All I Ever Am by kdmindustries

kdmindustries ‘All I Ever Am’

Tura is supporting a new project by kdmindustries titled ‘All I Ever Am’ on Friday 7 May at The Rechabite, Perth.

Featuring real time web scrapes, generative video and modular sound, it explores 40 trillion gigabytes of information and the rise of data as the most valuable resource in the world.

Creator Mark Haslam is a performance designer who’s worked with leading arts companies across performance, dance, music and visual arts and it follows on from previous projects, ‘PRVCY’, ‘CONCRETE:heartbeat’, and ‘project:ALICE’.

Creating (and performing) the sonic compositions is James Luscombe – a sound engineer and designer who specialises in live mixing and performance programming/composition for dance and theatre.

‘All I Ever Am’ is a powerful, visceral and cathartic experience for audiences who exist ever more in digital space.

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This project is supported by Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Tura New Music.

Tone List’s Audible Edge returns in April

Stuart James, Alluvial Gold. Photo by Nik Babic

Audible Edge presented by Tone List is happening between April 6-18 in venues around Perth, Fremantle and online, featuring everything from experimental theatre, avant-garde metal, free jazz and folk.

From its first incarnation back in 2017 when Tura and Tone List partnered to deliver four days of experimental and improvised music, it’s now grown into Tone List’s own independent festival with a program that’s for “everyone with a penchant for the strange and wonderful.”

‘An Ocean of Ears’ opens the festival on April 6 with spatial audio superhero Stuart James [pictured] for three nights of sound and image within a ring of 16 speakers (and a subwoofer). From the worlds of club music, hard digital synthesis, analogue experimentation and conceptual composition alike, Stuart James [Perth], Tengal [Manila], Thembi Soddell [Bendigo], Maral [Los Angeles] and James Rushford [Melbourne] will send sound rippling through the acoustics of Fremantle’s Old Customs House. There’ll also be a commissioned movement work in development by Alex Turner and Lauren Catellani.

There’s lots more on including performances, artist talks, workshops and Nika Mo’s (aka Annika Moses) album launch ‘Of Cloven Hoof in Honey’ featuring a nine-piece band at The Rechabite on April 14.

Congratulations to Tone List for putting together a great program of events for Audible Edge after the hardship of last year’s forced cancellation. You can view the full program on their web site.

Audible Edge is presented by Tone List and has been made possible through support, collaborations and contributions by The Bird, Cool Change Contemporary, Liquid Architecture, Perth Jazz Society, The Rechabite, and Tura New Music, and assisted by the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and the City of Perth.

Moong-ung-garh garla-gula

(Yamatji: Sitting by the fire at night)

This week at UKARIA Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills, poet/musician Mark Atkins, composer/performer Erkki Veltheim and Tura New Music’s Artistic Director Tos Mahoney have gathered from Tamworth, Melbourne and Perth to devise a new stage show.

Erkki Veltheim & Mark Atkins, UKARIA Cultural Centre, Adelaide

The program to be will celebrate Mark Atkins’ unique gifts as a poet, storyteller, singer-songwriter and didgeridoo virtuoso, collaborating with some of Australia’s leading musicians to create a full-length program imagined as a gathering around a campfire. It will feature poems drawn from Mark’s life, stories inspired by the Australian natural and cultural landscape, and tall tales of bushmen, travellers and other colourful characters.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to celebrate and honour my Yamatji heritage through my contemporary experience,” Atkins says. “The best moments happen around the fire late at night under the stars… I’m inspired to tell stories real and imagined.”

The project is produced by Tura in partnership with UKARIA and supported by Ulrike Klein AO and the Australia Council for the Arts. Remote work started last year with commissions from the key creatives. This week is the next stage of development with stage 3 to happen in November at UKARIA with the full ensemble, which includes Genevieve Lacey, Stephen Magnusson, Anthony Pateras, Scott Tinkler and Vanessa Tomlinson.

