Unhallowed Arts: 100 Keyboards by Asuna

Japanese sound artist and musician Asuna works in and around notions of play, authenticity and noise-as-music through his steadfast DIY ethic, whether it be delicate improvised solo works or indie-rock & punk through to expansive environment-based sound scapes.

In 100 Keyboards, Asuna assembles a machine-orchestra comprised of one hundred humble toy keyboards, coercing them to harmonise, cross-talk and beat in conversation with the performance space’s acoustics. No two performances can be the same.

This is a truly one-of-a-kind performance in The Art Gallery of WA Concourse.

6:45pm, Tues 23 October
The Art Gallery of WA
$30+BF Tickets from Eventbrite

About Asuna

Creating experimental music and installation work from a very young age during the late 90’s, Asuna has gone on to become a pioneer within the experimental ambient/drone/improvisation scene in Tokyo, influencing and collaborating with many other Japanese electronic musicians. He has also released a number of albums for European, American and Japanese labels.

This will be Asuna’s debut performance in Perth and is presented by The SUBSTATION, Performance Space, Asialink, hellosQuare & SymbioticA, in association with Tura, as part of Unhallowed Arts.

Kimberley Echoes 2018

The Narlis (Narl-ees) celebrated 5 years of collaborations across the Kimberley with a program inspired by, and reflective of, the power of country and community – travelling from Darwin to Karratha for a series of public concerts as the Kimberley Echoes Tour. Stephen Pigram, Mark Atkins, Stephen Magnusson, Erkki Veltheim, Tristen Parr and Tos Mahoney performed the program of original works at places like The Lighthouse for Darwin Festival, Waringarri Aboriginal Arts Centre in Kununurra, Sun Pictures in Broome and the new Red Earth Arts Precinct in Karratha.

Image by Frances Andrijich

With special additions including the Waringarri Dancers in Kununurra, Gabriel Nodea in Broome and Naomi Pigram in Karratha, Echoes flew to new heights of performance and collaboration. Enthusiastic audiences lapped up not only the performances but the on-tour available CD of the same name (soon for general release).

The energy of the tour itself, and yet another gathering of this eclectic and adventurous group of artists, has been a solid forerunner to the planned east coast tour of Kimberley Echoes through 2019 and 2020.

Our huge thanks to all of the Tour funders, sponsors and donors including the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest and the Royalties for Regions program and the Australia Council’s Contemporary Music Touring Fund, Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message, The Ian Potter Foundation, The Rowley Foundation, APRA AMCOS, Airnorth, GWN7 and the West Australian Regional Newspapers.

Image by Frances Andrijich

Ensemble Offspring Returns to WA

Ensemble Offspring are one of Australia’s leading new music ensembles and Tura is delighted to welcome them back to WA for a week-long Residency. The artists of Ensemble Offspring are internationally esteemed as an ensemble, and in their own right.

Ensemble Offspring has performed together for over 20 years (the current touring group has worked together for 10 years), and is led by acclaimed percussionist and founder Claire Edwardes. In 2013 Claire was granted a prestigious Australia Council Music Fellowship, she is the first person to take home the AMC & APRA AMCOS Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual three times and is the most recent percussionist to win the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award. Claire has been instrumental in leading, developing, and stimulating the art music scene in Australia.

“To say Claire Edwardes is virtuosic is redundant; she’s more, transforming the works into sonorous, shimmering aural opulence.” – Australian Stage

In their upcoming concerts in Perth and Albany, audiences will witness Zubin Kanga’s ‘truly elegant and impeccable’ pianism (The Australian) in the first-time performance of Composer-in-Residence for the Chicago Symphony, Missy Mazolli’s, piano solo Orizzonte. The London and Sydney-based pianist and composer has worked with many of the world’s leading composers and has premiered more than 80 works. His projects are focussed around expanding the possibilities of the piano through interactive multimedia.

Speaking of multimedia, the concerts will also present Felicity Wilcox’s composers cut of Jean Luc Goddard’s 1962 film Vivre sa Vie. Alongside industrial sounding percussion, the bass flute and bass clarinet will ‘talk’ with the characters on-screen. Flautist Lamorna Nightingale has performed regularly as a casual member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, while Jason Noble is widely considered as one of Australia’s most versatile clarinettists, and has experimented with all members of the clarinet family and dabbled on saxillo, clarinis, keyboards and bagpipe.

The ensemble champions new music of our time, offering an approachable experience within contemporary music, and celebrating some of the finest composers in Australia.


