Australia Council Funding Announcement

Tura New Music is humbled to share the Australia Council’s announcement of Four-Year Funding recipients with Tura among the 95 arts organisations nationally to receive funding for 2021 – 2024. We congratulate all the organisations across all art forms in what, in any case, is an incredibly competitive process – one we wish was less so, as there are so many organisations doing such essential work for Australian cultural life who have not been funded simply because the Australia Council does not have enough funds to serve the nation in the way it has always aspired to.

This would have been a very hard time for those unfunded organisations in any case but in the current health and economic crisis it may, in some or many cases, be terminal. We congratulate the Australia Council for using part of the Four-Year Funding pool to support some of the unfunded organisations through a special scheme for 2021 but this is yet another reminder of the lack of visionary policy at Federal Government level – policy that would look to support Australian cultural life now and into the future.

We passionately support The Australia Council whose operational budget has been hacked by successive governments and the funding pool per se dropped in real terms over many years. We thank Council, Executive and staff for keeping up the fight across some incredibly challenging years and in this one particularly.

See the full list of Four Year Funded Organisations

We are most privileged to be future recipients of this funding, though of course now we, with everyone, are unsure of what that future actually is. However, we look forward to being adaptive within our existing programs, as well as developing new programs that support the broad practice of new music and sound art around Australia whilst building on our 33 years of connection with a vast array of diverse communities to deliver those programs.

We will do all that we can to support the cultural sector, especially individual artists, across this incredibly difficult and challenging time.

We are profoundly grateful to the Western Australian State Government for their support across the life of our organisation and especially for setting the benchmark for state support of cultural organisations that tell Australian stories of our time. We likewise extend our deepest thanks to all of our sponsors and donors for their past and current generosity and support alongside the belief in what is important in society.

Tura recommits to making a difference and being champions of artistic risk with meaning now and well into the future.


Media Enquiries:
Tos Mahoney
Artistic Director

2020 from Tura Artistic Director

After another extraordinary year in 2019, with projects across the Kimberley including The Fitzroy Valley New Music Project, The Sonus Tour and the Wild Violins of Warmun;  in Indonesia – the Kimberley Indonesia Project: The Kimberley Echoes Tour from Darwin through Sydney Opera House, regionals, Canberra and on to the Melbourne Recital Centre; the finalisation of Tura Tracks – the regional program evaluation program with Griffith University; the start of a new residency program in east Pilbara; the start of Soup Nights in Perth….. we are in the middle of a collective breath, gathering in all the wonderful experience, connections and material created and preparing for the year ahead.

Its with great pleasure that I can announce the 14th Totally Huge New Music Festival this coming August 19 – 23.  The Festival started in 1987 and was suitably ironically named for the time. It has metamorphised across time to be a truly international celebration of new music and sound art. This year’s Festival will more than ever bring the various arms of Tura’s activities and agendas under one umbrella with work from remote communities alongside that from big centres around the world. Program details announced soon.

Our remote residency programs in Fitzroy Crossing (Gillian Howell and Aviva Endean) and Warmun (Hollis Taylor and Noam Yaffe) continue whilst the new Philip Samartzis led program in east Pilbara establishes itself for at least the next 3 years.

The vital biennial A Summers Night women composers project will be in development across the first half of the year then tour nationally in July. See the Call Out .

In August we will be touring the ever-evolving collaboration between the Wilfred brothers from Ngukurr and Paul Grabowsky through the Northern Territory, the Kimberley and Pilbara. Dating back to 2005 and the Crossing Roper Bar project, this iteration (Bambula) will also feature violinist Erkki Veltheim and collaborations with local artists en route.

The Perth based Soup Nights series will be exploring new venues, creating a platform for local and visiting experimental work.

We are currently finalising plans for the next phase of the Kimberley Indonesia Project for the second half of the year alongside new project plans for South East Asia.

Topography of Dreams exhibition and symposia featuring the work and documentation as the result of residencies by Philip Samartzis and Madelynne Cornish in the Kimberley 2010 – 2012 is now in the hands of curator Kelly Fliedner. News soon on all of that including dates  for the symposia with their focus on climate and Indigenous weather knowledge.

