5 emerging composers. 5 new works. 5 minutes.
In this extraordinary time of social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic emerging Victorian composers will explore the theme of Memory. A time when we remember the way life was weeks, months and decades ago; as many rediscover the slowness of the past, village life, home cooking, memories of family and friends no longer available to us, objects that have become keepsakes; but also a time when we celebrate that technology keeps us in touch with the outside world, with telecommunications maintaining human connection and home studios keep creative life alive and vital.
An award-winning Arts Centre Melbourne mentorship program, 5x5x5 offers emerging Victorian composers the chance to increase their skills, professional networks and public profiles.
In 2020, amidst COVID-19 5x5x5 went digital and into the home studios of emerging composers. Under the direction of Artistic Mentor Kate Neal, each artist will create an original composition of five minutes.
Their compositions will be published online from July 20.
Kate Neal is an artist with over 20 years’ experience as a composer, arranger, teacher, artistic director and collaborator. Since 2006 (with the premiere of the scored ballet, Concave City) she has been incorporating extra-musical parameters within the notation of a musical score, such as physical gesture, design, light and movement. The result is a musical language that extends the existing techniques of the performing musician and creates a synthesis of experience for audiences where music is to be seen and heard: the performative aspect of the work is as important as the aural.