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Level 3 / 4.15 - 5.15pm

A chameleonic ensemble of movable size and instrumentation, Halcyon draws together virtuosic artists for each performance.  This is Halcyon at its most intimate - one voice and one instrument in conversation as equals.  Halcyon’s director, mezzo-soprano Jenny Duck-Chong, is joined by two outstanding independent artists, cellist Geoffrey Gartner and guitarist Vladimir Gorbach to present works for solo voice and instrument. Traversing a kaleidoscope of colours drawn from the most minimal of means, the interplay of voice and strings has never been more engaging.

A celebration as much of the home grown as that from abroad, this diverse program features bite-sized and more substantial works from established composers in Australia and the UK spanning three decades: the radiant blend of cello and voice in short works by Julian Yu, Moya Henderson and Michael Berkeley alongside Ross Edward’s iconic Maninya I; and the joyful and at times explosive exploration of voice and guitar in two energetic works, Matthew Hindson’s Insect Songs and Kerry Andrew’s fruit songs.  The set also features the premiere of a short vocal solo by Cathy Milliken, drawn by the composer from her award-winning recent work, Earth Plays.

Program current at time of publishing but may be subject to change.

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Program

Moya Henderson
I Lost a World the Other Day
Cathy Milliken
Kazoku (premiere)
Julian Yu
Three Haiku
Michael Berkeley
Typewriter Music
Ross Edwards
Maninya I
Kerry Andrew
Fruit Songs
Matthew Hindson
Insect Songs

Program current at time of publishing but may be subject to change

Artists

Jenny-Duck Chong
Mezzo-soprano, Artistic Director Halcyon
Vladimir Gorbach
Guitar
Geoffrey Gartner
Cello

Artist Bio

Halcyon is a chameleonic ensemble which has featured more than 100 artists in its lifetime, drawing players together specifically for each performance. Regarded as a leading light in the field of new music, Halcyon presents stunning performances of vocal chamber music from around the world, with a special emphasis on Australian composition. Founded by intrepid singers Alison Morgan and Jenny Duck-Chong, Halcyon has commissioned many works for voice and instruments, performing new repertoire around Australia at music festivals, through its own concert series and at industry events including the prestigious Paul Lowin Awards, where it has been acknowledged as a powerful influence on the growth of this repertoire and associated on many occasions with short-listed and winning pieces. Halcyon is a tireless mentor to emerging musicians and composers, presenting concerts and workshops on vocal writing and contemporary Australian repertoire to secondary school music students, tertiary composition and vocal students and their teachers both locally and at interstate institutions as well as offering individual tutoring. For more than two decades, Halcyon has been championing, presenting and recording music for voice and instruments and introducing audiences to this very particular and rich niche of new music. Now directed solely by Jenny Duck-Chong, Halcyon continues to promote vocal chamber music works to a wide audience through concert programs, educational workshops and presentations and the YouTube channel, now featuring video interviews with composers, concert archive footage and audio. A growing number of their commissions and other important Australian works are now available as studio recordings through Tall Poppies, Move, Wirripang and their own self-releases.

To find out more about Halcyon visit www.halcyon.org.au