At a time when the creative industry in Australia is struggling, I feel incredibly lucky and honoured to be having a new piece premiered by Ensemble Apex tonight (Aug 27) at 6pm. Conducted and directed by Sam Weller, Ensemble Apex is an amazing group of young musicians who, due to the current pandemic, have quickly adapted to the restrictions on live performances and are currently releasing a fantastic digital season for 2020.
I've written a piece for winds and strings which focusses on exploring the playfulness of these instruments and how sarcastic grooves and melodies can help us understand, accept, (and even enjoy!) more challenging harmonies. The title Binary Ties refers to the two melodic strands which weave around each other to form the foundation of this piece, and often develop into a twisted knot of musical lines. Furthermore, the juxtaposition of 'binary' (ie. divided) and 'ties' (ie. connected) alludes to the contrasts explored in this work, and although the musical narrative is constantly unfolding, it always derives from unifying elements which are re-imagined throughout the journey. You can hear a snippet in the promotional video below.
I am truly inspired by Sam Weller and Ensemble Apex. They perform contemporary repertoire to an excellent standard, commission living composers, and bring an excitement to classical music that I endeavour to capture in my own compositions. They are changing the face of classical music in Australia, and if you'd like to support them, you can donate on their website.
Performed in the beautiful Leichhardt Town Hall, please enjoy the digital premiere of Binary Ties below! And don't forget to check out the rest of Ensemble Apex's 2020 digital season.