Christine McCombe

Music

Three Kinds of Silence

To record a CD of my original compositions for strings, piano and voice.

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I am embarking on a recording project to produce a CD of four of my most successful compositions for voice, strings and piano. As a composer the most important thing is being able to share the music I create with as many people as possible. In order to get my music heard, a commercially available CD is vital.

I have been fortunate enough to have had most of my compositions performed publicly at least once, but without a commercially available recording my music remains ephemeral – if you missed the performance, there is no other way to hear the music. I am often asked “can I buy a CD of your work?” and so far I have had to answer no.

Recording a CD is a costly undertaking and as a freelance composer, this has been the main hurdle so far. I need to pay the musicians for their time, hire a studio and sound engineer and a producer to see the recordings through the process of editing and mastering. Then I need to cover the costs of CD production, marketing and distribution. I have at least two record labels interested in the project but I still need to cover the costs of producing the master recording myself before they will consider releasing the CD – without the recording there is nothing to release.

I believe that my music has an important place in the new music landscape, particularly in Australia, and I want people to be able to hear it. A new CD of my work is also a chance to showcase the skills of some incredibly talented Australian musicians who have been so supportive of my work as a composer (Glenn Riddle, Deborah Kayser, Roseanne Hunt and Marianne Rothschild to name a few). The completed CD will be released as a physical CD and also made available online through iTunes, making sure the music is available to the widest possible audience.

And last but not least, as a woman composer I believe it is also important to contribute to the diversity of our contemporary music landscape, to share my voice in a field in which there is still a marked gender bias.

Artist

Christine McCombe

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I compose music across a range of styles, from chamber and vocal music to electroacoustic composition and video. My music is direct, emotionally driven, often influenced by things other than music, and is unashamedly lyrical and expressive.

My compositions have been performed by leading ensembles and soloists, both in Australia and internationally, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, soloists from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Piano Trio, Topology Ensemble and the Australia Ensemble.

Recent commissions include: a new works for Artisan Trio Edinburgh in 2013, A Lexicon of Dreams for the Australian Chamber Choir in 2013 and an ambitious new work for vocalist, piano trio and video, premiered at the 2015 Sonic Fusion Festival in Salford, UK.

New projects for 2016 and beyond include a collaboration with Black Hole Theatre, ‘The Book of Revelations’; a commission to compose a song cycle for voice and chamber ensemble; and the release of a CD of my music for strings, piano and voice.

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