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2015 BIFEM is dedicated to the memory of Ivan Octavio Carrasco Kulsen

ARGONAUT

BIFEM’s resident roster of virtuosi returns in 2015, presenting across the weekend in various guises, including two major works led by New York conductor Eric Dudley in his BIFEM debut.

Fanfare for a new theatre (1964)
Igor STRAVINSKY

7.20 PM FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
ULUMBARRA THEATRE FOYER
FREE

Originally composed as part of the opening ceremony for the New York State Theater at the Lincoln Center, Stravinsky’s serial work lasts only 40 seconds but it still makes a striking impact some 51 years on. 2015 sees BIFEM and Argonaut’s first appearance at the brand-new Ulumbarra Theatre, warranting the inclusion of a major miniature work by one of the most significant figures in modern music.

ARGONAUT SOLOISTS (BENDIGO)
Tristram WILLIAMS and Callum G’FROERER, Trumpets

Argonaut

Maudite soit la guerre

7.30 PM FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
ULUMBARRA THEATRE

$20

Maudite soit la guerre

A Film Music War Requiem (2014) AP
Olga NEUWIRTH

One of the first anti-war films in history, Maudite soit la guerre (War is Hell) was made in 1914, shortly before the outbreak of the First World War. Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth composed the music for this silent movie by the Belgian director, Alfred Machin, under commission from Ensemble 2e2m, who premiered the work in Paris in November 2014. This Australian-debut performance by Argonaut is a chance to hear an important composer rarely performed in our region. 

ARGONAUT ENSEMBLE (BENDIGO)
Lloyd VAN’T HOFF, Clarinet
Tristram WILLIAMS, Trumpet
Benjamin MARKS, Trombone
Mauricio CARRASCO, Electric Guitar
Zachary JOHNSTON, Violin
Christian READ, Viola
Paul ZABROWARNY, Cello
Peter DUMSDAY, Synth/Sampler
Arwen JOHNSTON, Percussion
Eric DUDLEY, Conductor

ARGONAUT

sur Incises

8.00 PM SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
CAPITAL THEATRE

$20

sur Incises (1996-98) VP
Pierre BOULEZ

Dedicated to the Swiss conductor, patron and impresario, Paul Sacher, on the occasion of his 90th birthday, the Victorian premiere of this Grawemeyer Award-winning work is presented by Argonaut during the 90th year of the composer. Although a divisive musical identity, Boulez is an undeniable musical force. The rigour and focus he demands of others is applied to his own work, which is widely recognised as being in a constant state of revision. sur Incises is a milestone in timbre, rhythm and gestural exploration from the great French composer and conductor.

ARGONAUT ENSEMBLE (BENDIGO)
Jacinta DENNETT, Laura TANATA, Melina VAN LEEUWEN, Harps
Jacob ABELA, Peter DE JAGER, Alex RAINERI, Pianos
Madi CHWASTA, Kaylie MELVILLE, Peter NEVILLE, Percussion
Eric DUDLEY, Conductor

Eric Dudley’s appearance is supported by Joan and Barry Miskin.
sur Incises is supported by the Robert Salzer Foundation.

Argonaut

Superimpose

2.15 PM SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER

$20

Superimpose Cycle for jazz quartet and electronics (2009–11) AP
Alexander SCHUBERT

1. Superimpose
2. Night of the Living Dead
3. Infinite Jest
4. Sugar Maths and Whips

With his remarkable ‘jazz quartet’ cycle, the work of Hamburg composer Alexander Schubert is heard for the first time in Australia. Fashioned around broad quasi-citations, Schubert avoids all trappings of cliché and pastiche through superb craft and an ear for wit and whimsy. That the Superimpose Cycle is a quartet for seven players highlights the playfulness of this multi-award-winning composer.

ARGONAUT ENSEMBLE (BENDIGO)
Joshua HYDE, Saxophone
Winnie HUANG, Violin
Kobe VAN CAUWENBERGHE, Electric Guitar
Emil HOLMSTRÖM, Piano
Anita HUSTAS, Double Bass
Phil COLLINGS, Drum Kit
Myles MUMFORD, Electronics

Argonaut is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts.

Argonaut

4 x 4 x 4

3.00 PM SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER
BENDIGO BANK THEATRE

$20

Kirvis (2002) AP
Kimmo KUOKKALA

Mapping, an inlay (2015) WP
Dylan LARDELLI

Quatuor No. 1 (2005–06) AP
Christophe BERTRAND

Six lettres à l’obscurité (und zwei Nachrichten) (2005–06 rev.2014) AP
Stefano GERVASONI

Four strings, four composers, four quartets. This Argonaut Quartet recital brings second insight to the sound worlds of Christophe Bertrand and Kimmo Kuokkala, composers featured by our 2015 international guest ensembles. Also featured is the sublime second quartet of Stefano Gervasoni, whose music will be heard for the first time in Australia, and a world premiere and BIFEM debut from New Zealand composer Dylan Lardelli.