Twin Peaks residency centre and studios as part of UKARIA Cultural Centre

Veltheim comments: “Having worked with Mark for a number of years on the incredible Tura remote touring programs, I became increasingly aware of the depth of Mark’s poetry and insights into the enigma that is Australia. To have the resources and personnel we have will no doubt produce powerful and profound new work.”

Mahoney adds: “This is a truly national project exploring the mostly unacknowledged writing prowess of one of our best known First Nations musicians. Not only do we wait in excited anticipation for the outcomes of this development period, but to take these outcomes to festivals around Australia and eventually the world.”

Tura New Music is a national organisation based in Perth advocating and producing new music-based programs with a focus on cross cultural collaboration.

The UKARIA Cultural Centre was established by Jurlique founder Ulrike Klein as “a place where excellence is nurtured and new work is born”. With its stunning recital hall and residency houses and studios it is a wonderful supporter of new Australian work.

Twin Peaks residency centre and studios as part of UKARIA Cultural Centre

Marrugeku-Tura Creative Development Project

Broome Western Australia
13 – 19  December 2020

L-R: Tara Gower, Tristen Parr, Tos Mahoney, Anne-Janette Phillips, Eric Avery, Dalisa Pigram, Esfandiar Shahmir

This week in Broome, WA an exciting music and dance research and development collaboration between Tura New Music and Marrugeku Dance Theatre is unfolding. The project explores cross-cultural connections and differences, with a diverse cultural mix of artists joining the project from around Australia and abroad.

With Marrugeku’s commitment to find new opportunities for the Broome dance community, their artists include local Yawuru dancers Annejanette Phillips as well as Tara Gower, a long time dancer with Sydney’s Bangarra Dance Theatre. Dancer/violinist Eric Avery of Yuin, Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwaan and Gumbangirri people from NSW joins the project, now living in Darwin has been in many of Marrugeku’s productions and labs. And the dance theatre company’s co-artistic director Dalisa Pigram brings a wealth of knowledge through her dance and choreographic focus.

Tura brings in three musician/sound artists hailing from Tura’s 2020 Sonus2 Tour with Tristen Parr (cello), Iranian Esfandiar Shahmir (daf and ney) and Tos Mahoney (flute).

As the last project of the year, Tura continues its ongoing commitment to community engagement work throughout northern Australia. The collaboration has the view to a performance outcome being included in Tura’s highly successful regional and remote community programs as well as endless possibilities for local and regional artists.

Tura’s Artistic Director Tos Mahoney says: “We have all been aware for some time of the affinity between Marrugeku and Tura philosophically, artistically and geographically… This is a wonderful opportunity for both organisations to explore these connections,  developing new work and understanding.”

Live performance from Anthony Pateras

In a series of fortunate events for Perth audiences, composer, pianist and electro-acoustic musician Anthony Pateras finds himself in Perth after returning from a European tour.

As part of the WAAPA Feast marathon day of music on Saturday 5 December 2020, staff, students and alumni from the Composition and Music Technology department will present eight hours of new music and experimental works. At the conclusion, Anthony will perform a rare 45-minute non-prepared acoustic piano solo at WAAPA’s Spectrum Project Space from 7:30pm.

Music lovers can also see a plethora of new offerings from WAAPA music departments on that day spanning jazz, contemporary and classical from 11am to 7pm. Entry is free for all events including Anthony’s live performance.

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New presentations as part of Perth Festival 2021

Tura has partnered with Perth Festival to present events as part of their 2021 program including Hymns for End Times by Rachael Dease, Alluvial Gold by Louise Devenish, Stuart James and Erin Coates, as well as the commissioning of new pieces by Rebecca Erin Smith and Lydia Gardiner for the One & Many chamber music series.

The world premiere of Hymns for End Times by composer/sound designer/vocalist Rachael Dease with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra is happening on 18 February 2021 at His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth. This special event celebrates one of WA’s most distinctive talents and the release of her first solo album of the same name.

