Dzien dobry! I've just returned from my month away in Poland, where I attended the SYNTHETIS International Summer Course for Composers, in Radziejowice (beautiful photos below!). The course was a unique opportunity to meet other emerging composers from around the world, hear their music, and see what drives them to create. I had the chance to attend some fascinating lectures and seminars on new music, and work with a wonderful ensemble in residence from Germany – E-Mex Ensemble – to workshop and experiment with new sounds and techniques.
I managed to fit in some sight-seeing along the way, and finished the month off with a fantastic week in Krakow. Poland is a beautiful country, with a complex and difficult history, which I felt I embraced at every opportunity. Definitely hope to go back some day!
As soon as I arrived back in Melbourne, Plexus Ensemble gave the premiere performance of my new trio, Shattering Blooms for violin, clarinets and piano. It was a cracker of a premiere, considering the piece was incredibly difficult, and perhaps the furthest I've pushed myself before in composing super fast, super disjointed and fractured music. There's a podcast coming on that concert, so stay tuned!
Finally, I've just sent off my score and parts to Syzygy Ensemble for the Glen Johnston Composition Award concert, to be held as part of Macedon Music, in the Macedon Ranges. It's another trio – this one is scored for alto flute, cello and piano. The piece definitely takes some cues from the music and techniques I discovered while I was in Poland. The premiere is in just over a month's time, so I look forward to hearing that piece come to life too!