ARGONAUT STRING QUARTET (BENDIGO)
Graeme JENNINGS, Elizabeth WELSH, Violins
Alexina HAWKINS, Viola
Judith HAMANN, Cello

Mapping, An Inlay was composed with funding from Creative New Zealand.

SOUNDTRACKS

4x4x4 will also feature for eight audience members a world-first contemporary art intervention by St Martins: Soundtracks. During the Bertrand quartet, this group will experience a live commentary by young artists aged 8–12 delivered to them in the auditorium via headphones. Soundtracks is designed to augment the audience experience by giving an insight into the perspective of children: poignant, authentic and at times hilarious.

soundinitiative

2015 BIFEM proudly presents the Australian debut performances by the young Parisian ensemble, soundinitiative, featuring its co-artistic directors Joshua Hyde, Fabienne Séveillac and Gwenaëlle Rouger.

The Exhausted

9.00 PM FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
CAPITAL THEATRE

$20

The Exhausted (L’épuisé) (2015) WP
Bernhard LANG

The world premiere of a new long-form work by Austrian composer Bernhard Lang has been co-commissioned by BIFEM, soundinitiative and the Yon Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore. The Exhausted (L’épuisé) takes its title from Gilles Deleuze’s famous treatise on Samuel Beckett. Part-concert, part-music theatre, The Exhausted meditates on Deleuze’s inquiry into the nature of production and the intrinsic link between decomposition, composition and the essence of individualism. This is the first of two appearances by soundinitiative at 2015 BIFEM.

soundinitiative (PARIS)
Géraldine THÉBAULT, Flute
Szymon KAÇA, Clarinet
Joshua HYDE, Saxophone
Winnie HUANG, Violin
Julia ROBERT, Viola
Louise LEVERD, Cello
Gwenaëlle ROUGER, Piano/Synth
Franco VENTURINI, Piano
Benjamin SOISTIER, Percussion
Kobe VAN CAUWENBERGHE, Electric Guitar
Fabienne SÉVEILLAC, Mezzo-soprano
Leonhard GARMS, Conductor
Benjamin VANDEWALLE, Choreographer, The Exhausted

soundinitiative’s appearance at BIFEM is supported by the Institut français, SPEDIDAM and Capital Venues and Events.

soundinitiative

Made in France

3.00 PM SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
ULUMBARRA THEATRE

$20

Aus (2003) AP
Christophe BERTRAND

Berceuse (1997–98) AP
Gérard GRISEY/ Brice PAUSET from Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil

Cinq Chansons (1999) AP
Gérard PESSON

d’Après (2012) AP
Clara IANNOTTA

Un lieu verdoyant (Hommage a Gérard Grisey) (1999) AP
Phillipe LEROUX

faction (2011) AP
raphaËl cendo

A stimulating survey of recently composed works never before performed in Australia, this almost entirely French composer programme (Clara Iannotta being the exception) is, as the title suggests, Made in France. This concert features the first Australian debuts of the composers Bertrand, Cendo, Iannotta, Pasuet and Pesson.

DUAL RITUALS

10.15 PM FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
OLD FIRE STATION

$20

Ablauf (1983)
Magnus LINDBERG

A Face like yours (2015)
Aviva ENDEAN

Mani Gonxha (2012) AP
Pierluigi BILLONE

counter-earth (2015) WP
Wojtek BLECHARZ

Having wowed audiences in 2013 BIFEM when she and Samuel Dunscombe presented Pierluigi Billone’s 1+1=1, clarinettist, performance maker, composer and Argonaut alumnus, Aviva Endean returns to BIFEM with the premiere of her newest recital programme. Named ‘Australia’s most versatile clarinettist’ (Real Time 2014), Aviva is one of Australia’s most in-demand cross-disciplinary musicians. Dual Rituals features the world premiere of a major new work by exciting young Polish composer Wojtek Blecharz.

