July 2015: Schubert's last string quartet
I have had the pleasure of working on Schubert's last string quartet with violinists Lucas O'Brien and Teresa Vinci and cellist Melinda Forsythe and we'll be performing this master work on Saturday, 11 July at Wesley Church in the Perth CBD at 2pm.
This piece brims with gorgeous melodies and textures and its abundance of ideas, shaping of material and sheer length - nearing an hour - give it an epic quality. The intensity that pervades this rarely performed work gives an insight into the inner turmoil Schubert was experiencing in his later years. This quartet is noted for the difficulty of its first violin part, the approach to which Lucas O'Brien has been addressing as part of his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Western Australia. This is a must-see/hear for lovers of chamber music in Perth!
February 2015: Toronto times
I recently returned from a short but hugely beneficial professional development trip to Toronto, with the assistance of a Development grant from the WA Department of Culture and the Arts. February was perhaps not the easiest time for an Aussie to spend time in Toronto, but with many a woollen worn I managed to brave the elements and gain incredible experiences learning from the Cecilia String Quartet, Rory McLeod and Teng Li. I was also fortunate enough to be introduced to and have some sessions with the warm hearted and wonderful Alexander Technique practitioner Verna Johnson. I have come back to Perth with a lot of new ideas and greater scope to my skills, but perhaps the most valuable souvenir was the experience of having work-shopped my piece Sketches of Twisted River for the expanded instrumentation of string quintet with the Cecilia String Quartet. Here are some pics of this in action:
Upcoming professional development in Toronto
I am very fortunate to have been made a recipient of an Arts Development grant from the WA Department of Culture and the Arts to enable me to undertake a short period of professional development in Toronto in mid February 2015. The Cecilia String Quartet have kindly set aside three days to help me hone my chamber music performance skills and will even play through a quintet reworking of my piece Sketches of Twisted River! I will also be having lessons with Toronto Symphony Orchestra Principal Violist Teng Li and Pocket Concerts' Rory McLeod. It will be, without a doubt, a very musically enriching experience and I am so grateful for the generosity of these amazing (and very busy) musicians in dedicating time to give me their feedback!
New soundtrack premiere!
Viola Dana and I are very excited to announce that we'll be performing the *WORLD PREMIERE* of our new soundtrack for Murnau's 1922 film 'Nosferatu' at Cape Mentelle for their Movies at Cape Mentelle series on Saturday 28 February 2015! The Soundtrack composition is a collaboration between Pete Guazzelli and myself and draws on a variety of stylistic influences to help bring the legendary Nosferatu to life for a contemporary audience!
The ticketing page - for more info - can be found here.
Catch my band Viola Dana at the Summerset Arts Festival, as part of this year's Fringe World!
Viola Dana will be performing my soundtrack for the Buster Keaton film The General at the Sunset Veranda at Scarborough Beach, Western Australia, on Sunday 1 February from 6pm. This is a great chance to see this brilliant silent film in a magical outdoor setting, together with our folky-jazzy-progressive bluegrassy accompaniment! Tickets are $19 and are available via the Fringe World site:
2014 WA Young Artists Chamber Music Program
The WA Young Artists Chamber Music Program is again taking place at the UWA School of Music during the Sept-Oct school holidays. An annual event for a few years now, this Program has fast become a very valuable offering for the WA classical music community. The Program is the brainchild of Sartory String Quartet cellist Sophie Curtis. I'm so happy that I'm able to be a small part of this, being a tutor in this year's Program. Here's a video about the Program; more details can be found at the 'WAYACHAMP' website.
Anna Sarcich to premiere a cello concerto written for her by her father, Paul Sarcich
I'm very excited to be playing in the string orchestra for this concert, featuring cellist Anna Sarcich. Anna is a brilliant cellist whom I've had the pleasure of working with on a few projects over the years. This concert will be a real treat for the audience and also us in her 'band'! Details are on the flyer below, but just in case your browser isn't loving displaying the images on my site, here they are:
Patrimoine - a concert of cello and string orchestra, including the world premiere of a piece written by Paul Sarcich for his daughter.
Soloist: Anna Sarcich
Leederville Town Hall
Sunday 27 July 2014, 5:30pm
84 Cambridge St, West Leederville
Tickets: $25 / $20 concession (cash only on the door; includes refreshments after the concert)
To reserve seats phone 0416 279 731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Concerto for Cello and Strings - Paul Sarcich WORLD PREMIERE
Brook Green Suite - Gustav Holst
Cello Concerto - Georg Mattias Monn
Come and see my band Viola Dana perform to Buster Keaton silent films as part of this year's City of Perth Winter Arts Season!
Click on the image below to be taken to the ticketing site.
...Performing in the WA premiere of James Ledger's Silver Swans at the Fremantle Arts Centre on Thursday 10 April. We'll be playing in the gorgeously intimate courtyard area. Click on the image below go to the ticketing site.
Pianist Adam Pinto and I will be performing a recital as part of the University of Western Australia's Lunchtime Concert series, on 1 May 2014 at 1:10pm in the Callaway Auditorium. We'll be performing Brahms' F minor Sonata and Hindemith's 1939 Sonata. I'm thoroughly enjoying working on these incredible pieces of music! Here's a link to the series page: http://www.music.uwa.edu.au/concerts/lunchtime
Degustation: seven courses for solo viola to be used in documentary
I'm thrilled that my piece Degustation: seven courses for solo viola is being used in the documentary 'Why the Face', about Rhode Island artist Julie Shelton Smith's exhibition project '100 Women Over 50'. A preview screening of this documentary film by Elizabeth Delude-Dix was featured as part of the exhibition opening on 12 September. There's an article here about the exhibition and documentary.
Busted! at Fremantle Prison