This event is supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Regional Arts Fund
This is a rescheduled event from the performance was to be part of Winter Light in August 2022.

This concert, performed by Ensemble Mania, is the second in the String Quartet # 1 Project (which was launched at Salamanca Arts Centre in August 2021). Hear four composers first String Quartet – some performed for the first time in over 40 years – as part of Winter Light 2022.

Ensemble Mania comprise:
Peter Tanfield | 1st violin
Josh Farner | 2nd violin 
Damien Holloway | viola
James Anderson | ‘cello

This concert program showcases the first string quartets by four Tasmanian composers.

Hellgart Mahler         Icknield (quartet version)
Russell Gilmour        Five Reasons to Stay Home
Don Kay                   String Quartet: Opus Zero
Dominic Flynn          Mill

14 August 2022
6pm – 7.30pm
Doors at 5.30pm


Whilst the wearing of masks is not mandatory it is recommended in certain situations by Tasmanian Public Health.  Masks will be available upon entering the venue for those patrons who would like one.  

If you’re unwell, it is recommended that you stay at home, and we look forward to welcoming you at Salamanca Arts Centre another time.


About the composers

Hellgart Mahler lives near Devonport, Tasmania, but was born in Vienna. Her father, Hillel Mahler, came from a small village on the Polish-Czechoslovakian border, but his family soon moved to Vienna, then the cultural Mecca of Europe. In his grandfather’s family one older brother became the father of Gustav Mahler (who is Hellgart’s great-uncle), but her musical antecedents go right back to 16th and 17th century Italy, where the Maler family (the H was added later) were brilliant lute makers and players; sought after and vied for by dukes and princes.


Photo: Ingrid Rosenberg

Russell Gilmour was born in 1956 and received his early musical training at Guildford Grammar School, WA. Since graduating from the University of New England in the early 1980s, he has worked as a teacher, lecturer and arts administrator. Gilmour is best known for his short, quirky, humorous compositions (Dark on Bach, 2003) and sometimes melancholic, brooding work (Seven Things I’ll Do Tomorrow, 2005). His musical style has developed from a brief flirtation with neo-romanticism in the 1980s (A Peaceable Kingdom, 1985; Host Of The Air, 1984) to a more direct highly melodic style which the composer describes as ‘the art of post classical drivetime’


Photo: Dominic Flynn

Don Kay

Don Kay’s musical language has its roots in the tradition of Western art music but has been significantly shaped by his experience of Tasmania’s environment and history. Kay identifies Hastings Bay (1986) as the first mature piece that was a direct, conscious response to a specific personal experience of a specific place, acknowledged by the title. Two works, amongst a number important to him for reflecting this influence, are: Tasmania Symphony – the Legend of Moinee for cello and orchestra (1988), and Piano Trio, The Edge of Remoteness (1996).


Photo: Saxon Hornett

Dominic Fynn

Born in Hobart in 1997, Dominic Fynn grew up playing the drums in local bands before shifting focus to composition. Dominic’s music has been performed both locally and overseas, and he has collaborated with the Decibel New Music Ensemble, Hobart Wind Symphony, L’ Ensemble de Musique Contemporaine du Conservatoire de Musique de Rimouski, pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.  In 2021 he received a grant to compose a string quartet inspired by convict folk music, and was selected to be a part of one of Australia’s largest commissioning projects, the ANAM Set. He has studied in Australia with Don Kay, Russell Gilmour, and Maria Grenfell, and in the United Kingdom with Michael Finnissy.


Biographies

Ensemble Mania was created with the goal to provide a unique listening experience in Tasmania, showcasing music that would otherwise not be heard on the island, while exemplifying the possibilities of a richer, more diverse music scene. This music includes the latest, most exciting composers, to the pillars of Australian modernism and lost masterpieces.


Photo: supplied by the artist

Peter Tanfield
Born in England in 1961, Peter Tanfield started the violin aged four. He studied in Germany, Israel, Switzerland and Holland where his teachers were Igor Ozim, Felix Andrievski, Alberto Lysy, Herman Krebbers and Yehudi Menuhin. As soloist and chamber musician Tanfield has performed throughout Europe, China, Japan, India, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, USA and USSR. He was a prize-winner at The Carl Flesh International Competition, International Mozart Competition and International Bach Competition. He has recorded solo and chamber works for television and radio as well as CD. He has played for Chairman Deng Xiaoping in China and the Sultan of Oman. Tanfield led the Australian String Quartet from 1998 until 2001. As a soloist Tanfield has appeared with many orchestras; the Philharmonia, City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Rome. As concertmaster he has worked with the BBC Philharmonic, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with Astor Piazolla, Charlie Watts, Pinchas Zukerman, Yehudi Menuhin, Charles Wuorinen, Arvo Pärt, Graeme Koehne, Gary Carr, Carlo Maria Giulini, Mark Gasser and Itzhak Perlman.


Joshua Farner is from Hobart, Tasmania, and began playing the violin at the age of nine. Following completion of a Bachelor of Engineering with 1st class Honours, he was awarded a University of Tasmania String Scholarship and commenced a Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Susan Collins. Josh has performed with the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra and the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI), and regularly performs as section leader and concertino player with the Hobart Chamber Orchestra. In 2018 Josh was awarded the D & MV McDonald Scholarship in Music from the University of Tasmania, allowing him to travel to London to study under renowned pedagogues Simon Fischer and David Takeno.


Damien Holloway studied viola in Hobart with Keith Crellin, Simon Oswell and Jan Sedivka, followed by postgraduate studies in Brisbane with Elizabeth Morgan. He played viola with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and was a founding member of Camerata of St Johns (Brisbane). He is principal viola of the Hobart Chamber Orchestra, and regularly fosters the performance of new music


James Anderson is currently studying a Master of Teaching at the University of Tasmania, having completed his Bachelor of Music in 2018 studying under Sue-Ellen Paulsen. James has previously performed in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, the Jan Sedivka Camerata, and the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra. In 2018 James worked with the ensemble Musik Fabrik in Cologne, while also spending time at the Royal Conservatory of Den Hague in the Netherlands.


Program notes

Mahler | Icknield
The Icknield quartet, and the quintet that followed, were both written for an English group of that name, who, although experts in the playing of early polyphonic music, were inexperienced in atonal music and contemporary rhythms. I tried to write firstly, a very short, straightforward, logical, polyphonic piece of music, avoiding difficulties in rhythmic coordination.

Gilmour | Five Reasons to Stay Home: [ pandemics notwithstanding ]

Kay | String Quartet: Opus Zero
String Quartet: Opus Zero was composed in 1961 during a few years of fairly exclusive use of the 12 tone technique advised and guided by Malcolm Williamson, my private and only teacher of composition, in London from 1959-1964. It was never performed, although my friend, John Cale, then a music student at Goldsmith College and later co-founder of the famous Velvet Underground rock band in New York, couldn’t find a second violinist to make up a quartet to try it out. It is only now being premiered because of the enterprise of Dominic Flynn (assisted by Nathan Meurant) in putting the pencilled score together and typesetting it 59 years later. I very recently subtitled it “Opus Zero” to distinguish it from the six later numbered string quartets starting in 1971. It is in four movements and applied 12-tone serial techniques, although not as strictly as in later works of that London period.