With the support of West Australian Symphony Orchestra and accompanied by the vocal ensemble Voyces, Dease’s spellbinding voice and magnetic stage presence will take you through intimate lullabies to orchestral heights in this captivating one-off music event.

Alluvial Gold by percussionist Louise Devenish, composer Stuart James and visual artist Erin Coates takes place at Goolugatup Heathcote – Gallery from 10-13 February 2021, bringing a visceral drama to the often-forgotten worlds below the surface of the river.

Sculptural percussion instruments modelled on dolphin bones, native oyster shells and marine ecology are paired with vibraphone and electronics in this premiere performance, which exists as and between art installation and concert performance.

One & Many will be performed in Hackett Hall in the WA Museum Boola Bardip featuring two of WA’s most esteemed musicians – violin virtuoso Shaun Lee-Chen on 6 & 7 February and soprano Sara Macliver on 27 & 28 February.

The centrepiece of Shaun Lee-Chen’s concert is one of the masterworks of western music – Bach’s Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor. Joined by St George’s Cathedral Consort under the direction of Dr Joseph Nolan, this solo violin work is illuminated with entwined chorale melodies in a reinvention by German musicologist Helga Thoene. Works by Arvo Pärt and a new work commissioned by Tura from WA composer Lydia Gardiner completes this program.

Sara Macliver is one of Australia’s most revered and versatile artists begins and ends this concert with female composers – Hildegard von Bingen and a new work commissioned by Tura from WA composer Rebecca Erin Smith. In between, she is joined by wind and percussion ensemble Wind Quintet Plus for a performance featuring Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, a selection of lieder from Richard Strauss, Schumann’s Dichterliebe and moments from Mozart’s Wind Serenades.

Tickets and more info from Perth Festival

Tura continues its projects in the Kimberley with the Warmun Residency

Tura New Music continues its projects in the Kimberley, WA with artistic director Tos Mahoney in Warmun last week for a ten day residency with Broome filmmaker, Mark Jones, and Perth based producer/curator Jessica Wraight furthering the ongoing Programs in the area.

One of the projects, which began in 2018, is The Wild Violins of Warmun with renowned composer, performer and teacher Hollis Taylor, where students at Ngalangangpum School continue to create new sound worlds and storylines on the 40 violins brought in for the project. During this years residency new students were included in the program as it continues its long journey of discovery.

Watch the video to learn more about the The Wild Violins of Warmun:


Another artist-in-residence project in Warmun is ‘The Wreck‘  in association with Warmun Arts Centre, which started in 2017 in the hands of sound wizard Jon Rose, when an old car wreck was converted into a musical instrument and sound installation in collaboration with the local community. In 2018 ‘The Wreck’ was further renewed, when it was painted by Warmun artists  including Gabriel Nodea, Shirley Purdie, Gordon Barney, Nancy Nodea Lindsay Malay and Mark Nodea transforming ‘that moda car’ into a carrier of country and story.

During the visit new stories and connection were told and recorded, all building up to the curation of a deep and lasting cultural project.

‘The Wreck’ will soon be on the move. In 2021, it’s embarking on a journey that adds a whole extra dimension to the project – stay tuned.

L-R: Nancy Nodea, Tos Mahoney, Andrew Daylight

The Warmun Residency is made possible by Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message.

Fitzroy Valley celebrates Twin Residency

As part of Tura New Music’s on-going program in Fitzroy Crossing, East Kimberley, WA, the 2020 instalment of the Fitzroy Valley New Music Project – this time facilitated by Peter Keelan and Cecile Williams – recently finished at Fitzroy Valley District High School.

The three-week twin residencies involving instrument-making workshops and development of a student art program, culminated in the students from years 3, 4, 5 & 6 presenting their uncanny instruments and art to the community with an event titled ‘Flowing’.

The Fitzroy Valley New Music Project is an ongoing project in the Valley produced by Tura New Music and directed by Gillian Howell.

The Project and residencies are made possible by Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message, and the Rowley Foundation.