We will be partnering with Ukaria in South Australia to commission a new collaboration between Mark Atkins and Erkki Veltheim to be completed by years end.

We will also be partnering with:

  • Tone List to present program as part of Audible Edge in April
  • Outcomes Unknown to present new works across the year.
  • Strut to enable dance and music collaborations

And for a bit of cashew nut butter on your quinoa bread…. we join with Karijini Experience to present the Narli Ensemble at this year’s remarkable Pilbara event over in April. Book Now ! 

We look forward to updating you on all of the above as well as new projects and events as they evolve. Do sign up for our newsletter to ensure you have all the latest news.

And an enriching year to you all.

Tos Mahoney
Founder and Artistic Director















In Situ 2019 Artists Announced

Initiated in 2014, In Situ is an annual season of original site-specific works from WA independent dance artists. We are pleased to announce that the 2019 season of In Situ will present new works by local artists: Joshua Pether, Scott Gailbraith, Michelle Aitken, Yvan Karlsson, Dane Yates, Alexander Turner, Rebecca Riggs-Bennett and Tao Issaro Mott.

This year, In Situ is staged in the hidden corners of Cyril Jackson Senior Campus and Cyril Jackson ArtsHouse. A blend of sound, dance & architecture, come along on a journey of discovery in this dynamic community setting. The selected artists will be collaborating to create four new performances on-site, drawing from local history, memory and folklore.

Curated and presented by Serena Chalker, Geordie Crawley and Daisy Sanders in association with STRUT Dance, TURA New Music & Cyril Jackson Senior Campus, In Situ is part of an ongoing commitment to nurture the development of local artists.

In Situ will be presented Nov 7-9 2019 at 6:30pm and 8:00pm at Cyril Jackson ArtsHouse. Tickets will be on-sale in October. For more information please visit Strut Dance‘s website or the In SItu Facebook page.

In SItu 2019 Composers

In SItu 2019 Composers: Dane Yates, Alexander Turner, Rebecca Riggs Bennett and Tao Issaro

In Situ 2019 Choreographers

In Situ 2019 Choreographers: Joshua Pether, Scott Galbraith , Michelle Aitken and Ivan Karlsson

In Situ is supported by STRUT Dance, Tura New Music, Town of Bassendean and Cyril Jackson Senior Campus.

Strut Dance Town of Bassendean



Dane YatesDane Yates

Dane Yates is composer and collaborator focusing on electroacoustic practices and the relationship between music, dance, theatre and film. His work focuses on the organic and the subversion of subject, resulting in commissioned works, performances throughout Australia, esteemed residency programs and multiple releases on Australian labels. Dane has continually collaborated with dance and movement based works through WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) and dance companies Sydney Dance Company, STRUT Dance Company, Lewis Major Projects and Co3. Dane has also launched and managed a tape label Second Iteration Tapes, releasing music and sound art initially used within multidisciplinary and collaborative works since 2017. Dane’s collaboration with film has led to screenings around Australia and internationally, including an award winning score in the 2016 Revelation Film Festival (WA) for “Revelation Award for Best Music Soundtrack”. Dane currently holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in composition and music technology through WAAPA.

Alexander Turner

Alexander Turner

Alexander is a musician based on Whadjuk Noongar country. His practice involves composition, field recording, performing, and improvising, most often with electro-acoustic material and found objects. He recently studied electronic music production with Laurel Halo and radiophonic performance with Alessandro Bosetti and has an interest in community and exploratory arts. In 2018, his ensemble work ID was selected by the ABC to represent Australia at the International Rostrum of Composers (Budapest). In 2019, he composed and performed in Watering, which received the Fringe World Perth Best WA Dance/Physical Theatre award.

