To celebrate a new year of creation and collaboration at Forest Collective, we begin 2019 with Orpheus. Presented as part of Midsumma Festival at iconic arts precinct Abbotsford Convent, Orpheus is a new ballet-opera written by Artistic Director Evan Lawson, with choreography by Ashley Dougan (pictured).
The famous Orpheus myth has been used in opera many times. While most works focus on the journey to Hades and his relationship with Eurydice, we explore the unheard stories of the characters left behind by the great men in ancient mythology. Evan Lawson’s Orpheus encompasses this part of the story, but also includes lesser-known parts of the Orpheus myth that focus on his male lover, Calais, while journeying with the Argonauts. The opera is structured into four elements; one focused on Calais, one on Eurydice, one on the journey to Hades and the nal section, where Orpheus is murdered while trying to reunite with Calais.
The performance will be performed by the 12 member ensemble of Forest Collective, including core-mezzo soprano Kate Bright as Eurydice. Three dancers physicalise the sung expressions of the three singers. As a new opera-ballet exploring the story of Orpheus and paying equal attention to his love of men and women, this story will engage members of the LGBTQI community, those interested in classics and mythology, and opera fans alike.
Forest Collective presents Orpheus, as part of Midsumma Festival and Convent Live
Composer & Musical Director - Evan Lawson
Choreographer & Dancer - Ashley Dougan
Costume Designer - Jane Noonan
Set Designer - Candice MacAllister
Dramaturgy - John Pyburn
Eurydice - Kate Bright
Calaïs - Joseph Ewart
Dancers - Luke Fryer & Piaera Lauritz
Harp - Samantha Remirez (guest musician)
Flutes - Eric Tucceri (guest musician)
Saxophones - Jesse Deane (guest musician)
Clarinets - Vilan Mai
Recorders - Ryan Williams
Trombone/Sackbut - Trea Hindley
Percussion - Alexander Clayton
Violin - Helen Bower
Double Bass - Ian Crossfield
Dates: Thursday Jan 31 - Sunday Feb 3
Times: Thursday 7:30pm
Venue: Sacred Heart Oratory Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford 3167
Orpheus is a co-commission between Forest Collective & Prismatx Ensemble. Orpheus is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Photo by Meghan Scerri.
About the performance
Since its triumphant premiere in Dublin in 1742, Messiah has remained Handel’s most frequently performed work.
Come celebrate with this annual tradition. This year, Handel’s epic setting of biblical texts features Dutch early music specialist Jan Willem de Vriend and a cast from Australia, Belgium and Germany. While most audiences would be familiar with the strident refrains of the Hallelujah Chorus, many may not be acquainted with the larger work from which it originated.
This popular annual concert is the perfect way to welcome in the festive season, and in 2018, Handel’s masterpiece will be conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend, who will bring his own unique take on the masterpiece of work.
Jan Willem de Vriend conductor | Jeanine De Bique soprano | Nicholas Tolputt countertenor | Andrew Goodwin tenor | Stephan Loges bass | MSO Chorus
Join Megan Burslem for a pre-concert conversation inside Hamer Hall.
Saturday 15 December – 5.45pm
Sunday 16 December – 3.45pm
2 hours, and 30 minutes, including a 20-minute interval
As part of Melbourne International Arts Festival, 2018
About the performance
For more than a thousand years pilgrims in China left marks of their passing in the Mogao Caves, also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas. Their carvings, paintings and murals speak with a devotion that transcends time, and forms the inspiration for a remarkable new musical work from one of the world’s most exciting composers and conductors.
From an Academy Award®-winning score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to radically experimental works composed for such organic materials as water, paper and wind, Tan Dun has again and again been proven as one of the truly compelling musical forces of this era.
In this Australian premiere, a joint commission by the MSO, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, New York Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Tan Dun has dreamed the world’s first passion set to the teachings of the Buddha. Two years spent in the Mogao Caves – the world’s most impressive repository of Buddhist art – have allowed him to create a monumental work, sung in Chinese and Sanskrit. This is a captivating opera in six acts telling of love, forgiveness, sacrifice and salvation.
