ELISION in Queensland

Coming up at RPAC.  Really looking forward to being back in Queensland and performing there.  ELISION was based in Brisbane from 1996 until mid-2008 so a substantial part of the life of the ensemble was based there.

RPAC 2018 ELISION poster
RPAC 2018 ELISION poster

ELISION at the venerable Melba Hall

It was a relaxed and characteristically sunny and autumnal Melbourne afternoon. Great for listening to works by Dominik Karski, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh,  Séverine Ballon, Evan Johnson and Liza Lim.  And of course, the second instalment of the major KILN project, a sonic adventure between composer Timothy McCormack, ELISION and Austin percussion trio Line Upon Line.  More on that later in a separate post.


Kathryn Schulmeister and Peter Neville performing Karski
Kathryn Schulmeister and Peter Neville performing ‘Motion and form’, composer Dominik Karski, at Melba Hall
ELISION percussionist Peter Neville and harpist Marshall McGuire
Steel drum and harp action during the general rehearsal of Dominik Karski’s attractive and unique trio
Séverine Ballon, violoncello
Séverine Ballon, violoncello, delivers fragile, delicate and highly compelling multiphonics during the performance of her own composition
ELISION flautist Paula Rae
ELISION flautist Paula Rae performing in ‘The thin air between skins’, composer Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh


Insanely gorgeous and stunning instruments used in work of Liza Lim

The instruments, created by David Murphy, were an absolute joy to work with.  Heroes of the Piston Cretino,  Ben Marks and guest Christine Chapman, erupted riotously across the stage and cavorted into the audience. Yes, the Gods are cowboys and in this concert  Liza Lim’s Ronda-The Spinning World gavalnised the energies and spirit of the Brazilian streetscape, of Capoeira, and the torque of the Ronda into something quite sonically magical.

Christine Chapman manipulates the Piston Cretino
Christine Chapman manipulates the Piston Cretino watched by bemused conductor Carl Rosman in a rehearsal of Ronda-The Spinning World composed by Liza Lim
Benjamin Marks plays the Piston Cretin
Chaos on stage as Benjamin Marks plays the Piston Cretino with guest Christine Chapman

And what about these invented string instruments!

Graeme Jennings and Phoebe Green, ELISION strings
At last Graeme Jennings gets a decent violin. He and Phoebe Green perform upon string instruments created by the singularly inventive David Murphy
Phoebe Green performing upon a viola of sorts!
Phoebe Green performing upon a viola constructed of surprising materials also made by David Murphy

AND lets not forget the Rotary Weather Harp with new virtuoso exponent Marshall McGuire.

ELISION rehearsing Ronda-The Spinning World
ELISION rehearsing ‘Ronda-The Spinning World’ for Metropolis 2018


This concert was a lot of fun.  Thank you Metropolis and MRC and all of the composers and performers.  And a lucky last- also intensely energetic, jaw-droppingly precise and ballistic- the music of Unsuk Chin.

Peter Neville and James Townsend, percussion
Peter Neville and James Townsend go ballistic performing Unsuk Chin for Metropolis


ELISION rehearsal – on the way to some fabulous April concerts in Melbourne

These photographs were taken inside of the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall of the Melbourne Recital Centre.  It is an incredibly beautiful space and possesses an extremely responsive acoustic.  Great to play in. The images are taken of rehearsal of works by composers Unsuk Chin and Adi Snir and show new ELISION members Alex Waite (piano) and Kathryn Schulmeister (contrabass) in action.

ELISION rehearsal of Unsuk Chin at the Melbourne Recital Centre conducted by Carl Rosman on April 17, 2018
ELISION ensemble rehearsing Adi Snir at the Melbourne Recital Centre
ELISION ensemble rehearsing Adi Snir at the Melbourne Recital Centre on April 17, 2018

Next up: ELISION performing a new major work from Timothy McCormack at Melba Hall, 3.00pm on April 22.

Meet the Rotary Weather Harp

At last!  Composer Liza Lim and ELISION harpist Marshall McGuire work together discovering the nuances and capabilities of the rotary harp, a creation of David Murphy.  We are using it as an Australian parallel to the musical inventions and machines of Walter Smetak which are referenced and deployed in Liza Lim’s Ronda- The Spinning World.  I love this piece of Liza’s for its mad, crazy exuberance. Written for Ensemble Modern it receives an Australian premiere with ELISION musicians at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Wednesday April 18th at 7:30PM.  See and hear it here in this video.

The Rotary Weather Harp from Daryl Buckley on Vimeo.