upstairs@AYH: photoplay
Apr
14
4:00 PM16:00

upstairs@AYH: photoplay

join the music box project and NOU for an afternoon of silent film, noisy sounds/songs and popcorn to launch our 2018 season at the Australian Youth Hotel.

in 2018, make your way up the stairs at the AYH every second Saturday afternoon of the month for gatherings exploring music outside the usual order of things by the music box project and friends.

excited to be making live sounds to accompany moving images by artists: Baturay Tüngür, Harry Burgess, James Watkins, Kristina Susnjara, Liam Mulligan, Maya Saunders, Oliver Miller, Paola De la Pena and Tina Stefanou.

entry by donation.

4PM the music box project
5PM NOU (improvising on song forms): Joseph Phillip Franklin, Tina Stefanou, Holly Conner, Joseph Lisk, Elizabeth Jigalin

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BackStage Music: Ashley Bathgate + the music box project
Aug
28
7:00 PM19:00

BackStage Music: Ashley Bathgate + the music box project

On August 28, BackStage Music presents "eloquent new music interpreter" Ashley Bathgate (USA) and local creative music cohort the music box project in back to back sets of living music in a living space. 

Opening the night, the music box project share music shaped by the visual and visceral with works by Cathy Milliken and Natalie Williams in addition to the premiere of a diptych collaboratively composed by the ensemble, inspired by "OPERA + ORNAMENTS" currently on display at Conny Dietzschold Gallery.

Memorial/Traces*: Cathy Milliken
Jane Aubourg and Elizabeth Jigalin: ORNAMENTS
Joseph Franklin and Joseph Lisk: OPERA
Natalie Williams: Vignettes of Paul Klee

*With new film by Tina Stefanou 'Traces'

Traces, 2017, Sydney, film stills 12.01 mins

Traces is inspired by Cathy Milliken's piece Memorial/Traces, 2012. A class of 8-10 year olds from Currambena Primary in Sydney silently interpret a series of graphic cards. Asking to be seen as they are, mapping out a trace of their selves through silent expression.

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upstairs@AYH: VOX BOX
May
6
4:00 PM16:00

upstairs@AYH: VOX BOX

Voice meets flute meets story meets sound. a shimmer of song, the rush of air, the moment where one becomes the other. the ever-playful 'the music box project' invites you to join flutist Naomi Johnson and friends for an afternoon of music, poetry and new sounds, upstairs at the Australian Youth Hotel. start your saturday evening off with a drink (or two) and music by:

Jane Rigler: Two Seaming
Kaija Saariaho: Noa Noa
Dan Thorpe: false | cognate
Mark Zadro: Vox box
Tom Johnson: Counting Duets no III & V
...and more...

with Naomi Johnson (flute/bass flute), Elia Bosshard (flute), Danica Hobden (electric guitar) and Elizabeth Jigalin (counting/electronics).

entry by donation.
 

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the music box project Open Masterclass with Eighth Blackbird
Feb
24
5:30 PM17:30

the music box project Open Masterclass with Eighth Blackbird

While on tour with Musica Viva, Eighth Blackbird's Nathalie Joachim and Nicholas Photinos stopped into Artbank Sydney for a special composition masterclass with musicians from the music box project. Music: 'Village Idiot', composed by Elena Kats-Chernin and arranged by Elizabeth Jigalin. Performed by the music box project. This masterclass was presented with support from Artbank. Filmed by Keith Saunders.


FRI FEB24: Join the music box project for a masterclass with adventurous US based, Grammy award winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird (who will be touring Australia in Feb-March!). Come along for an all Australian program of works featuring music by Kezia Yap, Jasmin Leung and Elena Kats Chernin (arr. Elizabeth Jigalin). We are so grateful to Musica Viva Australia for this awesome opportunity. We hope to see you @ Artbank. Free, though RSVP is essential: https://musicaviva.com.au/artbankmc/

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PARTIAL PHASE: the music box project + Splash Percussion
Nov
19
6:00 PM18:00

PARTIAL PHASE: the music box project + Splash Percussion

PARTIAL PHASE: an evening overloaded with curious, creative, living sounds @ Eastside Arts/Paddington Uniting Church. two back-to-back sets of music making by two of Sydney’s up-and-coming, creative musician collectives: the music box project. and Splash Percussion.

6:15PM the music box project. share a set of music outside the usual order of things - an eclectic exploration of noisy • textural • drawn • partial • sounds by Cat Hope, Dan Thorpe, Jasmin Leung, Oliver Hollenbach, Elizabeth Jigalin, @GraphicScoreBot, 🍌.

7:00PM Splash Percussion draw you into the beautiful • hypnotic • primal • phasing • sound world of Steve Reich’s “Drumming” - celebrating Reich's 80th birthday.

doors open @ 6:00pm
sounds begin @ 6:15pm
sounds end @ 8:15pm

tickets online + at the door $15 (student/access) $20 (ga)

profit from this event will be donated to ACMF (Australian Children's Music Foundation)

Splash percussion and friends: James Guest, Stuart Rynn, Shane Leviton, Alice Connor, Oliver Brighton, Jack Andrew-Kabilafkas, Nicolas Petit, Jasper Rasmussen, Alice Hu, Naomi Johnson, Hannah Alexander, Niki Johnson.

the music box project: Elizabeth Jigalin, Naomi Johnson, Pete Leung, Joseph Franklin, Joseph Lisk, Laura Andrew, Danica Hobden.

