Auditory Constructs

THE BIFEM ARCHIVE

Myles Mumford and Jem Savage are well known within Australia’s contemporary music world and are happy to announce their new partnership Auditory Constructs which will oversee the continuing development of The BIFEM Archive at thebifemarchive.bandcamp.com, as well as the ongoing presence in the festival.

Myles and Jem have been an integral part of BIFEM since 2014 as Festival Sound Supervisors, location recordists and electroacoustic performers. They have enjoyed the privilege of capturing the most memorable moments of each festival, from intimate solo recitals to the most elaborate projects the festival has curated. This year, they launch The BIFEM Archive, a new initiative that will ensure these ground-breaking performances, exclusive premieres and exploratory masterpieces are available for future enjoyment, study, research and as an ongoing record of the festival highlights.

Like our previous soundcloud archive, you can still listen online for free but now for a small fee you can download to your devices and enjoy BIFEM on or offline. All purchases are directed back into the festival for future editions, making your purchase more like a donation.

Cushion Concert

Madi Chwasta

10:30am
Friday 1 September
Bendigo Bank Theatre

$5

 

ANAM alumna Madi Chwasta first appeared in the 2015 BIFEM Argonaut presentation of Pierre Boulez’s Sur Incises. Returning in 2017 for her third consecutive festival, this agile and expressive percussionist will present this year’s Cushion Concert. This cherished opening concert forms part of the Capital Venues and Events monthly under five-year-old music programme. The Cushion Concert reminds accompanying adults how open our ears can be to new sounds and ways of listening, as they share their concert experience with BIFEM’s toughest, most honest and adorable audience.


REBONDS B (1987–89)
IANNIS XENAKIS
EXPOSICIONES (2007)
ANDRIÁN PERTOUT
TO THE EARTH (1985)
FREDERIC RZEWSKI

Madi CHWASTA, Percussion


Bendigo Bank

Cushion Concert is a community access project supported by Bendigo Bank.

Plank Rodeo

Argonaut

6:30pm
Friday 1 September
Bendigo Art Gallery

$5

 

PLANK RODEO (2016) AP
JENNA LYLE

Jenna Lyle’s sonically-driven choreographic practice is characterised by works where performers and audiences are equally tasked to enter into states of listening and discovery. Lyle’s works are psychological exercises that require shifting between open discovery-oriented states and task-driven, critical states. In Plank Rodeo, the performers neither sing nor play, but instead reframe their musical training to execute a series of specific physical and listening tasks while ‘riding’ a pile of precariously heaped and specially amplified wooden boards. The resultant sono-choreography of ligneous groans and creaks is live-processed by the composer at the mixing desk. Plank Rodeo will open the official weekend programme of 2017 BIFEM, returning to Bendigo Art Gallery for the first time since 2014.


Jacob ABELA, Performer
Jessica ASZODI, Performer
Matteo CESARI, Performer
Jenna LYLE, Electronics
Jane SHELDON, Performer


Bendigo Art Gallery Australia Council for the Arts Creative Victoria The Robert Salzer Foundation

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

Neon Pig

Argonaut Ensemble

7:30pm
Friday 1 September
Ulumbarra Theatre

$25

 

FOGLI D’IRIDE (2015) AP
STEFANO BULFON

Matteo CESARI, Flute
Elliott GYGER, Conductor

NEON PIG (2017) WP
FERNANDO GARNERO

Elena SCHWARZ, Conductor


2017 BIFEM heralds the return of our inaugural festival guest Matteo Cesari. Matteo will appear as an Argonaut-featured soloist in Stefano Bulfon’s colourful micro-concerto Fogli d’Iride, conducted by 2014 BIFEM alumnus Elliott Gyger. Each year’s box office is dedicated to commissioning new music for the following edition. This opening night concert’s title work Neon Pig is a world premiere, written for Argonaut by Paris-based Argentinian composer Fernando Garnero. Neon Pig is one of three significant works to be conducted by the exceptional Swiss-Australian Elena Schwarz in her BIFEM début.