Aviva ENDEAN, Clarinets (MELBOURNE)
with
Peter NEVILLE and Leah SCHOLES, Percussion

Counter-Earth by Wojtek Blecharz has been commissioned by 2015 BIFEM. Dual Rituals is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

ITI KE MI

5.00 PM SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
OLD FIRE STATION

$20

Repose and vertigo in diluvial light (2011)
Luke PAULDING

Embellie (1981)
Iannis XENAKIS

Harriet’s Song (2001) AP
Juliana HODKINSON

ITI KE MI (1995) AP
Pierluigi BILLONE

Awarded a prestigious scholarship from the Darmstadt summer course in 2014, Argonaut alumnus Phoebe Green returns to BIFEM with a brand-new solo recital. With understated presence and poise, Phoebe is also known for her strong personal commitment to Australian music, having commissioned and premiered key works for the viola. Phoebe presents a long-form solo viola work by celebrated Italian composer Pierluigi Billone in a programme that re-imagines the role of the musician and demonstrates the colour and beauty of the viola.

Phoebe GREEN, Viola (MELBOURNE)
with
Leah SCHOLES, Percussion

ITI KE MI is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

WALLPAPER MUSIC

12.00 PM SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
OLD FIRE STATION

$20

Wallpaper Music (2006) VP
Erik GRISWOLD

Brisbane-based composer and improviser Erik Griswold has earned an international reputation as a musician of excellence, invention and exploration. This is the first of two long-form solo piano works at 2015 BIFEM and is the Victorian premiere of Erik’s engaging and witty work that idiosyncratically expands the sonic capacity of the piano.

Erik GRISWOLD, Piano (BRISBANE)

Wallpaper music is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.

ROTATION POST-SAPIEN

1.00 PM SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER
OLD FIRE STATION

Rotation Post-Sapien (2015) WP
James HULLICK

In the second long-form solo piano work this year, BIFEM presents the world premiere of composer James Hullick’s Rotation Post-Sapien. Fusing heavily prepared piano with exquisitely crafted live electronics, Hullick’s work is widely recognised for its exploratory nature and continues BIFEM’s re-examination of the piano, which began in 2014 with Phillipe Manoury’s Pluton.

James HULLICK, Piano (MELBOURNE)
with
Michael HEWES, Electronics

Rotation Post-Sapien is supported by JOLT and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.

SELECT NATURALIS

1.30 PM SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
BENDIGO BANK THEATRE

$20

Select Naturalis (2014–15) WP
The AMPLIFIED ELEPHANTS

The Amplified Elephants make their much-anticipated debut at 2015 BIFEM. This Footscray-based collective of sound artists produces works that redefine traditional concepts of virtuosity and creativity. Their new work Select Naturalis extends their pioneering work with ready-made objects into the realm of tablet technology-generated music in collaboration with CiART, RMIT. A must-see event.

THE AMPLIFIED ELEPHANTS (FOOTSCRAY)
Teagan CONNOR
Jay EUESDEN
Kathryn SUTHERLAND
Robin MCGRATH
James HULLICK, Artistic Director, Performer
Jonathan DUCKWORTH and CiART, Interface Design

Select Naturalis is supported by the Footscray Community Arts Centre, JOLT, The Click-Clack Project, the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

THE AMPLIFIED ELEPHANTS WORKSHOP

11.00 AM FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
BENDIGO BANK THEATRE
COMMUNITY WORKSHOP

Guest ensemble The Amplified Elephants will run a one-day music-making workshop for Bendigo sound artists living with an intellectual disability. The Amplified Elephants bring their unique creative collectivism and musical skill to a workshop that is one of 2015 BIFEM’s key community engagement projects. This workshop is undertaken in collaboration of Golden City Services’ Createability programme.

The Amplified Elephants Workshop has received the financial support of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

cushion concert

Callum G’FROERER (BERLIN)

10.30 AM FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
BANQUET ROOM

$5

Extracts from

Eingang und Formel (1978)
Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN

quasi_blue (2014) AP
Ryan FELLHAUER

Wild Winged One (2007)
Liza LIM

Sonatina (1974)
Hans Werner HENZE

Solo Piece for Trumpet (1966)
Stefan WOLPE

Authenticity (2002)
Mark APPLEBAUM

Capital Venues & Events’ highly successful pre-school music programme once again kicks off BIFEM, this year featuring talented young trumpeter Callum G’Froerer. Hugely popular in 2014, this year’s concert surveys many of the important trumpet works written over the last 40 years – amidst the delightful mayhem of our youngest audience members and their chaperones.

Cushion Concert is supported by the Bendigo Bank.

