Music

Free Sound Series Concert - Gail Priest, feat. Monash Electronic Music Ensemble (MEME)
Music Auditorium, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard
Event Date: Wed 23 Aug

Gail Priest is a Sydney-based sound artist whose work includes electro-acoustic work and sound installations. This concert will also feature the Monash Electronic Music Ensemble.

“Strong and Sweet”: the So-Called ‘German Bands’ of Pre-WW1 Australia
Room E561, 5th Floor, East Wing, Menzies Building, Building 11
Event Date: Thu 24 Aug

The ‘German band’ concept remains integrally associated in the Australia public mind with German ethnicity though such things as the extroverted oom-pah music of present-day Oktoberfest and German or ‘Bavarian’-themed venues.

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music - Free Lunchtime Concert - Outlier: Experimental Music for Renaissance Instruments
Music Auditorium, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard
Event Date: Thu 24 Aug

Hear two of Melbourne’s best young new-music specialists perform semi-composed and improvised works. Outlier features Chloë Smith and Lizzy Welsh on violas da gamba.

Amit Sarwal's book: "Louise Lightfoot in search of india" and an exhibition of treasured items from MAMU's Louise Lightfoot bequest
Music Auditorium, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard
Event Date: Thu 24 Aug
RSVP: http://events.arts.monash.edu/InSearchofIndia

This event is presented in memorial to the work of the Australian dancer Louise Lightfoot (1902-1978) who devoted her life to bringing together the classical and modern dance traditions of India and the West.

Thai music theory, aesthetics and performance through a case study of a melody called 'Phayasok'
Room E561, 5th Floor, East Wing, Menzies Building, Building 11
Event Date: Thu 31 Aug

The presentation will describe aesthetic and structural elements of Thai music that place its  contents out of reach of Western originating theoretical models. In their place are analytical processes that illuminate Thai rather than European derived musical traits.

From Dasein to Jenseits: searching for meaning in Stockhausen's LICHT
Room E561, 5th Floor, East Wing, Menzies Building, Building 11
Event Date: Thu 07 Sep

I examine how the musical nucleus of LICHT, its so-called 'Superformula', can be invested with personality and agency and that such an approach generates an intriguing new interpretation of this 20th- and 21st-Century operatic colossus.

How Can Re-Interpretative Decisions Contribute to Agency Within Jazz Performance?
Room E561, 5th Floor, East Wing, Menzies Building, Building 11
Event Date: Thu 14 Sep

The aim of this study was to explicate the ways in which individual and collective agency are shaped by focusing on how the reinterpretations affected the performers’ choices and, conversely, the effect performers’ choices had on ensemble improvisation.

Pyrophones and other Thermophones - a new class of musical instruments?
Room E561, 5th Floor, East Wing, Menzies Building, Building 11
Event Date: Thu 05 Oct

In recent fieldwork in Northeast India we have found an aerophone driven by fire, the wa kăpung dyo. In this sound tool fire provides energy to a bamboo tube to produce sound. This is known in physics as thermoacoustics.

The Argentinean bombo con platillo: from military parades and circus arenas to contemporary Buenos Aires street rituals
Room E561, 5th Floor, East Wing, Menzies Building, Building 11
Event Date: Thu 12 Oct

The history of the bombo con platillo (lit. bass drum with chimes) shows its permanent interaction in the economic, political and symbolic fields of Buenos Aires society. At the end of the 1800s the bombo con platillo was an instrument used by the military, circus musicians and carnival troupes. However as time went by, and due to the social changes undergone by the city, the new American instrument took on values that go beyond those of a mere sound object.

Wood, Metal and Vibrating Air
Robert Blackwood Hall, 49 Scenic Boulevard
Event Date: Sat 14 Oct

Kenji Fujimura has been a keen explorer of the byways of classical music. This recital will continue in this tradition of juxtaposing the familiar with the not-so-familiar.