Rebecca Riggs Bennett

Rebecca Riggs-Bennett (Elsewhere/Rebecca)

Rebecca is an emerging sound artist, performance maker, writer and electronic music producer. Her practice is interdisciplinary and branches across performance, installation, video art and live music. She focuses on sound existing as the core pulse of a work and strives to highlight its immersive presence for audiences. She has an interest in sharing experiences that can’t always be seen. Rebecca has performed live and presented sound design and composition in works such as Guardians (City Of Perth), The Divine Feminine (Fringe World 2019) Sisters Vice (IN SITU 2018), Let Me Finish (The Blue Room Theatre), Valentine (Awesome Arts Festival), A Resting Mess (The Blue Room Theatre’s Winter Nights Festival) Claytime (Glastonbury Festival) and Cirquepop (Fremantle Festival). This year she premiered Our Sandman at Cool Change Contemporary, and her past performance works include my sandman (Crack Theatre Festival 2017) and bad noise (KISS Club 2017). She has also undergone artistic residencies with Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Time_Place_Space: Nomad with Artshouse, Perth Festival Lab 2018 and pvi collective.

Tao Issaro
Tao Issaro

Tao is an Indian/Australian percussionist, composer, actor, performing artist based in Western Australia and Kerala, South India. Born into the artistic tribe of the “Daksha Sheth Dance Company”, Tao has performed over 1000 performances in 30 countries since the age of 9. Tao has developed a unique and dynamic live performance language over the years and is continuing to work on this in India and Australia. Career highlights include: In 2017 Tao was commissioned to compose and train twenty-one volunteer drummers for the inauguration of the 112ft Adi Yogi statue at the Isha Yoga centre in Coimbatore, India. Tao also composed/performed and acted in Jay Emmanuel’s Biryani alongside Palme d’Or winning actress Kali Srinivasan, and was the music director for Jay Emmanuel’s MAA. Tao completed an Honours Degree in Music (classical percussion) from the West Australian Academy for Performing Arts. The university awarded Tao the Luigi Paolini Award 2017 for excellence in percussion. In 2019 Tao was music director and associate director in Ochre Contemporary Dance Company’s show Kwangkan (Sand) which toured for 6 weeks to remote and regional communities in WA and premiered at the Perth Festival. Tao Is currently the music director and actor in Yirra Yaakin theatre company’s childrens show Djinda Kaatijin. The show is on a 142 performance season, in over 70 schools around WA.


Joshua Pether

Joshua Pether

Joshua is of Kalkadoon heritage but lives and works on Noongar country in Western Australia. He is an experimental performance artist, dancer and choreographer of movement, temporary ritual and imagined realties. His practice is influenced by his two cultural histories indigeneity and disability and the hybridization of the two with particular interest in the aesthetics of the disabled body and also that of the colonised body. His work and practice have been supported through the Australia Council and DCA (local) funding. As an independent artist he has had work shown in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and New York and has performed in festivals and events such as the Undercover Artist Festival, Yirramboi Festival, Next Wave, APAM 2018, Short Cuts, MoveMe Festival and The First Nations Dialogues in New York. He is the creator of two solo works, Monster and Jupiter Orbiting.

Scott Galbraith
Scott Galbraith

Scott is a graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Recently Scott has performed SUNSET a work choreographed by Punch Drunks co-director Maxine Doyle. Scott performed with Co3 Australia In The Zone created by Raewyn Hill in 2017 at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. He has performed in multiple shows for the Perth Fringe Festival, some of which include Shall we get comfy (2018) and If Neapolitan ice-cream could melt the sun (2018).Scott also enjoys to inspire and teach young artists and has choreographed works for Riptide Youth Theatre Company, Co3 youth ensemble and the student work season at WAAPA.

Michelle Aitken
Michelle Aitken

Michelle is an emerging maker and performer who holds a BA in dance from WAAPA. Since graduating in 2016 she has worked across dance and theatre in Perth. Michelle presents work under the banner of Hey! Precious, and has collaborated and performed with such companies as Ten Tonne Sparrow, Bow & Dagger, Renegade Productions, pvi collective, Squid Vicious Theatre, and PICA. Through STRUT workshops Michelle has learned from artists and companies including Kidd Pivot, Maxine Doyle, Andrew Morrish, and Stephanie Lake, and was engaged on STRUT’s reproduction of Forsythe’s One Flat Thing Reproduced. Last year Michelle toured her award winning solo show Future’s Eve internationally, and this year she presented Unrule as part of The Blue Room Theatre’s Development Season. Michelle is currently a member of Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Group.

