Soundstream Festival 2012

2012 Soundstream Adelaide New Music Festival

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Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival (SANMF) is a celebration of new music in Australia. Established in 2008 by Artistic Director Gabriella Smart as a platform for collaboration, discourse and performance of new music, Soundstream is committed to the development of contemporary music practices and the creation of new works through the support of emerging and established Australian composers and performers. The 2012 Festival focuses on new music at grass roots level, with strong community involvement in works by internationally recognised composers in keeping with Smart’s vision of staging a niche festival with an international profile in Adelaide.

The theme of the 2012 Festival (11 – 14 October) is Intersection – a celebration of new music through community. The Festival will be the fourth of its kind in Adelaide and the third time it has been independently presented by Artistic Director Gabriella Smart. SANMF is delighted to have the support of ABC Classic FM as its major presenting partner and to continue its valued relationship with Winston Music. New collaborative partnerships have also been established with the Adelaide City Council, The Architects’ Institute of Australia, State Opera, and the University of Adelaide.



SANMF - Mary Finsterer Open Rehearsal

Recognized as one of Australia’s most original orchestral composers, Mary Finsterer’s work has won many awards around the world, including the prestigious Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize in 2009 for her work inspired by Jorge Luis Borges, In Praise of Darkness.

Join Mary Finsterer with Paul Grabowsky and Festival Artistic Director Gabriella Smart for a very special behind-the-scenes look at her new work for two pianos, Falling, in an open rehearsal before its world premiere at The Rite of Spring concert on Friday 12 October.

Thursday 11 October 2012 at 10:00am
Elder Hall, North Terrace, Adelaide

(Limited tickets available at the door unless sold out)


Jon Rose | violin & electronics

SANMF - Jon Rose The Violing Speaks“A SUBWAY CAR SCREECHING TO A HALT, the wailing of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, a gently gurgling mechanical toy… memorable jazz riffs and Paganini style virtuosity.” – The New York Times

Jon Rose is one of Australia’s creative visionaries. In this unique performance of violin and electronics, he pushes the boundaries of sound in one of Adelaide’s most stunning heritage buildings 4km from the city and previously inaccessible to the public. Its whereabouts will remain a secret known only to audience members prior to the event…

This event is part of the Great Music in Great Spaces Series presented by The Australian Institute of Architects – SA Chapter in association with Soundstream Collective. It celebrates the parallel creative processes of architecture and music, with discussion by Tim Horton, South Australian Commissioner for Integrated Design.

Thursday 11 October 2012 at 6:00pm

The location is:
Adelaide Studios – South Australian Film Corporation
226 Fullarton Rd
Glenside, 5065

Bookings Essential – spaces limited
$30, $20 concession, 14 and under free

(Limited tickets available at the door unless sold out)


Paul Grabowsky & Gabriella Smart | pianos

SANMF - Rite of SpringJoin the age-old ritual of welcoming the rebirth of life following winter’s pall. 99 years after its debut, Paul Grabowsky and Gabriella Smart perform a re-take of Stravinsky’s transcription of The Rite of Spring for two pianos.

The Paris première involved one of the most famous classical music riots in history, yet this seminal work has inspired over a century of music. In this tradition, the concert also features world premieres by renowned Australian composers Grabowsky and Mary Finsterer.

For a behind-the-scenes look, come and join Finsterer with Grabowsky and Smart in an open rehearsal of her new work for two pianos, Falling on Thursday 11 October.

Friday, 12 October at 7:30pm
Elder Hall, North Terrace, Adelaide
$30, $20 concession, 14 and under free

(Limited tickets available at the door unless sold out)


Matej Ensemble

SANMF - Graphic ScoresIMAGINE A RAINBOW MUSICAL SCORE OF CROSSES, LINES AND CIRCLES. Ranging from minimal with scattered dots on a page to tantalisingly beautiful works resembling abstract paintings, these scores break aural and visual barriers to create new ways of seeing and hearing music.

