Japan Federation of Composers Concert 2016
Bruce Crossman, Emergence from Autumn Darkness to Spring (2 shakuhachi), commissioned by Miyoshi Izumi for performance at the Japan Federation of Composers Concert in Tokyo on the 24th February 2016
ABC Classic FM Radio, New Waves Podcast, Australia
ABC Classic FM radio have featured Bruce Crossman’s engagement with Chinese Opera in a 45-minute podcast on New Waves, entitled: BRUCE CROSSMAN – Gentleness-Suddenness Fri 24 Jun. New music curator Stephen Adams describes the music as “Contemporary chamber music inspired by the aesthetic worlds, musicians and instruments of east Asia.”
Routledge publication: An Asian-Pacific Conceptual Frame
Bruce Crossman’s compositional aesthetic for an Asian-Pacific voice “Living Colours: An Asian-Pacific Conceptual frame for Composition” was published in Sally Macarthur, Judy Lochhead and Jennifer Shaw (eds), Music’s Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies, Routledge/Ashgate, 2016.
Creativity Unlimited Festival, Western Sydney University, Australia
Bruce Crossman’s Fragrant Rain Clouds of Love with Michael Kieran Harvey (piano), Tim Phillips (percussion), Luping Zeng (artist/actor), Iqbal Barkat (filmmaker/projectionist) and Peony Pavilion translation by Lindy Li Mark, at Creativity Unlimited Festival, Playhouse, 2 September 2016, Western Sydney University, Penrith Campus, Australia.
PARMA compact disc release for 2017, USA
Bruce Crossman has signed with USA based label PARMA/Navona Records, who have worldwide distribution through Naxos, to release an album of his chamber music with an East Asian aesthetic.
The album will feature the large vocal-chamber composition Gentleness-Suddenness, which ABC Classic FM radio presenter Stephen Adams described as “a contemporary Australian response to the texts and aesthetic worlds of Chinese opera.” The album is called Living Colours and features leading Australian performers: Lotte Latukefu (mezzo-soprano), James Cuddeford (violin), Michael Kieran Harvey (piano), Claire Edwardes (percussion), Peter Neville (percussion) and Tristram Williams (trumpet).
China Cultural Centre, Sydney Dialogue Across Time & Space
Dialogue Across Time and Space – A Panel Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Death of Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu, co-hosted by China Cultural Centre (Sydney) and China Studies Centre, University of Sydney, on Friday, 23 September 2016 at 6pm.
Associate Professor Bruce Crossman as panelist alongside director Dr Wang Xiaoying (Vice President of the National Theatre Company of China), Professor Colin Mackerras AO (Emeritus Professor, Griffith University) with moderator Professor Jeffrey Riegel (Sydney University).
Create NSW Development Grant for 2017, Australia
NSW Government & ArtsNSW 2016/17 Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP)—Grant towards the creative development of a Chinese opera/Shakespeare music-theatre work Shy Like Blushing Flowers
Bruce Crossman (composer), based in Western Sydney, will undertake an experimental multi artform creative development with experienced Sydney artists, Simon Killalea (filmmaker/projectionist), Anna Fraser (soprano), Claire Edwardes (percussion) and Ian Stevenson (sound diffusion) with Hong Kong New Music Ensemble pianist Linda Yim; they will rehearse and record vocals, create digital projections, and present a 40-minute development showing at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith in October 2017.