Yvan Karlsson
Yvan Karlsson

Yvan is a Director, Choreographer, Dancer & Puppeteer. He has trained with STEPS Youth Dance Company (2007-2014), Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (First Hand Program 2015), The Curious School of Puppetry (UK) & Force Majure (INCITE). Yvan has worked with Companies & Organisations including: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (SPLAT! & Nobody Owns the Moon), Compagnie Royal De Luxe/Perth Festival (THE GIANTS), Circus MAXIMA (Fearless), Steamworks, Force Majure, In Soliloquy, Atticist & X+CO. Creator/Director credits include: Cool Bananas (600 Seconds/Blue Room Theatre), Monkey Boy (SPPT/First Hand), Ophelia (FringeWorld 2016), Player (In Situ 2016/STCWA) & DEATHWISH (MicroMove/ Blue Room Theatre). Movement Director credits include: Deadly Dialogues (Edinburgh Fringe 2017), EAST (Atticist) & Confirmation (X+CO). Yvan was selected for the Next Generation Programme Asia in Tokyo, completed a choreographic residency at Lizierés in France & was nominated for an ‘OFFIE’ (Off West End Theatre Award) for ‘Best Choreography/Movement’ for his work on EAST. This year, Yvan was one of the Perth Festival’s 2019 LAB artists, directed ‘Tape, Tape World’ a puppetry collaboration with The Wanderlings in Singapore, is one of the performers and co-creators for Circus MAXIMA’s CATCH! & toured regional WA with ERTH’s Dinosaur Zoo.


Cross-cultural collaboration at Australian Embassy in Jakarta

The Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan AO opened a special performance of Tura New Music’s Kimberley Indonesia Project on the 26th August at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.

The Kimberley Indonesia Project is a musical exploration between the connections and differences between Indonesia and the Kimberley – the culturally and geographically rich and diverse region in North Western Australia.

“The Australian Government is delighted to support this exciting collaboration between Indonesian and Aboriginal Australian musicians,” said Australian Ambassador Quinlan as he welcomed the full hall at the Purnululu Theatre, describing the connection of the theatre design to the Gija people in the Kimberley.

“Music is often the medium through which diverse cultures seek to understand each other. That is what this collaboration is about and it makes understanding between our communities more vibrant.”

The Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan AO

The Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan AO

The project started in May 2018 when Tura’s Artistic Director Tos Mahoney visited Jakarta with Andrew Ross, a great cultural connector between Australia and Indonesia. They met many talented people during that visit including composer/performer and ethnomusicologist Nyak Ina Raseuki “Ubiet”.

composer/performer and ethnomusicologist Nyak Ina Raseuki "Ubiet"

Composer/performer and ethnomusicologist Nyak Ina Raseuki, “Ubiet”

In November last year Tura brought Ubiet to the Kimberley where she spent a week meeting artists and community, especially local Aboriginal people who had historical connections with various parts of South East Asia. It was a very moving experience for Ubiet, witnessing people moved to tears by the realisation of their strong cultural connections with our near neighbour Indonesia.

Ubiet with Karajarri Elder and Songman Mervyn Mulardy (left) and with Sally and Ahmed bin Demin (right) in the Kimberleys in 2018.

Last week, the second phase of collaboration took place in Jogjakarta where three Aboriginal artists from Australia, along with Ubiet and two other Indonesian artists, explored those connections and differences, creating new shared work and sharing music from each other’s cultures.

In addition to Ubiet, the artists collaborating and performing were Shafur Bachtiar (bebano – a traditional Javanese drum), Dimawan Adji (cello) and from Australia, Mark Atkins (didgeridoo), Stephen Pigram (voice and guitars) and Mick Manolis (voice and guitars).

Kimberley Indonesia Project Artists

Having a showcase at the Embassy presented a wonderful opportunity to reach out to even more artists and organisations in across Indonesia.

