All concerts recorded at 15ips on a 10" Analogue Stellavox Reel to Reel Tape Recorder with Neumann TLM50, M150 or B&K 4135 microphones.





Artistic Director and leader of the Sunwrae Ensemble, Rae Howell, is a Melbourne-based composer and performer on piano and vibraphone. She works regularly as a multi-instrumentalist (also on trumpet and mellophone) and performs as a guest artist crossing various genres in live performance, recording and international touring. Howell was a finalist in the 2006 APRA Professional Development Awards and is a represented composer of Cantilena Music in London, UK. Howell has been a Musician in Residence at The Banff Centre in Alberta Canada, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida USA. She has worked with jazz musician/composer and Blue Note Records Artist Sam Rivers (USA), Royal Society of Arts Fellow and composer/percussionist Eugene Skeef (Sth Africa/UK) and currently works by correspondance in an ongoing electronic recording project with engineer Jon Cohrs (USA), in 'Rabbits without Spleens'. "The Sunwrae Ensemble are fronted by the talents of musician, composer and vibraphonist extraordinaire Rae Howell. Their set was mesmerizing." Tim Clarke, Luna Kafé concert review, 2005 "Sunwrae…weaves a calming magic" Clive O'Connell, The Age 2006




Fritz Hauser

Hauser is simply one of the best drummers alive; when he's finished with one of his improvised concerts, you leave with a new understanding of his drum's anatomy, their exact range of sound" THE NEW YORK TIMES Based in Basel, Switzerland, Fritz has toured the world, playing at festivals and presenting concerts in Europe, Canada, the USA, the Middle East, China, the Baltic States, Russia, Kirgistan, Japan and Australia. In-residence in all schools of the Victorian College of the Arts in late September, Fritz will be playing and improvising on concert with Speak; together in concert for Ménage they will present Double Exposition, Fritz’s most important work. Fritz Hauser and Speak Percussion have a long personal association; their artistic partnership is borne out of close personal regard for each other. Join them for an evening of unforgettable percussion. Along with Double Exposition, they will also be playing the World Premiere performance of Sea of Tranquility, by Melbournian composer Stuart Greenbaum, works by Mark Pollard, Frank Zappa and Balanescu, arranged by B A Jones and Mark Pollard. This concert will be designed by acclaimed Swiss architect Boa Baumann. Experience a rare collaboration between some of the world’s finest artists, musical and visual. Fritz Hauser "shouldn't on any account be missed" Richard Cook & Brian Morton (Penguin Book Guide to Jazz)

CONCERTS AVAILABLE: 1. At the BMW EDGE with Speak Percussion 1 X 52min


Nick Tsiavos & Adam Simmons

The new millennium, not yet a decade old, has been marked by enormous natural calamity, wars without end, and fear of instability and change. Yet here we are again, entering into Advent and trying to relax, turning our attention to the rites of the season, and its accompanying pleasures. The intense and sublime beauty of Ancient Sacred Chant fuses rich and potent text with music that longs to transcend the moment, and the world. These texts, which speak of rapture and adoration, are the palimpsest to a radical sound-world that is both a homage and a critical renewal of them. Yet, at the same instant, this is a response to the aftermath of the big Indian Ocean tsunami, the earthquake at Bam, Iran,and other cataclysmic events of the new millenium ( natural and man-made ) filtered through a deconstructed, and possible total misunderstanding of the paintings of Hieronymous Bosch, and read through a total lack of care of modern eschatological thought! Nick Tsiavos continues his ongoing engagement with Ancient Chant with an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians that transcend genre; from Early Music to Modern, Complexity to Improvisation, Minimalism to Jazz. Deborah Kayser - Soprano Adam Simmons - Saxophones, and other things blown Eugene Ughetti - Percussion Peter Neville - Percussion Nick Tsiavos - Contrabass, Artistic Direction



