In Conversation With...

Over the past twenty years, Halcyon has developed many strong relationships with a wide network of Australian and international composers. In Conversation with… is an opportunity to get a little closer to some of these  composers and find out a bit more about them and their work.

In this ongoing series, we discuss with them their craft, their process, their influences, and of course their approach to vocal writing. Recorded in conversation with Halcyon’s director, Jenny Duck-Chong, these interviews have an ease of familiarity but also provide useful insights into each composer’s work, their relationship with Halcyon and the pieces that they have written for the ensemble. Started as a way to share some of the conversations that often remain off-screen, it quickly became apparent that it was an important exercise in exploring the breadth of contemporary Australian vocal writing.

Existing only on YouTube and supported by the Australian Music Centre, the conversations remain technical and yet still approachable, edited into bite-size clips on specific topics that  give insight into the composers’ methods and ideas. An educational resource, a tool for the budding composer and also just a fascinating look into the world of new music, In Conversation With… isn’t simply about interviews, it’s about starting a conversation.

Current uploads include conversations with Elliott Gyger, Raffaele Marcellino, Ross Edwards and Matthew Hindson and interviews with  Andrew Ford and Andrew Schultz are in production. You can stay updated as new clips go online by subscribing to the Halcyon YouTube channel.