Flynn | Mill
This piece alludes to the fiddle music of Tasmanian convict composer Alexander Laing (1792-1868), specifically three tunes Laing composed while living in Sorell in the 1810s-’20s which exemplified his climbing of the social ladder in the town. This string quartet is an attempt to wrestle with our perception of such historical figures, given the grim history of colonial towns like Sorell. The subtitle ‘Mill’ is not only a reference to one of Laing’s tunes, but is also an apt metaphor of the ways in which the tunes have been processed in order to create the material for this string quartet. The piece has been composed in three movements, though the edges of these have been muddied with material leeching from one movement into the next.

Presented by Salamanca Arts Centre

This concert, performed by Ensemble Mania, is the third in the String Quartets # 1 Project (which was launched at Salamanca Arts Centre in August 2021). 

Three Tasmanian String Quartets # 1
Saturday 3 September
7:30pm – 9pm
Doors at 7pm
The Peacock Theatre

Ensemble Mania comprise
Peter Tanfield | 1st violin
Josh Farner | 2nd violin 
Damien Holloway | viola
James Anderson | cello

This concert program showcases the first string quartets by Tasmanian composers

Program

Simon Reade | String Quartet (Alba)

Marian Stankiewicz | Stanisław: String Quartet No. 1

Raffæle Marcellino | String Quartet No. 1

Program notes

Simon Reade – String Quartet (Alba)

Alba (Aubade)

Hyperion’s clear star is not yet risen.

Dawn brings a tenuous light across the earth,

The watcher to the sleeper cries, “Arise!”

Dawn over the dark sea brings on the sun;

She leans across the hilltop: see, the light!

Behold the ambush of the enemy

Stealing to take the heedless in their sleep,

And still the herald’s voice that cries “Arise!”

Dawn over the dark sea brings on the sun;

She leans across the hilltop: see, the light!

The North wind from Acturus now blows free,

The stars go into hiding in the sky,

And nearer to the sunrise swings the Plough.

Dawn over the dark sea brings on the sun;

She leans across the hilltop: see, the light!

(10th Century Manuscript,

English translation, Helen Waddell)


Marian Stankiewicz – Stanisław: String Quartet No. 1

Of the twelve works composed by Marian Stankiewicz in his short career, three are string quartets. The first of these is his 1974 quartet Stanisław, a name of Slavic origin that could be in reference to any number of people. The work is composed in four movements and employs some unique playing techniques and notation choices, particularly in the final movement which appears rhythmically freer with misaligned rhythmic values and very few barlines. (Program note by Dominic Flynn).


Raffæle Marcellino – String Quartet No. 1

This work was commissioned by Vincent Moleta for the 2003 Blackwood River Chamber Festival in West Australia, performed by Trigon Ensemble. The three movements are defined by their rhythmic style and temporal space. The musical premise for each movement can be described through the concepts of a:

1. dance, as a way of defining and traversing 2-dimensional space,

2. nocturne, with subtle lyricism as a proxy for moonlight and introspection, and

3. perpetuum mobile, of motoric iteration that defines space at the smallest dimension which invokes a larger continuum


Performers’ Biographies

Ensemble Mania was created with the goal to provide a unique listening experience in Tasmania, showcasing music that would otherwise not be heard on the island, while exemplifying the possibilities of a richer, more diverse music scene. This music includes the latest, most exciting composers, to the pillars of Australian modernism and lost masterpieces.

Born in England in 1961, Peter Tanfield started the violin aged four. He studied in Germany, Israel, Switzerland and Holland where his teachers were Igor Ozim, Felix Andrievski, Alberto Lysy, Herman Krebbers and Yehudi Menuhin. As soloist and chamber musician Tanfield has performed throughout Europe, China, Japan, India, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, USA and USSR. He was a prize-winner at The Carl Flesh International Competition, International Mozart Competition and International Bach Competition. He has recorded solo and chamber works for television and radio as well as CD. He has played for Chairman Deng Xiaoping in China and the Sultan of Oman. Tanfield led the Australian String Quartet from 1998 until 2001. As a soloist Tanfield has appeared with many orchestras; the Philharmonia, City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Rome. As concertmaster he has worked with the BBC Philharmonic, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with Astor Piazolla, Charlie Watts, Pinchas Zukerman, Yehudi Menuhin, Charles Wuorinen, Arvo Pärt, Graeme Koehne, Gary Carr, Carlo Maria Giulini, Mark Gasser and Itzhak Perlman.


Joshua Farner is from Hobart, Tasmania, and began playing the violin at the age of nine. Following completion of a Bachelor of Engineering with 1st class Honours, he was awarded a University of Tasmania String Scholarship and commenced a Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Susan Collins. Josh has performed with the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra and the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI), and regularly performs as section leader and concertino player with the Hobart Chamber Orchestra. In 2018 Josh was awarded the D & MV McDonald Scholarship in Music from the University of Tasmania, allowing him to travel to London to study under renowned pedagogues Simon Fischer and David Takeno.


Damien Holloway studied viola in Hobart with Keith Crellin, Simon Oswell and Jan Sedivka, followed by postgraduate studies in Brisbane with Elizabeth Morgan. He played viola with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and was a founding member of Camerata of St Johns (Brisbane). He is principal viola of the Hobart Chamber Orchestra, and regularly fosters the performance of new music.


James Anderson is currently studying a Master of Teaching at the University of Tasmania, having completed his Bachelor of Music in 2018 studying under Sue-Ellen Paulsen. James has previously performed in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, the Jan Sedivka Camerata, and the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra. In 2018 James worked with the ensemble Musik Fabrik in Cologne, while also spending time at the Royal Conservatory of Den Hague in the Netherlands.



Composers’ biographies

Simon Reade is a conductor, composer, educator, and trumpet player. He has filled commissions from the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, the Festival of Voices (Tasmania), IHOS opera, the Hobart Chamber Orchestra, the Derwent Valley Band and the Tasmanian Composer’s Festival, amongst others. His music has been performed by such eminent performers as; Michael Kieran Harvey, Jabra Latham, Diego Campagna, Maurizio Barbetti, Duo Porto-Frontini, Luca Ferrini & Joze Kotar, Benjamin Price and Dr Matthew van Emmerik.



Marian Stankiewicz
 started his brief musical career at the age of fifteen by playing guitar with his father’s dance band. He enrolled at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in 1972 to study classical guitar and composition, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1976. After graduation, Stankiewicz taught classical guitar at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and appeared in a number of concert performances. He died in 1977, at the age of twenty-five.



Raffaele’s music embraces Western art music tradition with eclectic influences from other musical traditions such as jazz and non-western music and folk traditions. He studied composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where his teachers included Richard Vella, Gillian Whitehead, Bozidar Kos and Richard Toop. Since graduation Raffaele has built a national and international profile as a composer in various genres of chamber music, orchestral music, opera, music theatre and radio works. He has been awarded various prizes and commissions, including an Australia Council Fellowship and the Lowin Prize for his work Canticle.
His music is available through the Australian Music Centre and Universal Music. He has written music for leading Australian and international artists and ensembles, including Ian Munro, The Seymour Group, the Song Company, Pipeline, Australia Ensemble, Halcyon, Sydney Philharmonia Choir and the Brandenburg Orchestra. Career highlights include a UNESCO-sponsored residency in Montreal with Nouvel Ensemble Moderne; the Melbourne Festival premiere of his opera Midnite; 10 Days on the Island premiere of The Flight of Les DarcyHeart of Fire music for the 2000 broadcast for the Sydney Paralympics; L’Arte di Volare performed by the Tasmanian Sydney Orchestra Strings; the Art of Resonance concerto for tuba performed by Steve Rosse and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; and the ISCM performance of Maze by Ensemble Modern.


