Tura’s Sound FX commences fourth year of collaborations

For the month of June, Gillian Howell returned to Fitzroy Crossing to work once again with students from the Fitzroy Valley District High School and with educators at the Baya Gawiy Children and Family Centre. Gillian, an experienced musician, researcher and educator uses the flow of the Fitzroy River as a metaphor to describe Sound FX:

In the first three years [of the program] we tapped into the local flows of music and musical interest, with the intention of supporting and augmenting those flows.

Photo by Gillian Howell

The June 2021 Sound FX program produced four original songs featuring heritage languages and English, and sharing important Indigenous knowledge about living sustainably on Country; an instrumental composition; and two community performances. Other creative projects began or had the seeds planted for later development when the next residency takes place in October 2021. In the meantime, the Flow album of original songs, sound-art, and musical journeys composed between 2017 and 2019 and recorded with Broome music legend Alan Pigram in 2019 continues to get airplay on Wangki Radio. It will be released for free public download by Tura in October.

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SITU-8:Hotel Commissions – Composer Call Out

Tura in partnership with STRUT Dance, and LINK Dance Company, is pleased to announce that SITU-8 will return in 2021 for another season of site specific short and sharp dance works.

Curated by Geordie Crawley and Serena Chalker, eight artists – four choreographers and four composers – will collaborate to produce four amazing new dance and sound works to be presented at the Alex Hotel, in the thriving heart of Northbridge.


Tura is seeking expressions of interest from composers and sound designers to take part in this hotel-wide activation of the Alex Hotel in August 2021. We are looking for artists interested in site-responsive compositional practice and presentation outside of traditional performance spaces. This year audiences will experience the work through stereo headphones given the public nature of the Alex Hotel.

Composers who have been included in successful choreographer application will be matched with this choreographer if successful. If this is not the case, composers will be matched with choreographers at the discretion of the selection panel. Due to the size of the venue, composers will create a pre recorded composition.

Images of the site can be accessed here.

Key Dates
Submission Opens: Thursday, 14 July
Site Visit: Monday, 19 July at 4.30pm
EOI Closes: 5.00pm on Friday, 23 July
Notification: 27 July

Rehearsals: from 2 August
Performance Season: 25 – 28 August with three performances running per night


Unique opportunity for experienced cross-cultural creative

Tura invites expressions of interest from a skilled Creative Associate with strong experience in enabling cross-cultural works with Aboriginal communities, to lead the development of a touring performance of The Journey Down. 

Photo by Bohdan Warchomij

The Journey Down tour is intended to be a celebration of cross-cultural collaboration, embodied in a significant cultural object making its way through regional Western Australia to its new home in Perth.

A detailed job description can be found here. Applications and enquiries are to be emailed to admin@tura.com.au by 5:00pm Friday July 30th.

Tura @ WA Museum Boola Bardip

Tura joins with WA Museum Boola Bardip in the Perth Cultural Centre to present three programs in the heritage-listed Hackett Hall and within the walls of the new museum in August 2021.


The Necks. Photo by Alan Murphy

WA Museum Boola Bardip in collaboration with Tura presents a special third edition of Aesoteric featuring acclaimed Australian icons, The Necks on August 21 & 22.

Take a seat under the soaring skeleton of Otto the blue whale and breathe deeply as The Necks perform two separate and completely original long-form improvisations over the course of one unforgettable night.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, The Necks have carved out a world-wide reputation as purveyors of an utterly transporting kind of improvised trance which leaves audiences simultaneously transfixed and rejuvenated.

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Gabriella Smart in Primordial. Photo by Ben D Woods

A soundscape that condenses several million years of shifting Tectonic forces as the first complex life form on earth emerged, PRIMORDIAL is a unique merging of science and sound – a visceral listening experience reflecting the immense landscape of the Ediacara Fossil field on the edge of the Australian desert.

Composer Constantine Koukias imagines the sound of shifting tectonic plates through manipulated piano preparations and electronics to create cascading waves of sound. Gabriella Smart pounds and caresses the piano, cajoling beautiful and extraordinary prepared sounds that are symbiotic with Koukias’ electronic score.

This 60-minute soundscape for piano, electronics with diverse media is happening on August 25 in Hackett Hall.

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Gabriella Smart in Inner Cities

Inner Cities is a five hour piano cycle for solo piano composed by Alvin Curran and performed by Gabriella Smart.

This free event, described by Alex Ross of the New Yorker as “vast and all-consuming”, takes place on August 21 & 22 from 10am to 4pm within the walls of the WA Museum Boola Bardip. You are invited to wander… absorbing the different architectural and acoustic perspectives of the space. Audiences have been known to meditate, bring their yoga mat, or simply sit or lie down.