ARGONAUT ENSEMBLE
Jacob ABELA, Piano
Mauricio CARRASCO, Electric Guitar
Madi CHWASTA, Percussion
Aviva ENDEAN, Clarinet
Judith HAMANN, Cello
Alexina HAWKINS, Viola
Jonathan HEILBRON, Double Bass
Marshall McGUIRE, Harp
Myles MUMFORD, Electronics
Michiko OGAWA, Clarinet
Ben OPIE, Oboe
Elizabeth WELSH, Violin
Tristram WILLIAMS, Trumpet


Australia Council for the Arts Creative Victoria The Robert Salzer Foundation Ibermusicas

Argonaut is supported by the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Robert Salzer Foundation.
Elena Schwarz’s appearance at BIFEM is supported by Joan and Barry Miskin.
Neon Pig is a 2016 BIFEM BOX OFFICE co-commission with Ibermúsicas.

You who will emerge from the flood

Juliana Snapper

9:00pm
Friday 1 September
Capital Theatre

$25

 

YOU WHO WILL EMERGE FROM THE FLOOD (2009) AP
JULIANA SNAPPER & ANDREW INFANTI

Exclusive to 2017 BIFEM is the début Australasian performance of peerless soprano, Juliana Snapper, in You who will emerge from the flood, her breathtaking virtuosic collaboration with British composer Andrew Infanti. Featuring underwater singing, this work has been presented at some of the most unlikely sites across the globe: a Victorian-era bathhouse, a Soviet Olympic training pool, the Standard’s rooftop pool in Los Angeles and a dunk tank at the PS1/MoMA in New York. Juliana Snapper began her stellar career by winning the Metropolitan Opera award for Outstanding Young Singer of the Year in 1990. Ever since then she has pushed, prodded and critiqued her operatic instrument to world-shifting effect in a practice of truly historical impact. She continues to reshape thinking around singing, opera, theatre and the potential of the human voice. Her work is the topic of research in academic journals and in books from the Oxford, Princeton and Duke University Presses. Onstage and underwater at Bendigo’s Capital Theatre for one performance only at 2017 BIFEM with live electronics by the legendary Miller Puckette.


Juliana SNAPPER, Soprano
Miller PUCKETTE, Electronics


Coliban Water Sofitel Melbourne

You who will emerge from the flood is presented in special partnership with Coliban Water.

Grafter

Jessica Aszodi
Jenna Lyle

10:30pm
Friday 1 September
Bendigo Bank Theatre

$25

 

GRAFTER (BENDIGO 2017 VERSION)
JESSICA ASZODI & JENNA LYLE

Devised and performed by BIFEM associate artist Jessica Aszodi with composer/performer/movement artist Jenna Lyle, Grafter is a project for two vocalists, live electronics and hanging speakers. Aszodi and Lyle treat their bodies as resonator instruments, choreographically affecting their sound as they move. Like two flexible and fleshy sound boards, their bodies perform in an electronic field that samples, reshapes, echoes and occasionally feeds back against their actions. Drawing on skills gleaned from opera, composition, acoustic physiology, electronic music performance and cheerleading, Grafter is as much a practice as it is a piece. With each iteration the performers re-design and re-calibrate, exploiting their different vocal and embodied practices and the space around them. Grafter has been seen across the US, from New York to Omaha, Wisconsin, San Diego and Chicago. BIFEM is the first time the work has been seen outside the USA.


Sofitel Melbourne

Jessica ASZODI, Performer
Jenna LYLE, Performer

Sound Gallery

10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 2 September

10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday 3 September

Bendigo Bank Theatre
FREE

Free

 

Stanisław SUCHORA, CURATOR


The Sound Gallery returns to Dudley House for its third edition, this year curated by Warsaw- and Paris-based Stanisław Suchora. Featuring a looped programme of acousmatic music, Sound Gallery is a rare chance to listen to high-fidelity surround recordings in a dedicated listening room. With a new curatorial voice at its helm, Sound Gallery will once more stimulate festival audiences across the weekend, whether you pop in for a moment or settle in for the full journey. This free event is the perfect space to experience an exceptional range of works from an extensive group of amazing composers, all of whom are making their Australian débuts in 2017 BIFEM.