This event is presented by Salamanca Arts Centre and supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Live Music Fund

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This event is part of Winter Light 2022 and is presented by Salamanca Arts Centre

Friday 12 August
CANCELLED.
Sadly, this performance has been cancelled. Apologises for any inconvenience.
Risa Ray + Georgia Shine
9.00pm – 9.30pm
In front of the Peacock Theatre

Saturday 13 August 
Risa Ray + Jem Nicholas + Georgia Shine
9.00pm – 9.30pm
In front of the Peacock Theatre

Friday 19 August
Jem Nicholas + Georgia Shine
10.00pm – 10.30pm
Long Gallery

Saturday 20 August
Jem Nicholas + Georgia Shine + Risa Ray
10.00pm – 10.30pm
Long Gallery

Random Acts of Weirdness – where the strange and beautiful meet. 
Short form performances with extreme undertakings. 

Not to be missed.


Artists

Photo: supplied by the artist

Georgia Shine

Georgia Shine is a cellist, vocalist, improviser, and multi-disciplinary artist. A University of Queensland graduate in Music Performance (Hons) and an Alexander Technique practitioner and teacher, she is the founder of Moving Connections, which uses live music and improvised dance to build community with therapeutic arts practices. 

Georgia has performed around Australia with the Southern Cross Soloists, the Armilla Quartet, Nessi Gomes and most recently with the Tasmanian folk duo, Yyan and Emily. Her festival appearances include Dark MOFO, Bangalow Music Festival, Beaker St Festival, The Unconformity, Cygnet Folk Festival, Mt Roland Folk Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. Georgia has performed regularly as a solo cellist at MONA for the Ladies’ Lounge, Faro Restaurant and Salon Sunday. 

Being also an improvisational dancer and award-winning visual artist, Georgia is currently working on her own body of performance art that is inspired by the connection between the diversity of the Tasmanian landscape and her own ecology of artistic practices with an Arts Tasmania funded Artist in Residency Program at Cradle Mountain.


Photo: Marie Nosaka

Risa Ray

I’m a dancer from Japan. I have family there and here, and who exist in both worlds. I grew up around Tokyo, the direct opposite of Tasmania. I’ve been Tasmania for over six years and I love here. My connections are varied and contrasting. I’m not a native speaker and still studying English, but I can communicate. Dance is possibly my best way of communicating. It helps me form bridges between my worlds.


Photo: supplied by the artist

Jem Nicholas

Jem Nicholas has worked as an actor in Australia, New Zealand and New York. Jem holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University, and has since further her studies at the Susan Batson Studio NY, 16TH Street Actors Studio and The Melbourne Actors Lab. Jem has also trained with Hollywood Director and coach Kim Farrant. Some of her notable theatre credits include playing Carrie in ‘Rules for Living’ (Red Stitch Theatre), Sylvia in ‘You Are the Blood’ (Spinning Plates Co.), various lead roles in ‘Song Contest, Almost Eurovision Experience’ (Glynn Nicholas Group), Vendla in ‘Spring Awakening’ (Monash University), and many more. Jem has also appeared in ABC’s ‘Dr Blake Murder Mysteries,’ directed by Diana Reid, and as Elizabeth in ‘The spirit of the Game’ (Shearwater Entertainment). Jem is an independent play write and physical theatre performer and puppeteer and has received a Green Room Nomination for Best Actress in an Ensemble for her role as Rose in ‘Love, Love, Love’ with Red Stitch. She is currently training in the Alexander Technique in Hobart and will graduate as a teacher in 2014.


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For the entire second week of Winter Light, we’ll be screening music videos made by Tasmanians in The Courtyard at Salamanca Arts Centre on the giant Optus screen! The music scene in Tasmania is going through a creative surge that is increasingly being recognised and appreciated by audiences here and beyond. 

At the end of the festival, we will have a special screening of 12 shortlisted music videos that will be competing for two prizes:

Best Tasmanian Music Video

This award is sponsored by Wide Angle Tasmania and Salamanca Arts Centre. With the winner receiving $500 of free equipment hire from Wide Angle Tasmania and free use of a Salamanca Arts Centre venue for filming. This award will be judged by Industry experts.

The People’s Choice Award 

The winner will receive $500 cash from MyState Bank. This award will be voted by you, the makers, the players, and the audience.

14 – 21 August 2022
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19 August 2022
7pm – 9pm

Award Presentation Night
19 August 2022
Founders Room, Salamanca Arts Centre
7-9pm
Free event

Watch the entries below and vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice Award!
Entrants go in to the draw to win a double pass to the Winter Light Closing Party!
Voting for the People’s Choice Awards have now closed – thank you for your entries.
The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the Awards Presentation Night – get your free tickets now!

Key dates
People’s Choice voting ends 5pm, 15 August 2022
Shortlist announced Tuesday 16 August, 2022

Awards Presentation Night
19 August 2022
Founders Room, Salamanca Arts Centre
7pm -9pm
Free event

Shortlisted Videos

Absinthe – Tai Harlii – filmmaker Dameza Walsh
Arcadia – EWAH & The Vision of Paradise – filmmaker Joseph Shrimpton
Ausberg – Sissysocks – filmmakers  Ursula Woods and Jacob Collings
Calculated Lies – Bailey Jaxxon, filmmaker Will Joseph
Fireworx – Bailey Jaxxon – filmmaker Callum Ball
Front Row – Morgan’s Sandpit – filmmaker Scott Lleonart
Man with a Silhouette – The Sign, filmmaker Paul Volta
Out of Love – Robotikus – filmmaker Cal Young
Parachute – Morgan’s Sandpit, filmmaker Scott Lleonart
Strongest Mob – DENNI (feat Craig Everett) filmmaker Lachy Hamill
Vanishing Point – EWAH & The Vision Of Paradise – filmmaker Joseph Shrimpton
Walk the Night (Dark Room Version) – EWAH and Charles Donnelly, filmmaker Ursula Woods


The Entries

Walk the Night (Dark Room Version) | EWAH & The Vision of Paradise | Ursula Woods

EWAH (vocals) and Charles Donnelly (piano) first arranged a collection of songs for piano and voice from critically acclaimed album Everything Fades to Blue (independent release, 2017) for a series of curated shows in 2019. Walk the Night was one of them. In a bid to not let these exquisite versions entirely disappear into the ether, they recorded Walk the Night (Dark Room Version) at the Donnelly family home in the middle of winter in Tasmania, 2021.

The song is based on a true story about a mother who goes to a party, but never makes it back home to her children. The song imagines her walking the streets, caught between life and death, making the journey through the night to be reunited with them. 

The album Everything Fades to Blue is a eulogy to women victims of violent crime; telling stories imagined from the female point of view, rather than focusing on violence from the point of view of the perpetrator, a position popular culture takes all too often.

The video for Walk the Night (Dark Room Version) was filmed live as EWAH and Donnelly performed, set in a grand room veiled in white sheets and lace. A ghostly liminal space for a ghost story.

EWAH/Emma Waters 

Best known for her work with noir post punk band, EWAH & The Vision of Paradise, EWAH is a published writer, award winning musician and sometime actor. Her music is often cited as cinematic. Influenced heavily by film, it was only a matter of time before she ventured into filmmaking after collaborations in music video making.

Ursula Woods
Ursula Woods is a filmmaker with a visual art and music background. Her 16mm video artwork has been exhibited, and a number of film and video works screened, at various film festivals throughout Australia and Europe. 

Based in southern Tasmania, Ursula has experience working on various productions such as short narrative drama, music video, TVC, installation and documentary.


Hole in the Sky | EWAH & The Vision of Paradise | Ursula Woods

Hole in the Sky is the lead single from EWAH & The Vision of Paradise’ second album The Warning Birds. This song serves as the centrepiece of the album, a cinematically tense exploration of the band’s home state of lutruwita/Tasmania; the perils of its geographical isolation and perceived idyllic reputation. Tasmania is often seen as a pristine wilderness; however, it has a pocked history of environmental crisis and degradation. Think Franklin River, Lake Pedder, mining, deforestation and salmon farming. It is a place of brutal beauty, harsh weather and moments of political and community divide.

The video for Hole in the Sky sees the enigmatic band playing live, as Ursula zooms in and chases after their performance, both capturing it within and escaping the frame. 

Director Ursula Woods and artist EWAH have collaborated previously on small scale music videos. This time the video brings together a team of local videographers and lighting talents to film at Moonah Arts Centre, located on muwinina country in the outskirts of nipaluna/Hobart suburbia. Drawing inspiration from 60s French pop and girl band videos like that of The Ronettes, the band’s strong live performance and dark post punk sound is echoed by the deep inky blacks and stark noir lighting.

EWAH/Emma Waters 

Best known for her work with noir post punk band, EWAH & The Vision of Paradise, EWAH is a published writer, award winning musician and sometime actor. Her music is often cited as cinematic. Influenced heavily by film, it was only a matter of time before she ventured into filmmaking after collaborations in music video making.

Ursula Woods

Ursula Woods is a filmmaker with a visual art and music background. Her 16mm video artwork has been exhibited, and a number of film and video works screened, at various film festivals throughout Australia and Europe. 

Based in southern Tasmania, Ursula has experience working on various productions such as short narrative drama, music video, TVC, installation and documentary.


Arcadia | EWAH & The Vision of Paradise | Joseph Shrimpton + Tess Campbell 

Arcadia is inspired by the idea of the ancient garden, an idyll, a place of innocence and abundance. This vision is skewed with the concept of fire being introduced to earth dwellers by the god Prometheus in ancient Greek mythology. The introduction of fire to civilisation may be seen as the beginning of harnessing energy, creating tools, weapons and industrialisation. Fire, in its natural state when running wild can be destructive and global warming sees these patterns of fire threat and its ferocity increasing. 

Thinking also of the story of Pandora’s jar, the song reflects on this repetitious theme in history of curiosity, of playing with fire, playing with nature and unleashing uncontrollable energies into the world. 

EWAH on the video, We riffed on the idea of The Man Who Fell to Earth (by Nicolas Roeg, who also directed another favourite reference point, Walkabout). With this in mind we both referenced and reimagined the idea of an alien in the landscape with a mission to complete.

EWAH/Emma Waters 

Best known for her work with noir post punk band, EWAH & The Vision of Paradise, EWAH is a published writer, award winning musician and sometime actor. Her music is often cited as cinematic. Influenced heavily by film, it was only a matter of time before she ventured into filmmaking after collaborations in music video making.

Tess Campbell 

An award winning artist, and active proponent of her local arts scene, Campbell has exhibited at festivals, ARIs and notable galleries in Hobart and Melbourne, Australia.

Joseph Shrimpton 

A tech creative and uber film boffin, Shrimpton’s main game is videography, but he’s also a dab hand at kinetics and electronics, creating installations for indoor and outdoor exhibitions.


Vanishing Point | EWAH & The Vision of Paradise | Joseph Shrimpton + Tess Campbell 

The video for Vanishing Point was filmed in the wilds of turbunna/Ben Lomond, a craggy and imposing mountain in lutrawita/Tasmania. 

This music video is an extract from a larger project, a movie Finding Paradise: a film set to the music of EWAH & The Vision of Paradise.

In the movie EWAH plays a lone explorer traversing a new world with the hope of finding a safe haven to start new life. Playing with the idea of early colonists, EWAH is equipped with a handful of cumbersome devices and tools in a perhaps foolhardy attempt to understand the strange world she is trying to survive in.

EWAH on the video, We riffed on the idea of The Man Who Fell to Earth (by Nicolas Roeg, who also directed another favourite reference point, Walkabout). With this in mind we both referenced and reimagined the idea of an alien in the landscape with a mission to complete.

Artist Bio:

EWAH/Emma Waters 

Best known for her work with noir post punk band, EWAH & The Vision of Paradise, EWAH is a published writer, award winning musician and sometime actor. Her music is often cited as cinematic. Influenced heavily by film, it was only a matter of time before she ventured into filmmaking after collaborations in music video making.

Tess Campbell 

An award winning artist, and active proponent of her local arts scene, Campbell has exhibited at festivals, ARIs and notable galleries in Hobart and Melbourne, Australia.

Joseph Shrimpton 

A tech creative and uber film boffin, Shrimpton’s main game is videography, but he’s also a dab hand at kinetics and electronics, creating installations for indoor and outdoor exhibitions.


Deep Blue | All India Radio | Helena Papageorgiou

The video for All India Radio’s song Deep Blue is created by award winning Queensland animator Helena Papageorgiou, created in the spirit of animation greats Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle) and René Laloux (La Planète sauvage, Gandahar). 

The song features Tasmanian singer Sasquin.

All India Radio

Hobart based cosmic sonic architects All India Radio have created shimmering aural edifices that cross genres and defy easy definition across a staggering 30+ releases since the late 1990s. A fusion of psychedelia, prog rock, ambience, and pure dreamy pop creates something greater than the sum of its parts: a monument to the creativity and vision of songwriter Martin Kennedy in the control room of the band since its inception. 

Helena Papageorgiou, creates in the spirit of animation greats Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle) and René Laloux (La Planète sauvage, Gandahar). Her projects include working with clients such Snap, Google, Apple, Nike, Qantas,  EyeJack, Gallery of NSW, Warner Music, Sunshine Coast Council as well as live visuals created for festival events such as Splendour in the Grass, Laneway, Groovin’ the Moo, Commonwealth Games Festival 2018, Geelong After Dark and BIGSOUND. 


California Dreaming | The Sign | Bobby + Media

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey. Our interpretation of a Mamas and Papas song we thought it should sound like. Thanks to POT Productions for camera and editing work.

Bobby + Media

Bobby + Media focuses on the journey involved with the creation of media. Each task is more than the final product, it’s the experience.


Man With A Silhouette | The Sign

Man With A Silhouette takes you on a journey of mystery and intrigue. This film was animated using Reallusion iClone animation software and edited using Davinci Resolve. Characters were created using Reallusion Character Creator.

The Sign

If when you hear the term ‘acoustic duo’ you imagine two people sitting on stools, lightly strumming guitars singing folk songs, think again. With a combination of 6 string and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, The Sign are dynamic, uplifting, and fun, while their music is a harmonic combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing.


Robot Romance | The Sign

Do robots love? These robots are certainly having a great time chatting and dancing and seem to be loving it. Animated with iClone animation software and edited in Davinci Resolve. Actual footage of band was filmed in front of green screen and put back into iClone along with female character created with Character Creator.

The Sign

If when you hear the term ‘acoustic duo’ you imagine two people sitting on stools, lightly strumming guitars singing folk songs, think again. With a combination of 6 string and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, The Sign are dynamic, uplifting, and fun, while their music is a harmonic combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing.


Lifegarden | The Sign

Lifegarden is a song written by JoAnne Volta and animated by Paul Volta using Reallusion iClone animation software. Characters created with Reallusion Character Creator and edited with Davinci Resolve.

The Sign

If when you hear the term ‘acoustic duo’ you imagine two people sitting on stools, lightly strumming guitars singing folk songs, think again. With a combination of 6 string and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, The Sign are dynamic, uplifting, and fun, while their music is a harmonic combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing.


I Remember | The Sign

I remember a time when the air and water were clean. Filmed in front of a green screen and edited in Davinci Resolve.

The Sign

If when you hear the term ‘acoustic duo’ you imagine two people sitting on stools, lightly strumming guitars singing folk songs, think again. With a combination of 6 string and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, The Sign are dynamic, uplifting, and fun, while their music is a harmonic combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing.


Cages | The Sign

Please don’t keep children in cages. This film is about the problems of keeping children in cages who were separated from their families only looking for a better place to live. Filmed live in front of a green screen and edited in Davinci Resolve.

The Sign

If when you hear the term ‘acoustic duo’ you imagine two people sitting on stools, lightly strumming guitars singing folk songs, think again. With a combination of 6 string and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, The Sign are dynamic, uplifting, and fun, while their music is a harmonic combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing.


Ain’t Necessarily So | The Sign

Cover of a Gershwin brothers song. Animated by Paul using Cartoon Animator 4 and edited in Davinci Resolve. The tings that you libel to read in the bible Ain’t Necessarily So.

The Sign

If when you hear the term ‘acoustic duo’ you imagine two people sitting on stools, lightly strumming guitars singing folk songs, think again. With a combination of 6 string and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, The Sign are dynamic, uplifting, and fun, while their music is a harmonic combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing.


War Pigs | The Sign

Our cover of a Black Sabbath song. Played in front of a green screen and edited in Davinci Resolve. War Pig video is a sign of the times.

The Sign

If when you hear the term ‘acoustic duo’ you imagine two people sitting on stools, lightly strumming guitars singing folk songs, think again. With a combination of 6 string and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, The Sign are dynamic, uplifting, and fun, while their music is a harmonic combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing.


Pills and Wine | The DK Effect | David Johnstone + Lizzie Johnstone

Pills and Wine is a song about making bad decisions for the wrong reasons and finding yourself in a dark and seemingly inescapable place. It’s also about realising you’ve become the very person you’ve been running from. While wanting the video to echo the feel and meaning of the track we also wanted it to be a stand-alone video art / contemporary screen dance piece. With no budget we set about light-proofing a shed, hanging black material from the rafters and using two homemade lights on mic stands. The dancer / choreographer (Lizzie Johnstone – a recent graduate of contemporary dance from VCA) listened to the track just once before performing to the brief “feel the music, but stay on the chair”. So the video is a one-take recording of her improvised and powerfully hypnotic performance.

David Johnstone is the writer, arranger, producer and engineer of the 10-song album Moving Time by The DK Effect which spent two months in the top 10 of the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart in May / June 2021. He also wrote and played bass on the 10 songs for the album Blind released by Mama K and the Big Love (2017) and has songs published through Sony Music and Acuff-Rose Opryland Music (UK). David also conceived, filmed and edited the music videos Pills and Wine by The DK Effect, Moth to the Flame by Mama K and the Big Love and conceived and edited / added animation and graphics to Moving Time by The DK Effect. 

Lizzie Johnstone is an emerging Australian dance artist and maker, currently based in lutruwita/Tasmania. Her practice mainly focuses on screen based works and performance. 

Lizzie began her dance training at four years old and has trained in classical ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and contemporary. She began her formal contemporary dance training at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2018 and graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance). It was there that Lizzie’s passion for movement and film was nurtured, which encouraged her to explore and experiment within these two artforms. This led to the creation of her two short screen dance works, Checkmate and Chaos, baby, which was curated by the Ian Potter Museum of Art, as part of their online exhibition Inside Out in 2020.


Moving Time | The DK Effect | David Johnstone + Lizzie Johnstone

Moving Time was the first single released from The DK Effect’s 2021 debut album of the same name. The music video was filmed on an iPhone and features a static, single-shot, improvised, first-take performance by three graduate contemporary dancers, Lizzie Johnstone (VCA), Bethany Reece (WAAPA) and Sarah Saxon (VCA). It was filmed near the Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park, produced by Lizzie Johnstone and graphics / animation were added by David Johnstone.

David Johnstone is the writer, arranger, producer and engineer of the 10-song album Moving Time by The DK Effect which spent two months in the top 10 of the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart in May / June 2021. He also wrote and played bass on the 10 songs for the album Blind released by Mama K and the Big Love (2017) and has songs published through Sony Music and Acuff-Rose Opryland Music (UK). David also conceived, filmed and edited the music videos Pills and Wine by The DK Effect, Moth to the Flame by Mama K and the Big Love and conceived and edited / added animation and graphics to Moving Time by The DK Effect. 

Lizzie Johnstone is an emerging Australian dance artist and maker, currently based in lutruwita/Tasmania. Her practice mainly focuses on screen based works and performance. 

Lizzie began her dance training at four years old and has trained in classical ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and contemporary. She began her formal contemporary dance training at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2018 and graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance). It was there that Lizzie’s passion for movement and film was nurtured, which encouraged her to explore and experiment within these two artforms. This led to the creation of her two short screen dance works, Checkmate and Chaos, baby, which was curated by the Ian Potter Museum of Art, as part of their online exhibition Inside Out in 2020.


Fallout – Premonition Part 1 | Kudu Joy | Sebine Bester, Jacob Collings + Takani Clark

Premonition is a tale of self-healing performed by Kudu Joy, directed by Takani Clark and shot by Jacob Collings. The subtle story unfolds as Kudu Joy delves into the world of tarot iconography and the telling of fate. The narrative is experienced through a feminine lens, traversing the mystique of true love, in the form of friendship, connection and self love.

Sabine Bester is a freelance musician based in Hobart. She works in a range of contemporary styles as well as having a diverse understanding and appreciation for music from the Balkan region, performing with and teaching voice, trumpet, piano and guitar, setting her place in the core of Tasmania’s music scene. She has completed a Bachelor of music at UTAS, with further training in Jazz vocals from Berklee University. Sabine has been working as an associate artist with BIGhART since 2019, delivering music workshops for young people in the North West of Tasmania, and being part of the creative team towards various music events. She has taken a leading role in the running of Bonzaki, and has come to understand the importance of bringing community together to create a meaningful experience like this event. 

Jacob Collings
Jacob Collings is a nipaluna based filmmaker and Director. His work has an honesty and identity that has developed over time. Upon leaving College, he quickly acquainted himself with local filmmakers and began freelancing, then making his way to London for a 6 month internship with production company The Narrative which took him on filmmaking expeditions to France, Germany and America. In 2019 he met a Props Standby by the name of Dean Sullivan and began working on The Gloaming as a props assistant. This connection has led Jacob to work on productions for the likes of National Geographic, ABC, Channel 7 and IMAX.

Takani Clark
Takani Clark is a professional dabbler and multidisciplinary creative from lutruwita, exploring and engaging with mediums of filmmaking, visual art and performance.

As a First Nations woman, Takani draws inspiration from her Aboriginal and Pacifika communities. Feeling a deep responsibility to protect and document the island and its cultural identity and diversity, both environmentally and socially. As a storyteller she strives to use her creative voice to explore the natural world and our relationship with it, using documentational and fantastical lenses. Takani believes that diversity is an integral part of her creative practice, striving to collaborate with people from different artistic practices, any background and all walks of life.