The performance last night was sample of some of the collaboration from the time spent in Jogjakarta. It is the early stage of a long journey which Tura sees as going on for many years to come.

The Embassy audience heard the haunting sounds of didgeridoo combined with cello and bebano in the powerful opening piece titled Kemarau Barrgana – a new work created through the project.

Stephen Pigram’s song Walganyagarra, sung in Yawuru, the traditional language of the Traditional Owners of the Broome region in the Kimberley, combined with totally enchanting and captivating singing by Ubiet in Bahasa. It provided a wonderful metaphor for the project, the exchange, the connection, the juxtaposition of language and sound.

Stephen Pigram and Ubiet

Another new work involving all artists called Segara Nagula explored the idea of the ocean separating and connecting the two countries and the power and possibilities that it holds. The work was a powerful one full of brave new possibilities, leaving the audience breathless and then giving a wildly enthusiastic ovation.

Mahoney commented to the thrilled audience, “We certainly believe there should be many, many more cultural collaborations between Australia and Indonesia and we are committed to doing what we can to make that happen.” and after the concert, “This phase of the project could not have been more successful, and we all look forward to its journey into the future.”

Tos Mahoney

Tos Mahoney, Tura Creative Director

When are you coming back? – was the endless question from the audience, comprising academics, cultural institutions, Australian and other government diplomatic corps, students, media and business representatives.

Planning is under way for the next stage of the project to bring a group of Indonesian artists to the Kimberley to collaborate with even more artists and communities.

The Kimberley Indonesia Project has been made possible by the support of the Australian Government through The Australia Indonesia Institute and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Tura also receives support from Australian Government through the Australia Council and the Western Australian Government through the Department for Local Government, Sport and Culture, for ongoing programs.

Read more about the Kimberley Indonesia Project.

Kimberley Indonesia Project Phase 2 Update

Down a quiet street in the outskirts of Yogyakarta is a serenely beautiful arts centre, Museum Tembi Rumah Budaya. It teams with life and local culture – traditional and contemporary. This week it has been the home of the Kimberley Indonesia Project bringing together artists from Australian and Indonesia for a week of collaborations and explorations

Nyak Ina Raseuki – Ubiet (vocals); Shafur Bachtiar (bebano); Dimawan Krisnowo Adji (cello); Stephen Pigram (vocals/guitar); Mark Atkins (didgeridoo) and Mick Manolis (vocals/guitar) have been exploring historic connections between Indonesia and the Kimberley as well as create new sound works with influences across the regions.

Stephen Pigram and Nyak Ina Raseuki 

Image credit: Stephen Pigram and Nyak Ina Raseuki by Erwin Octavianto.

Imbued with the experiences of local culture and food! the collaborations have been increasingly rich and complex as part of the long journey that this project represents stretching over years to come

The artists will present a Free Showcase Performance on Friday 23rd August at Tembi before travelling to Jakarta for a performance at the the Australian Embassy on Mon 26th August.

Tura AD Tos Mahoney and curatorial intern Annika Moses are travelling with the team in Java and bringing back documentation and plans for the future

Read more about the Kimberley Indonesia Project.

Winners of the 2019 Art Music Awards announced

The 2019 Art Music Awards hosted by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre (AMC) were held at the University of Sydney on Monday 19 August. Individuals and organisations have been recognised for their excellence in the fields of composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian art music. Australian cult experimental jazz trio The Necks (pictured) were awarded with The Richard Gill Award for Services to Australian Music.

The Necks

The Necks, winners of the Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music. Photo by Georgia Moloney.

Some notable winners on the night were Carl Vine for Orchestral Work of the Year with Implacable Gifts (Concerto for two pianos and orchestra performers by WASO). Instrumental work of the year went to Mary Finister for her work Ignis for James Wannan (viola d’amore) and Christopher Pidcock (cello). Performance of the year was awarded to Speak Percussion with Jessica Aszodi for their performance of Liza Lim’s Atlas of the Sky (texts by Bei Dao and Eliot Weinberger).