PORTRÄTEN TVÕ (2015)
CARA ARNDT
FLUJOS DINÁMICOS 1. (2016)
PEDRO CASTILLO LARA
LAS BABAS DEL DIABLO (2014)
MARIA COSTA
FYR (2016)
ZURIÑE FERNANDEZ GERENABARRENA
SAMOA (2016)
EVELYN FROSINI
ETERNITY (2016)
NARCISSA KARSAÏ
TOPIC: THE MUSIC OF PRESSURES (2009)
MARTYNA KOSECKA
CADAVRE EXQUIS (2017)
LINDA LEIMANE
METS/FOREST (2013)
MARIANNA LIIK
OCCUPY HAIFA (2012)
ADAM MAOR
AFRIKANISCHE VÖLKER I (2016)
TOMEK MIRT
RNDR4 (2013)
ANNA MURRAY
T.R.I.P. (2014)
TEONIKI ROZYNEK
UNSPOKEN (2012)
DONIKA RUDI
CRYPTIC THINGNESS (2016)
ELENA RYKOVA
TROIS TUNNELS ET UN ARRÊT (2017)
ELŽBIETA SIKORA
RESAUREA (2017)
DANTE TANZI
DANSE MACABRE (2016)
VIRGINIE VIEL
LE PAYSAGE IMMODÉRÉ (2015)
AÏ WATANABE
MOTUS (2003)
ALLA ZAGAYKEVYCH

Bendigo Bank

Sound Gallery is a community access project supported by Bendigo Bank.

Monash University Composers' Concert

Argonaut String Quartet

10:30am
Saturday 2 September
Capital Theatre
FREE

Free

 

ORONONMIERR (2017) WP
SCOTT A. ASCHAUER
ESCAPE TO … (2017) WP
KEVAN ATKINS
TO THE TUNNEL (2017) WP
NOEMI FRIEDMAN
FIGURES AMPLIFIED (2017)WP
SAM HARVEY
WRONG GIG? (2017) WP
JAYDEN MCKINNON
TRAIN OF THOUGHT (2017) WP
ANNETTE PIROTTA
YOU HAVEN’T FINISHED YOUR APE (2017) WP
KISHORE RYAN

For a second consecutive year, BIFEM partners with Monash Academy of Performing Arts with two pre-festival workshops, culminating in the presentation of a concert at 2017 BIFEM. Seven 3rd-year student composers from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music will workshop new short works written for and performed by the Argonaut String Quartet. This recital not only brings some new and exciting voices into the orbit of BIFEM and its audiences, but also shows the pivotal role great musicians play in the professional evolution of student composers as they complete their undergraduate years.


ARGONAUT STRING QUARTET
Natasha CONRAU, Violin
Judith HAMANN, Cello
Graeme JENNINGS, Violin
Elizabeth WELSH, Viola


Monash University

Nihilist Cipher

Mauricio Carrasco

12:00pm
Saturday 2 September

3:00pm
Sunday 3 September

Old Fire Station, Engine Room

$25

 

DB (2009) AP
YOTA MORIMOTO
SIMPLE SABOTAGE FIELD MANUAL (2017) WP
KEVAN ATKINS
EGYPTIAN LOVE POEM IN NIHILIST CIPHER (2013) AP
JAMES RUSHFORD
VACUUM’S VESSELS (2004) AP
CARLOS ITURRALDE

Mauricio Carrasco’s association with BIFEM goes back to 2012 when he was the first of three recitalists at the Prospectors Day pop-up event. As a BIFEM Associate Artist he has had a fundamental influence on the tone, content and direction of the festival. It is a distinct pleasure to present Mauricio in his newest recital programme at 2017 BIFEM, a charged and powerful hour of 21st century music for guitar by a stellar performer. This programme will be performed twice at 2017 BIFEM.


Mauricio CARRASCO, Guitar
with
Kevan ATKINS, Electronics
Hamish UPTON, Percussion


Australia Council for the Arts Creative Victoria

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

A Book of Migrations

Matthew Horsley

12:00pm
Saturday 2 September

3:00pm
Sunday 3 September

Trades Hall

$25

 

A BOOK OF MIGRATIONS (2017) WP
LIAM FLENADY

Taking the title and spirit of Rebecca Solnit’s 1998 book, Brisbane composer Liam Flenady’s new concert-length work is written specifically to showcase the impressive talents of Castlemaine multi-instrumentalist and composer Matthew Horsley. Ideas of cultural identity, division and alienation are drawn from Solnit’s tracing of the Irish diaspora into a metaphoric meditation. Flenady fashions a striking premiere that incorporates text from the mediaeval Irish epic poem Buile Shuibhne with uilleann pipes and electronics. A Book of Migrations represents the BIFEM début for both composer and performer and will be performed twice at 2017 BIFEM.


