The Keyboard in the 21st Century, Selection as Participating Composer, Hong Kong
Bruce Crossman, Qi Colour from Hidden Resonances (piano), selected as Participating Composer for the 2019 The Keyboard in the 21st Century: An International Conference for Composers in Hong Kong, SAR China, 4-5 April 2019.
Bruce Crossman’s Qi Colour from Hidden Resonances was selected alongside 12 composers from around the world (Hungary, Australia, USA, Korea, Hong Kong, Spain) to be performed at the Hong Kong Baptist University’s conference. The work was performed by Hong Kong-based pianist and HKBU faculty member Dr Kawai Chan.
The conference aims were to be ‘Featuring performances by outstanding Hong Kong pianists and guest performers, the conference will showcase the breadth of creative voices working with a range of new and historic keyboard instruments.’
Composer-in-Residence, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan
Bruce Crossman’s Fragrant Rain Clouds of Love (percussion, piano) was performed as part of The Conversation with Contemporary Composers, Contemporary Composers Forum, Kaohsiung Cultural Centre, 2 May 2019 organised by the Department of Music, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan.
This was part of a week-long stay as a composer at the National Sun Yat-sen University from Monday 29 April to Saturday May 4 2019. The work is part of his on-going research into Chinese opera as a Key Researcher at the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture at Western Sydney University.
He worked with Prof. Ying, Kwang-I and her colleagues and students as part of an Australia-Taiwan creative exchange, including: the concert, audience discussions, postgraduate mentoring, and several lecture presentations, incorporating the paper, ‘Dangerous Ideas for Creativity—Allowing the Spirit to Sing: Intercultural Musical Creativity as Permeable, Knowable and Lateral’. The National Sun Yat-sen University is known as “a public research-intensive university renowned as an official think tank scholars’ community” (Wikipedia).
ABC Classic radio, New Waves podcast, Katia Beaugeais: New Australian Sax Music, Australia
Bruce Crossman’s Dying of the Light: Pacific Resonance for Peter Sculthorpe (soprano saxophone, Katia Beaugeais) is available as part of a podcast on ABC Classic radio, New Waves ‘Katia Beaugeais: New Australian Sax Music’, Friday 22 March 2019.
This rich practice-led research looks at the collaborative relationships between Beaugeais and Australian composers and is described as “Her current PhD research involves creating five new works for saxophone, composed through a variety of collaborative partnerships with Australian composers Katy Abbott, Anne Boyd, Bruce Crossman and Rosalind Page.” It was recorded on Wednesday 17 October 2018, Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo by sound engineers Andrew Edgson and Jason Blackwell, and producer André Shrimski, with executive producer Stephen Adams.