Other winners included Zephyr Quartet, Damien Ricketson, Lyn Williams, The WASO and BIFEM. Congratulations to state winners Daniel Susnjar (WA), Cat Hope (VIC) and Gabriella Smart (SA) for their continued contribution to the industry.

See the full list of winners and read more here.

Lionel Marchetti Residency and National Tour

French Musique Concrète artist Lionel Marchetti returns to Australia for a series of concerts and residences. Lionel will work with composition students WAAPA in a week long composition residency before working with long time collaborators Decibel New Music Ensemble. Decibel and Lionel will present a series of concerts together. Lionel and Decibel will present 4 different concert programs across 4 venues in WA, VIC and NSW in late August before Lionel finishes with a week long composer in residence at The Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music at Monash University.

Portrait by Bruno Roche

Photo by Bruno Roche

The first being at the Sewing Room on Monday the 26th August. Entitled Partition Concrète, this will be an atmospheric concert of delicate but at times surprising sounds. The recent release of a recording of these works, on Brisbane Label Room 40, was named ‘a masterpiece’ in Italian music magazine ToneShift, and was listed on Nicola Orlandino’s “Best Artworks of 2018” list. Marchetti and Decibel will then present concerts at Linden Gallery in St Kilda, The Substation in Newport and finally as part of Extended Play at the City Recital Hall in Sydney.

You can hear those works on Room40, and see a music video of one the tracks on YouTube.

2019 Gender Diversity in Music and Art Conference wrap up

More than 70 academics, arts practitioners and students came together at the UWA Conservatorium of Music at UWA for the 2019 Gender Diversity in Music and Art Conference. A week of papers, presentations and performances from a cross section of artists and art forms creating a great open platform for the discussion of gender diversity within our artists communities. Artist in Residence Robyn Schulkowsky joined forces with Louise Devenish and Venessa Tomlinson to perform Schulkowsky’s seminal percussion work Armadillo. The first time this work has been performed by 3 women percussionists. Seesaw Magazine’s Jonathan W. Marshall described the performance as “one of the most extravagantly wonderful and awe-inspiring Perth concerts of the last few years”

Artist in residence Shoeb Ahmed also gave a stirring performance and artist talk about approaches to improvisation followed by Decibel New Music Ensemble’s performance of WA Women Composers: 10 at 10. In this concert Decibel performed 7 previously commissioned works from WA women composers plus the world premiere of Kate Milligan’s If I Told Him which was made possible through Tura’s Young and Emerging Composer Comissioning Program. Improvising artists were fortunate enough to work with Robyn Schulkowsky in an intimate weekend of improvisation workshops and collaborations as part of the

Improvisation workshop for women and non-binary improvisors facilitated by Moon Project – Kirsten Smith and Catherine Ashley.

Congratulations to conference convenor Louise Devenish and everyone who made this conference possible.

Venessa Tomlinson, Robyn Schulkowsky and Louise Devenish

Venessa Tomlinson, Robyn Schulkowsky and Louise Devenish

Read the full review of Armadillo on SeeSaw.

Decibel and Intercurrent at Extended Play

Extended Play is back in 2019 after last year’s inaugural event last year was hailed as “the best new classical music initiative Sydney has seen in years” (The Australian).

City Recital Hall and Lyle Chan have joined forces to create a 12-hour program of eclectic, contemporary, challenging and dynamic new music across the entire four floors of the venue. Western Australian ensembles, Decibel with special guest Lionel Marchetti and Intercurrent, will be a part of this, made possible with the support of Tura.

Decibel are commissioning new works for their Talking Board score reader – an innovative way of to reading graphic scores within their Decibel ScorePlayer. A series of commissioned new ‘boards’ will be presented alongside earlier works composed within the ensemble, and performed in front of projections of the boards. Expect a range of guided improvisations and compositions that combine electronic and acoustic sounds in this exciting program.

Intercurrent are performing a program that was premiered in Perth in 2017, Simulacra, which explores a world of musical doubles; real, imagined and imperfect. Centred around the twisting patterns of Lachlan Skipworth’s palindromic reverse-canon Intercurrent, the program explores the unique sonic formation of bass clarinet, percussion and piano.

Read more about the program.