Composer/Sound Designer Call-Out for In Situ 2017

Tura New Music and In Situ invite composers and sound designers to submit an application for In Situ 2017. In Situ is an annual performance platform that showcases four new short dance works by a range of emerging and experienced independent WA choreographers. In Situ is presented by dance makers Kynan Hughes and Emma Fishwick in association with Tura, STRUT Dance and St George’s Cathedral.

Two composers will be selected to create two new sound works for two new site specific dance works. The season is from 15–17 June and will take place in the surrounds of Burt Hall at St George’s Cathedral in Perth. The Cathedral has allowed In Situ to occupy many of the internal spaces of the building.

There is an opportunity on Saturday, 25 March to visit Burt Hall from 11am-1pm to tour the spaces available, and speak to the curatorial team.

Please contact for the application form.

More information here.

25th March – 11am to 1pm | Open/Information day

16th of April | Applications due

28th April | Applicants notified

13th May | Production meeting

1st May – 9th June | Rehearsal period

12th – 14th June | Tech/Dress

15th – 17th June | Performance season

30th June | Artist gathering and debrief

Mike Cooper in Residence

Tura is pleased to announce international musical explorer, folk-blues and experimental music legend Mike Cooper in Perth for an artist residency in late April.

The residency will feature an improvised set at Bar 459, as well as a two-day conduction workshop with Perth-based musicians. Cooper closes the residency performing his live score to the classic film ‘White Shadows In The South Seas’ at Packenham Street Arts Space on April 27 as part of Hemispheres.

Mike CooperLawrence English of Room40 describes the live score as “a sunset-like dream, spanning the horizon in pulsing waves of richly coloured rhythms, tropical sound fields and pacific-inspired slide guitar.”

Cooper’s favoured instrument is a vintage 1930’s National tri-cone resophonic guitar played acoustically and ‘treated through a series of digital sampling and looping devices, his voice and a vast collection of found sounds.’

Tickets on sale soon.

“Running his Hawaiian loops sweet and slow, Mike Cooper’s homage to Arthur Lyman is a masterpiece of contemporary exotica.” – The Wire.

Russia’s Finest New Music Performers Are Coming To Perth

Tura New Music proudly presents Russia’s premier new music performers, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, at the Subiaco Arts Centre on 2 May 2017.

The Perth concert features Ivan Bushuev (flute), Oleg Tantsov (clarinet), Mikhail Dubov (piano) and Vladisal Pesin (violin).

The ensemble will showcase works by renowned contemporary Russian composers Edison Denisov, Alexei Sioumak, Dmitri Kourliandski and Sergei Newski, plus works by Tristan Murail, and Beat Furrer.

“This is a once in lifetime opportunity to hear the works of contemporary Russian composers performed in extreme virtuosity by those best placed to interpret the works – their fellow countrymen,” said Tura Artistic Director Tos Mahoney.

“The Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble are world leaders in new music performance and have travelled all over the world, but this marks the first time they have visited Australia for a national tour.”

The performance premieres a new work by Australian composer Michael Smetanin, commissioned by MCME with support from the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation.

This is the first concert in Tura’s 2017 Scale Variable New Chamber Music Series.

More information here.

Tura and PICA Co-Present ‘Never Tilt Your Chair Back On Two Legs’

Tura New Music is proud to be presenting with Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Never tilt your chair back on two legs, performed at PICA in April.

The performance brings together award-winning female musicians Louise Devenish, Leah Scholes, Vanessa Tomlinson and composer Kate Neal.

The double-bill interweaves action, notation and gesture. Set at a formal dinner table, the percussionists re-enact etiquette using utensils engaged with eating and drinking, chronicling two centuries of table dining implements and customs.

This work focuses on the evolving roles of women and reworking a traditionally male music-theatre piece, Mauricio Kagel’s Dressur, into a work for the female voice.

More information here.

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:

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

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, or phone 08 9755 5277. Enquiries can be made via 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!

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‘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: