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, Matthew Hindson, Andrew Schultz and Andrew Ford and interviews with Helen Gifford, Kevin March, Katy Abbott and Gordon Kerry are in production.
You can stay updated as new clips go online by subscribing to the Halcyon YouTube channel.
Nothing can replace the thrill of hearing music played live, of hearing the music being created in front of you, watching the interactions of the players, and being connected to the physicality of the sound and ensemble as it happens. This is one of the great joys of chamber music, to be able to share very intimate music at close range with a responsive audience. However, concerts are infrequent events and dependent on one’s ability to be geographically close to performers. There will always be people unable to experience this music live, and for many of the same reasons we want to share this music with audiences in the first place, it is important that people are able to experience these works more often and from all over the globe.
To this end Halcyon began creating studio recordings in 2008, to bring many rare and newly created works to a greater listening public. But it is also valuable to be able to get a sense of the performance and see and hear the work repeatedly. While Halcyon has documented much performance history on video, it has always remained locked away and unseen, so we are now making a selection of these video recordings available to the public.
Recorded across our 20 year history, these uploads will be available in perpetuity on Halcyon’s YouTube channel, with new recordings added regularly. To ensure you don’t miss out on an upload, subscribe to the channel or our mailing list.
|Three Haiku||Julian Yu|
|Typewriter Music||Michael Berkeley|
|Aster I||Sadie Harrison|
|Nga Haerenga||Gillian Whitehead|
|Winter Fragments||Michael Berkeley|
|Puneña No. 2||Alberto Ginastera|
|I lost a world the other day||Moya Henderson|
|Petit Testament||Elliott Gyger|
|Floof (Songs of a Homeostatic Homer)||Esa-Pekka Salonen|
|Nuits, Adieux||Kaija Saariaho|
|Adivinanza De La Guitarra and Pita from Six Caprices||Simon Holt|
|From The Hungry Waiting Country||Elliott Gyger|
|A Strange Kind of Paradise||Raffaelle Marcellino|
|The Tranquil Mind||Ross Edwards|
Over the past 20 years, Halcyon has amassed an impressive collection of studio albums and live recordings, as well as having performances recorded by ABC Classic FM, Fine Music and others. This vast catalogue allows us to share a selection of our history with you, both on our Youtube channel, where recordings and archival concert footage are regularly posted, and here on this page.
You can listen to the following tracks at the links below, or explore more audio on the Halcyon YouTube channel.
Gordon Kerry’s Music (La Musique)
Moya Henderson’s I Lost a World the Other Day
Michael Berkeley’s Winter Fragments
Dan Walker's The Mystic Blue
Kaija Saariaho’s Nuits, Adieux
Gillian Whitehead’s Nga Haerenga
Katy Abbott's No Ordinary Traveller
Esa Pekka Salonen’s Floof
Rosalind Page's Claire de lune
Many of our studio albums are available for download and purchase, which you can find below and in our store.