New Audience Ensemble
Andrián Pertout was born in Santiago, Chile, 17 October 1963, and lived in Northern Italy for several years before finally settling in Melbourne in 1972. He has worked as a film composer, performer, producer, arranger and writer, and is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the University of Melbourne on Tweedle Trust and Melbourne Research scholarships, studying composition under the guidance of Brenton Broadstock.
Composition awards include the 2005 Betty Amsden Award, First Prize in the ISU Contemporary Music Festival/Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition (Indiana, USA), Judges' and Audience Prize of the Oare String Orchestra Third International Music for Strings Composing Competition (Faversham, UK), Michelle Morrow Memorial Award for Composition, and the Zavod Jazz/Classical Fusion Award.
Pertout has been commissioned to write works to accompany more than 20 documentary and short films, television programs, as well as commercials, computer games and stage productions. Highlights of this part of Pertout's career include composing for documentary films that have been presented both locally and overseas, such as East Meets West (1984), The Murray River Quest (1985), Hope Street (1987), and The Australian Ballet (1990).
Pertout's music has received performances at festivals such as the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days 2005/23rd Music Biennale Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia, 33e Festival d'Automne à Paris in Paris, France, XIII and XV Festival de Música Contemporánea Chilena in Santiago, Chile, and the 22nd Asian Composers League Conference & Festival in Seoul, Korea. His music has also been performed in over twenty countries throughout the world by orchestras that include the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, The Louisville Orchestra (USA), The Foundation Orchestra (USA), the Oare String Orchestra (UK), and La Chapelle Musicale de Tournai ( Belgium).
As a writer, Pertout has published over 400 articles in music publications, such as Mixdown, Spanish Herald, Australian Musician, and the Sunday Herald Sun. His articles have featured reviews of new musical technology, compact disc and book releases, as well as conducting interviews with prominent national and international artists including Herbie Hancock, Steve Reich, Joe Satriani, Rick Wakeman and José Feliciano. Pertout is a member of the Australian Music Centre, Fellowship of Australian Composers, Melbourne Composers' League, Society of Composers Inc. (USA), Asociación Nacional de Compositores de Chile, and the Comunidad Electroacústica de Chile.
Katy Abbott is a Melbourne based composer. Katy completed her Master of Music in Composition with first class honours from University of Melbourne, Faculty of Music and is currently studying towards a Doctor of Philosophy with Brenton Broadstock. She holds an Australian Postgraduate Award. Katy has represented Victoria and Australia in composition programs interstate and overseas including studying with Karen Tanaka (Paris), Simon Bainbridge (UK) and Dinu Ghezzo (USA).
Her works are regularly programmed in Australia and her music has been performed in USA, Italy and Hungary including the 60 x 60 program in 2004 (LA). Katy has won numerous prizes and awards including The University of Melbourne’s Opera Project 2000, where her opera Milushka, was performed numerous times including Port Fairy Spring Festival, Macedon Music and by Chamber Made Opera as well broadcast on ABC FM’s Young Australia Program.
American composer Terry Riley was born in Colfax California in 1935 and is considered to be one of the pioneers of 20th century contemporary music. In 1964, his landmark piece "In C" propelled the minimalist movement to the forefront of contemporary composition.
The impact of this work which emphasized sound and rhythm comprising of interlocking repetitive patterns stripped of compositional elements, greatly influenced the style of other composers including Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams as well as rock groups such as The Who, The Soft Machine, Tangerine Dream and many others. In the 60's and 70's he experimented with various kinds of tape delay in live performance and developed milestone works for electronic keyboards and soprano saxophone. These innovative pieces which combined his newly developed minimalist techniques with elaborate eastern style improvisations set the foundation for the New Age movement which came to prominence a decade later.
Riley has always been on the leading edge of music with many of his works composed in just intonation as well as microtonal pieces. These philosophies were inspired by his teacher Pandit Pran Nath, a master of Indian classical voice, who also taught La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela and undoubtedly influenced his style. He has collaborated with many artists including Kronos Quartet, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Pauline Oliveros, and playright Michael McClure. .
MP3 Sample | WMV Video
1. RENASCENCE Andrian Pertout Conductor Antonio Tenace Flute Jennifer Bird Clarinet Ed Ferris Violin Larissa Weller Cello Briony Mackenzie Piano Radiance Chen Percussion Sam Schmetterer
2. SUNBURNT AFTERTONES III Katy Abbott Conductor Antonio Tenace Flute Peter Bartels Clarinet Ed Ferris Violin Larissa Weller Cello Briony Mackenzie Piano Ben Kiley Percussion Erica Rasmussen
3. SONUS DULCIS Andrian Pertout Conductor Antonio Tenace Flute Jennifer Bird Cello Briony Mackenzie Piano Radiance Chen
4. IN C Terry Riley Flutes Jennifer Bird, Roxanne Phillips Clarinets Ed Ferris, Olivia Jones Violin Larissa Weller Cello Briony Mackenzie Piano Ben Kiley, Daniel Kim Percussion Sam Schmetterer
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