I had an incredible time on the weekend with the music box project, who premiered
my piece Shallow Listening at the Bendigo International Festival of
Exploratory Music. After months of rehearsals the ensemble pulled off an amazing concert,
with really effective lighting and choreography between the pieces. The concert consisted
of pieces by Moya Henderson, Jasmin Leung, Elizabeth Jigalin, and Joseph Franklin as well
as my piece. Tina Stefanou, the vocalist, did amazing work with costuming and Jane De Bourg
built set pieces that took this performance from a regular concert to a fully realised
show. I feel so lucky to have worked with them on this performance and really feel like
part of the ensemble, not something I get to experience with every collaboration! My piece
drew an appropriate amount of laughter from the audience, and the instrumentation of theremin,
voice, toys, music boxes and other instruments seemed to work! Jigalin looked like she had
suddenly embodied a 1930s thereminist when the concert started, and everyone locked in
wonderfully to the improvised word prompt page in the middle of the piece, resulting in
great comedic timing.
Video and recording to come soon!