Performances 2018

ISCM World New Music Days, Australian ISCM’s Official Selection

Bruce Crossman, Garden of Fire (mezzo-soprano, percussion, piano & video), selected as Australian ISCM section’s national submission for the 2018 ISCM World New Music Days in Beijing, China, 19-26 May 2018.

Garden of Fire (mezzo-soprano, percussion, piano) was selected as the international official selection by the Beijing Modern Music Festival committee to represent Australia at the ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) World New Music Days, Beijing, May 19-26, 2018.

The World New Music Days is described by the ISCM website as “an international network of members from around fifty countries, devoted to the promotion and presentation of contemporary music – the music of our time.”

 

Garden of Fire: A Concert Chamber Music Works, CCOM Prince Mansion Concert Hall, 21 May, World New Music Days/Beijing Modern Music Festival

Cong Rong (piano), Bruce Crossman (composer), Sun Shuang (mezzo-soprano) and Ren Jingxue (percussion)

Sun Shuang (mezzo-soprano)—the performers drifted the timing and tonal colours of the work as if following Tang Xianzu’s original Chinese character instructions ‘to hold the sound up as they feel in their hearts’

Central Conservatory of Music, Prince Mansion Concert Hall

 

ISCM General Assembly: Merchantel Hotel

Bruce Crossman, First Delegate, Australian ISCM Section; CCOM, Beijing

 

Fun Times: Forbidden City & Hu Tong District

Bruce Crossman (composer) outside and passing through the Forbidden City, Beijing

Hu Tong district, Shichahai—Bruce Crossman, Malaysian composer Kee Yong Chong with his students from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and Hong Kong composers Austin Yip, Fung Lam and Stephen Yip—outrageous humour and warmth

 

The XVIII World Saxophone Congress, Zagreb, Croatia

Bruce Crossman’s Dying of the Light: Pacific Resonance for Peter will be performed by Katia Beaugeais (soprano saxophone), MM Center, University of Zagreb, at The XVIII World Saxophone Congress, Zagreb, Croatia, 14 July 2018.

Australian saxophonist/composer Katia Beaugeais flowing and detailed performance of Dying of the Light: Pacific Resonance for Peter at XVIII World Saxophone Congress 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia.

 

ABC Classic FM recording, Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Studios, Australia

Bruce Crossman’s Dying of the Light: Pacific Resonance for Peter was recorded by Katia Beaugeais (soprano saxophone) at ABC Classic FM recording session, Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Studios, Sydney, Australia on 17 October 2018.

It was a fun day for me exploring differing microphones with the performer, ABC sound engineer Andrew Edgson and producer Andre Shrimski to get a blend of old style analogue and sharp clarity revelation of a more modern technology. The end product had a beautiful mixture of glowing ambience with attention to detail. The final radio show will be under the capable hands of executive producer and new music advocate, Stephen Adams.

Thoughtful soprano saxophone virtuoso Katia Beaugeais cuts loose in the cavernous ABC studios in Eugene Goosens Hall with attentive ABC staff listening for subtly, clarity and warmth of meaning.

 

Sanjo Recital, Seoul, Korea

Bruce Crossman’s Rushing Spirit Breath, will be performed by Hyelim Kim (taegum) and Korean traditional percussionist (percussion), Sanjo Recital, Seoul, Korea, 19th September 2018

Taegum player Hyelim Kim’s (see below) expressive performance with the punctuating Korean percussionist in Rushing Spirit Breath in Korea. It was part of her sanjo inspired improvisation concert with Australian jazz drummer, Simon Barker.

 

Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture, Sydney

Bruce Crossman’s Blooms late when spring has gone… will be performed by Ying Liu (erhu) at “Three Perfections”: A Mid-Autumn Chinese Australian Artists’ Exhibition, Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture Gallery, Parramatta South Campus, Western Sydney University, 22nd September 2018

Tremoring tones of Ying Liu (erhu) and lateral thinker, Labao Wang at “Three Perfections,” Parramatta.

 

35th Asian Composers League Conference and Festival, Taiwan

Bruce Crossman’s Dying of the Light: Pacific Resonance for Peter (alto saxophone), will be performed in Chamber Music Concert 1, Song Yi Hall, Soochow University, 20th October 2018 at the 35th Asian Composers League Conference and Festival, Taiwan

A beautiful meditative and sparklingly virtuosic joy in the performance of Dying of the Light: Pacific Resonance for Peter by Li-Fong Chen (alto saxophone) in Song Yi Hall, Soochow University.

The spectacular visual setting for the opening ceremony, in the foyer of the National Concert Hall, Taipei at the 35th Asian Composers League Conference and Festival, Taiwan. Vice-Chairperson Dan Yuhas spoke for us all in his respectful, awe-inspired and sad-tinged speech at the loss of our friend, Japanese composer and ACL Chairman Isao Matsushita. Later, in an Abbey Road type strut, Andrian Pertout, William Lane, Michael Bakrncev, Kirsten Strom, Ian Ng, Ufuk Bicak strolled through the beautiful grounds of Taipei University of the Arts.

Australian friends and fellow composers Andrian Pertout, Bruce Crossman, Eve Duncan, Michael Bakrncev, Clare Maclean and Natalya Vagner at Soochow University.