Multi award-winning ZULYA KAMALOVA is the leading proponent of Tatar music in Australia as well as one of the most versatile and accomplished vocalists on the world music scene today. A native of Volga-Kama region of Central Russia, ZULYA began performing Russian and Tatar songs at the age of 9. Later she studied music and languages at university level. Inspired by the diversity of cultures, she made a dramatic decision to settle in Australia in 1991 and began to not only share her traditional music with Australians, but to explore the musical and linguistic riches of the multitude of cultures living in Australia. As a result, ZULYA has developed a totally original approach as an affirmation of her unique identity - an affirmation that takes her Tatar and Russian background to totally new places and in completely new ways. Zulya has independently produced four albums to date, including the ARIA-nominated elusive (2002) and, together with her band The Children of the Underground, 2004's magical The Waltz of Emptiness (and Other Songs on Russian Themes). Although she is well-known in Australia, Zulya's performances of her gorgeous blend of traditional and original music have recently been enchanting audiences from Serbia to Siberia, Luxembourg to Moscow, Tatarstan to Helsinki and almost everywhere in between.


Lucas Michailidis

Acclaimed for his musical lyricism and rich compositional approach, fingerstyle guitarist and composer, Lucas Michailidis was winner of the International 'Open Strings' guitar competition in Germany 2001. The win landed him a recording contract with Acoustic Music Records and a solo spot at the 2002 festival. Michailidis has had music published by American fingerstyle authority - John Stropes as part of the 'Great Compositions by Emerging Artists' series. Stropes is associated with the likes of Leo Kotke, Michael Hedges and Alex Degrassi. Michailidis has performed extensively throughout Australia and abroad and is also regular member of The Children of the Underground, the ensemble led by acclaimed Tartarstan singer Zulya. Together they have toured Europe on several occasions, performed at all major Australian festivals and released the highly successful Waltz of Emptiness - winner of the 2005 National Archive Award which enjoyed a top - ten ranking in the European World Music charts. The 1997 release of Journey highlights his work as a skilled and accomplished jazz musician/composer and features original jazz - inspired material for larger ensemble.



Mossie Scanlon

Mossie Scanlon, now resident in Melbourne, Australia, is from the Dingle Peninsula in the Kerry Gaeltacht, and anybody familiar with the distinctive style of singing from that part of Munster will know what I'm talking about when I say he is the quintessential master of the technique. He is blessed with a most musical and pleasing voice, and his choice of songs in Gaelic and English suit him down to the ground; they will have wide appeal for the listener regardless of their own background and musical taste. He is also fortunate in his choice of accompanist, Cath Connelly, harpist. She knows what is required, which is to make the accompaniment complement the singer's performance, not override it or lead it. With Jane's playing he is just as relaxed when he sings in sean nós unaccompanied. Mossie Scanlon Irish & Celtic



Speak Percussion

Speak have become Melbourne’s best percussion ensemble. They are strong supporters of new music and have appeared in everything from experimental hybrid-arts projects to regular music festival concerts. Speak has collaborated with choreographers, installation artists and dancers and has commissioned many new percussion works by local and international composers. Their concerts are among the most exciting you will ever experience in Melbourne. As individual players the members of Speak Percussion are highly renowned artists and pedagogues. As an ensemble, they will set both your heart and your ears on fire.


Andrew Jenkins - Shakuhachi, Koto & Cello



Anne Norman - Koto, Shakuhachi, Drums

Originally trained on Western Boehm system flute, Anne took up the shakuhachi under Nakamura Shindo in 1986 while living in Japan. In 1990 she received a two year grant from the Japanese Government (Monbusho) enabling her to further her studies of shakuhachi performance at the Tokyo University of Fine Art and Music under Living National Treasure Yamaguchi Goro. Anne also studied a different repertoire under Tajima Tadashi.



