In a bold move to showcase Australian music in all its diversity, the 19 composers have been given the challenge of creating a work using only sounds and no words.
Why no words? Antony Pitts, Artistic Director of The Song Company says: “We want our audience to experience the raw power of vocal music without being told what to think upfront. Everyone brings their own meaning and associations to the sounds they hear. By reacting directly to the harmonies and even noises that will make up this multi-composer tapestry, I think we will all have a unique opportunity to get closer to the music – to be part of the Australian musical landscape.”
Lyle Chan will be one of the first composers to deliver a work: “I’ve always said that music is the sound that feelings make. To create this new piece for The Song Company, I am drawing on my experience of writing purely instrumental music, where I have to create vivid states of humour or heartache using just the sound of strings or an oboe.”
THE CRUX OF THE MATTER
This project needs your support! Australian composers deserve to be paid for their originality, craft and the sheer magic they weave with their sounds. To fund the entire Nineteen to the Dozen project, the Song Company is using various means to raise a substantial amount of money to pay the 19 composers for their hard work.
In this crowdfunding appeal, we are specifically raising $2000 to pay Lyle Chan to create what will surely be another unforgettable and heartfelt work of sonic beauty for The Song Company.
WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE
Your individual contribution towards the $2000, however large or small, is the part you play in creating something beautiful that doesn’t yet exist. We can’t wait to share it with you.
Nineteen to the Dozen will be heard in at least nine places across Australia including the Sydney Opera House, St. George’s Cathedral in Perth and the Melbourne Recital Centre.
For more, click the website links, or call Wanda for a chat on (02) 8272 9500.