The 13th Totally Huge New Music Festival begins

The 13th biennial Totally Huge New Music Festival began last night and will run for the next eleven days.

Occurring every two years, this ten-day festival incorporates concerts, installations, radio projects, residencies, workshops, master classes, young artists’ events, free outdoor concerts, awards programs and conferences.

Audiences have the opportunity to experience contemporary chamber, electronica, improvisation, and sound art works in a variety of environments, venues and public spaces.

Arts Minister David Templeman opened the festival congratulating Tura New Music on their 30th anniversary and sharing his excitement about the program for this year’s festival.

Templeman said the festival was a great opportunity for Western Australian musicians to share their stories, and hear from visiting performers from interstate and overseas.

Board member Simon Dawkins said the organisation was all about championing the evolution of sonic art, and had developed an international profile for it’s work in developing new works.

“The festival is an important part of this effort to bring new work to the attention of the public, and the music community, and provides the best possible platform for its presentation.” Dawkins said.

As the cultural organisations begins it’s year long celebration of it’s thirtieth year, Dawkins praised Artistic Director Tos Mahoney saying he had build a thriving musical enterprise.

“His persistence and tenacity has paid off, to the point where we can now say we have a level of sustainability that we have not achieved before.”

Guests at the festival opening at the University of Western Australia were also treated to a performance from musician Louise Devenish.

Devenish performed Coral Speak, a composition by Kate Moore, which was written for a vibraphone and stereo tracks.  Devenish has just released a CD Music for Percussion and Electronics which features the work alongside pieces by Cat Hope, Stuart James and Adirán Pertout.

The festival, which occurs in venues across the city, features Anne LeBaron (USA), Speak Percussion (Melbourne), Kouhei Harada (Japan), Mitsuaki Matsumoto (Japan), Shohei Sasagawa (Japan), Rick Snow (USA), Decibel (Perth), Ross Bolleter (Perth), Chris Tonkin (Perth), Lawrence English (Brisbane), Erik Griswold (Brisbane), Callum G’Froerer (Germany/Perth), Catherine Ashley (Perth) and many more

Check out the festival’s program at their website.

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