1:00pm 1:00pm

Ballad of Antinous with MCM

Premiere of my new piece for Soprano, 4 Percussionists, Harp and Piano.

Performed by Justine Anderson, soprano, music students of MCM and conducted by Peter Neville 

Performed at VCA, Room 113.

This is a free performance. 


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My Heart
7:30pm 7:30pm

My Heart

My Hear - as a part of Melbourne Fringe 2017

Premiere of my piano solo, Sikinnis III

Nights I wander the world’s city streets—through Berlin, Melbourne, Qingdao, Baghdad—past all the Luna Parks and zoos and China Towns in the world—looking for you and talking to you, my heart.

Walking one night in Dhaka, my eyes blazing through clouds as I sang to you whom I have chosen amongst all stars, I walked into a big, maleficent spider’s sticky web. My wedding ring—my gold ring with your name on it—was flung off in the shock of it.

‘My heart!’ I cried out. Where was my heart?

In the dark streets of Rome, near the train station, I scavenged until I found something. Shining in the gutter at 3 a.m., in New York—there it was: my heart. I put my scratched and shining heart into a small bucket. There I carry it safely now as I wander the streets of Zurich, Jerusalem, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Moscow, Leipzig—past all the cafes and jails and temples in the world.

My friends in this city Melbourne (and some other cities, too) have mailed me beautiful pieces to play on my blue piano next Michaelmas night. Then my heart will rejoice.

Inspired by German Expressionist poet Else Lasker-Schüler’s novel-in-letters ‘My Heart’ (Berlin, 1912).

St Stephen's Anglican Church, Church Street Richmond

Tickets: https://www.melbournefringe.com.au/event/my-heart/


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Come Away with Me to the End of the World
to Oct 2

Come Away with Me to the End of the World

Ranters Theatre IRISH PREMIERE
Come Away With Me to the End of the World   
Samuel Beckett Theatre | Sept 28-Oct 1 | Book Now 

It is a relief to feel so free, open-mouthed and childlike in the theatre. Herald Sun 

Surprising and beautifully executed.  The Australian 
Come Away With Me to the End of the World is a quietly humorous meditation on life and death. The audience watches as three performers shape and reshapes their physical and emotional selves, confronting the space between their actual lives and their dreamed selves. This self-imposed quest takes them through shifting landscapes and climates, snow-topped mountain peaks and erupting volcanoes to a final meeting with Greek music legend Demis Roussos on the day before his death.
Come Away With Me to the End of the World asks questions about how we live and how we want to live as we brush up against our own mortality.
First produced by Malthouse Theatre and developed with the assistance of the National Theatre Studio.
Assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body
Supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Cast and Creative Team 
Text by Heather Bolton, Beth Buchanan, Adriano Cortese, Raimondo Cortese and Patrick Moffatt
Directed by Adriano Cortese
Performed by Heather Bolton, Beth Buchanan and Patrick Moffatt
Dancers: Rosa Voto, Cristina San Miguel and Cristiano Delmar
Design: Callum Morton
Sound Design: David Franzke
Lighting Design: Govin Ruben
Costume Design: Belinda Hellier
Choreography: Jo Lloyd
Musical Direction: Evan Lawson
Information and Tickets 
Venue: Samuel Beckett Theatre
Dates: Sept 28 & 29, 7.30pm, Sept 30, 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Oct 1, 2.30pm
Tickets: €20 – €25
Duration: Approx. 1 hr 40 mins. No interval.
Talking Theatre: Sept 28, post-show. With members of the company.

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6:00pm 6:00pm

Doctoral Recital: Wing In Crystal Chu, Percussion

World Premiere of my new piece for solo Marimba Crown of Phtheírein. 

Crystal will be presenting some of her favorite solo repertoires in this recital. The program will include solo marimba music: Jing Marimba byChen Yi, Land by Takatsugu Muramatsu, Marimba Spiritual by Minoru Miki, Dances of Earth and Fire- II by Peter Klatzow , her own arrangement of Chopin's Prelude in A Flat Major, Op.28 No. 17, and newly commissioned work- Crown of Phtheírein- by Australian composer Evan Lawson. This inclusive program will also include solo timpani work- #Entomophobia, or the fear of insects- by UO student composer Martín Quiroga Jr., an award-winning marimba and computer duo piece- Getting Hammered- by Bik Kam Lee, and TRIO for Flute, Percussion and String Bass by Pauline Oliveros.