Perth | 7:30pm Tuesday 11 Sept | Subiaco Arts Centre | Tickets

Albany | 5pm Saturday 15 Sept | Albany Entertainment Centre | Tickets

Tura receives Art Music Award recognising 30-year contribution to new music

Tura New Music’s 30 years as a driving force in new music and sound art in Australia was last night recognised by winning the Award for Excellence by an Organisation at the 2018 Art Music Awards, presented by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre.

The annual Awards recognise achievement in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian art music. Art music covers activity across contemporary classical music, contemporary jazz and improvised music, experimental music and sound art.

The judges were impressed by Tura’s collaboration with communities, overcoming geographical boundaries, and the organisation’s outstanding engagement with Indigenous music and musicians, as well as the contemporary focus and evolution over decades.

Founder and Artistic Director Tos Mahoney said, “On behalf of Tura New Music I am both honoured and absolutely delighted to have our contribution to new music, spanning three decades, recognised by this prestigious award.”

“Tura is driven by a vision of opening up to new ways of thinking and collaborating, challenging preconceptions of sound and music – disrupting the status quo. In 2017 we reached over 425,000 people through live and broadcast audiences. Extrapolating this figure to 30 years’ worth of artistic practice, indicates the major impact Tura has had on the lives and livelihoods of artists and audiences across WA, nationally and internationally.”

In the 2017 Art Music Awards, Tura won the Award for Excellence in a Regional Area. Currently, Tura is touring through Darwin, the Kimberley and the Pilbara with the Kimberley Echoes Tour. The Regional Touring Program, initiated in 2003, is a much-needed opportunity for isolated communities, artists and participants in regional centres and remote communities of the Kimberley and Pilbara to be exposed to, and involved in, a range of musical activities they would otherwise never access.

See the full list of recipients

Regional Touring Program Album Release

The result of five years of musical collaboration, the Kimberley Echoes album is a powerful cross-cultural celebration of Kimberley country and its people.

Since 2001, Tura has been producing new music projects in regional and remote northern Australia with a focus on collaborations with Aboriginal artists and communities. Tura has built long-lasting relationships with regional, rural and remote communities, creating vital and sustainable programs with tours, residencies and cultural exchanges. 

In the last five years, Tura has toured through east and west Kimberley to the towns and communities of Wyndham, Kununurra, Warmun, Halls Creek, Wangkatjangka, Fitzroy Crossing, Derby, Bidyadanga, Beagle Bay, Djarindjin, Lombadina, One Arm Point and Broome.

The album is the culmination of this, and features The Narlis – an ensemble which has evolved with didgeridoo virtuoso and singer Mark Atkins (Yamatji) and singer/guitarist Stephen Pigram (Yawuru), with violinist Erkki Veltheim, guitarist Stephen Magnusson, cellist Tristen Parr, percussionist Joe Talia, and flautist and Tura Artistic Director, Tos Mahoney.

Songs by Pigram and Atkins, arranged by this unique ensemble, are juxtaposed with new music reflecting the complexity and beauty of the Kimberley.

Collaborations with local artists, experiences of traditional Joonba song and dance and touring through the provocative Kimberley landscape have all weaved their influence into this work and program.

Kimberley Echoes is the result of Tura’s annual Regional and Remote Touring Program.


The Kimberley Echoes album will be available in a special pre-release on Thursday 23 August, at the premiere concert of the 2018 Regional Tour at Darwin Festival. CD’s will be available only in hardcopy on the tour, before its official release next year.

Ever-evolving, full of spontaneity and life – Kimberley Echoes


Cross-Cultural Celebration Across Northern Australia

A musical celebration reaching across cultures, time and place.

Tura presents the 2018 instalment of the multi-award winning Regional Touring Program.

Kimberley Echoes is a powerful cross-cultural celebration created over 5 years of musical collaboration and experiences across the Kimberley, its landscapes and its people.

Full of songs and sounds that have already profoundly moved thousands of concertgoers, this is a must-see event for 2018.

The Narlis, featuring Aboriginal artists Stephen Pigram (vocals, guitar, ukulele) and Mark Atkins (didgeridoo, vocals, guitar) together with some of Australia’s finest instrumentalists – Stephen Magnusson (guitar), Erkki Veltheim (violin), Joe Talia (percussion), Tristen Parr (cello) and Tos Mahoney (flute), meld a vibrant and exciting sound world in Kimberley Echoes.

23 August – 3 September

Darwin, Kununurra, Wyndham, Broome, Port Hedland, Karratha.

For full tour details: kimberleyechoes18.tura.com.au

Finalist in the 2018 Art Music Awards

As announced today, Tura New Music is a finalist in the national 2018 Art Music Awards for the Award for Excellence by an Organisation for sustained contribution to Australian art music for over 30 years. 