Matthew HORSLEY, Uilleann Pipes
Liam FLENADY, Electronics


Australia Council for the Arts Creative Victoria

A Book of Migrations is supported by the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Small Infinities

Argonaut Clarinet Orchestra

2:00pm
Saturday 2 September
Sacred Heart Cathedral
FREE

Free

 

CAPRICORN’S NOSTALGIC CRICKETS (1972) 2017 Version by Samuel Dunscombe WP
HORATIU RADULESCU
SMALL INFINITIES TOGETHER (2017) WP
SAMUEL DUNSCOMBE

Capricorn’s Nostalgic Crickets for seven clarinets is a set of 96 unique sound events, each emerging from and receding back into silence. The complex tones produced by the players combine to create a sound mass so vibrant, pulsating, and alive that it inspired Horatiu Radulescu to develop a whole new compositional theory - which he called Sound Plasma. Samuel Dunscombe builds on Radulescu’s 'plasmatic' conception of sound, love for massed groups of identical instruments, and non-linear approach to musical time, blowing it out by a factor of 7 to create Small Infinities Together, a world premiere piece for up to 49 live clarinets. BIFEM will bring together a community clarinet orchestra to realize the new work, creating a sonic experience of gravitas in one of Bendigo’s most iconic architectural and acoustic spaces, the Sacred Heart Cathedral.


ARGONAUT CLARINET ORCHESTRA (BENDIGO) SOLOISTS
Luke CARBON, Clarinet
Samuel DUNSCOMBE, Clarinet l Leader
Aviva ENDEAN, Clarinet
Magdalenna KRSTEVSKA, Clarinet
Vilan MAI, Clarinet
Michiko OGAWA, Clarinet
Lloyd VAN’T HOFF, Clarinet


COME PLAY WITH US!

REHEARSALS FROM 10.30AM
SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER
SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL

2017 BIFEM is looking for lots of clarinets to come and make music with us. We know you are out there, and we know you want to have an unforgettable musical experience!

REGISTER ONLINE

Registrations available from 21 July, 2017.

Here’s how it works:

  • Register online
  • Watch the online tutorial link we send you
  • Practise your part
  • Rehearse on the morning of the concert
  • Perform a brand new work in the iconic Sacred Heart Cathedral
  • Enjoy and share the memory of the event on the BIFEM Sound Cloud

Bendigo Bank Sacred Heart Cathedral Kud Mreza

The Argonaut Clarinet Orchestra is a BIFEM community initiative supported by Bendigo Bank.
Composition of Small Infinities Together partially supported by KUD Mreža, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Author | Agent | Process | Frame

Composer Colloquium

3:30pm
Saturday 2 September
Rocks on Rosalind
FREE

Free

 

2017 BIFEM is accented by a series of performer | composer creations that contrast with the more conventionally segregated composer and interpreter designations. As a global community of diverse practitioners, we encourage approaches that may generate new kinds of collaborations and hierarchies. Despite multi-modal methods being broadly embraced and celebrated, there remains frequent and significant structural resistance throughout the different phases of creative production, from idea to audience.

Musicians are certainly recognised as much more than technicians, and composer practices inherently reflect intersections beyond notation. 2017 BIFEM unfurls along multiple lines, with vocal, instrumental and electronic performances featuring collaborative methods, each untangling concepts or authorship, agency, presence and production. The 2017 colloquium is a public conversation with BIFEM composers and performers, reflecting on life and work in the continuously bending frame of practice.


