Scale Variable

Scale Variable 2011

Scale Variable 11.1

Thomas Buckner/Theodore Mook/Annea Lockwood

Saturday 16 April, Callaway Auditorium, UWA

Event Program

  • In Our Name, Baritone, Cello, Electronics – Lockwood
  • Thirst for Tape – Lockwood
  • Sept Papillons for solo Cello – Kaija Saariaho
  • Duende, Baritone and Tape – Buckner and Lockwood

World renowned baritone Thomas Buckner has been collaborating with New York composer Annea Lockwood for some time, breaking new compositional territory and exploring the world of extended vocal techniques of which Buckner sets the standard. The program for the Scale Variable concert features new and recent works by Lockwood and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. Buckner is joined for this Australia tour by New York cellist Ted Mook.

“One of today’s most devoted interpreters of contemporary music on the cutting edge of adventure… a baritone with a fine feeling for anything daring! Newhouse Newspapers

Artist Bios

For 30 years Thomas Buckner has won a very special niche – that of a champion of the avant-garde. In concert halls throughout the world, his “baritone-mastery” has astonished both audiences and critics. Tom has an extraordinarily flexible voice, as his experience and ability span madrigals, lieder, opera, free improvisation, extended techniques, all the way to electronically processed wordless minimalist song. He has been featured as a soloist in opera, with orchestra, chamber and in recital.

The New York Times calls him 
“A pillar of the experimental music nonestablishment”

Annea Lockwoodis a native of New Zealand, but studied instrumental composition and electronic music in England, Germany and Holland, before settling in the United States, where she now teaches composition and electronic music at Vassar College in upstate New York. She has been known for her explorations into the rich and spontaneous world of natural acoustic sounds, in pieces such as Glass Concert and Piano Transplants, as well as her compositions for the recorded sound of rivers and other environments in works such as A Sound Map of the Hudson River and World Rhythms.

Theodore (Ted) Mook has been an active proponent of new music, particularly microtonal music since 1980. After graduating from the Boston University School of Music, he became a member of Dinosaur Annex (Boston) and performed with several other ensembles in the Boston area. He maintained his interest in contemporary music after moving to New York in 1983, and has performed with Speculum Musicae, the New York New Music Ensemble, Continuum, Newband and many other groups. He has premiered works by some of today’s most prestigious composers, among them Chen Yi, John Zorn, Daniel Rothman, Lee Hyla, Ezra Sims, David Lang, and Ralph Shapey, and gave the World Premiere of one of Roger Session’s last works, the Duo for Violin and Cello. Since the mid-1990s, Mr. Mook has developed a parallel career in computers, where he has worked in IT & programming for corporate clients, developed fonts for microtonal compositions, developed websites and worked as a music copyist and arranger

Kaija Saariaho studied composition in Helsinki, Freiburg and Paris, where she has lived since 1982. Her studies and research at IRCAM have had a major influence on her music and her characteristically luxuriant and mysterious textures are often created by combining live music and electronics. Although much of her catalogue comprises chamber works, from the mid-nineties she has turned increasingly to larger forces and broader structures, such as the operas L’Amour de loin and Adriana Mater and the oratorio La Passion de Simone.