Why it’s a must see
“Tan Dun’s music is as wide-ranging as it is all-embracing, and resonates with a global audience.” – Gramophone
Nico - Songs They Never Play On The Radio
30 years since Nico’s death, Forest Collective debut a contemporary music cabaret concert for 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Contemporary music outfit Forest Collective and cabaret artist Danielle Asciak bring to the fringe stage music by Warhol’s muse, model and musician Nico (and The Velvet Underground). Led by founder, composer and conductor Evan Lawson, this ensemble will reconceptualise traditional instruments, voice, and intermedia with an avant-garde, punk rock sound to evoke Nico’s enigmatic song writing.
Radical and raw, this is Nico’s life defined by songs they never played on the radio.
“Miss Asciak is one of the most exciting new cabaret stars.” - The Australian
“Forest Collective make contemporary music sound, look, and feel exciting.” - CutCommon
Evan Lawson is one of Australia’s leading emerging queer artists, working at the forefront of contemporary culture as composer, curator, and conductor.
Danielle Asciak is no stranger to the festival that supports the bold and diverse; having performed Dance Me to the End (2012, Lithuanian Club. Nominated for Judith Wright Performing Arts Touring Award) and Everyone Wants a Piece of Malta! (2016, Hawthorn Arts Centre).
Assisted by Australian theatre director and performance artist Kat Henry, Danielle & Evan uncover the music that they feel best represent the sound and story of Nico. Similarly to the recently released Nico, 1988 which focuses on the character’s tragic later years in life on film, this contemporary music cabaret music concert explores Nico’s influential and revolutionary power in the altering of the perception of music composition and live performance, as well as her desperation to reject the burden of beauty.
Danielle Asciak - Cabaret performer
Evan Lawson - Conductor & Musical Director
Erica Tucceri - Flutes (Guest Musician)
Isabel Hede - Violin (Guest Musician and Founding Member)
Vilan Mai - Clarinets
Ali Fyffe - Saxophones
William Elm - Accordion & Piano
Trea Hindley - Trombone
Nikki Edgar - Cello
Bec Scully - Double Bass & Viola
Photo - Melvin Haxaire-Christophe
Dates: 14 - 16 Sept
Times: 6:30pm, 5:30pm Sun (60 mins)
PTV: 15-20 min walk from Flagstaff Station
Tram 57 to stop 11 Errol St/Victoria St (North Melbourne)
Tickets: Full $32 / Conc $25 / Child $22 / Group 10+ $22.50
Tickets on sale now melbournefringe.com.au/event/nico or call (03) 9660 9666
The centre point of this program features a newly commissioned work, Skin Deep, composed by ensemble cellist and composer Nikki Edgar. This new work uses a graphic score comprised of beautiful colours, shapes and lines. This incredible work, exploring the body and longevity of musical ideas and sounds promises to delve below the surface and open our minds to new ways of experiencing music through graphic score and unconventional sounds.
This performance also features new commissioned work Rosina by Chris Rechner, who we welcome back to the Forest Collective family with his musical composition, 7 Words by USA composer Julie Herndon, who’s electroacoustic work has been described as "striking" and "blended to inhabit a surprisingly expressive space" (San Francisco Classical Voice), and new work by Melbourne based composer-violinist Lily Tait.
We look forward to you joining us on this one of a kind journey through unconventional notation.
Kim Tan Flutes
Vilan Mai Clarinets & DJ
Sarah Coghlan Violin
Nikki Edgar Cello, guest curator
Bec Scully Double Bass & Viola
William Elm Accordion
Trea Hindley Trombone
Ryan Williams Recorders
Ali Fyffe Saxophones
Alexander Clayton Percussion
Sunday August 19 6pm
Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
Skin Deep is proudly part of the Abbotsford Covent Foundation's Convent Live program.
