Macarthur Clough is a distinguished Australian clarinetist who has collaborated as a soloist with a host of prominent ensembles throughout Europe and Australasia. As an alumnus of the Australian National Academy of Music, Macarthur nurtured his love of contemporary music under the guidance of the former director, Brett Dean. Throughout his tenure at ANAM Macarthur performed with such luminaries as Richard Tognetti, Steven Isserlis, Sebastian Laing-Lessing, Simone Young, and Thomas Adès. He currently performs with the Southern Cross Soloists and has recently been a guest artist with Collusion Ensemble.
Liam Flenady is an Australian composer based in Brisbane. At the moment, Liam is undertaking a PhD in composition through Griffith University, where his topic is ‘Counterpoint for the 21st century’.
After undertaking a Bachelor of Music in both jazz guitar and composition (under Gerard Brophy), Liam has participated in a number of international new music academies (Darmstadt, Impuls, Dian Red Kechil) where he received lessons from leading international composers (Brian Ferneyhough, Chaya Czernowin, Clemens Gadenstätter). In 2014-15 Liam was based in Brussels, where he studied with Richard Barrett.
As the title of this current research suggests, Liam’s music currently centres on the question of what ‘counterpoint’ could mean outside of its historical bounds. Rather than a method of dissonance treatment or voice-leading, counterpoint is conceived of as a matter of stratification and heterogeneous characterisation of lines, where the degree of self-identity of lines and their intra- and inter-relation represent the primary structural concerns.
Hannah Reardon-Smith is flutist and co-artistic director of Australian ensemble Kupka’s Piano. She is heavily involved with the creation of new music by emerging Australian, Asian, American and European composers, and with cross-continental performances and exchanges of these works. In addition, she is a keen improviser and composer, and a founding member of improvisation trio Rogue Three (Brisbane/Melbourne: flutes, trombone, and recorders) and the community improvisation and sonic nuisance collective Musicians for the Sonic Liberation of Brisbane.
Hannah is currently undertaking a PhD at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, exploring the work of several women who practice non-idiomatic improvisation. She previously completed an Advanced Master in Contemporary Music Performance at the School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium (2014-2016), under the mentorship of ensemble ICTUS, where she undertook a detailed study of Richard Barrett’s codex scores for improvising ensembles.
Hannah is recipient of the 2010 James Carson Flute Prize, alongside many other noteworthy awards. She pays the bills as a casual performing member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and by freelancing as a writer, performer, yoga teacher, and disability support worker.
Twenty-three year old pianist Alex Raineri is currently based in Brisbane and is an active recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He has toured in California, South-East Asia, England, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, and has a vast amount of recital and chamber music engagements in Australia including regular broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and the MBS Networks. He has performed concertos with the Queensland, Tasmanian, Darwin and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Southern Cross Soloists, Orchestra
Victoria, Four Winds Festival Orchestra, Bangalow Festival Orchestra and the Queensland Pops Orchestra. Alex has won a number of major prizes including the Kerikeri International Piano Competition, Australian National Piano Award, and ANAM Concerto Competition. He is the pianist and co-artistic director of the contemporary music ensemble Kupka’s Piano and pianist with the Southern Cross Soloists. Other chamber partnerships have been with Andreas Ottensamer, Sara Macliver, ELISION Ensemble, Greta Bradman, eighth blackbird, Ensemble Offspring, Kathryn Stott, Slava Grigoryan, Brett Dean, Paul Dean, and others. Alex is presently under the tutelage of Leah Horwitz OAM and Timothy Young and is undertaking a Doctor of Musical Arts program at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He is both a graduate and fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
Award winning Cellist Katherine Philp performs across a vast range of musical styles and settings, and works for some of Australia's leading arts organisations and festivals. She is currently the principal cellist of Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, a member of Kurilpa String Quartet, member of Kupka's Piano, performs casually with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and tours extensively for Musica Viva's educational program. She appears regularly as both a soloist and ensemble member at festivals such as Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Baroque Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music, Queensland Music Festival and the annual Festival of Tibet at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Katherine's musical practice thoughtfully crosses musical, cultural and artistic boundaries. She seeks out the disorientation and subsequent remodelling of ideas that occurs when her musical language is placed in a new context. For over a decade she has worked closely with Tibetan Singer and Instrumentalist Tenzin Choegyal on a series of concerts and recordings that have resulted in performances at the Woodford Folk Festival, the Sydney Opera House, and being featured on ABC Radio National. In 2009 Katherine undertook an Asialink residency (supported by Arts Queensland and Australia Council) at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala, India, where she studied Tibetan classical and folk music.
More recently, Katherine has become increasingly interested in performing contemporary classical music, and has undertaken study with Rohan de Saram and Lucas Fels - both the former and current cellists of the Arditti String Quartet. She has performed and studied in India, the UK, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, taken part in Impuls Academy (Austria) and the International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt (Germany), and recently received an award for Best Performer, playing Berio's Sequenza XIV at the San Marino New Music Project.
Jodie Rottle is a flautist specialising in contemporary music. Originally from the United States, Jodie maintains an eclectic career performing new chamber music around the world and has given premieres of classical, jazz, and cross-art form works at venues including New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, The Centre for Fiction NYC, the Brisbane Festival of Toy Music, and the boiler room of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
In addition to Kupka's Piano, Jodie is a member of the New York based trio Dead Language, where she improvises, composes, and performs interdisciplinary works that include everything from literature and white noise to toys and wolf howls. Jodie previously held positions in America with ensemble mise-en (NYC) and the Olympia Symphony Orchestra (Washington), and she has performed in Australia with ensembles such as Clocked Out Duo, Camerata of St John’s, Southern Cross Soloists, and Ensemble Offspring.
Jodie was a finalist in both the 2015 Carson Memorial Prize (Queensland) and the 2013 Seattle Flute Society Young Artist Competition, and she was the winner of the 2009 Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition. She holds a Masters degree from the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, a Performer’s Certificate from the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College, and a Bachelor of Music from Pacific Lutheran University. She has held artistic residencies as a performer at The Banff Centre (Canada) and the Bang on a Can Summer Institute (USA). Most recently, Jodie was a member of the 2015 Hatched Academy with Ensemble Offspring (Sydney).
Jodie is sessional teaching staff at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, and she has enjoyed giving guest lectures at the University of Queensland. She is also an active arts administrator and grant writer, having co-founded the Silicon Valley Music Festival in 2011 and most recently holding the position of General Manager with Brisbane’s Southern Cross Soloists.
Angus Wilson is a Queensland based percussionist living in Brisbane. Angus moved to Brisbane in 2011 after completing a Bachelor of Music in performance at the Victorian College of the Arts with Peter Neville and and began a Master of Music with Vanessa Tomlinson at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, which he completed in 2014. He is an active member of the music scene performing in a wide range of styles and genres, largely with a focus on contemporary music. Angus has collaborated and performed with ensembles/soloists/composers such as Elison ensemble, eighth blackbird, Kroumata percussion, Lisa Moore, Annea Lockwood, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Kupka’s Piano and Ba Da Boom percussion. He has also performed at festivals such as Crossbows and the Brisbane Festival.