Zephyr Quartet: Domestic Alchemy - Hilary Kleinig
Premiere performance of 'Domestic Alchemy' by Hilary Kleinig written in response to Louise Haselton's exhibition, 'like cures like,' performed amongst her artwork at Samstag Museum, Adelaide, by Zephyr Quartet. 'Domestic Alchemy' is a meditation that explores how repetition and observations from different points of view create greater understanding. The audience were invited to hear the piece upon repeat, changing position and perspective for each iteration. 26 September 2019
Zephyr Quartet: Exquisite Peace - Hilary Kleinig
Premiere performance of Hilary Kleinig's 'Exquisite Peace' at Paddington Town Hall (Sydney, Australia) as part of Ensemble Offspring's Kontiki Racket Festival June 21 2019. Program Note: 'Exquisite Peace tries to capture in sound the essence of a moment of gratitude and stillness where I feel that everything is ok in my life, so perfect at this particular time: the rare, fragile beauty of this crystalline space, knowing that at any second reality, and all that it demands, might coming crashing back through and the bittersweet knowledge that I never know when it will happen again.' Hilary Kleinig
Down to the wire - Hilary Kleinig
Premiere performance of 'Down to the wire' by Hilary Kleinig, commissioned by COMA (Creative Original Music Adelaide) for their 2018 Featured Composer concert at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, December 3rd 2018. Hilary Kleinig & friends: Belinda Gehlert - violin Emily Tulloch - violin Jason Thomas - violin Hilary Kleinig - cello Lyndon Gray - double bass Anna Coleman - clarinet Melanie Walters - flute Stephen Neville - drums Josh Van Konkelenberg - piano Andrew Wiering - vibraphone
Elegy for A Seastar (2020) by Hilary Kleinig ft. Clocked Out Ensemble
Elegy for A Seastar (2020) by Hilary Kleinig World premiered at the Women of Noise International Women's Day Concert: 6 March 2020, Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Performers Violoncello: Hilary Kleinig Clocked Out Ensemble Percussion: Vanessa Tomlinson Piano: Erik Griswold "A couple of years ago I read an article in 'The Conversation', the journal, and it was called 'Eulogy for a Seastar', and it was about Australia's first marine extinction. I'll just read you the first bit of the article: "We see the surface of the sea: the rock pools, the waves, the horizon. But there is so much more going on underneath, hidden from view. The sea’s surface conceals human impact as well. Today, I am writing a eulogy to the Derwent River Seastar (or starfish), that formerly inhabited the shores near the Tasman Bridge in Hobart, Tasmania. It is Australia’s first documented marine animal extinction and one of the few recorded anywhere in the world."* I was really struck by this at the time and thought it would be really great to write a piece about it. At the time I though, 'well, how do you mourn for something that you never knew existed.' And in these changing times, with so much changing all the time it seemed like something really important to think about. It's ended up as an epic love song to the Derwent River Seastar." *Source: https://theconversation.com/eulogy-for-a-seastar-australias-first-recorded-marine-extinction-103225 We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this country, the Turrbal, Yagera, Jagera, Yugarapul and Quandamooka peoples, and their Elders, past, present and future. Sovereignty was never ceded.
Zephyr Quartet: Great White Bird - Hilary Kleinig
Great White Bird imagines a time in Australia before European settlement. It references “Susie’s Ship Song” sung by Susie, a Wirangu woman from Yardea on Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, whose song was recorded on wax cylinder in 1928. It is believed that the song was created by the Wirangu people in response to a tall ship sailing into and anchoring in Denial Bay. It tells the story of a great white bird that came across the seas and which was tethered to the bay so that it couldn’t get away. This piece honours and pays tribute to Australia’s first people, their stories and their land. It premiered as part of Zephyr Quartet’s ‘Arrivals’ concerts in 2016 which told stories of migration to Australia by boat.
Music for Theatre & Dance
Babyteeth presented by State Theatre Company
A group of more or less ordinary people go about their lives: Anna makes toast, Henry dresses for work, Milla catches the train to school, Moses deals drugs. But hovering above this unholy parade of life is the sobering fact that Milla will die before her 15th birthday. How do they continue to manage the mundane aspects of life—getting to work on time, helping the neighbour change a light bulb, returning a violin bow—when their world is shattering? Babyteeth, 16 August - 7 September, 2013 Space Theatre
Zephyr Quartet: Let's Dance - David Bowie
'Let's Dance' by David Bowie (arr. by Zephyr Quartet cellist Hilary Kleinig ) performed as part of 'Cult Classics' @ Royal Croquet Club, Adelaide Fringe, 2016. 'Cult Classics' is an ever-evolving eclectic mix of songs from the last 40 years of contemporary music, lovingly gathered and arranged by Zephyr Quartet.
About & Performances
When We Speak - Lisa Cheney
Hilary Kleinig - cello, voice, loops Lisa Cheney - composer Performed at the Paddington Town Hall, Sydney, Australia, on June 21 2019 as part of Ensemble Offspring's Kontiki Racket Festival. PROGRAM NOTE from LISA CHENEY: 'When We Speak' for solo cello and electroacoustic track seeks to comment on broader issues surrounding gender inequality and these considerations on my compositional practice. Throughout the work the interweaving of many ‘voices’ is present in: my own musical language, the music and speech of respected Finnish composer, Kaija Saariaho, the expression of the live cellist and her own literal voice. This, at times semi-improvised cello part, weaves its way through an atmospheric soundscape derived from a recent interview with Saariaho. The accompanying recorded musical sounds are extracted from Saariaho’s own compositions, with special weight placed upon manipulated excerpts of her piece Sept Papillons.Performed by Hilary Kleinig at Ensemble Offsprings Kontiki Racket Festival, Sydney 2019.