10-15 min walk from Victoria Park Station (South Morang/Hurstbridge Lines)
Bus 200 or 207 to stop Clarke St/Johnston St (cross via bridge above road) and turn left at St Heliers Street
Tram 109, 12 or 48 to stop Victoria St/Nicholson St (Abbotsford) and 20-25 min walk up Nicholson Street
More info: abbotsfordconvent.com.au/visit/visitor-information
Event ticketing info (not including booking fee):
First Release (June)
Full Price $22/ Seniors $20/ Concession & U18 $14
Second Release (July)
Full Price $26/ Seniors $22/ Concession & U18 $16
Final Release (August)
Full Price $28/ Seniors $26/ Concession & U18 $20
Tickets on sale now: events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/skin-deep
Doors open 20 minutes before the performance commences.
Bramwell Tovey conductor
Nicholas Tolputt countertenor
Liane Keegan contralto
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Copland Orchestral Variations
Mahler Rückert Lieder
Bernstein Symphony No.1 Jeremiah
Bernstein Chichester Psalms
About the performance
Vivacious, danceable, exciting, intimate, life-enhancing, uplifting, elevating.
Part of the MSO’s Bernstein Celebration, this program investigates Bernstein’s musical roots through his mentor Aaron Copland and the music of Gustav Mahler.
He based the impressive last movement of his First Symphony on the Lamentations of Jeremiah, and the Book of Psalms provided the texts of his life, embracing, joyous Chichester Psalms.
The MSO is thrilled to welcome Bramwell Tovey to Melbourne for this celebration. As a young conductor in 1986, he was asked to step in to conduct the opening night of a Bernstein Festival with the London Symphony Orchestra. By doing this, he followed in the footsteps of Leonard Bernstein himself, whose career was launched in the same way. The only difference was that, in Tovey’s case, Bernstein himself was present. Subsequently Bernstein invited Tovey to attend classes and rehearsals. The rest is history.
Why it’s a must-see
‘He was so interested in people, that when he was writing music he wrote for the audience. ‘There’s something about the music that is extremely contagious. His music puts a spring in your step. His music makes you feel better. It just makes you glad to be alive. I have never met anybody in my life who was more thrilled to be alive than Leonard Bernstein.’ Bramwell Tovey, guest conductor.
July 6 & 7, 7:30pm
Church of All Nations, Melbourne, Australia
Including music by Caroline Louise Miller, Beat Furrer, Aribert Reimann, Helen Gifford and a world premieres by Alexander Morris.
This concert will feature my new work which will form the base of my new opera, Orpheus and the Australian premiere of Thriambus for solo harp.
I'm very excited that my dear friends Jessica Fotinos (harp) & Daniel Todd (tenor) will be joining us for this concert from Suzhou in China.
Assisting Warwick Stenngards on a program of Spannish music.
Fruther details on their website - http://www.gso.org.au/concerts/
A new collaboration between Evan & Addison, Melbourne based Singer-Songwriter
On March 9 2018, Forest Collective will hold their first concert for over a year. Featuring intimate performances for you to get to know our ensemble.
Doors open 7:40pm for an 8pm start
Event ticketing info:
First Release (January)
Full Price $25/ Seniors $20/ Concession & U18 $15
Second Release (February)
Full Price $30/ Seniors $25/ Concession & U18 $20
Final Release (March)
Full Price $32/ Seniors $27/ Concession & U18 $22
Tickets on sale 9am, Monday 8th January at https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/forest-relaunched
Premiere performance of Sikinnis III for solo piano by Danae Killian
As part of our 20-year celebrations, the Melbourne Composers’ League will be releasing a triple CD featuring the music of 23 of its members. The CD will be launched at the upcoming Elbow Room Concert and CD Launch event in November on Sunday, 12 November, 2.30pm. Please come along and lend your support to this important composer organization.
Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham VIC 3095
Enquires: 0419 107308
Bookings: 9439 7712
Tickets: $25/$20 concession
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.
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
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.
Maestro Alim Shakh, Faculty
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
Olomouc, Czech Republic
June 11-16, 2017
STRAVINSKY - Pulcinella Suite
TCHAIKOVSKY – Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23
BRAHMS - Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68
MUSSORGSKY - Night on Bald Mountain
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.
1225 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403
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
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”
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
Forest Collective presents
Date: Friday November 18th 7:30pm
Price: $38 Full price, $28 Concession, $15 U15’s
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
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."
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
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
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  and Fight Music ) 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