UO Beall Concert Hall

1225 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403

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to Dec 18

Dancing on a Volcano, presented by Forest Collective

Forest Collective presents


Dancing on a Volcano


Date:        Friday December 16th 7:30pm (preview)

Saturday December 17th 7:30pm

Sunday December 18th 5pm

Price:        $38 Full price, $28 Concession, $15 U15’s

Tickets:    www.forestcollective.com.au/volcano

Venue:    Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent

PTV:       200 or 207 bus from the city, Lygon Street or Johnston Street, close to Victoria Park Train Station (South Morang or Hurstbridge line, approx. 15 mins from CBD)


“The whole town and all it’s inhabitants are quite drowned in carnival din, masks and confetti. And on top of that the news of the Reichstag fire. Dancing on a volcano”  

Alban Berg


Forest Collectives end of year concert features rarely heard works created during the time of the Nazi regime. This performance will include mainly German and Jewish composers who were either supported or banned during this time, including Richard Strauss’s rarely heard version of the Olympic Hymn for the 1936 Olympics.

Other notable composers include Carl Orff, Hans Eisler, Kurt Weill, Franz Schreker (5 lieder für tiefe stimme will be performed by Lotte Betts-Dean, joining us from the UK), Berthold Goldschmidt, Victor Ullman, Henri Dutilleux and Olivier Messiaen.

Messiaen’s clarinet solo from Quartet for the End of Time, which beautifully demonstrates that art prevails in times of political and social pressures as it was written while he was confined to a concentration camp will be performed alongside the elegant Dutilleux Oboe Sonata.

Lotte Betts-Dean - Mezzo Soprano solo

Kate Bright - Mezzo Soprano solo

Tabatha McFadyen - Soprano solo

Evan Lawson - Conductor

Jasper Ly - Oboe solo


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to Nov 19

Pierrot Lunaire, presented by Forest Collective

Forest Collective presents


Pierrot Lunaire


Date:        Friday November 18th 7:30pm


Price:        $38 Full price, $28 Concession, $15 U15’s

Tickets:    www.forestcollective.com.au/pierrot

Venue:      St. Stephen’s Church

PTV:        Number 79 tram, close walk from the number 75 and 70 tram

Kate Bright - Soprano solo

Evan Lawson & Gloria Gamboz - Conductors

Danae Killian - Piano

Stephanie Arnold - Cello

Kim Tan - Flutes

Edward Ferris - Clarinets

Clare Gorton - Viola



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7:30pm 7:30pm

To Cross the Threshold, presented by Forest Collective and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Forest Collective and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music present, as apart of the New Music Studio  


To Cross the Threshold



Saturday September 17th 7:30pm




Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University Royal Parade, Parkville


Number 19 Tram


“We are musicians and our model is sound not literature, sound not mathematics, sound not theatre, visual arts, quantum physics, geology, astrology or acupuncture."

Gerard Grisey


Forest Collective and the New Music studio of The Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music combine forces to co-produce this performance centered around death and dying as part of the new music studio at Melbourne University.


The first performance of Quatre Chants pour Franchir Le Seuil (Four Songs For Crossing the Threshold) by Gerard Grisey in 1999 by by the London Sinfonietta was performed in memorial to him, but it was never meant to be that way.


Grisey never heard the premiere of what turned out to be his final work, as he passed away suddenly in November of 1998, shortly after completing the composition.


Did Grisey bring on his own death with this spectralist work of art? Or was it sheer accident that he died soon after this composition was created? We leave that for you to decide as you listen to this colourful masterpiece.


Justine Anderson - Soprano solo

Evan Lawson - Conductor

Sascha Kelly - Associate Conductor


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2:30pm 2:30pm

Allotropy! with Rosemary Ball

My string quartet Sirens will be re-performed with Rosemary and the gang at Allotropy!


