music for your enjoyment.

Follow the links to read more about the extraordinary talents of Stephen Pigram and Mark Atkins.

Saturday January 21st 2017
Cullen Wines, Wilyabrup

5pm – 6pm | Welcome drinks and canapés

6pm – 7pm | Concert

7pm – 11pm | Three course meal prepared by Cullen Wines Executive Chef Iain Robertson, featuring local organic and biodynamic produce matched to a selection of fine Cullen Wines.

Cost | $250 per person, inclusive of a $100 tax deductible donation to support the work of Tura New Music.

Book your tickets through Cullen Wines at www.cullenwines.com.au, or phone 08 9755 5277. Enquiries can be made via cullendining@cullenwines.com.au. Places are limited. More information here.

2017 Program

An ocean of new music and sound art is coming your way with .

Highlights include:

• Audible Edge  a four day celebration of exploratory, experimental and improvised music. Presented in conjunction with Tonelist

• Scale Variable 2017  with Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (May); Greywing (May); Soundstorm (June); Soundcollectors (August)

• The 13th Totally Huge New Music Festival (November) featuring Anne LeBaron, Decibel, Ross Bolleter, Jon Rose and many more tbc

• Regional Residency (August): Jon Rose in Warmun ( East Kimberley) – The Kimberley Wreck Pt 2  See Pt 1

• Regional Tour ( September): The Echo Tour travelling across the Kimberley visiting regional centres and remote communities.

• Mike Cooper Residency (April) – Lap Steel Guitar, Voice, Electronics, Films and Video UK Artist.

• iMprov Program: developing new and emerging improvisational artists

plus a feast of special projects including symposia, artist lectures, commissions…..

AND the celebrations of Tura’s 30 years of existence!

Enquiries and newsletter subscription to info@tura.com.au


‘No Encore’ Screening

Screening: No Encore – A film by Kenta McGrath featuring Decibel

Free Documentary Screening | 7pm, Thursday 22 December | State Library of Western Australia Lecture Theatre | Run time: 72 minutes.

Tura is proud to present a screening of ‘No Encore’ featuring Decibel at the State Library of Western Australia. Please join us as the documentary follows Decibel’s tour of South-West Australia, by film producer Kenta McGrath.


West Australian art music ensemble Decibel embark on a tour of regional Australia, taking their strange, confronting music to small towns and baffled locals who never saw it coming. Some audiences embrace them, some ridicule them, and some give them a taste of their own medicine.

More information in the 2016 Special Events section.

Preview the trailer here: www.vimeo.com/110119685

Keith Tippett Finale

Keith Tippett Finale with 44 Western Australia musicians this Wednesday 7th of December at Studio Underground at the State Theatre Centre will see the bringing together of free jazz legend Keith Tippett with 44 Western Australia musicians for a celebration of Tippett as composer, performer, improvisor and mentor.  Musician Mosaic Band, WAYJO and iMprov have been workshopping and rehearsing with Tippett over the past fortnight and the concert will be a volcano of spontaneity and virtuosity. Limited Tickets BUY NOW

More info HERE


Western Australian New Music Archive Now Live

The Western Australian New Music Archive (WANMA) is a joint project between Tura New Music, Edith Cowan University and the State Library of Western Australia that has seen the development of an interactive web portal to house a range of digital materials related to the history and heritage of new music performance in the state from 1970 to the present day. Check it out here: wanma.org.au

The portal presently features access to hundreds of digital collection items, including video, audio, and a range of digital images including photographs, posters, flyers, program notes and other documents. All of these items aim to tell the story of new music in the state, with new material being added constantly and the information around those materials being constantly updated.

We welcome your feedback and contributions. If you have material that you believe should be included in the WANMA web portal we want to hear from you, so get in touch. We’re also looking for those represented in the portal to get involved by adding to and refining the information about their career, so please visit the portal to become an editor.