INVENTI

10.30 PM SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
STRATAGEM STUDIO

$20

Passages (1979) AP
Jean-Claude RISSET

Urban Gypsies (2005) AP
Johannes KRETZ

Noa Noa (1992)
Kaija SAARIAHO

House of the Beehives (2015) WP
Melody EÖTVÖS

Formed in 2014 by BIFEM alumni Ben Opie and Melissa Doecke, Inventi Ensemble has rapidly established a reputation for innovation and virtuosity. In the intimate setting of Stratagem Studio at Ulumbarra, this duo presents a superb programme of works for flute, oboe, electronic media and film, including the world premiere performance of Melody Eötvös’s House of the Beehives.

INVENTI ENSEMBLE (MELBOURNE)
Melissa DOECKE, Flute
Ben OPIE, Oboe

House of the Beehives by Melody Eötvös has been commissioned by Julian Burnside, QC, for 2015 BIFEM.
Inventi’s appearance is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

defunensemble

ALL FINNISH

4.30 PM Sunday 6 SEPTEMBER
ULUMBARRA THEATRE

$20

Ruoikkohuhuilu (2014) AP
Juhani NUORVALA

Erinnerung (2010) AP
Ville RAASAKKA

Doll garden (2013) AP
Perttu HAAPANEN

kään (2014) AP
Niilo TARNANEN

Feed (2013) AP
Sami KLEMOLA

While composers such as Saariaho and Lindberg have brought aspects of contemporary Finnish music to the world, this second concert from defunensemble will give BIFEM audiences an exciting and unfiltered insight into the most dynamic composition occurring right now in Finland. There could be no better way to end 2015 BIFEM.

Photograph: Ville Mattila

defunensemble

The ultra-dynamic Helsinki-based defunensemble performs for the first time in Australia, exclusive to BIFEM.

O BOOK OF RETURNS

9.15 PM SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
ULUMBARRA THEATRE

$20

Book of Returns (1985–2015) AP
Peter ABLINGER

O (2011) AP
Kimmo KUOKKALA

The first defunensemble concert presents two aesthetically contrasting long-form works, both constructed from smaller module components: Ablinger’s Book of Returns, built from seamlessly connected 40-second cells, and Kuokkala’s mesmerising O. This concert provides a rare opportunity to witness the vitality, skill and insight required by an ensemble to create high-impact music from raw compositional elements.

Cello supplied by Atelier Puglisi.
defunensemble’s appearance is supported by Capital Venues and Events and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

defunensemble (HELSINKI)
Hanna KINNUNEN, Flutes
Mikko RAASAKKA, Clarinets
Lily-Marlene PUUSEPP, Harp
Emil HOLMSTRÖM, Piano
Sami KLEMOLA, Electric Guitar
Markus HOHTI, Cello
Timo KURKIKANGAS, Electronics
Anders POHJOLA, Electronics

PERFORMANCE LECTURES

Strategem Studio, Ulumbarra

Following 2014’s highly successful initiative, this year’s performance lectures look at voice and trumpet. Our guest artists soprano Jessica Aszodi and trumpeter Sef Hermans each present a solo work of around ten minutes’ duration and discuss methods of preparation and presentation when approaching music with complex interiority and idiosyncratic techniques. Questions are welcome in this very popular forum, which demystifies process and provides a unique insight into the labour of music making.

10.30 AM SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER

Jessica ASZODI (CHICAGO)
Meun (2015) WP
Ori TALMON

2015 BIFEM Performance Lectures are supported by the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts.

PERFORMANCE LECTURES

Strategem Studio, Ulumbarra

Following 2014’s highly successful initiative, this year’s performance lectures look at voice and trumpet. Our guest artists soprano Jessica Aszodi and trumpeter Sef Hermans each present a solo work of around ten minutes’ duration and discuss methods of preparation and presentation when approaching music with complex interiority and idiosyncratic techniques. Questions are welcome in this very popular forum, which demystifies process and provides a unique insight into the labour of music making.

10.00 AM SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER

Sef HERMANS (AMSTERDAM)
Oberlippentanz (1984)
Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN

2015 BIFEM Performance Lectures are supported by the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts.

FORLORN REMIX

6.00 PM FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
POPPET HEAD
FREE EVENT

Flayed Identities – Forlorn Remix (2014)
Thomas REINER and Kim LAJOIE

Fanfares weave their way through this year’s festival, the first being played atop one of Bendigo’s great landmarks, Poppet Head, the famed mineshaft tower situated in Rosalind Park, overlooking the entire city. Thomas Reiner’s and Kim Lajoie’s work has been adapted specifically to herald the opening of 2015 BIFEM.

ARGONAUT SOLOISTS (BENDIGO)
Tristram WILLIAMS, Flugelhorn
Callum G’FROERER, Trumpet

Argonaut is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts.

