World premiere of geminy

Carlton Vickers:

 I am delighted to announce that I will be presenting the world premiere of two commissions for Kingma system alto flute by Australian modernists Chris Dench and Dominik Karski. The program will also include two previously premiered commissions by the elegant James Erber and incomparable Marc Yeats, marking the final installment of a project for the Kingma system alto dating from Spring 2013. Remaining true to my highly effective 20 year interval between solo releases (I'm on everyone's album but my own), the DSD sessions and subsequent double CD Isolations in Free Sonics, are slated for early 2018.

Delores Doré Eccles Fine Arts Center, Dixie State University in St George, Utah, October 23 2017.

DENCH/geminy for solo alto flute*

ERBER/Desire Lines for solo alto flute

FERNEYHOUGH/Sisyphus Redux for solo alto flute

KARSKI/The Unquenchable for amplified alto flute solo*

YEATS/'streaming' for solo Kingma system alto flute

(* world premiere)

Piano Sonata: World Premiere of the Definitive Version

On Sunday July 30 at 6:30 Peter de Jager will give the 'World Premiere of the Definitive Version' of my 95' Piano Sonata that I wrote here in Ballarat between 2015 and 2016. This version is about a minute longer than the one that was presented in October last year. Be warned that it is a continuous 95-minute arch: the work is effectively cast in a single movement in nine sections and there will be no break in the performance. Although it is a 'performance before an invited audience', as they say, it is primarily  an ABC recording for broadcast, so it might be better not to bring mobile phones, children, animals, Aged Ps, and so on. For this reason also, latecomers may well not be let in, sorry.


The venue is the Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Centre, 120-130 Southbank Boulevard, Melbourne, behind the Victorian Arts Centre. There will be a pre-concert talk featuring Stephen Adams from the ABC's Australian Music Unit discussing the Sonata with Peter and myself: that will begin at 5:30 (doors will open at 5:15).


Breaking news: Peter de Jager's October 2016 performance of the earlier version of the Sonata is a finalist in the Performance of the Year category in the APRA AMCOS/AMC Art Music Awards 2017. 




Melbourne Prize for Music 2016

I'm not normally a great competition-enterer, but when $25K is dangled before one's eyes, reservations tend to be forgotten. I put the Piano Sonata in for the inaugural Beleura Award for Composition with no expectation, and was astonished to wind up among the five finalists.  Of course, Peter de Jager's superlative performance will have been a major factor in this outcome. My music is never fashionable enough to actually win such an award, but it is satisfying not to be entirely overlooked.

Information about the Melbourne Prize Trust is here.