Announcing the 2016 Keith Tippett Residency

TURA is delighted to host internationally acclaimed free jazz pianist, composer and innovator, Keith Tippett in our first ever international Residency as part of our iMprov Program.

Widely recognised as one of the most distinctive and radical pioneers in contemporary jazz and improvised music, Tippett first gained prominence in London in the 1960s with his Sextet and ground-breaking 50-piece ensemble, Centipede. Today, with over 40 years of performance, composition, recordings, broadcasts, film scores, and youth education projects behind him, Tippett brings a wealth of experience to this Residency.

Over the course of the Residency, Tippett will collaborate, improvise, and perform with selected ensembles from the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO), our very own iMprov Program, and of course, the especially selected Mujician Mosaic band.

As always, our sincere thanks extend to our donors, sponsors, funders and all the individuals who continue to generously support TURA, and therefore enable us to make such outstanding events happen. Without you, international residencies like this one wouldn’t exist. Finally, special thanks to all the incredibly talented and creative musicians, directors and artists who have come together to make this happen.

We look forward to witnessing it all come to life.  Tos Mahoney, Artistic Director

UK-based free jazz pianist, innovator and composer, Keith Tippett will come together with the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO), members of TURA’s own iMprov Program, and the especially selected Mujician Mosaic band in a first-ever Australian Residency.

The Residency will include two stand-alone concerts. The first, an up-close and personal solo sitting in Tippett’s rehearsal room. With the artist, his piano and little else, this will be an incredible opportunity for lovers of contemporary jazz and improvisation to see Tippett at his freest in a truly creative and intimate setting.

After weeks of dedicated rehearsals, the Residency will then conclude with an epic performance entitled “Mujician Mosaic”.  This will feature extended collaborations with a number of selected ensembles of local musicians and stretch across Tippett’s work as a composer, director, facilitator and performer. Taking shape from dedicated rehearsals with both WAYJO and Mujician Mosaic, the concert will allow for structured playing, reworkings, and totally free improvisatory performances; showcasing collaborating artists as ensemble members and soloists. Also included in the Mujician Mosaic performance line-up is a newly created un-scored, free-form piece with the ensemble from TURA’s iMprov Program, which will be created during their dedicated rehearsal time with Tippett.


23 November – 7 December 2016 Keith Tippett solo performance

7.30pm, Thursday 1 December 2016

Rehearsal Room, State Theatre Centre of WA

Tickets $30 | $20 concession

Mujician Mosaic

featuring the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, iMprov and the especially formed Mujician Mosaic ensemble

7.30pm, Wednesday 7 December 2016

Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA

Tickets $30 | $20 concession

2 Show Discount

Tickets $45 | $30 concession

All tickets from ticketek.com.au

Arrivals by Zephyr Quartet at the WA Maritime Museum

Supported by Tura and Western Australian Museum, Zephyr Quartet, a bold and
adventurous string quartet, performs Arrivals at the WA Maritime Museum, Sunday 13 November.

Australia is very much a nation of ‘boat people’, past and present. With Arrivals, Zephyr Quartet explores notions of migration to Australia by boat through music, and with it the trials, obstacles, struggles and successes present in our history.

Zephyr Quartet is Belinda Gehlert (violin), Emily Tulloch (violin), Jason Thomas (viola) and Hilary Kleinig (cello). They’re described as ‘Arguably Australia’s most lateral thinking and inventive ensemble’ by Music Australia.

The performance features a program of Australian works covering a range of historical perspectives, including compositions by Paul Stanhope, Kate Moore, Zephyr Quartet members – Hilary Kleinig, Emily Tulloch & Jason Thomas – as well as a new collaborative work with electronic artist Motez, all expressing the oceanic journey to Australia.

Arrivals celebrates the incredible courage and great hope that the people who have traveled to our country have shown and also the immense contribution that they have made to our nation.

Arrivals performs at the Western Australian Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, Fremantle, November 13, 6:30pm. Limited capacity, advance bookings are recommended.

Purchase tickets here.

Facebook event: Arrivals in Fremantle