Parachute | Morgan’s Sandpit

Parachute by Morgan’s Sandpit showcases several locations around Hobart Tasmania, with a melody designed to make listeners want to dance like there’s no one watching. This music video was the recipient of the ‘Best Original Song’ award at the 2021 Mystate Student Film Festival and is the first track on the bands debut album Tuesday Night Lies.

Scott Lleonart
Scott Lleonart is a local Tasmanian Film maker who is in his 3rd Year at UTAS, undergoing a Bachelor of Media. Scott has been making films since 2017 and has produced three music videos for local band Morgan’s Sandpit for which he participates as the Lead Singer/Bassist. In 2021 Morgans Sandpit released their first album ‘Tuesday Night Lies’ where a featured track ‘Parachute’ won the 2021 Best Original Song category for the Mystate Film Festival. 

Luke Pettit
Luke Pettit is a local musician and media producer. He has been working as a chief editor and videographer for Hobart based company Beetleblack Media for four years and is the lead guitarist for band Morgan’s Sandpit. Luke is passionate about all things film, music and Sonic the Hedgehog so he was thrilled to work on the bands music video for their song Front Row as well as being the starring actor in their video for Parachute. Luke is hopeful for the future of Morgan’s Sandpit as they embark on recording their 2nd album later this year.


Front Row | Morgan’s Sandpit

A featured single from Morgan’s Sandpit’s debut album, Front Row is drenched with multi-layered guitar tracks, an infectious melody and a distain for parking tickets. The music video follows a masked individual (with a clear Sonic the Hedgehog fixation) out on the town, but they are soon to find that the streets of Hobart isn’t the safest place for a hedgehog to spend a night out. Morgan’s Sandpit would like to thank local venues Twisted Lime, Grand Poohbah and Replay Bar for allowing access to film, as well as Town-goers who were willing to participate 🙂

Scott Lleonart
Scott Lleonart is a local Tasmanian Film maker who is in his 3rd Year at UTAS, undergoing a Bachelor of Media. Scott has been making films since 2017 and has produced three music videos for local band Morgan’s Sandpit for which he participates as the Lead Singer/Bassist. In 2021 Morgans Sandpit released their first album ‘Tuesday Night Lies’ where a featured track ‘Parachute’ won the 2021 Best Original Song category for the Mystate Film Festival. 

Luke Pettit
Luke Pettit is a local musician and media producer. He has been working as a chief editor and videographer for Hobart based company Beetleblack Media for four years and is the lead guitarist for band Morgan’s Sandpit. Luke is passionate about all things film, music and Sonic the Hedgehog so he was thrilled to work on the bands music video for their song Front Row as well as being the starring actor in their video for Parachute. Luke is hopeful for the future of Morgan’s Sandpit as they embark on recording their 2nd album later this year.


You and I | The DK Effect | Sarah Louise Badcock + Isabella von Lichtan

You and I was created for the Tasmanian band The DK Effect to accompany the release of their album Moving Time. It tells the story of a love that isn’t quite as it seems and focuses on the themes of blame, projected expectations, and lack of communication within a relationship. The film was shot on location at St David’s Park, Hobart, and uses this familiar backdrop to tell the story of a conflict between the two central characters.

Sarah Louise Badcock
Sarah Louise Badcock is a Tasmanian multimedia artist with a background in creative writing, many types of visual art, and independent film making. She is interested in telling stories using archetypes and symbolism. She enjoys working with musicians to create blends of sound and image that explore both inner emotional experience and imaginary dream-like worlds. When she’s not making art, Sarah’s other interests include classical dance, beekeeping, and dressing up in costume for charity events. 

Isabella von Lichtan
Isabella von Lichtan is an artist who works in a range of mediums from photography and film to puppetry, painting, drawing, and mixed media. Art continues to be essential part of her life even though she works part-time as a geology curator and lecturer. She tries to spend much of her free time involved with creative projects. The most notable project has been building three 18ft scientifically accurate replicas of the Tasmanian cave spider as part of the Bookend Trust’s Sixteen Legs film and exhibition program. The touring exhibition that featured these spiders has been across Australia, including at Dark Mofo and the Australia Museum, and has also visited the USA.


Augsburg | Sissysocks | Ursula Woods + Jacob Collings + Tom Briglia

Music video for Melbourne electronic musician Sissysocks. This video for the song Augsburg, tells the story of Gill, a unique being in a messed up world. They don’t fit in. They are outcast. Their one connection is to the music which sparks a dance and beautiful moment of connection against the disconnect with the world they live in. Inspired by a real life scream into the phone hotline, this story is set in a future of despair.

Ursula Woods
Ursula Woods is an artist and filmmaker with a visual art and music background. Based in southern Tasmania, Ursula has experience working on productions such as music video, narrative drama, documentary and installation. In 2021, Ursula directed and shot 6 recreation stories for Roar Film as part of their documentary on dementia. She also was the DoP for a pilot dramedy for Beyond International Productions. In 2022, Ursula was the camera attachment on Amazon Prime’s Deadloch production in Tasmania and as a result, worked on the ABC show, Bay of Fires. Ursula’s videos have been screened on RAGE, her short film at Cinema Nova, and an experimental work at ACMI Melbourne. Two of her experimental film artworks are currently showing in the Tasmanian Women’s Art Prize. Ursula writes, directs and shoots, working on productions in collaboration with others.

Jacob Collings
Jacob Collings is a nipaluna based filmmaker and Director. His work has an honesty and identity that has developed over time. Upon leaving College, he quickly acquainted himself with local filmmakers and began freelancing,  then making his way to London for a 6 month internship with production company The Narrative which took him on filmmaking expeditions to France, Germany and America.  In 2019 he met a Props Standby by the name of Dean Sullivan and began working on The Gloaming as a props assistant. This connection has led Jacob to work on productions for the likes of National Geographic, ABC, Channel 7 and IMAX. 

Tom Briglia
Melbourne/Naarm-based electronic producer Sissysocks trawls vocal and instrumental textures to create easy-listening goth meditations; soundtracks for the best moments of a bad dream, or a world making the same mistakes over and over again.

Sissysocks recently released their third album, Slink Away, an exploration of fallibility via oblivion pop, produced and mixed by Architecture in Helsinki alumni James Cecil and mastered by David Walker. The album charts the artist’s evolution from harsh tones and vacuum drone towards lush textures, cinematic pop melodies, and apocalyptic atmospherics. Futuristic, doomy, but above all, human.


A Piano of Tasmania at Gordon | Mark Thomson + Kelvin Smith

It’s a short, poetic  video of Kelvin performing a piece he composed called My Beautiful Home, on a rocky outcrop near Gordon in the channel area south of Hobart.  The short film aims to capture some of the mood and feel of the place on a bracing winter’s day with ominous clouds looming in the background but gentle waves lapping against the surrounding rocky shoreline.

Mark Thomson
Mark Thomson is a part-time videographer and photographer, who has been involved in production of numerous short films, including a short documentary called Sidelines currently available on SBS On Demand. He has been filming videos with Kelvin playing piano in different Tasmania locations since early 2020.

Kelvin Smith
Kelvin Smith had the idea to bring music to people in covid lockdown in 2020 and started playing his piano in unusual locations, filming it and sharing on social media. It soon attracted widespread attention and following and his A Piano of Tasmania project has featured on ABC 7.30 Report and also NZ TV.


Calculated Lies | Bailey Jaxxon | Will Joseph

When you think you’re being cheated on, every conversation turns into an investigation. This is Calculated Lies.

Will Joseph
Taroona High School Alumnus Will Joseph is a cinematographer who works under the moniker  “ISHIKI” and is currently working as the tour videographer for Baker Boy and Allday.