Forest Collective present

Allotropy! with Rosemary Ball



Saturday August 27th 2:30pm




Bayside Arts & Culture Centre (Brighton Town Hall), Carpenter St & Wilson St, Brighton


Short walk from Middle Brighton Train Station (Sandringham Line, approx. 25 mins from CBD)


One of our favourites, Rosemary Ball (soprano), will join our guest ensemble Allotropy Pop-Up String Quartet in a free concert at Brighton Town Hall, featuring Australian and world premieres including Sirens by Evan Lawson.


This program is a community art project by Evan Lawson, ‘composer in residence’ at Bayside City Council’s, Billilla Mansion Studios and in association with Bayside’s 2016 Resonance Music Series.


Rosemary Ball - Soprano

Katriona Tsyrlin - Violin & Allotropy! Director


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6:00pm 6:00pm

Sensuality in the City, presented by Forest Collective and Melbourne Recital Centre

Forest Collective and Melbourne Recital Centre presents, as a part of Metropolis New Music Festival 2016

Sensuality in the City

Forest Collective presents Sensuality and the City bringing together sexuality and sensuality in metropolitan centres through music and visual elements with a focus on queer composers.

Soprano Rosemary Ball will thrill you with her cheeky rendition of Recitation No. 9 (1977) by Georges Apherghis while two Australian premieres by Philip Venables (F*** Forever [2011] and Fight Music [2009]) will have you on the edge of your seats, as Phillips works have been described as “brutally effective” (The Times) and “a dark and violent portrait of sexual desire” (SoSoGay.com).

The entire program will be accompanied by visual elements from Jake Preval - a Melbourne based artist working in a variety of mediums spanning sculpture, photography, installation and performance.

Rosemary Ball - Soprano Solo

Christian Gillett - Bass-Baritone Solo

Evan Lawson - Conductor

Anna Pokorny - Cello Solo

Vilan Mai - Clarinet Solo


Katie Clarke - Flutes

Danae Killian - Piano

Katriona Tsyrlin - Violin

Spencer Nelson - Trombone

Aaron Klein - Clarinets

Kaylie Melville - Percussion

Rebecca Scully - Double Bass



Lines and Distances for Solo Clarinet - Marc Yeats Australian Premiere

Himeros for Ensemble - Evan Lawson World Premiere

Fight Music and F**k Forever for Ensemble - Philip Venables Australian Premiere

Recitation No. 9 for Solo Female Voice - Georges Aperghis

Ganymede and Gefronen Thranen for Baritone and Ensemble - Franz Schubert, in new arrangements by Evan Lawson and Alexander Morris

Im wunderschönen monat mai for Soprano and Ensemble - Robert Schumann, in a new arrangement by Evan Lawson

Wednesday May 18th 6pm
$39 Full price, $29 Concession (student or pension card)

Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Sturt Street and Southbank Blvd. Southbank

PTV: Number 1 Tram, or a short walk from Flinders Street Station


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to Feb 29

Vessel, the Boite presents Forest Collective

This performance will feature the Australian premiere of my work for SoundSCAPE New Music Festival, In the Red Fire of Passion.


The Boite presents Forest Collective




Saturday February 27th 7:30pm Sunday February 28th 5pm


$25 Full price, $20 Concession, $15 U15’s


Seacombe Studio, 75 Reid Street Fitzroy (entry from Seacombe Street)

PTV:        Number 11 Tram


Our first show for the year will bring you four Australian premieres, with some of our most loved friends, overseas and locally, accompanying us in an intimate performance setting. Jessica Fontinas (harp) will be joining us from Germany, along with Tanya Vincent (flute) who has been a resident performers with Forest Collective for the past 5 years.


Pieces will include Starlight by Johanna Selleck, the Australian premiere of Vessel by US composer Caroline Louise Miller performed by Stephanie Arnold (recently returned from her studies in Germany), Mad Canary by UK composer Marc Yates (Australian Premiere), Revenants by US composer Max Erwin (Australian Premiere), Ravel Sonatine arranged for  Flute, Harp, Cello by Carlos Salzedo and In the Red Fire of Passion (Australian Premiere) by Forest Collective’s own Evan Lawson sung with great gusto by Rosemary Ball.


This performance will also feature dynamic new fabrics and designs from Melbourne based designer KNK.


