ELISION Ensemble

ELISION has established an international reputation for its engagement with complex and virtuosically challenging aesthetics. ELISION’s 16-strong membership includes some of the world’s leading musicians who have defined contemporary instrumental technique with their recordings and publications. For over 30 years, the ensemble has focussed its practice on exploring musical possibilities inclusive of cross-artform and transcultural perspectives, providing inspiring models of collaborative practice.

Performances 2020

In response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak the ELISION 2020 concert programme is currently being cancelled or rescheduled. This includes all New Zealand performances as part of the ISCM 2020 World New Music Days and the Asian Composers League Festival. Our 4Bar sessions at the Brunswick Green are also suspended for the moment; sorry news, but the safety and health of all is paramount.

In these troubling times of crisis we wish all well, especially our community of musicians, composers, audiences and ELISION friends in so so many countries. Take care of yourself and take care of all loved ones.

ELISION has a remarkable history of resilience and adaptation to change and crisis and we will weather and work our way through the problems facing us and every-one. Stay tuned for further posting on our performances and other projects that creatively respond to this global emergency.

Performances 2019
Performances 2018


ELISION has been celebrated for its unique instrumentarium, close and longterm artistic relationships with composers, its virtuosity, and the ability and deep commitment of its musicians to renegotiate and re-invent performance practice and technique.

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ELISION’s work has focused increasingly on pushing physical boundaries in search of certain kinds of visceral expressive experiences, the musical body in extremis being a benchmark of the ensemble’s repertoire. In a digitised world where physical presence is frequently replaced by avatars generating enormously complex effects, ELISION continues to be fascinated by an artisanal and intimately gestural approach to the production of music, co-creative processes of dialogue with composers, in which musicians imagine, develop and build new technical and expressive means.

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You can support the work of ELISION by making a donation to the ELISION Public Fund through a direct deposit to BSB 033-002 Account 08-9994. Please contact us below for your receipt. ELISION is listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations and donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.

In 2020, ELISION project partners include CeReNeM (University of Huddersfield) and the Composers Association of New Zealand.

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ELISION is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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