Sonus3: A celebration of music and dance across the Kimberley

Tura is embarking on the 2021 Sonus3 Tour from 9 – 23 September, bringing diverse and vibrant groups of artists together in a celebration of culture and place.

Stephen Pigram, Sonus2 2020. Photo by Sarah Duguid

The evolving Sonus line-ups and collaborations pivots in a captivating new direction for Sonus3 with internationally renowned dance company Marrugeku joining the Tura Touring Program for the first time.

Sonus3 will see Kimberley singer-songwriter Stephen Pigram, Iranian percussionist Esfandiar Shahmir, cellist Tristen Parr, and flautist Tos Mahoney collaborate with Marrugeku co-Artistic Director Dalisa Pigram, guest dancer Tara Gower and other guest artists, performing concerts in Kununurra, Warmun, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Broome, Kooljaman, One Arm Point, Djarindjin/Lombadina and Beagle Bay.

In addition to the concerts in each community, Sonus3 will host workshops in schools, engaging primary and secondary music students with content from the tour.

Artistic Director Tos Mahoney said Tura’s award-winning Regional Programs are committed to community engagement, drawing on a 20-year history of connection and shared learning.

“From interactive school workshops to collaborations with local artists as well as cultural exchanges with Traditional Owners, the Sonus tours are very much a two-way process with touring artists being powerfully influenced by the people and places they meet and experience,” he said.

“The tours also make a significant contribution to the social, cultural, educational, and community lives of people living in regional centres and remote communities across the Kimberley through the community engagement program.

The 2021 Sonus3 Tour is supported by the Government of Western Australia through Playing WA, The Regional Touring Fund of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Culture, association with Lotterywest.

Major Partners include Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message and the Rowley Foundation.

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Situ-8:Hotel artists announced and tickets on sale

Tura in partnership with STRUT Dance, and LINK Dance Company, is pleased to announce the composers and choreographers for Situ8:Hotel, the 2021 season of site specific short and sharp dance works. SITU-8 will be be presented Aug 26 – 28 2021 at the Alex Hotel.

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

Composers and sound artists Azariah Felton; Rachael Dease; Felicity Groom; and Stephen de Filippo & Kane Tenadii-Hay will partner with local choreographers Mitchell Aldridge; Georgia Van Gils, Celina Hage & Nikki Tarling, Rhiana Katz; and May Greenberg. The works will be performed by local independent dance artists alongside Link Dance Company.

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Pilbara Sounds – immersive field recording project

Tura has commenced the first of a series of field recording residencies and workshops with Martu artists and community members in Punmu from 22 June until 5 August. Punmu is a Martu community in the east Pilbara, Western Australia.

Judith Anya Samson and Annika Moses on Lake Dora. Photograph by Zoe Martyn.

Judith Anya Samson and Annika Moses on Lake Dora. Photograph by Zoe Martyn.

As part of a three-year creative project partnership between Tura New Music and Martumili Arts and supported by BHP, Pilbara Sounds aims to build and improve skills and understandings of Martu artists and community in field recording techniques and methodology. The workshops will facilitate community to devise immersive sound works incorporating the guidance of Elders and local rangers. An evolving project, the development will be shaped by iterative planning along the collaboration.

Pilbara Sounds will include five collaboration periods of at least three weeks each, taking place over the next three years. The resulting new media works will be shared and celebrated with the community, exhibited at the Martumili Gallery in Newman with plans for exhibitions and showings in Perth and nationally.

The project is facilitated by Philip Samartzis, sound artist and researcher at RMIT School of Art, who was Tura’s artist in residence across the Kimberley 2010 – 2012 for the Topography of Dreams project and will be on the ground for the future Pilbara Sounds project.

Judith Anya Samson and Annika Moses on Lake Dora. Photograph by Zoe Martyn.

Philip’s practice involves sound art, acoustic ecology and spatial sound practices, with a specific focus on sound, art and the environment.

Unable to come to WA in 2021, Philip is mentoring emerging sound artist Sound Artist Annika Moses across the first residency. Producer Tim Pearn is part of the first residency activating community engagement and documentation

The project will result in the creation of sound and new media works reflecting the eco-acoustic characteristics of the specific locations worked in. The team will work closely with community to better understand the traits that specifically mark each place, which will then be documented through sound and other contemporary media. The resulting creative work is an outcome of the close dialogue shared between the artists and communities, with a focus on the anthropogenic, natural and atmospheric conditions and events informing each location. The soundscapes capture not only the obvious community clamour, but also the subtle timbre experience and essence of the environment.

Over the period of the project other media practitioners including screen will participate in the process further broadening its scope and reach.

Judith Anya Samson and Annika Moses on Lake Dora. Photograph by Zoe Martyn.

Pilbara Sounds is a project of Tura and Martumili Arts and is supported by BHP.

The 2021 Residency is supported by State Government of Western Australia’s Creative Communities Fund through Lotterywest and Department of Local Government, Sport and Culture.

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 local 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.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

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

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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

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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PRIMORDIAL

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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INNER CITIES PERFORMED BY GABRIELLA SMART

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
Tickets

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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.

 

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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.

SUMMERS NIGHT PROJECT: CONCERTS

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).

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

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

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

Duration: 60 minutes (no interval)

PARTNERS

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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