Expectation of the formalised tradition of concert-going is suspended, with a five-hour celebration of space, light, meditation and transcendence of time beyond our normal conception.

Free event: more info

A Different View showing at Revelation Film Festival

Comprising four commissioned films from filmmaker and sound artist pairings from around the globe, ‘A Different View’ has been selected as part of the 2021 Revelation Perth International Film Festival program.

Devised by Tura in collaboration with curator and author Jack Sargeant, these works were originally commissioned in 2020 as part of the Tura Adapts commissioning projects and consists of a quartet of film/sound partnerships that explore the theme of the Anthropocene.

The program includes:

  • Dream of April by James Newitt and Sonya Holowell (with Jonathan Holowell, keyboard), 2020, [12:26]
  • Asynchronous View by Lawrence English and Emma Northey, 2020 [12:37]
  • Look Down and Find It by Julian Day and Lori Felker, 2020 [13:07]
  • Reciprocity by Rachael Dease and Dan Browne, 2020 [17:21]

The selection of composers and filmmakers was an organic process with none of the individuals working together previously. Pairing together composers and experimental filmmakers, ‘A Different View’ sought to produce new and previously unconsidered creative allegiances that would challenge and inspire both artists and audiences.

This special event screening as part of this year’s Revelation Film Festival is titled ‘A Different View Plus’ and includes an additional film, Folding City directed by Tyler Hubby.

A Different View Plus
Showing: Luna Leederville, Perth WA
Session Times: Sunday, 4 July [12:15pm] & Sunday, 11 July [11:50am]
Total run time approx. 78 mins

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Summers Night Project postponed

It’s with great disappointment that the Summers Night Project, due to start on June 10, has been postponed because of the evolving COVID-19 situation in Victoria.

The one-week project was due to bring composition and performance mentors together from around Australia to work with composer mentees for development workshops in Perth. This was to be followed by concert performances in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.

A core value of the project is the hands-on exchange of ideas that takes place when artists work closely together, and the evolution that takes place when these works are taken on tour. The current instability around travel and state border closures puts these project outcomes at risk.

We look forward to rescheduling the Summers Night Project at a later date to be decided soon.

Those with tickets to the concert at Melbourne Recital Centre on June 16 will be contacted by the venue for refunds or exchanges. If you have booked tickets for the Perth and Adelaide concerts, no action is required, and we will let you know when we have new dates.


Summers Night Project graphic

Summers Night Project concerts in June

Summers Night Project mentees

Clockwise from left: Aviva Endean, Hilary Kleinig, Bree van Reyk, Kate Milligan, Frankie Dyson Reilly

The second iteration of the Summers Night Project will take place from June 10-17 premiering five innovative new works by women and non-binary Australian composers at concerts in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Devised by Cat Hope and Gabriella Smart and presented by Tura, Soundstream and Monash University, the Project is inspired by Anne Summers’ Women’s Manifesto which was released in 2017 and aims to grow the gender diversity of composers in music programs in Australia and support and mentor female and non-binary composers to create new compositions.

The featured composers Aviva Endean (VIC), Hilary Kleinig (SA), Bree van Reyk (NSW), Kate Milligan (WA), and Frankie Dyson Reilly (QLD) have been working with a composition mentors since mid 2020 to expand their practice and create new innovative works for the Summers Night Project ensemble, which features members from the Decibel, Soundstream and Clocked Out music ensembles.

Audiences attending the Summers Night Project concerts get to hear the compositions of this eclectic group of composers performed live and to support their work.


Featuring members from the Decibel, Soundstream and Clocked Out music ensembles including Gabriella Smart (piano), Vanessa Tomlinson (percussion), Aaron Wyatt (violin/viola) and Tristen Parr (cello).

When: Sunday 13 June, 6pm
Where: Richard Gill Auditorium at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University
Tickets: Humanitix

When: Tuesday 15 June, 7pm
Where: Elder Hall at University of Adelaide
Tickets: Humanitix

When: Wednesday 16 June, 6pm
Where: Primrose Potter Salon at Melbourne Recital Centre
Tickets: Melbourne Recital Centre

Duration: 60 minutes (no interval)


The Summers Night Project is presented by Tura New Music along with project partners Soundstream, Monash University, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, and Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Performance partners: Decibel New Music Ensemble, Clocked Out.

Presentation partners: The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts @ Edith Cowan University, The University of Adelaide and Melbourne Recital Centre.

The Summers Night project has been made possible through the support of the Sydney Community Foundation’s Women Composers Fund and its associated donors and APRA/AMCOS.

Soundstream have been funded for this project by The Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body.

Media Partner: ABC Classic

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Summers Night Project graphic


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.

More information and tickets

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