Media Release

From Edinburgh to Barwon Park
Presented by Team of Pianists, with guests Icon Trio
2.00pm Sunday 1st May 2016
at BARWON PARK, 105 Inverleigh Rd, Winchelsea (Melway X911 B8)
Tickets $40, $35, $20 through http://www.trybooking.com/JUYC
Includes Scottish-inspired afternoon tea!

An afternoon of music from Scotland and Australia in the beautiful surroundings of National Trust mansion Barwon Park, presented by ROBERT CHAMBERLAIN (piano) and ICON TRIO (Justine Anderson – soprano, Vivien Hamilton – mezzo-soprano, Jeannie Marsh – alto)

Scotland and Australia share many connections, especially in the Western District of Victoria, home to Barwon Park. This program brings together music and words from both countries, from many eras: Scottish favourites such as Skye Boat Song, Charlie is my Darlin’, Ye Banks and Braes, poems of Robert Burns; songs by Scottish composers such as James MacMillan, Thea Musgrave, Judith Weir; piano solos by Peter Maxwell Davies, Percy Grainger; and new Scots Haiku trios commissioned by Icon Trio from Melbourne composers.

Never heard of Scots Haiku? Wondering what it is? Wondering what it might sound like when set to music and sung by unaccompanied female vocal trio? Then this event is for you!
In 2012, singer Vivien Hamilton made a surprising discovery in Edinburgh: a book of Scots Haiku by Scottish poet Bruce Leeming. These delightful miniatures draw upon the Japanese haiku tradition: fleeting moments from Scottish places and Scottish lives are captured in tiny poems. They are written in Lallans Scots (the language of Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne) with English translations:

Icon Trio was drawn to the musical possibilities of these poems, and asked Melbourne composers (including Johanna Selleck, May Lyon, Christine McCombe) to set them to music. The results will be heard in this concert: playful, serene, spooky poems (drinking whiskey with friends, moonlight on a loch, swirling sea fog); wide variety of musical styles; rich and warm sounds of three classical female voices (interweaving, giggling, soaring, celebrating, mourning…)
Icon Trio was formed in 2011 to create the visual art/vocal music event VoxPix. The singers bring decades of experience in new Australian music, opera, early music, cabaret, concerts and festivals, in Australia and beyond. In 2014 Icon Trio performed their Scots Haiku at the Art Gallery of Ballarat Scottish exhibition Auld Lang Syne, and at the Scottish Fling at Melbourne Immigration Museum. Pianist Robert Chamberlain is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician, adjudicator, and teacher. He is on the piano faculty at Monash University, and has performed and recorded extensively in Australia and internationally.
As Autumn mists roll in, wear your best kilt and tartan scarf for this journey from Edinburgh to Barwon Park!

INTERVIEWS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:
Jeannie Marsh jeannie.marsh1@gmail.com 0432 088 284
http://www.teamofpianists.com.au http://www.icontrio.com

 

MEDIA RELEASE
Laverocks tweedlin/Larks singing
Stage Two of the Scots Haiku Project
Presented by Icon Trio (Justine Anderson, Vivien Hamilton, Jeannie Marsh)
3pm Sunday 26th October
The Ian Potter Museum of Art
University of Melbourne, Swanston St, Parkville (near the corner of Elgin St)
Entry by donation

Never heard of Scots Haiku? Wondering what it is? Wondering what it might sound like when set to music by 11 Melbourne composers, and sung by a female vocal trio? All is about to be revealed!
Icon Trio singer Vivien Hamilton made a surprising discovery while travelling in Scotland in 2012: a book of Scots Haiku by Scottish poet Bruce Leeming. These delightful miniatures draw upon the Japanese haiku tradition: fleeting moments from Scottish places and Scottish lives are captured in tiny poems. They are written in Lallans Scots (the language of Robert Burns and “Auld Lang Syne”) with English translations:
Icon Trio was drawn to the musical possibilities of these poems, and asked 11 emerging and established Melbourne composers to set them to music. The results will be heard in this concert: playful, serene, spooky poems (drinking whiskey with friends, moonlight on a loch, a sinister cuckoo etc); wide variety of musical styles (barbershop quartet, Kabuki theatre, folksong etc); rich and warm sounds of three classical female voices (interweaving, giggling, soaring, celebrating, mourning…).
Icon Trio was formed in 2011 to create the visual art/vocal music event VoxPix, and has performed at venues such as University of Melbourne and The Boite. These three singers bring decades of experience as soloists and ensemble singers in new Australian music, opera, early music, new music theatre, cabaret, concerts and festivals, in Australia and beyond. Icon Trio recently performed their Scots Haiku at the Ballarat Art Gallery Scottish exhibition Auld Lang Syne, and will be performing at the Scottish Fling on 16th November at the Melbourne Immigration Museum.
Highly-experienced composers Johanna Selleck, Christine McCombe, Irine Vela, Mark McSherry, Wendy Hiscocks and Peter Neville are heard side-by-side with young composers currently or recently completing their studies at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne: Matan Franco, May Lyon, Clare Johnston, Krystal Tunnicliffe, and Lauren Morgan.
Information and interviews:
Jeannie Marsh 0432 088 284
jeannie.marsh1@gmail.com
http://www.icontrio.com

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