Bailey Jaxxon
Bailey Jaxxon is a singer/songwriter who is very lucky to have friends around like Mr. Ball. Fortunately for Bailey, Mr. Ball can work with very little information to somehow give artist’s exactly what they were after. Bailey prides himself on humming melodies, writing lyrics and little more.


Fireworxx | Bailey Jaxxon | Callum Ball

I thought it would be a bigger deal when you left, I pictured a marching band sending you off down the street or that there’d be fireworks to mark the end of a chapter so important to me. But they didn’t. It just fizzled.. and that was that.

Callum Ball
Located in Lutana, Callum Ball is Hobart’s most in demand music producer and he has now become a one-stop shop for music and music video services.

Bailey Jaxxon
Bailey Jaxxon is a singer/songwriter who is very lucky to have friends around like Mr. Ball. Fortunately for Bailey, Mr. Ball can work with very little information to somehow give artist’s exactly what they were after. Bailey prides himself on humming melodies, writing lyrics and little more.


Machine Driven | Fenella Edwards

A rap music video

Fenella Edwards is a Palawa rapper


Strongest Mob | DENNI | Lachy Hamill

Strongest Mob is a song and film clip that stands as a proud celebration of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture. It showcases a wide array of cultural practices and the lyrics reflect an unflinching and steadfast sense of identity in the fact of adversity and a lack of acknowledgement. 

Lachy Hamill
I’m a hip-hop producer, recordist, mix engineer and videographer based in Hobart, Tasmania. I have been a very active and passionate member of the Tasmania hip-hop scene for around 10 years and have recently started taking an even greater and more active role. I run a large music platform for Tasmanian hip-hop music alongside my colleague Andrew Greeley. We have released over 260 music videos on our YouTube channel and have amassed over 18,500 subscribers. Recently we have been focusing more on providing a platform to a multicultural and diverse array of artists, working on and releasing music in both palawa kani and Hindi.


Locked Down | Boil Up

Film clip for Boilup’s song Locked Down, written 2010

Boil Up
Boil Up are a ten piece band based in Hobart. A melting pot of contemporary Australia, their roots stretch from the traditional owners of Tasmania, New Zealand and Fiji, to as far away as Ireland, England and Croatia; celebrating the coming together of different cultures into one family. Featuring rich harmonies blended together with traditional reggae, funk and R&B.


Sending You A Rainbow | The Pits | Peter Charles Macpherson

This is a video from The Pits’ lockdown LP 1.0, Sending You A Rainbow

Peter Charles Macpherson
Peter Charles Macpherson videos local bands and plays in a band called The Pits.


Out of Love | Scott Targett + KOWL + Calypso

The idea for Out of Love stemmed from an old Instagram clip I made for another track of mine where my good friend Kyle played a character called Gary but he wore a green suit out at the pub which I keyed out. Basically he was a silhouette acting like a bit of a di*k. A few years go by and I’d been toying with videography and wanted to make a clip all on my own and Out of Love was the perfect opportunity to slap something together which was (in my mind) kinda dodgy but with a bit of charm.

The narrative came about after my partner and I broke up and I wanted to express something that was similar. Donning the green suits, it represents an ex couples struggles, one more than the other. Having the keyed out green suits was meant to let the audience know that their situation is unique to them but also something that we all go through with love lost. Also green screens are so much fun to play around with!

Scott Targett
Scott has been professionally playing music most of his life. As a musical director, he has curated shows for festivals and worked alongside iconic Australian artists such as Shane Howard (Goanna), Mike Noga (The Drones) and Glenn Richards (Augie March). As a studio session musician, Scott has worked on a variety of records ranging in style from Afro-beat, Country, Lo-fi-Instrumental, Folk, Country and Soul. He is also a member of Tasmanian indie-rock band Lennon Wells and a touring member of Golden Guitar winning band the Wolfe Brothers.

KOWL
KOWL aka Cal Young is an artist and producer from Hobart, whose music has been described as “Disco-Tinged House,” though he habitually self-describes it as “Beach House House.” Outside of Robotikus and Calypso, Cal has produced tracks for such notable Australian artists as Asta and Hugo Bladel, and in 2017 released his collaborative hit single ‘Just Words’ with Juno Award-winning Canadian, Guyanese, Indian artist Anjulie. 

Calypso
Melbourne-via-Tassie artist Calypso is a singer songwriter and producer. After finishing her study at Hobart’s Conservatorium of Music and delving into the eclectic world of folk music in Edinburgh, Calypso returned to Australia to pursue electronic music and now releases her own unique blend of subdued electronic/acoustic sounds where her voice is the captivating centrepiece. Together with KOWL, Calypso is also one half of electronic duo S L O W who have played major festivals including Falls Festival, Party in the Paddock, Dark Mofo, Bigsound and A Festival Called Panama. 


Truth | The Blue Water Bandits | Steven Pecl

On the day the song and film clip Truth was released by The Blue Water Bandits, the writer and band member Ben Corrigan shared the following: 

The last couple of years have been quite the journey, and I made a deal with myself: if I was to get through my illness and out the other side, I would get back into my music…I am lucky enough to also be working with some very talented friends of mine, who have helped this creation come together…This name came about after having to face my situation and redefine what I thought was important and what was not; I had to be brutally true with myself about what was going on and face it head on – to be true to myself and my family and friends and just be the real me without the bullshit. From this feeling then came the song…


The Blue Water Bandits (Ben Corrigan, Helen Crowther, Bede Crowley, and Jeremy Price)
From the South of lutruwita (Tasmania), The Bluewater Bandits are a blend of ambience, alternative rock, and indie/soul. Growing up near the beaches surrounding The Southern Coast, our music is infused with the tales of The Island, sea & land.

Steven Pecl, Filmmaker
With a day job as a nurse, in his spare time, Steven Pecl has dabbled over the years in writing, acting, stand-up comedy, filmmaking, and photography – a self-proclaimed jack of all trades, master of none.


Absinthe | Tai Harlii | Dameza Walsh

The Absinthe video clip was a DIY project filmed by Dameza Walsh and edited by Tai Harlii. The video centres around water and contains liquid imagery which were compiled by manipulating dyes with water, milk and movement and filmed on an iphone. A GoPro, lights and projectors were also used to create scenes under and above water and the visuals escalate to flow with the emotions and dynamics of the song. Absinthe has a definite lo-fi aesthetic but the clips were very slowly and meticulously gathered over nine months of sessions to create a visual that reflected the songs sentiment.

Tai Harlii
Tasmania/Lutruwita based Tai Harlii was visualised into reality by singer and songwriter Jamie Taylor and the project has been performed solo and with a live band since late 2018 in both Tasmania and on the mainland. Tai Harlii songs lean towards futuristic R&B and progressive soul and with influences ranging anywhere from metal to jazz the project has been dubbed as sporting a “Jazz-Goth” vibe.


Faded Memories | Koh-Dee | Kevin Gintzburger

Faded Memories. A song created by Jarin White and I, with the video created by Kevin Gintzburger.

Cody Webberley
Cody Webberley or better known by his stage name of ‘Koh-Dee’ is an electronic music producer / DJ from Sorell, Tasmania. Cody operates from his personal music production studio, where he releases a mixture of indie electronica songs – a sonic blend of lo-fi, hip hop and trap / bass music. Koh-Dee has released one full-length album, two EP albums, many many single releases, and one video game soundtrack.