ARGONAUT TRUMPET ORCHESTRA

6.30 PM SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL
Rehearsals from 3.00 PM
FREE EVENT

...à Reims (2010) AP
Daniel D’ADAMO

Assembling a trumpet orchestra to perform the haunting and beautiful work …á Reims can only happen in a city with a rich brass culture. Bendigo is home to an extraordinary number of very talented brass players, all of whom are invited to participate in this community music-making event. For more information on how to register as a trumpeter for this wonderful work and be a part of this year’s festival, click below.

REGISTER HERE

ARGONAUT TRUMPET ORCHESTRA (BENDIGO)
SOLOISTS: Callum G’FROERER, Sef HERMANS, Louisa TREWARTHA and Tristram WILLIAMS

The Argonaut Trumpet Orchestra is a BIFEM community initiative supported by the Bendigo Bank.

SOUND GALLERY

Mauricio CARRASCO, Curator

10.00 AM – 7.00 PM SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
10.00 AM – 4.00 PM SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER
DUDLEY HOUSE
FREE EVENT

2015 BIFEM dedicates Dudley House as the home of acousmatic music for the weekend of the festival. While electronic music is ubiquitous and all-pervasive, it is rare to have the chance to listen to these works in high-quality systems and in dedicated spaces. Audiences will be able to experience the complex detail, colour and refined dynamism of the medium across a looped three-hour programme curated by BIFEM Associate Artist Mauricio Carrasco. This free event is the perfect space for sitting and enjoying the range of works from an extensive group of amazing composers.

Patricia ALESSANDRINI (2009) Nani

Zlatko BARACKSAI (2010) Tables

Erick BONGCAM (2011) Axonoxa

Keith CLANCY (2013) Glas

Chris DUNN (2013) Lathos/Response

José Miguel FERNÁNDEZ (2012) Fond Diffus

Francisco HUGUET (2015) La Flor más rara

Francisco HUGUET (2010) The Corners of this section

Carlos ITURRALDE (2001) Fe de erratas

Sergio LUQUE (2011 rev. 2014) Surveillance

John MENOUD (2004) Mala Lucina

Nikolay MIHAYLOV (2006) Flashback

Felipe OTONDO (2008) Ciguri

Alex POZNIAK (2005) Pulse Manoeuvre

Ana María ROMANO (2013) La ley del más

Jacques SODDELL (2000) Tween 801

Daniel ZEA (2005) Cambuche

Sound Gallery is a 2015 BIFEM initiative supported by Commissioner Leigh Johns.

COMPOSER COLLOQUIUM: SCREENED OUT

11.15 AM SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER
BANQUET ROOM
FREE EVENT

This year’s composer colloquium will centre on the practical, aesthetic and philosophical challenges of working with image and the power dynamics that screens and the broader film culture bring to the field of composition. Featuring festival guest composers Melody Eötvös, Wojtek Blecharz, Erik Griswold, James Hullick, Dylan Lardelli, Sami Klemola and Luke Paulding, and convened by Professor Thomas Reiner, the colloquium is an open table for all those interested in joining the conversation.

MUSIC REVIEWERS WORKSHOP

Inspired by the Melbourne Film Festival’s Critics Campus, BIFEM is initiating a mentor programme in 2015 to address the paucity of informed critical culture around new music in Australia. Mentored across the festival, five young critics will be published daily as part of the RealTime-sponsored new music blog Partial Durations, bringing multiple readings of BIFEM 2015 into the public sphere.

Keith GALLASCH and Matthew LORENZON, Workshop Directors

Information and applications for the Music Reviewers Workshop can be found at www.partialdurations.com

Music Reviewers Workshop is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, and with the co-operation of RealTime and Partial Durations.

2015 BIFEM Festival Club

10.00PM to 1.00AM FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
10.00PM to 1.00AM SATURAY 5 SEPTEMBER
THE SCHALLER STUDIO
FREE ENTRY

Following feedback in 2014 for the time and space for audience and musicians to be able to meet and mingle, we sat down with our Exclusive Hotel Partner Art Series Hotels and asked if they would be up for hosting an official Festival Club on the weekend of 2015BIFEM.

The Schaller Studio is proud as punch to be playing host to BIFEM’s Festival Club Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September after dark. As The Schaller Studio is the festival’s home for the weekend it made sense for us to invite our guests back for a drink, a nibble and a chat, to reflect, unwind and socialise.

BIFEM has always been about dissolving the artificial wall that divides audience and artists, and recognises the passion we all share for the new and adventurous. What better place to do this than The Schaller Studio?

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