Jessica ASZODI, Convenor


 

MUSIC WRITERS’

WORKSHOP

MENTORS
Matthew LORENZON
Alistair NOBLE


Since 2015, BIFEM has featured a highly successful writers’ programme, leading to publications in major Australian media outlets. 2017 BIFEM reaffirms our commitment to sector evolution through helping to build a more informed critical culture around new music in Australia and beyond. Five emerging critics will receive expert mentoring across the festival and will be published daily as part of the RealTime-sponsored new music blog Partial Durations, bringing multiple readings of festival activities as the weekend unfolds. Selected reviews will subsequently appear in RealTime.

For applications and information on the Music Writers’ Workshop go to www.partialdurations.com/bifem-writers-workshop/


Partial Durations Real Time

Eidos

Anna Kwiatkowska

7:00pm
Saturday 2 September

12:00pm
Sunday 3 September

Old Fire Station, Engine Room

$25

 

UN CHEVALIER (2008) AP
FRANÇOIS SARHAN
EIDOS (1977) AP
BARBARA BUCZEK
PHENOTYPE (2012) AP
WOJTEK BLECHARZ
SOLO (1984) AP
ELZ˙BIETA SIKORA
STUDY FOR STRING INSTRUMENT AND WHAMMY PEDAL NO.2 (2009) AP
SIMON STEEN-ANDERSEN
VARIANTS (1994) AP
JEAN CLAUDE RISSET
KWAIWA (1986) AP
BOGUSŁAW SCHAEFFER
CADENZA (2013-14) AP
AGATA ZUBEL

Widely regarded as Poland’s finest contemporary violinist, Anna Kwiatkowska makes her Australian début with a powerhouse programme of vignettes that includes works from an array of Polish composers, whose music is being brought to our big island for the very first time.

Packed with works for solo violin that truly showcase why she is held in such esteem, this programme promises to be a dynamic and memorable addition to the now well-established tradition of solo recitals that thread our festival’s history. This programme will be performed twice at 2017 BIFEM.


Anna KWIATKOWSKA, Violin
with
Kevan ATKINS, Electronics


Sofitel Melbourne Sonora

Only Extasy & Motion

Sultan Hagavik

7:00pm
Saturday 2 September

12:00pm
Sunday 3 September

Trades Hall

$25

 

ONLY EXTASY & MOTION (2017) WP
MIKOŁAJ LASKOWSKI & JACEK SOTOMSKI

Polish composer | performer duo Sultan Hagavik make their Australian début at 2017 BIFEM with an ear-bending hour of live electronics in this made-in-Bendigo creation Only Extasy & Motion. Established in 2011, Sultan Hagavik name themselves after an IKEA mattress, perform exclusively in plastic masks and deliver exceptionally crafted and dynamic electronic music, with real-time digital treatment of sourced analogue materials. Their old school magnetic/new school granular realness is not to be missed. This programme will be performed twice at 2017 BIFEM.


Mikołaj LASKOWSKI, Sound Objects
Jacek SOTOMSKI, Sound Objects


Sofitel Melbourne Adam Mickiewicz Institute

15072006

Argonaut Ensemble

8:30pm
Saturday 2 September
Capital Theatre

$25

 

BEYROUTH15072006 (2015–17) AP
ADAM MAOR
CYCLE ‘CANCIONES’ AP
Cancion Salvaje (2015)
Theophilus’ Song (2015)
Cancion Del Ciego (2013)
SANTIAGO DIEZ-FISCHER

Elena SCHWARZ, Conductor
Jane SHELDON, Soprano


This 2017 BIFEM double-portrait concert focuses on the the highly refined work of Argentinian composer Santiago Diez-Fischer and Israeli composer Adam Maor. Both composers bring to the fore a sensitivity to the immediate environment of the listener, each provoking a heightened aural awareness and a febrile intimacy. Under the rich precision of 2017 BIFEM Principal Conductor Elena Schwarz, this Argonaut Ensemble concert will be the first opportunity Australian audiences have to hear live performances from these fascinating musical minds. Adam Maor will direct the live electronics for his recently-revised ensemble work which meditates on the 2006 Lebanon war. Following her 2016 BIFEM début in XXX_LIVE_NUDE_GIRLS!!!, soprano Jane Sheldon will perform the three Diez-Fischer Canciones for the first time as a cycle. BIFEM’s history of presenting first-time cycles is consolidated with these exquisite gems.