Jessica Fotinos - Harp

Tanya Vincent - Flute/Piccolo

Stephanie Arnold - Cello

Rosemary Ball - Soprano

KNK - Design


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7:30pm 7:30pm

Requim Mass: LGBT / Working Title

Musical Director for the Australian premiere of Holcombe Waller's Requiem Mass: LGBT / Working Title.

As apart of Performance Space and Carriageworks Day for Night: 24 Hours



Sunday 21 February 2016: 1pm

Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St Eveleigh Sydney NSW

$50 per person – includes multi-entry across both days


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to Dec 22

Sunrise with Forest Collective and Rubiks Collective

Forest Collective and Rubiks Collective presents


Concluding our nighttime focused year we bring the sun in. Our 2015 Ensemble in Residence, Rubiks Collective joins us in a dynamic musical exploration that takes us from the stunning Luciano Berio Folk Songs (1964) through to a world premiere by Michael Bakrncev, that will highlight Rubiks Collective as soloists in their brilliant virtuosity.

Saturday 19th December 7:30pm and Sunday 20th December 5pm

Richmond Uniting Church, 304 – 314 Church Street Richmond 3121

$38 full price

$28 concession

$15 Under 15 year olds 

Half price “greenie” ticket at the door, if your bring a copy of the program on your smart phone or tablet

Tickets available through ticketbooth http://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/3960481


Program to include

Michael Bakrncev - New Work (World Premiere)

Luciano Berio - Folk Songs (1964)


Rubik’s Collective - 2015 Ensemble in Residence

Forest Collective’s 2015 Ensemble in Residence, Rubik’s Collective, is a modular ensemble, which was founded in 2014 at the Australian National Academy of Music. Its members have performed in both Australian and international festivals such as Sydney Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, So Percussion Summer Institute, Adelaide International Cello Festival, and the Banff Summer of the Arts Festival. Rubik’s are dedicated to the proliferation and celebration of contemporary music in Australia in all of its contexts.

Piano - Jacob Abela

Flute - Tamara Kohler 

Clarinet - Justin Beere 

Percussion - Kaylie Melville

Violin - Amy Brookman

Cello - Gemma Tomlinson 


Forest Collective

Conductor - Evan Lawson

Mezzo Soprano - Stefanie Dingnis


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7:30pm 7:30pm

Rhenish with Hopkins Sinfonia

Forest Collective and Hopkins Sinfonia present Rhenish

October 15th, 7:30pm

Fitzroy Town Hall, Melbourne


  • Fragment for Chamber Orchestra (1961) by György Ligeti 
  • Peane from Hyacinth for solo Clarinet, solo Harp and Chamber Orchestra (2012, rev. 2014/15) by Evan Lawson
  • Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish" Op. 97 (1850) by Robert Schumann

Tickets available here - http://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/Rheinish

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to Sep 28

Carmnia Burana with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic

I will be playing the Celesta part in this remarkable work.


Carmina Burana and Paganini Rhapsody

Rachmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody
and Orff's Carmina Burana at Melbourne Town Hall


Sergei Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43  (Piano Soloist: Stefan Cassomenos)

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (Cantiones profanæ)

Carl Orff’s 1936 choral masterpiece Carmina Burana remains one of the most popular pieces of the classical music repertoire and one of the most iconic choral works of the 20th century. Its opening chorus, O Fortuna, is well-known to audiences of all ages, having been heard in countless movies, TV advertisements and even rock concerts! Orff based the work on a series of 24 secular medieval poems, which cover a range of subjects including the perils of drinking, gluttony and lust.

Greta Bradman, soprano

Tobias Cole, counter tenor

Andrew Jones, baritone

Stefan Cassomenos piano

The Australian Children’s Choir

Melbourne University Choral Society

Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir

 Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrew Wailes, conductor


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to Sep 13

Elsewhere; Everywhere premiere

Conducting the premier of Samuel Smith's new work for 7 Violas at Xina Hawkin's ANAM Fellowship performance  



Nicoleta Chatzopoulou – New work for solo viola
Sam Smith  – New work for 7 violas
Michael Gordon – Light is Calling (viola adaptation)

In a concert that immerses the listener in the manifold shades of colour in sound, hear Athens-based composer and viola-da-gambist Nicoleta Chatzopoulou’s subtle and visceral music, followed by an improvisation on the other-worldly sounds of the aquaphone. Antiphonal violas present elsewhere; everywhere by Melbourne’s Sam Smith, and to conclude, Michael Gordon’s beautiful Light is Calling “juxtaposes the sound of an acoustic violin* with warped electronic pulses played backwards”. *viola

This project has been supported by the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund.