Erik Griswold - Prepared Piano Quartet

Eclectic composer-pianist Erik Griswold fuses experimental, jazz and world music traditions to create works of striking originality. Specializing in prepared piano, percussion and toy instruments, he has created a musical universe all his own that is "sincere" (neural.it), "playful" (igloo magazine), "colourful and refreshingly unpretentious" (Paris Transatlantic). Since the late 1980s he has composed solo and chamber works for many adventurous performers in the U.S. and Australia, such as Margaret Leng Tan, Steven Schick, Either/Or Ensemble, Southern Cross Soloists, red fish blue fish, Speak Percussion, and many others. In 2012, new works include "Drifting cowboys in a mist" for Kurilpa String Quartet, "Bury the sound" for Decibel, and "Time Crystals" for Clocked Out Duo. Griswold has received grants, commissions, and/or fellowships from the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council, Melbourne City Council, Asialink Foundation, Queensland Music Festival, Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and the InterArts Consortium of the University of California. His work can be heard on Mode Records, Room:40, Listen/Hear Collective, Einstein Records, Accretions/Circumvention, Move, Clocked Out, and Innova. His music has been performed at major festivals and venues throughout Australia, the U.S., Asia, and Europe, including: Carnegie Hall, Asia Pacific Festival (Wellington), Bang on a Can Festival (New York), Big Sur Experimental Music Festival, Chengdu Arts Centre, El Cruce (Madrid), Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series (Los Angeles), London Jazz Festival, Queensland Music Festival (Brisbane), Shanghai International Festival, Sydney Opera House, Roulette and Tonic (New York).


Phil Gelbach & Silo - Spy vs Spy



Nick Freer - Solo Guitar

Guitar - Nick Freer - Internationally, Nick has performed through Germany with the Marinucci Trio (1999), Hong Kong with the Toby Mac Quartet (2000), Hong Kong and Macau with the Julie O Hara Quintet (2001)and the Anton Delleca Trio (2001) Hong Kongand China with his own trio (2001), Chinawith Martin Breeze Trio (2002) and Thailand with Avatar (2005). VIPs Nick has played for include former U.S. president Bill Clinton(Crown Casino), Rupert Murdoch (Hong Kong)and Kerry Packer (Crown Casino). In 2004Nick completed Post Graduate studies in Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) graduating with honours.


Dianne Peters - Harp

Before successfully basing herself in Italy over the past few years, harpist and vocalist Diane Peters was well-known to Melbourne audiences as leader of Archaeopteryx, and her string ensemble 66 Strings, as well as performing with other artists such as Christine Sullivan. In Italy she has recorded for Blue Note jazz artist Nicola Conte in 2006 and 2007, as well as leading her own ensembles. On this visit she is undertaking a small tour with Italy’s Maria Vicentini (viola), a jazz graduate from Verona, who works with Ettore Martin. For this performance they will be joined by acoustic bassist Tamara Murphy in a Trio to perform "original songs without words and jazz". See harpandsong.com Diane has developed an original style of playing and composition, performing solo and in diverse combinations, in Melbourne, Australia, Italy and Internationally. Her CD of original music, Diane Peters ARCHAEOPTERYX, received exceptional reviews and comments followed by invitations abroad. Inspired by the music of Alice Coltrane and encouraged by Australian Jazz legend Mark Simmonds, Peters wove her way into the field of jazz harp. Then studied at the VCA jazz course 95-97 meeting like minded musicians to play with. Diane has found that composition is also a useful mode of developing the place for harp in jazz considering the open stage for ideas. It has been musicians on other instruments, (colleagues and teachers) taking an interest in this alluring instrument with its possibilities and limitations, that have given Diane the possibility to experiment and forge a path. Along with producing her own music, Diane has worked with major artists (recordings and live performances) including Bob Sedergreen, Paul Grabowsky, Scezary Scubizewski, Christine Sullivan, Steven Cummings and Angie Hart and Nicola Conte. Peters, Diane - Harp Davies, Ceridwen - Viola Jayaweera, Rajiv - Drums Martin, Caerwen - Cello McNelis, Eamon - Trumpet Murphy, Tamara - Double Bass Salsjo, Mia - Flute