ARGONAUT ENSEMBLE
Jacob ABELA, Accordion
Luke CARBON, Baritone Saxophone
Matteo CESARI, Flute
Natasha CONRAU, Violin
Samuel DUNSCOMBE, Clarinet
Stuart FISHER, Electric Guitar
Alexina HAWKINS, Viola
Jonathan HEILBRON, Double Bass
Charlotte JACKE, Cello
Charles MacINNES, Trombone
Adam MAOR, Electronics
James RUSHFORD, Piano
Jem SAVAGE, Electronics
Tristram WILLIAMS, Trumpet
Angus WILSON, Percussion


Australia Council for the Arts Creative Victoria The Robert Salzer Foundation

Argonaut is supported by the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Robert Salzer Foundation.
Elena Schwarz’s appearance at BIFEM is supported by Joan and Barry Miskin.

Fray

Kupka's Piano

10:00pm
Saturday 2 September
Ulumbarra Theatre

$25

 

INCANTARE:TAKE 2 (2015) AP
DIANA SOH
BRANEWORLDS (2016)
LIAM FLENADY
FRAY (2017) WP
ELLIOTT GYGER

Appearing for the first time at BIFEM, young Brisbane ensemble Kupka’s Piano has already built a solid international reputation for their dynamic performances, and this triple-bill concert promises to enhance their profile further as one of the country’s most promising new music ensembles. Originally from Singapore, Parisian composer Diana Soh’s Incantare:take 2 is a ritualistic exploration of the multiple meanings of the work’s title, which in Latin means ‘to sing’, ‘to repeat with words’ and ‘to consecrate with spells’.

Liam Flenady explores ritual in a different way with his quasi-modular work Braneworlds, inspired by Lisa Randall’s book on multidimensional physics Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions. Rounding out this concert is the highly anticipated new ensemble work Fray by one of Australia’s most in-demand composers, Elliott Gyger.


Luke CARBON, Clarinets
Liam FLENADY, Electric Guitar
Graeme JENNINGS, Violin
Katherine PHILP, Cello
Alex RAINERI, Piano
Hannah REARDON-SMITH, Flute l Conductor
Jodie ROTTLE, Flute
Angus WILSON, Percussion


Australia Council for the Arts Arts Queensland Kupka's Piano

Kupka’s Piano’s appearance at 2017 BIFEM is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts.

Ganzfeld Experiment

Erkki Veltheim

11:30pm
Saturday 2 September
Bendigo Bank Theatre

$25

 

GANZFELD EXPERIMENT (2017) AP
Erkki VELTHEIM

Erkki Veltheim’s Ganzfeld Experiment is a new solo concert-length work for electric violin and live-processed electronics, inspired by a parapsychology technique used to test a subject’s capacity for extrasensory perception (ESP). Veltheim recontextualises explicit tropes of this controversial process, such as the constant use of white noise, pink noise, red light and selective sensory deprivation. Veltheim performs as the ‘sender’ remaining out of sight of the ‘receiver’ audience for the entire duration of the work. Both homage and wry critique of this contested research, Ganzfeld Experiment is a highly sophisticated work of structural and aesthetic cohesiveness, from an artist at the peak of his creative power as both composer and performer. An absolute must-see-and-hear experience.


Erkki VELTHEIM, Electric Violin | Electronics


This performance contains continuous low-level, on-screen flickering effects.


Creative Victoria APRA AMCOS

Errki Veltheim’s appearance at BIFEM is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Ganzfeld Experiment was created with the assistance of the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund and was first performed at Music Nova Helsinki in 2017.

Humble | Piano

Alex Raineri
Jessica Aszodi

10:00am
Sunday 3 September
Capital Theatre
FREE

Free

 

8 BAGATELLES FOR SOLO PIANO (1992)
KEITH HUMBLE
3 FOLIOS FOR PIANO (1953–67)
KEITH HUMBLE
3 FRAGMENTS OF WAR POEMS (1966)
KEITH HUMBLE
SONATA NUMBER 2 (1977)
KEITH HUMBLE
CABARET SONGS FOR VOICE AND PIANO (1989)
KEITH HUMBLE

Keith Humble was one of Australia’s first great modernist composers. His contributions to composition, performance, pedagogy and recording left a formidable legacy when he died in 1995. Humble touched many corners of Australian musical life. He lectured at both the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University, founded the Australian Contemporary Music Ensemble and is credited with initiating the Melbourne branch of the International Society of Contemporary Music. Humble travelled the world, collaborating with musicians, poets and artists whose influence would flow through several generations of Australian music-making, playing an integral role in transforming Australian musical culture into the energetic community we have today.

