Liam and Molly are both emerging contemporary classical musicians based in Melbourne, Australia. They have had the pleasure of working and growing together as an ensemble since they met in 2017 at the Australian National Academy of Music. Participating in this residency, they will be focussing on three projects.
Liam as an individual will be working on a new album of work composed by Michael Williams (NZ), and this residency will give him the space to rehearse and premiere his work which includes the use of western instruments, pre-recorded tabla and traditional maori instruments. Molly will be working on her master’s exegesis which explores curation through creative collaboration and interpersonal composer-performer relationship’s. She will be recording recently commissioned music including composer such as Louis Stevens (AUS) as well as collaborating in curating concert experiences at the centre. Together, they will be performing an expansive range of Australian and New Zealand work’s for viola and piano.
Between us, we have established a common ground for our interest for contemporary ideas and styles and how the world around us can influence our musical practice through a variety of art forms. We seek to embody the idea of the “21st-century musician”; a musician we define as someone who is continuously in pursuit of new skills outside of their “performance” skills set, as well as honing in on the skills required for the craft itself.
We believe that the future of music making will be carved out by seeking new ways of doing things, and we endeavour to employ divergent and creative thinking with respect to presentation in programming, and creatively collaborate with artists in and outside of Western Art Music to produce work that will cause conversation with audiences beyond the concert stage. This residency gives us an opportunity to work to achieve our goals as artists and performers, and allows us to also give voice to the incredible music being written in Australia and New Zealand in an international setting.
Donations received during this campaign will contribute to all costs associated with this trip, including travel to Canada (plane and bus transfers) and program fees (accommodation, food and course fees for the residency itself). This residency gives space for both of us as individuals and as a duo to work on these projects in a place of inspiration and creativity.
We aspire to emerge having grown as performer’s and creatives, so that we can bring back the knowledge and skills we have learnt in Banff to bring as concert experiences to audiences in New Zealand and Australia. To follow our journey, you can follow both Molly and Liam’s websites for tour and performance updates at liamwooding.com and mollycob.com.