Tura’s 2017 Matched Funding Campaign

Tura’s major donors have pledged to match donations towards Tura’s programs supporting young and emerging composers, performers and sound artists.

For every dollar you donate, it will be doubled.

What a great way to make your support count!

Your tax-deductible (over $2) donation in 2017 supports our production and advocacy of ground breaking programs, works and partnerships in music and the sonic arts.

Whether big or small, please donate by 30 June.


Get to Know the In SITU Composers

In SITU is a unique opportunity for artists and producers to explore an exciting new model of presenting independent choreography in enticing and unexpected locations throughout Perth. Composers Tom O’Halloran, Dane Yates, Tao Issaro and Jack Burton, will be collaborating with four choreographers, Dominik Mall, Stefan Karlsson, Richard Cilli and Natalie Allen, Sarah Chaffey and Russell Thorpe, to create original site-specific works at St George’s Cathedral.

Dane Yates

Dane Yates is composer and collaborator focusing on electroacoustic practices and the relationship between music, dance and film. His work focuses on the organic and the subversion of subject, resulting in commissioned works, performances throughout Australia. Dane has continually collaborated with dance and movement based works throughout Perth leading to award-winning pieces in the 2016 Perth Fringe. Dane currently holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in composition and music technology through WAAPA, collaborating further with multidisciplinary works.

Tao Issaro

Tao Issaro is a percussionist/composer/music producer from Kerala, South India. Born into the artistic tribe of the “Natyashram” performing arts centre, Tao started his career as a percussionist with the “Daksha Sheth Dance Company”, performing over 500 performances in 30 countries. He was a regular member of a number of Indian bands with which he toured extensively in Asia, Australia, U.K and the U.S. As a solo performer Tao has performed with some of India’s most respected percussionists and instrumentalists. Other than performing Tao has composed and produced music for TV, film and theatre. Tao is currently doing his Honours at WAAPA and working on solo and large ensemble percussion works.

Tom O’Halloran

Tom O’Halloran leads his own original jazz piano trio outfit and conducts orchestras from time to time, composes new classical music, plays wild old analogue synthesizers and even rock guitar. Most recently he has played with acclaimed bassist Robert Hurst (USA), was nominated for a 2012 APRA Australian Art Music award and was a finalist in the 2011 Freedman Foundation Jazz Fellowship – where he was featured at the Sydney Opera House.

Tom O’Halloran leads the Jazz Piano department at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University, and also lectures in jazz composition and improvisation. He is a regularly commissioned composer, and currently holds a Master of Music in classical composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) from WAAPA.

Jack Burton

Jack Burton is a electronic music producer, composer and sound designer based in Perth. He creates music across a range of genres drawing from contemporary classical, ambient and minimal music.


Tura Congratulates Lachlan Skipworth

WA composer Lachlan Skipworth‘s Clarinet Quintet: The Eternal (2016) has been selected from over 600 works for the ISCM World New Music Days 2017.

Skipworth’s piece will be performed at the festival by members of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra as ensemble wolfGANG. See the full list of selected works, featuring 90 composers from nearly 50 countries.

Tura congratulates Skipworth on his achievement, and looks forward to presenting his ensemble Intercurrent in Simulacra on 29 August, as the third concert in the 2017 Scale Variable New Chamber Music Series.

More about the ISCM World New Music Days 2017
From November 2-8, 2017, Vancouver hosts the ISCM World New Music Days 2017.

Since its founding in 1922, the International Society for Contemporary Music has been the world’s premier network for new music. Each year, its festival is hosted in a different city around the globe.

In 2017, the Canadian League of Composers and Music on Main welcome nearly 50 countries for a festival of new music and a celebration of new ideas, new collaborations, and new fusions.

Rio 1917 by GreyWing Has Been Cancelled

Tura New Music reluctantly announces that the second concert in this year’s Scale Variable New Chamber Music Series has been cancelled.

GreyWing’s Rio 1917, which was to be held this evening at the State Theatre Centre of WA, has been cancelled due to artist illness. The ensemble is disappointed by this circumstance and is working with Tura on options for re-scheduling the concert.

Ticket holders for the concert are advised to contact Ticketek.

For any queries please contact info@tura.com.au.

Sound Art Commission Recipient Announced

Tura and the City Of Perth are pleased to announce sound artist Daniel Spriggs as the TRANSMISSION site-specific sound art commission recipient for 2017. This is a new initiative between Tura and the City of Perth as part of the Winter Arts Festival.  The commission is for a new site-specific sound-based artwork which will be delivered via a sensor-activated speaker system at four locations around the city. 

The work aims to explore the modulating hum of the sheoak ghost song, caused by wind passing through the leaves resurrecting a reverberation that was once commonly heard in the pre-colonial Perth and its surrounds. 

The work will run from late June for the duration of the City of Perth Winter Arts Festival.

More information and locations to come soon.

See the full program here.

THNMF 2017 Conference Call for Papers

Tura New Music invites proposals for papers, lecture-performances, artist talks, and panels of three or four papers for The 2017 Totally Huge New Music Festival Conference.

The one-day symposium, on Thursday 26 October at the State Library of WA, features keynote speaker Anne LeBaron, examining the theme of ‘Embracing the Irrational: The Sonic Arts in a Post-Factual World.’