Performers – Alexina Hawkins, Cameron Campbell, Phoebe Green, Anthony Chataway, Ceridwen Davies and Rachel Grimwood (violas); Thea Rossen (aquaphone/percussion)

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to Jul 16

SoundSCAPE New Music Festival

I will be participating in the SoundSCAPE New Music Festival in Maccagno, Italy.

I will be Conducting various works as apart of the Conducting Institute, where I will be studying with Tim Weiss and I am writing a new work for Flute, Harp and Soprano to be premiered at the Festival.


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to Jun 7

Curlew River with Melbourne Opera Studio

Gertrude Opera presents

Curlew River

A theatreical treatment on the Church Parable of Benjamin Britten

May - June

Forty Five Downstairs


TIckets will be $55A and $45Conc.

Artistic Director - Linda Thompson

Music Director - Evan Lawson

Designer - Peter Corrigan

Lighting - Greg Carroll

Supporting Partners:

Andy Inc. Foundation

Forest Collective

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6:00pm 6:00pm

Moonfall with Forest Collective

Forest Collective and Melbourne Recital Centre presents


Unfinished novels, computer gams, world premieres, dance and more.

Forest Collective joins forces with Rubik’s Collective for Metropolis New Music Festival 2015 to perform a multi-layered program spanning film and new music.

Artistic Director of Forest Collective, Evan Lawson shares his arrangement of ‘Moonfall’ fromThe Mystery of Edwin Drood, a melancholic novel left unfinished by Charles Dickens just prior to his death and adapted for stage and screen in the 1980s. From unfinished 19th century novels to the world of technology, Swedish composer Marcus Fjellström combines three ingredients from his childhood (cartoons, computer games and nightmares) to write, compose, create and animate the story of Odboy and Erordog (2012). Experimental, dark and filled with intrigue, the story follows a boy and his dog who embark on a black and white adventure.

Odboy and Erordog (2012) Australian premiere Film and Music -Marcus Fjellström 30 mins (performed in 3 movements)

Moonfall (1987/2015) in a new arrangement by Evan Lawson, Soprano Solo Rosemary Ball 10 mins

Orpheus and the Cave (2015) World premiere Evan Lawson Soprano Solos Rosemary Ball and Teresa Duddy 10 mins

Thursday May 7th 6pm

Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

Tickets available here from Melbourne Recital Centre


Rubik’s Collective

Piano - Jacob Abela

Flute - Tamara Kohler

Violin - Amy Brookman

Cello - Gemma Tomlinson


Forest Collective

Conductor - Evan Lawson

Soprano - Rosemary Ball and Teresa Duddy

Assistant Conductor/Percussion - Louis Sharpe

Flute - Tanya Vincent

Clarinets - Vilan Mai and Aaron Klein

Harp - Samantha Ramirez

Violins - Isabel Hede, Katriona Tsyrlin and Bridget Graham

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3:00pm 3:00pm

Celestial Nights with Forest Collective

Forest Collective and Hawthorn Arts Centre present Celestial Nights

Forest Collective charges into an exciting 2015 season with Celestial Nights. Curated by Evan Lawson, the program boasts works by Elliot Carter, Johanna Selleck, Chris Rechner, Lawson, and includes a series of new works devised by the company. Soprano Teresa Duddy will lead the ensemble through this divine feast of sounds. Join us as Celestial Nights  takes you on a folk inspired journey through the heavens.

March 29th, 3pm and 6pm

Chandelier Room, Hawthorn Arts Centre

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to Feb 25

European Trip

Lucky enough to be traveling to London for two weeks, Ireland and Vienna for a few nights, then onto Paris, Hamburg and Berlin for a week each.

I will be having lessons and observing rehearsals with some of my favourite conductors, including Susanna Mälkki, Mathias Pintcher, Peter Stark, Ivan Fisher and Christophe Mangou.

I will also be visiting some dear friends in Europe, including Jess Fotinos to talk about our new work for solo harp we are working on.

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