Joined by Jon Rose, little-scale and an Elder Conservatorium crash ensemble, composer-conductor Daniel Matej takes us on a journey through landmark scores by John Cage, Earle Brown and Zygmut Krauze, alongside an Australian premiere of his own work.

In this sensational late night concert at the atmospheric Madley Performance Space, Matej delves into an exploration of the surprising potential of sound on acoustic and electronic instruments.

Friday, 12 October at 10:15pm
Madley Performance Space, University of Adelaide off Kintore Avenue
$30, $20 concession, 14 and under free

(Limited tickets available at the door unless sold out)


Daniel Matej | voice

Jon Rose | violin

Marianna Gynchuk | piano

SANMF - Daniel Matej in PerspectiveMusical polymath Daniel Matej is the embodiment of intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogue. One of the first protagonists of the ‘lucky generation’ in Slovakia, Matej benefited from a cultural environment free from the ideological grip and socialist civic paranoia of the once powerful state machinery.

A passionate communicator, Matej has actively re-established contact with Western culture, championing in Slolvakia the likes of Australian musical innovator Jon Rose.

This collaboration continues as Matej, Rose and prize-winning pianist Marianna Grynchuk come together for an intimate perspective of Matej’s works for voice, violin and piano, spanning 17 years.

Saturday, 13 October at 3:00pm
Madley Performance Space, University of Adelaide off Kintore Avenue
$30, $20 concession, 14 and under free

(Limited tickets available at the door unless sold out)


SANMF - Soundstream Festival Composers forumThe piano’s world encompasses glass-nerved virtuosi and stomping barrel-housers in fedoras; it is a world of pasture and storm, of perfumed smoke, of liquid mathematics.” – Kenneth Miller

The piano as orchestral voice is the theme for discussion and debate in this public forum. Soundstream Festival resident composers Daniel Matej, Elena Kats-Chernin, Mary Finsterer and Cat Hope discuss their writing for the piano, ranging from the intimacy of a duet to the massive dynamics of 30 pianos in concert.

Saturday, 13 October at 4:00pm
Madley Performance Space, University of Adelaide off Kintore Avenue
This is a free event but audience must REGISTER

(Limited tickets available at the door unless sold out)


SANMF - Young Composers AwardNEW VOICES FOR A NEW AGE. The inaugural awards night concert for this prestigious National Award will reveal a thrilling glimpse of new directions in music making as Soundstream Collective performs works by six of Australia’s future star composers.

Vying for the lucrative cash award for the commission of a new work, the winner will be selected on the night by leading composers Mary Finsterer and Elena Kats-Chernin and Soundstream Collective’s Peter Handworth.

Better yet, come and judge for yourself through the Winston Music People’s Choice Award. Be the first to hear and cheer the new generation of Australian composers at ABC Studio 520.

Saturday, 13 October at 7:30pm
ABC Studio 520, 85 North East Rd, Collinswood
$30, $20 concession, 14 and under free

(Limited tickets available at the door unless sold out)


special guest Tamara Anna Cislowska

SANMF - Piano Phasing

A BLOCKBUSTER EVENT – 60 pianists performing on 30 pianos in a free event to be staged at the Adelaide Town Hall.

An initiative of Dutch composer Kristoffer Zegers, the critically acclaimed Piano Phasing has enjoyed multiple international performances since its creation.

For this performance, Soundstream has sourced local talent from all walks of life ranging from 6 to 68 years old, with free workshops in the Winston Music Showrooms leading up to the event. The concert will also feature a world premiere of a Soundstream-commissioned work by celebrated Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin.

The Adelaide Piano Phasing extravaganza will boast the largest number of participants for a piano project in Australia to date.

Sunday 14 October at 4:00pm
Adelaide Town Hall, King William St, Adelaide
This is a free event but audience must REGISTER

(Limited tickets available at the door unless sold out)