Performances 2019

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.

Featured composer & performers at The Keyboard in the 21st Century: An International Conference for Composers in Hong Kong, SAR China, 4-5 April 2019

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.’

Matthew Schreibeis (artistic director) with featured composers George Tsontakis & Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Hong Kong Baptist University (photos: HKBU)

Bruce Crossman & Kawai Chan (piano), Ho Sin Hang Campus, Kowloon Tong (photo: HKBU); Chiu Tanching (guzheng), Music Academy of Zheng, Causeway Bay

Bruce Crossman & Kawai Chan, Ho Sin Hang Campus, Kowloon Tong; Tea House Theatre, Xiqu Centre in West Kowloon; Dim Sum with Chiu Tanching, Mong Kok

Crazy composers in Mong Kok: Serin Oh (Seoul, Korea) Magor Bucz (Hungary), Austin Simonds (Texas, USA), Joungbum Lee (Korea/Chicago USA), Evan Fein (New York, USA), Matthew Schreibeis (Hong Kong/USA), Bruce Crossman (Australia) & Austin Yip (Hong Kong)

 

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.

Dangerous Ideas: Visual Metaphors—Killalea’s erotic architecture in ‘Fragrant Rain Clouds of Love’ and gently suggestive flowers in ‘Strange Invisible Perfume’ in Shy Like Blushing Flowers

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).

Chu-Han Huang (piano) & Ya-Hsin Cheng (percussion) with Bruce Crossman (composer) and in action with Fragrant Rain Clouds of Love, at Contemporary Composers Forum, Kaohsiung Cultural Centre, Taiwan, 2 May 2019

Chu-Han Huang (piano) & Ya-Hsin Cheng (percussion) in rehearsal actions with Fragrant Rain Clouds of Love, at Contemporary Composers Forum, Kaohsiung Cultural Centre, Taiwan, 2 May 2019

Intercultural Exchanges: Gerardo Dirié (Australia/Argentina), Chong Kee Chong (Malaysia) & Bruce Crossman (Australia)

Composers in Thought: Liu, Shen-Hsien (Taiwan) & Gerardo Dirié (Australia/Argentina); Chong Kee Chong (Malaysia) at Kaohsiung Cultural Centre, Taiwan

Before & After: Chu-Han Huang (piano) & Ya-Hsin Cheng (percussion) in rehearsal action and concert completion with Fragrant Rain Clouds of Love, at Contemporary Composers Forum, Kaohsiung Cultural Centre, Taiwan

Featured Composers at Contemporary Composers Forum: Liu, Shen-Hsien (Taiwan), Ying, Kwang-I (Taiwan, artistic director), Gerardo Dirié (Australia/Argentina), Bruce Crossman (Australia), Lee, Szu-Hsien Chong (Taiwan) & Kee Chong (Malaysia) at Kaohsiung Cultural Centre & restaurant, Taiwan

Kaohsiung Cultural Centre, Taiwan

 

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.