Miranda Hill(double bass) and Gemma Horbury(brass)
Composer, percussionist and sound-artist Nat Grant has invited three fellow improvisers – Gemma Horbury (brass), Belinda Woods (flutes) and Miranda Hill (bass) – to join her for this concert inspired by ideas of sleep, insomnia and waking thoughts.
The show will feature improvisations and compositions by these four local composer/performers, playing solos, duos, perhaps a trio and certainly ‘all-in’. Although they’ve played with each other on different projects, this is their debut in this configuration.
Nat Grant’swork explores intersections between improvisation, chance and intention in the development of sound as a sculptural medium. Her solo performances integrate electronic processing and sampling with acoustic percussion instruments and found objects. Nat holds a PhD in Music Composition from the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne). She performs regularly at venues around Melbourne, and is frequently engaged in projects and performances that invite her audience to be part of the process or realisation of an artwork. www.natgrantmusic.com
Belinda Woods is an improvising Flautist who explores the use of texture, contour and polyphony within a stylistically diverse creative practice. Focusing on the acoustic properties of her instrument she incorporates an array of timbres and techniques, weaving a rich sonic tapestry of melodic constructs. www.belindawoods.com.au
Miranda Hill is a double bassist, producer and improviser. She directs 3 Shades Black, an experimental new music ensemble, and is a founding member of the Flying Tapirs, a performance theatre backing group that made its’ public debut at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2014. Miranda’s main inspiration is the make new and experimental music accessible to anyone, so that everyone can appreciate how awesome it it. Her interests tend toward the experimental and fun, and the new set of challenges that arise when you mix artistic genres with a sense of humour and levity. www.3shadesblack.com
Gemma Horbury is a performer, artist and educator with a passion for music that defies genre: her work shifts between technological innovation and tradition, yet is underpinned by deep connections to sustainability and developing individual and community capacity through the arts. Gemma is musical director of world music ensemble Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde and regularly performs with groups including Lo-Res and Tek Tek Ensemble. www.gemmahorbury.tumblr.com
Monday 16th May 2016
7.30pm at La Mama Theatre 205 FARADAY STREET, CARLTON, 3053.