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.