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.
Western Sydney University, HCA Researcher of the Year Awards 2019: Practice-based Research: Researcher of the Year: Bruce Crossman, Australia
Bruce Crossman was awarded HCA Researcher of the Year (Practice-based Research) for the composition Garden of Fire. The awards were adjudicated by the Research Awards Sub-Committee, School of Humanities and Communication Arts (HCA), Western Sydney University and presented at the School Research Celebration Event, Western Sydney University, Parramatta South campus on 25th October 2019.
Work: Crossman, Bruce, 2018. Garden of Fire (mezzo-soprano, percussion, piano) Beijing performance (score). Performance (publication): 21 May 2018, Beijing, China, Central Conservatory of Music, Prince Mansion Concert Hall, Beijing, China, World New Music Days/Beijing Modern Music Festival.
Rationale for award: ‘The committee saw this piece as a significant innovation in the field of creative practice and recognised this as making a major contribution to contemporary musical forms with the insertion of non-western, specifically Asian cultural tropes that show a deep understanding of the underlying culture and philosophy. The committee also commended the author for the highly skilled and high-quality technical achievements in music composition. It was also noted that this piece of creative work has had significant international resonance: it has been embraced by both Australian and overseas audiences with important and acclaimed performances’ (Research Awards Sub-Committee).
Discipline Leader, Music and Music Therapy, Western Sydney University, Australia
Bruce Crossman was appointed Discipline/Professional Field Leader, Music and Music Therapy, at Western Sydney University, Australia.