Over the last century art movements such as Dada, Surrealism, Fluxus and Neoisms such as the Luther Blissett movement and Australia’s Ern Malley hoax responded to the world around them by embracing the irrational as the basis of their creative agendas. In a media-rich contemporary environment in which facts are displaced by feelings, emotion and intuition – previously the lowly province of the arts and ‘soft sciences’ – where do composition and sonic art practices stand? How are composers, music creatives and sonic artists responding to the new century of ‘post-truth’?

The THNMF Conference is a forum for artists from diverse areas of practice, along with critics, commentators and academics, to discuss the ideas that underline contemporary new music and sound art—the histories, methods, theories, approaches, techniques and dreams that make up the modern world of music and sound arts.

The conference is presented by Tura New Music, in association with the University of Western Australia, and with the Faculty of Education and Arts, Edith Cowan University, including the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. The conference is supported by the State Library of Western Australia.

Guidelines, how to submit a proposal, and more information can be found here.

Experimental Music Workshop with Aviva Endean for Women, Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Artists

3-8pm, Wednesday 28 June
Tura New Music office
Level Two, Subiaco Arts Centre

Tura New Music presents a workshop with Melbourne-based clarinetist and performance-maker Aviva Endean

The workshop will focus on collective improvisation, sonic meditation, approaching open-form scores and performance provocations, and discussion around these activities. Musicians from all backgrounds and levels of experience with experimental music and improvisation are encouraged to apply.

All participants are invited to submit a proposal for an idea to be explored during the workshop (optional). This may take any form, for example a direction/concept for a structured improvisation or a graphic score, seeking mentorship on solo or ensemble improvisation or on a solo or group composition, or other ideas or pieces which actively involve the whole ensemble of workshop participants in some way. Creative, specific and/or unorthodox projects are also highly encouraged and participants are welcome to propose projects which deal with or relate to gender or identity. Proposals must be submitted in advance of the workshop by June 16th

This workshop is open to women-identifying, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming artists, and artists of other gender identities who feel that they have been silenced in social or musical contexts based on their gender identity or expression. If you feel uncertain as to whether your attendance would be welcomed, please feel free to speak to Josten.

Attendance is completely free, but RSVPs are essential. To RSVP, please contact Josten Myburgh at josten@tura.com.au, and if you choose to send a proposal, please attach it as a .pdf and it will be forwarded to Aviva. The projects to be workshopped will be selected by Aviva herself – please note that, depending on the number of proposals, all projects may not be able to be workshopped during the session. 

Adventures in Sound with a Three Show Buy

Join Tura for adventures in sound.

The Scale Variable Series represents new chamber music from Western Australia and around the world. This is the perfect opportunity to sample a taste of the new and unexpected from composers of the modern era and the performers who render their work.

The 2017 Series places Western Australian new music at the forefront, and shares programs of works from local, national and international composers performed by a cross section of specialist Perth-based performers.

See some of Perth’s finest new chamber music ensembles with a Three-Show Buy that offers the concerts at the State Theatre Centre of WA at a discounted rate.

The Three-Show Buy invites you to experience the following concerts:

Rio 1917 by GreyWing
Wednesday 31 May

Simulacra by Intercurrent
Tuesday 29 August

Motion by Soundstorm
Wednesday 15 November

Purchase the Three Show Buy tickets from Ticketek.

Meet the In Situ Composers

Tura, Strut and the In Situ team have chosen four composers for the upcoming In Situ Season at St George’s Cathedral. Due to the large volume of applicants a decision was made to commission four composers to create one work each.

Pianist, improvisor and composer Tom O’Halloran, sound designer/composer Dane Yates, percussionist/composer Tao Issaro and electronic music producer Jack Burton have been selected to work with four choreographers to make site specific works for the In Situ Season 2017.

The composers and choreographers have started their collaborations this week and will present the works at St George’s Cathedral and surroundings from June 15-17. In Situ is a promenade performance experience which will allow the audience to explore areas of the St George’s cathedral otherwise not seen by general public.

Scale Variable Celebrates New Works by WA Composers

The second concert in Tura’s 2017 Scale Variable New Chamber Music Series features Perth ensemble GreyWing performing Rio 1917 at the State Theatre Centre of WA on 31 May. The performance is a celebration of Latin American modernist and new music and its local connections.

The concert features recent and new works by Chilean/Australian Pedro Alvarez and Peruvian/Australian Eduardo Cossio, and four responses to Villa-Lobos’ seminal Sexteto Mistico by Western Australian composers Ellie Cumming, Sam Gillies, Alexander Turley and Lindsay Vickery. The concert also features a contrasting work by living Brazilian composer Felipe Lara.

Core members Catherine Ashley (harp), Jameson Feakes (guitar) and Lindsay Vickery (clarinet/saxophone) will be joined on the night by special guests Kirsten Smith (flute), Niamh Dell (oboe) and Stewart Smith (piano).

Discount tickets available from Ticketek, enter the code ‘BRAZIL’ to access $23 +bf tickets.

Student tickets are available for $10 (plus booking fee) here.

Alternatively, students can buy their $10 ticket at the box office on the night of the performance.

Villa Lobos, described as “the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music,” calls his own works “….. natural, like a waterfall.”  

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