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Conductor: Argonaut in Aotearoa, Bendigo Festival of Exploratory Music

DRAWING ATTENTION (2019) World Premiere

CLEAVING TO SECONDS (2019) World Premiere

Two world premiere commissions from two of the freshest compositional voices in contemporary New Zealand. Antonia Barnett-McIntosh’s Drawing Attention tasks players to interact with each other in real-time, questioning the hierarchical notion of instruments within an ensemble and pointing to the privilege that the human brain instinctively gives to speech with meaning, and the human voice, over other sounds. Dylan Lardelli’s Cleaving to Seconds is built from collections of musical materials which undergo recursive processes. These materials, often consisting of faded and delicate sounds interacting with silence, are retold in disintegrated and hollowed states, through a recurring injection of sound energy. Argonaut Ensemble makes its heraldic return to the front and centre of BIFEM, led for the first time by Melbourne conductor Evan J Lawson. 

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Aaron BARNDEN, Violin
Samuel DUNSCOMBE, Clarinets
Phoebe GREEN, Viola
Jonathan HEILBRON, Double Bass
Gemma KNEALE, Cello
Rebecca LANE, Flutes
Evan J LAWSON, Conductor
Mark MENZIES, Violin
David MORAN, Cello
Michiko OGAWA, Clarinets 
Hamish UPTON, Percussion
Kathryn WILLIAMS, Flutes

Argonaut in Aotearoa is supported by Creative Victoria, Creative New Zealand, Australia Council for the Arts, City of Greater Bendigo and the Robert Salzer Foundation. Cleaving to Seconds and Drawing Attention were commissioned by BIFEM with funds from Creative New Zealand.