Invisible realities are the ways in which we experience our experiences|
Performance program notes
Invisible realities are experiences that are real and yet non-physical. Linked intimately with emotion and memory, invisible realities are the internalised context for our externalised experiences. To be human is to mine this realm of sensations, feelings and understandings.
I am not a musician. I am a visual artist. My job is to make pictures. Tonight
I want you to make pictures. I want to create a space in which you experience (the invisible realities of) memory and emotion. I want you to experience the music such that you reflect, recall and recollect. Acknowledging the place that you make for music in your life, I want Invisible realities to coax the buried and the forgotten to the surface.
My work as a visual artist is about the languages of colour and geometry and their capacity to articulate human experience. Based on geometry and colour in music, Invisible realities is founded on the repetition of short phrases. The phrases quote a range of composers and genres. Repeated references to Bach, Satie, Holst, Miles Davis and others are designed to generate an atmosphere, which is conducive to day dreaming. Rather than take you on a journey I want Invisible realities to wash over you. I want you to soak in it, be submerged and get lost in it.
I did not ask the players to perform a recital. They have been asked to create an atmosphere by expressing their affinity with their instrument using a limited palette of notes. Traditional notions of virtuosity have little to do with the project and as such there are no soloists. I thank them for their generosity and enthusiasm for the project.
1. I want to tell you the story of my life
2. My tiny hand was wrapped inside the palm of yours
3. It was as if I had been there before
4. Even without you I was aware of your presence
5. Being with you is my greatest accomplishment
6. Words seemed unnecessary in the space between us
7. Nothing else could make me feel like this
8. All that I have is here and now
9. …and then you disappeared
Working in a range of media, visual artist David explores the notions of language and information through colour and geometry. Over the last 15 years his work has been exhibited extensively through out Australia at venues including the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Australia Council’s studio residency in Paris and the Collex Museum of Contemporary Art acquisitive prize. He has been artist in residence at the Univeristy of Texas, Dallas, Curtin University Perth, The Jam Factory glass studio, Adelaide. David is currently a PhD candidate at RMIT, Melbourne.
Bill Risby piano
A gifted child prodigy, Bill commenced piano at age 3, and was the youngest student to study piano at the NSW Conservatorium. By the time he was 15, he had already performed Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" as solo pianist, as well as Leonard Bernstein's "Mass”. Shortly after his studies, he founded the group "The Storytellers" which played a combination of Bill's original material and electric jazz covers from the Yellowjackets and Pat Metheny.
Bill has recorded six albums to date, and has arranged, produced and played on many albums (piano and bass) from gospel, jazz, country, R&B, pop and beyond. He has played with artists such as the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Bobby Shew, Tina Arena, Glen Shorrock, Marcia Hines, Daryl Braithwaite, Kasey Chambers, James Morrison and has done supports for Dionne Warwick, Thelma Houston, Julio Iglesias, and US saxophone player Steve Lacy.
Miroslav Bukovsky trumpet & flugel horn
Since emigrating to Australia from Czechoslavakia in 1968, Miro has been recognised as a leading figure in the Australian Jazz scene, both as a composer and a player. Of the ‘less is more’ , rather than the ‘higher, louder, faster school’ Miroslav pushes hard against any orthodoxies. He is a true Jazz artist, never content to sit within an established comfort zone. He has worked with many of the great contemporary performers including Renee Geyer, Marcia Hines, The Australian Art Orchestra and The Daly Wilson Big Band. His awards include the Jazz Action Composer Award an ARIA award, best jazz release.
Christopher Latham violin
Christopher Latham played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for seven years, touring extensively throughout Australia as well as internationally, including concerts in Carnegie Hall, New York and Wigmore Hall, London. In 1992 he formed the eclectic collective to present unusual programs that blended music with other art forms. In 1998 he took over Boosey and Hawkes Australia, where he was responsible for all the major Australian composers and about 75% of the world’s published composers.
During this time he worked extensively as a music editor for many of those composers and also programmed the chamber music series for the 2002 Adelaide Festival. He was the Australian Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (Townsville) in 2005 and 2006, and the Artistic Director of the Four Winds Festival (Bermagui) in 2006 and 2008. He is the Artistic Director of the Viva la Gong Festival (Wollongong), and the music director for the Gallipoli Symphony, a ten part multi-national commissioning project, which will climax with the full premiere at Anzac Cove in Turkey on the 100th Anniversary of the Anzac landings in 2015. He will take over the direction of the Canberra International Music Festival for the 2009-2011 festivals.
Katherine Philp cello
Katherine began cello lessons at age 14, and at 16 was accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium, 2001. Since then she has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Vada Jeffries Bach Prize and the 4MBS Chamber Music Competition. As a chamber musician Katherine has performed in the finals of the Australian Chamber Music Competition, collaborated with Didgeridoo soloist William Barton and recorded for ABC Classic FM. She has also performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Four Winds Festival. Katherine has a strong interest in contemporary classical music and world music and has performed premieres of chamber music works by Australian composers Ross Edwards, Elena Kats-Chernin, Matthew Hindson and Peter Sculthorpe.
Sylwia Kowalik violin
Sylwia Kowalik started the violin at the age of 6 with her father Zdzislaw (George) Kowalik and was twice winner of the Australian Academy Award, and obtained music scholarships to the Sydney Conservatorium, Australian String Academy and to the Meadowmount Summer School in U.S.A. In 2007, she was the winner of Sydney Youth Orchestra Concerto competition where performed and recorded the Szymanowski Violin Concerto no. 2 with the Sydney Youth Orchestra. Sylwia appeared on 2MBS FM as an Emerging Young Artist and has also performed for the ABC Classic FM Rising Stars Program. She is the founding member of the Orava String Quartet and regularly performs with Sculthorpe String Quartet.
Luke Spicer viola
Luke Spicer graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music and has since studied in Freiburg, Germany and Manchester. He was a guest soloist with the Sydney Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in 2001, and has been Principal Viola with the Australian Youth Orchestra. He is a regular performer with The Sculthorpe Quartet and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and has also worked with artists such as Brett Dean and Marshall Maguire.