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The Call of Aurora is a chamber opera, based on Douglas Mawson’s 1911 – 1914 expedition to Antarctica and explores the challenges faced by all those who were stranded on the ice continent for two years, before being returned to Hobart in January 1914.

In December 1911 the SY Aurora departed from Hobart Harbour for Antarctica. Heading this expedition was Douglas Mawson, a geologist, who had previously been to Antarctica with Ernest Shackleton. But on this expedition, despite having been invited to accompany Robert Falcon Scott to attempt to be the first men to reach the South Pole (an invitation that Mawson declined, of course), Mawson chose to lead on his own expedition to undertake scientific exploration on the Antarctic Continent. The SY Aurora arrived at Commonwealth Bay in January 1912, and Mawson and his crew set to work in the remaining summer months to build their huts, and establish their main base and outposts before winter – and the complete darkness that would come with it – arrived.

During that winter of 1912 the men would have busied themselves with the many and necessary preparations for the respective scientific expeditions that each party would embark upon in the late spring of 1912. Their plan was to go out as parties of three or four, leaving base camp in October or November, and to all be back in time for the Aurora’s return in January 1913, when they would board for their trip back to Hobart.

In October 1912 Mawson and his party, which comprised Xavier Mertz and Belgrave Ninnis, along with their team of huskies pulling three sledges containing tents, food, and other provisions, headed out for what they expected to be a 500 miles and three month expedition.

For the first 300 miles or so, thing went well enough, until Ninnis suffered frost bite on one of his fingers, which, in his reluctance to bother Mawson with, ultimately became septic. When eventually Ninnis, so affected by his poisoned finger, became of no use in pulling his weight, Mawson decided to ditch one of the three sledges and some of their provisions, and pack what he believed was necessary onto the two remaining sledges, re-assigning the dogs into two teams. As Xavier Mertz, some way out front of the first sledge (on which Ninnis rode as an incapacitated passenger, and in front of Mawson’s second sledge) realised that they were all perilously close to the soft drift that had only that night before covered what he knew just then to be a crevasse, Mertz raises his hand, as a signal to go no further. But it was already too late.

The first sledge, pulled by the best team of dogs, and carrying the dogs’ food, some of the ‘man food’, many of the provisions – and Belgrave Ninnis – had completely disappeared down a deep crevasse. Going to the edge of the crevasse, Mawson and Mertz could hear the strangling cries of the dangling dogs, but could see nothing, and despite their calls – for almost three hours – heard nothing of Ninnis. They fed their longest rope down the crevasse, but it was too deep. Just like that, they had lost one companion, the best dogs, food and much of their provisions. Mawson had no choice but to turn back for camp, with the last remaining sledge and those dogs, lucky enough not to have fallen to their deaths.

The Call of Aurora begins here.


Music & Libretto by Joe Bugden

Directed by Lucien Simon
Musical Direction by Johanna Bostock
Set Design by Nicole Robson
Lighting Design by Louise Goich

Cast (in order of appearance):

Christopher Bryg as Sidney Jeffryes (the mad wireless operator)
Phillip Joughin
as Douglas Mawson
Nick Monk
as Xavier Mertz
Grace Ovens
as Paquita Delprat (Mawson’s fiancee)
Michael Kregor
as Cecil Madigan
Nathan Males
as The Ghost of Robert Falcon Scott
Zoe Fitzherbert-Smith
as The Spirit of Aurora

Ensemble Members:
Rosemary Holloway ~ flute
Derek Grice
~ clarinet
Damien Holloway
~ viola
James Anderson
~ cello
Jamie Wilson
~ vibraphone


The Call of Aurora is supported by the Commonwealth Government via Festivals Australia and by IMAS, and is presented as part of the 2022 Australian Antarctic Festival

More than a century ago, Australia was introduced to the wonder of Antarctica by the great scientist and explorer Sir Douglas Mawson. 

Understanding the continent is key to a deeper understanding of climate, weather and sea level changes. As a nation, Australia has an enduring commitment to protect and preserve Antarctica for future generations.

As a nation, Australia has an enduring commitment to protect and preserve Antarctica for future generations.

A photo of a group of people dressed in thick coats and hats in Antarctica. They are sitting on the ice, next to a weather pole, and in the background there are sevral vehicles for travelling in the ice and snow.
Photo by Andy Hung. Australian Antarctic Division

Raise your voice with pride and joy.

Includes performance as part of Headline Concert.

If you are looking to find your voice, why not join this workshop experience and explore the possibilities by singing with others? We invite Same Sex Attracted and Gender Questioning (SSAGQ), Gender Diverse (SSAGD), people of diverse gender and sexuality, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) singers, affirming allies and gender curious to join us!  

This three-day singing experience offers you the opportunity to share your journey through choral singing in a joyful, inclusive community setting. No experience necessary! You’ll be guided every step of the way, singing accessible music in a variety of styles, with on-topic themes sure to leave you feeling inspired, uplifted, and empowered.

Come and raise your voice under the leadership of world-renowned queer conductor, composer and educator Dr Kathleen McGuire and who knows, maybe you’ll keep singing well after the festival curtains close!

Spend some time with outstanding Tibetan composer/ performer Tenzin Choegyal in this thoroughly enjoyable workshop.

Drawing on his nomadic heritage Tenzin shares his knowledge of Tibetan folk song and the nomadic style of vocal projection which is unique to his musical lineage. Tenzin will also share the practice of mantra singing. Derived from two Sanskrit words, manas (mind) and tra (tool or vehicle), mantras are considered to be powerful “tools of thought” – a means of harnessing and focusing the mind.  

In this workshop Tenzin leads participants on a musical journey from the joyous to the contemplative. Come along prepared to sing your heart out! 

Work with Kath Williams to bring a new level of understanding of your own voice and how it works. 

Find the YOU in your Singing to create ease, freedom and enjoyment through some great techniques and tools you will take away to use at Festival of Voices and beyond!  

As a self-confessed vocal pedagogy nerd and ever curious lifelong learner, voice teacher Kath Williams loves to create life changing experiences for all levels of singers through sharing her passion, knowledge and wisdom gained through studying extensively, and 30 + years as a singer, musician, and performer, via discovery exploration and curiosity.  

The Richard Smallwood Gospel Retrospective.

Includes performance as part of the Headline Concert and recording with the Southern Gospel Choir.

Spanning over 50 years, the music of Richard Smallwood, alongside James Cleveland and Edwin Hawkins, paved the way for and became the driving force behind the ‘new’ contemporary gospel music from the 1970’s to the present day.The influence of Smallwood’s music is immense, but at the heart of his music are the inspirational musicianship, arrangements, musical direction and production of Steven Ford. Now undertaking his PhD at the University of Tasmania with Associate Professor Legg, Steven Ford will act as a consultant with Andrew Legg and Maria Lurighi teaming up to facilitate and produce a landmark recording and concert series – a retrospective of the music of Richard Smallwood.

This workshop will create a gospel choir who will have the unique opportunity to be a part of this international project by participating in performing and recording some of Smallwood’s most loved tunes including : Anthem of Praise; Psalm 8; Total Praise and one of Steven Ford’s original compositions Faith To Believe. 

Thirty years in the making, Steven Ford (Richard Smallwood/Fred Hammond/the Winans), Andrew Legg (Myron Butler/Kirk Franklin/Michael Spiby/UTAS Southern Gospel Choir), and Maria Lurighi (Voice Lecturer at UTAS since 1999 and Coordinator of Voice since 2012 at UTAS since 1999) have forged a remarkable musical and personal relationship, underpinning and reinventing the contemporary gospel music tradition in Australia.