In conjunction with the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebrations of La Trobe University, BIFEM pays tribute to Humble, performing music for voice and piano from across his wide œuvre - including the esoteric, unpublished gem Fragments of War Poems, the much loved 8 Bagatelles, and the Parisian 'boite de nuit' influenced Cabaret Songs. The concert will be performed on Keith Humble’s own Steinway concert grand piano, bequeathed to La Trobe, and now the cherished resident instrument of the Capital Theatre, Bendigo.


 

HUMBLE | FORUM

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY

11:00AM
SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER
CAPITAL THEATRE
FREE


Following on directly from the HUMBLE | PIANO concert, La Trobe University lecturer Dr Dan Bendrups will convene a panel discussion about the work, life and influence of Keith Humble. Sharing personal insights and anecdotes directly connected to the late composer, the panel will discuss the legacy of Humble’s life and music in and beyond Australia. HUMBLE | FORUM commemorates the 90th year since Humble’s birth and LaTrobe University’s 50th anniversary.


La Trobe University

Illud Etiam

Juliana Snapper
Miller Puckette

1:30pm
Sunday 3 September
Bendigo Bank Theatre

$25

 

EN ÉCHO (1993–1995) AP
PHILIPPE MANOURY
DOUBLE VOICED (2013) AP
JULIANA SNAPPER
ILLUD ETIAM (2012) AP
PHILIPPE MANOURY

Miller Puckette is known as the creator of the Max MSP and Pure Data computer music software environments, which are taught and used by electronic musicians and artists worldwide. American soprano Juliana Snapper is known for her extraordinary contributions to the operatic, art and theatre worlds through her original large-scale collaborations. These two legends and long-standing collaborators come together for the second presentation of their début guest residency at 2017 BIFEM. This recital will showcase works of their own creation, as well as the Australian premiere of works by celebrated French composer Phillipe Manoury.


Juliana SNAPPER, Soprano
Miller PUCKETTE, Electronics

MMASS Lecture

Matthew Lorenzon
Argonaut String Quartet

4:00pm
Sunday 3 September
Capital Theatre

Free

 

Extracts from DEAD OCEANS (2017)
SAMUEL SMITH

As a curtain raiser to the final concert of the 2017 BIFEM weekend, BIFEM deepens its relationship with Matthew Lorenzon, who has been part of the BIFEM fold since the first Music Writers’ Workshop in 2015. In 2017, following two highly successful seasons of the Melbourne Music Analysis Summer School, Matthew will present a lecture focusing on the BIFEM Box Office commission dead oceans by young Australian composer Samuel Smith. As well as providing an analytical insight in advance of its premiere, the lecture will also offer festival audiences the opportunity to hear some preview score extracts performed live by BIFEM’s own Argonaut String Quartet.


Matthew LORENZON, Lecturer

ARGONAUT STRING QUARTET
Judith HAMANN, Cello
Graeme JENNINGS, Viola
Erkki VELTHEIM, Violin
Elizabeth WELSH, Violin


Australia Council for the Arts Creative Victoria

Argonaut is supported by the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Robert Salzer Foundation.
dead oceans by Samuel Smith is a 2016 BIFEM BOX OFFICE commission.

Dead Oceans

Argonaut String Quartet

4:30pm
Sunday 3 September
Capital Theatre

$25

 

DISTORTED ATTITUDES IV – FACILE SYNTHESIS (2015) AP
ANAHITA ABBASI
DEAD OCEANS (2017) WP
SAMUEL SMITH
EMINULOS (2017) WP
CATERINA TURNBULL
A FAILED ENTERTAINMENT (2013) AP
CLARA IANNOTTA

Argonaut String Quartet returns with a dynamic programme to close 2017 BIFEM. Along with the first Australian performances of works by Anahita Abbasi and Clara Iannotta, the concert features the BIFEM débuts of two local young composers: Samuel Smith, a composer with an increasingly expanding profile, and Caterina Turnbull in her first major festival appearance, commissioned by Julian Burnside QC. The string quartet remains an inexhaustible medium, and with these four amazing musicians, Argonaut String Quartet has proven itself to be a fan favourite in the previous two editions. An unmissable concert which will draw a charged weekend of music-making to a close.