Situ-8 2020 Artist Announcement

Tura, in partnership with STRUT Dance and the State Theatre Centre of WA, present SITU-8: a new initiative for for artists interested in site-based creativity. SITU-8 is a celebration of the State Theatre Centre as the home of contemporary dance in Perth, WA.

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 season of SITU-8 will present collaborative work by local artists: James Vu Ahn Pham, Sally Richardson, May Greenberg, Talitha Maslin, Ellen-Hope Thomson, Joshua Pether, Mitchell Harvey, Ashleigh White partnering with composers and sound artists David Stewart, Felicity Groom, Matthew Jones, Rebecca Riggs/Bennett (Elsewhere/Rebecca), Simon Charles, Louis Frere-Harvey, Tess Stephenson (Cr0nes) and Alexander Turner.

SITU-8 will be be presented Nov 26-28 2020 at the State Theatre Centre of WA. This is a free ticketed event which had been made possible through the Lotterywest Relief Fund. Tickets will be available soon.

Read more about he composers here

Composers: L-R. David Stewart, Felicity Groom, Matthew Jones, Rebecca Riggs-Bennett, Simon Charles, Louis Frere-Harvey, Tess Stephenson (CR0NES) and Alexander Turner

Choreographers L-R. James Vu Ahn Pham,  May Greenberg,  Joshua Pether, Sally Richardson, Ellen-Hope Thomson, Mitchell Harvey, Talitha Maslin and Ashleigh White

Strut Dance            

Recognition of Cat Hope and Louise Devenish in 2020 Art Music Awards

At the 2020 Australian Music Centre and APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards, Tura was especially delighted to see Speechless by Cat Hope take out the award for Work of the Year: Dramatic.

Tura has been connected to this project since the beginning, producing the contemporary opera from its development in 2017 with Vitalstatistix in Adelaide, to its world premiere, full-scale performance in the 2019 Perth Festival at Sunset Heritage Precinct. Tura worked closely with Composer and Director Cat Hope, and in partnership with Perth Festival and Monash University, presenting the powerful opera featuring one of Australia’s foremost interpreters of contemporary opera repertoire Judith Dodsworth, Indonesian vocalist Karina Utomo, throat singing specialist Sage Pbbbt, and Perth soprano Caitlin Cassidy, with a combined community choir of 30 voices and a the Australian Bass Orchestra lead by members of Decibel New Music Ensemble.

Cat said of the program: “Music’s power is in the abstract. It is not my intention to speak on behalf of anyone – rather, I have used music to describe my personal response to one of the great humanitarian crises of Australia today.”

Perth Festival Artistic Director Wendy Martin described Speechless as “an utterly powerful, visceral experience… and experiencing it was extraordinary.”

Years in the making, Tura honours Composer and Director Cat Hope not only for the work itself but her tenacity and rigour in seeing it through to full production. This award is a wonderful recognition of this.

Videographer Peter Baker captured the first rehearsal in Melbourne by Speechless soloists with composer and director Cat Hope and Music Director Aaron Wyatt.

Louise Devenish’s award for Performance of the Year: Notated Composition, as well as her State Luminary award, was highly deserved, recognising her ongoing advocacy, commissioning and performance of new percussion music in WA. Her program, Sheets of Sound, was presented by Tura and PICA. The sold-out season featured works by Louise Devenish and Stuart James, Matthias Schack-Arnott, and Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, and Seesaw Magazine called it a “tactile sound world… [bringing together] electro-acoustic music, new instrument designs, and the intersection of performance art with theatre.”

Finally, Tura extends congratulations to all of the winners, and to the Australian Music Centre and APRA AMCOS for a highly successful, online event. The hour-long ceremony, which will be available to watch for 30 days.

See the full list of award recipients in the Australian Music Centre’s Resonate.

Read about Tura and Gillian Howell’s Award for Excellence in a Regional Area for the Fitzroy Valley New Music Project.