7.30pm Friday 27 October
Subiaco Arts Centre
Festival Composer in Residence Anne LeBaron presents a program of solo and ensemble works including collaborations with Perth artists.
Anne LeBaron’s compositions embrace an exotic array of subjects encompassing vast reaches of space and time, ranging from the mysterious Singing Dune of Kazakhstan, to probes into physical and cultural forms of extinction, to legendary figures such as Pope Joan, Eurydice, Marie Laveau, and the American Housewife. Widely recognized for her work in instrumental, electronic, and performance realms, she has earned numerous awards and prizes, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Alpert Award in the Arts, a Fulbright Full Fellowship, an award from the Rockefeller MAP Fund for her opera, Sucktion, and a 2009-2010 Cultural Exchange International Grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs for The Silent Steppe Cantata. Also an accomplished harpist, LeBaron is renowned for her pioneering methods of developing and implementing extended harp techniques, electronic enhancements, and notation in compositional and improvisational contexts. She currently teaches composition and related subjects, such as Concert Theater and HyperOpera, at the California Institute of the Arts.
INFRATHIN – graphic score for harp duo
DOGGONE CATACT – prepared harp solo
I AM AN AMERICAN…MY GOVERNMENT WON’T REWARD YOU – harp and live electronics + fixed media playback
CONCERTO FOR ACTIVE FROGS – voice, percussion, male soloist, electronics and ensemble
Anne LeBaron’s darkly mysterious, troubling yet weirdly exuberant and wonderfully performed new opera CRESCENT CITY…(Los Angeles Times)
Another lasting impression is how perfectly composer Anne LeBaron’s score for the SILENT STEPPE CANTATA evoked the spirit of the traditional instruments the orchestra played…captivating and classy. (Tengri News)
LeBaron’s score, POPE JOAN, for mixed ensemble brilliantly evokes an imagined medievalism. (Gramophone)
Anne LeBaron’s attendance at the 13th Totally Huge New Music Festival is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.