The Art Music Awards, presented by Australian Music Centre and APRA AMCOS, consists of eleven national awards as well as individual state awards, celebrating the works and achievements of the art music community.

The Art Music Awards will be presented on Tuesday 21 August at Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom, hosted by Jonathon Biggins with a performance program curated by Soundstream Director and pianist Gabriella Smart. 

Tura extends congratulations to all award finalists.

See the full list of finalists on the Australian Music Centre website.

The 2018 Summers Night Project Wrap-Up

The inaugural Summers Night Project came to a close with the final concert and panel discussion at Monash University last weekend as part of the Gender Diversity in Music Making Conference. The project was marked as a highly successful beginning to an initiative which, along with similar projects of its type around Australia, are giving a strong voice to emerging Australian women composers.  The composers worked alongside performance and composer mentors to develop their works during the workshop intensive in Perth and were able to continue to develop their works further as the tour progressed to Adelaide and Melbourne, making adjustments and changes until the final performance.

Tura New Music would like to thank co-presenters Monash University and Soundstream, and project partners APRA AMCOS, Australian Music Centre and Decibel New Music Ensemble. The combined efforts of all these groups were essential to the success of the project. The Adelaide concert was further supported by the Helpmann Academy and the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music. A special thanks to ABC Classic FM for their recording of the Perth Concert, as well as the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University.

The project would not have been possible without composer mentors Professor Cat Hope, Rebecca Erin Smith and Becky Llewellyn, and performance mentors Stuart James, Derek Pascoe, Tristen Parr, Gabriella Smart, and Cat Hope.

The Summers Night Project | Image by Rachael Barrett – Photographer

We would also like to acknowledge the generous contributions of the Tura women’s giving circle and the Next30 Leadership Donors, as well as Tura’s and Soundstream’s government funding partners.

And finally, we would like to congratulate the hard work and incredible talent of The Summers Night Project composers, Rachel Bruerville, Carmen Chan Schoenborn and Olivia Davies, whose dedication and dexterity brought the project to life. These composers personify all the incredible contributions women bring to the arts, and wholly encompassed the overall aim of the project – to diversify Australian composition and continue to support female representation in the arts.

Composers Olivia Davies, Carmen Chan Schoenborn and Rachel Bruerville | Image by Rachael Barrett – Photographer

Chief Justice of WA Patron of Tura’s Regional Program

Tura New Music is honoured to announce the Hon. Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia, has accepted the inaugural role of Patron of Tura’s Regional Program.

A unique not-for-profit arts organisation that has been the driving force behind Australian new music and sound art for the past 31 years, Tura ignites creative discovery and original thinking in developing, producing and presenting music. The award-winning Regional Program crosses cultural boundaries, magically weaving together traditional and contemporary Indigenous forms of music with western expressions of new music.

Tura Chair, Gavin Ryan, said, “We are privileged that Chief Justice Martin has accepted our invitation to be Patron. The knowledge and networks he will bring to the organisation are invaluable. His appointment will strengthen Tura’s ongoing efforts in creating opportunities that enable the pursuit of musical discovery.

Chief Justice Martin’s patronage is particularly relevant to the work of Tura in remote Indigenous Australia linking the highest calibre Australian artists in music and sound art with local, Indigenous musicians and other creatives.”

Chief Justice Martin commented on his appointment as Tura Patron: “An important way of tackling the complex issues facing many Aboriginal people is through a deeper cross-cultural engagement. I believe that the arts – music in particular – can play an important role in this.”

Chief Justice Martin, who will be retiring from his role as Chief Justice in July, has been an inspiration to West Australians in social justice leadership and will continue to inspire Tura in its work within remote Indigenous communities.

During his time as Chief Justice, His Honour has been an active Patron or board member of about 20 not-for-profit organisations and he is looking forward to continuing his involvement with selected organisations into the future.

More information about Tura and its Regional Program can be found at www.tura.com.au/history/regional-touring-program/

Media contact: Tracy Routledge TR PR

Warmun Residency Blogs Online

Composer/performers Hollis Taylor and Jon Rose are Tura’s Musicians in Residence at Warmun, East Kimberley as part of Tura’s ongoing Regional and Remote residency Program. Using 20 violins brought in for the project, community members and students of Ngalangangpum School will work with Hollis and Jon to create new soundworlds and storylines.

Hollis has been keeping a blog on all of the activity in the school and the community:

Blog post 1

Blog post 2

Blog post 3

The 2018 Regional Residency Program is supported by Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message, The Ian Potter Foundation and the Rowley Foundation.