Judith HAMANN, Cello
Graeme JENNINGS, Violin l Viola
Erkki VELTHEIM, Violin l Viola
Elizabeth WELSH, Violin l Viola


Australia Council for the Arts Creative Victoria The Robert Salzer Foundation

Argonaut is supported by the Australian Government through Australia Council for the Arts, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Robert Salzer Foundation.
Eminulos by Caterina Turnbull was commissioned by Julian Burnside QC.
dead oceans by Samuel Smith is a 2016 BIFEM Box Office Commission.

Festival Club

10:00pm - Late
Friday 1 September

10:00pm - Late
Saturday 2 September

Rocks on Rosalind
FREE ENTRY

Free entry

 

BIFEM is excited to renew its partnership from last year, with Rocks on Rosalind returning as our restaurant of choice all day and every day of the festival, the Festival Club on Friday and Saturday nights AND the home of the 2017 Composer Colloquium. Rocks on Rosalind is the pulsing heart of the festival precinct, where proprietor Finn Vedelsby has created a sophisticated yet relaxed environment, one that proved itself the perfect watering hole for the BIFEM gang. The Festival Club remains open even later this year to allow the many dynamic conversations to continue until the wee hours. See you at the bar!


Rocks on Rosalind

Computer Music Workshop

Miller Puckette

9:00am - 5:00pm
Monday 4 September
La Trobe Art Institute

$120

 

REAL-TIME AUDIO ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS IN PURE DATA

This BIFEM-exclusive workshop, with unprecedented access to the truly exceptional mind of Miller Puckette, amplifies our commitment to providing Australian artists with affordable, focused professional development.

An age-old idea in electronic music is to analyse a musical instrument's sound (for instance, to find its pitch and amplitude) and to use that to drive another synthetic instrument. The aim of this workshop is to explore what can be done with this idea, using modern analysis tools that estimate pitch, power, sinusoidal components and/or spectral envelopes. Several possible approaches to using the analyses will be shown, such as: using neural networks to determine output synthesis parameters; collecting statistics to imitate behaviours; incorporating feedback from the output to the analysis stage; and/or using ambient sounds from the environment in place of the musical instrument.

The workshop will include a mix of practical and lecture-style segments. Patches will be demonstrated and created and participants can try out ideas under Puckette’s guidance. The day will also include a lecture exemplifying ways in which analysis data can be mapped to behaviours.

Participants should bring a computer, ideally with Pure Data 0.47 or later installed (this can be downloaded for free from msp.ucsd.edu), and either headphones, an external microphone or both.

Limited places only. Book early.


La Trobe Art Institute

 

Charlotte Jacke

Cello

Charlotte Jacke hails from Bonn, Germany. In 2006, she graduated in cello performance from the Universität der Künste Berlin, where she then also worked as an assistant and seminar lecturer.

Charlotte has participated orchestral workshops with conductors Sir Simon Rattle and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. As a member of the Berlin-based jazz orchestra Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, Charlotte has toured extensively throughout Germany, Switzerland and Korea, as well as featuring on their 2009 release Take Off.

Since moving to Melbourne in May 2009, Charlotte has worked as a cellist and instrumental teacher. She performs regularly as a freelance cellist in solo, chamber ensemble and orchestral capacities such as with Orchestra Victoria, Arcko Symphonic Project, 3 Shades Black, Click Clack Project, Melbourne Ring Orchestra, Resonant Bodies Melbourne and Australian Art Orchestra.

Charlotte works as a session and live musician for various albums with bands such as Vika & Linda Bull, The Bamboos, Bobby Fox, Luke Howard Ensemble, Cookin’ on 3 burners, Paul Kelly and Tim Rogers and also for various film scores, as well as on theatre projects.