Announcing the 2016 Keith Tippett Residency

TURA is delighted to host internationally acclaimed free jazz pianist, composer and innovator, Keith Tippett in our first ever international Residency as part of our iMprov Program.

Widely recognised as one of the most distinctive and radical pioneers in contemporary jazz and improvised music, Tippett first gained prominence in London in the 1960s with his Sextet and ground-breaking 50-piece ensemble, Centipede. Today, with over 40 years of performance, composition, recordings, broadcasts, film scores, and youth education projects behind him, Tippett brings a wealth of experience to this Residency.

Over the course of the Residency, Tippett will collaborate, improvise, and perform with selected ensembles from the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO), our very own iMprov Program, and of course, the especially selected Mujician Mosaic band.

As always, our sincere thanks extend to our donors, sponsors, funders and all the individuals who continue to generously support TURA, and therefore enable us to make such outstanding events happen. Without you, international residencies like this one wouldn’t exist. Finally, special thanks to all the incredibly talented and creative musicians, directors and artists who have come together to make this happen.

We look forward to witnessing it all come to life.  Tos Mahoney, Artistic Director

UK-based free jazz pianist, innovator and composer, Keith Tippett will come together with the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO), members of TURA’s own iMprov Program, and the especially selected Mujician Mosaic band in a first-ever Australian Residency.

The Residency will include two stand-alone concerts. The first, an up-close and personal solo sitting in Tippett’s rehearsal room. With the artist, his piano and little else, this will be an incredible opportunity for lovers of contemporary jazz and improvisation to see Tippett at his freest in a truly creative and intimate setting.

After weeks of dedicated rehearsals, the Residency will then conclude with an epic performance entitled “Mujician Mosaic”.  This will feature extended collaborations with a number of selected ensembles of local musicians and stretch across Tippett’s work as a composer, director, facilitator and performer. Taking shape from dedicated rehearsals with both WAYJO and Mujician Mosaic, the concert will allow for structured playing, reworkings, and totally free improvisatory performances; showcasing collaborating artists as ensemble members and soloists. Also included in the Mujician Mosaic performance line-up is a newly created un-scored, free-form piece with the ensemble from TURA’s iMprov Program, which will be created during their dedicated rehearsal time with Tippett.

Residency

23 November – 7 December 2016 Keith Tippett solo performance

7.30pm, Thursday 1 December 2016

Rehearsal Room, State Theatre Centre of WA

Tickets $30 | $20 concession

Mujician Mosaic

featuring the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, iMprov and the especially formed Mujician Mosaic ensemble

7.30pm, Wednesday 7 December 2016

Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA

Tickets $30 | $20 concession

2 Show Discount

Tickets $45 | $30 concession

All tickets from ticketek.com.au

Peaceful waves at the end of the day

Tuesday was our 3rd project day (our 5th day in the community in the 2013 Remote Residency sponsored by Healthway, SmokeFree WA, and Horizon Power) and all the material for our concert was coming together. Today we found ourselves creating a surprise bonus piece, in the last ten minutes of the school day. Everyone had been working hard and needed a break from noisy drums, so we got the metalophone, chime bars and wah-wah tubes out – all very resonant, pitched metal instruments that have a gentle, peaceful sound.

Metal instruments (G. Howell)

We improvised and jammed, in two groups, and it sounded so good that we decided we had to include it in the Thursday concert. At first we called it ‘Metal Music’ (because all the instruments involved were made of metal), but then one of the boys suggested the title “Peaceful Waves”, which everyone liked better.

Chime bars in action (G. Howell)