Thanks to the support of APRA AMCOS, University of Sydney Union (USU), Sydney University Wind Orchestra

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yMusic + the music box project
Aug
19
6:30 PM18:30

yMusic + the music box project

BACKSTAGE: a living space for living music presents

yMusic (NYC) and the music box project (SYD) in back to back sets exploring the latest music from the USA and Australia.

With music by: Missy Mazzoli*, Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, Marcos Balter, Judd Greenstein, Jane Aubourg*, Elizabeth Jigalin*, Kezia Yap*, Milan Monk*, Harry Burgess*, Joseph Franklin*.

*world premiere

Doors open 6:30pm
Music starts 7:00pm

Tickets $25 (includes beer/wine)

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This concert is the first in a series of concerts at BackStage @ creative space 99 curated by Lamorna Nightingale and Elizabeth Jigalin.


yMusic:
a group of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds, who have striven to bring a classical chamber music aesthetic to venues outside the traditional concert hallKnown for their partnership with Ben Folds and championing the music of the likes of Nico Muhly and Sufjan Stevens, yMusic will present a program including the world premiere of a new work by Brooklyn based composer Missy Mazzoli - recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York" (New York Times).

the music box project:
an experimental vehicle for upcoming Sydney composers and performers, seeking to present unique, creative and collaborative music experiences. This creative cohort have sonically activated car parks and created an ambitious collaborative work in which 40 composers from around the world each contributed a cell of music. In the music box project's short set, six composers have each created a miniature work based on the same simple concept leading them to different paths of sonic exploration.

ARTISTS

yMusic: CJ Camerieri (trumpet), Rob Moose (violin), Nadia Sirota (viola), Gabriel Cabezas (cello), Hideaki Aomori (clarinet), Alex Sopp (flute)

the music box project musicians: Jane Aubourg (violin), Peter Leung (saxophones), Joe Lisk (trumpet), Joe Manton (bass guitar), James Guest (percussion), Naomi Johnson (flute)

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R E M I E I M B E R (collaboration with "theycansee")
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

R E M I E I M B E R (collaboration with "theycansee")

R E M I E I M B E R  (by theycansee)

SPATIAL // SONIC // VISUAL

mediums ranging from surround-sound electronic music, immersive video art & spatial design converge in this one night only collaborative event - drawing together distinctive artistic practices to produce an unforgettable assault on the senses.

composers: ciaran frame, harry burgess & milan monk
performers: the music box project., mimi kind, lilli pearse & geena cheung
spatial design: bethany sheehan
video art: ella mcdougall

Worker's Union by Louis Andriessen (arr. Elizabeth Jigalin)

performers: laura andrew: baritone sax; chris higgins: baritone sax; alexander lee: baritone sax; kezia yap: MIDI controller + strobe; josie gibson: MIDI controller + strobe; elizabeth jigalin: MIDI controller + strobe; stuart rynn: percussion + junk; james guest: percussion + junk; mat levy: percussion + junk.

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project: in 4.
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

project: in 4.

40 composers. 16 musicians. the music box project.

"Live Review: the music box project." by Antonia Zappia, CutCommon Mag

"40 composers create astounding and mesmerizing music" by Lliane Clarke, classikON

the music box project. presents a concert in 2 parts "project: in 4." - bringing together composers, performers and listeners alike for a night of collaboration at the Glebe Justice Centre on March 4th 2015.

part one: in 4.

in response to Terry Riley's "in C.", a quartet of quartet (feat. 16 upcoming Sydney musicians) will be premiering a new, collaborative work "in 4." - 40 cells of music by 40 composers from around the world. this work has been curated by the tmbp. team. learn more, listen and download the score here.

part two: in C.

Terry Riley's in C., is a piece written for any number of humans, playing any number of instruments. The work is made up of 53 cells of written music, repeated any number of times - as determined by each performer.On the night we're asking you to join in and perform this awesome work. If this is your scene, download the music below, grab your instrument and be ready to play alongside our ensemble. We will have transposed scores printed for you to use on the night. Power/power boards will also be supplied. Bring a music stand if you can!

quartet of quartets

Pete Leung (sop sax), Liz Cheung (fl), Natasha Effendy (cl), Laura Andrew (al sax), Joe Lisk (tp/fgh), Paul Meo (tpt), Harry Burgess (tbn), Jackson Bankovic (tbn), Ciara Frame (perc), Harry Day (drums), Elizabeth Jigalin (pno), Milan Monk (vib), Joe Manton (el bass), Danica Hobden (el gtr), Jane Aubourg (el vln), Wilbur Whitta (el keys).

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