Funding permits Luminescence to shine

AJ America, director of Luminescence. Photograph: Peter Hislop.

WHEN Luminescence Chamber Singers take the stage on the finish of the month, they’ll accomplish that as a assured skilled physique, for eventually this prime music ensemble has achieved ArtsACT funding.

Speaking of our bodies, their opening live performance for 2023 known as “Of The Physique,” described as “a musical dissection of kinds [that] traverses intercourse, sensuality, the senses and extra, exploring our relationship to our corporeal type.”

The live performance will function the premiere of a brand new tune cycle by Canberra composer and Luminescence tenor, Dan Walker.

After I meet up with creative director, AJ America, for espresso, I discover her positively abuzz with plans for the approaching program, which is able to see two live shows in Canberra, a return to Wollongong Artwork Gallery for the primary time since 2017 and a efficiency within the Utzon Room at Sydney Opera Home.

It’s a brand new, augmented line-up for the singers as nicely, with baritone Lucien Fischer and bass Alasdair Stretch becoming a member of the regulars, America as mezzo soprano, Walker as tenor And sopranos Veronica Milroy and Rachel Mink, all beneath the baton of Roland Peelman.

Based on America, the ArtsACT funding now permits them to pay their singers skilled charges, placing them on a extra strong footing.

“The brand new line-up sounds extra dramatic than it’s,” America tells me. Bass Jack Stephens has left to take up a job at St. Paul’s Faculty in Sydney and is being changed by Stretch, who hasn’t but moved to Canberra and Fischer has carried out with the ensemble earlier than.

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The brand new composition by Walker is a seven-movement secular tackle totally different components of the physique set to textual content by the greats, together with Petrarch and Japanese haiku grasp Basho.

A few of Walker’s  actions are titled, “Insurgent Blood”, “Mouth” and Maintain A Coronary heart” and characterize an interaction between the scientific, the emotional and the anatomical.

“This live performance explores how we relate to bodily type, so vital in a world that’s so intensely digital. Hearts nonetheless beat. We nonetheless bleed,” America says.

“Of The Physique,” ANU Drill Corridor Gallery. March 30 and All Saints Anglican Church, Ainslie, March 31. 


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Ian Meikle, editor