On Sunday April 23rd, 2017 TLSQ are honoured to be playing Oracle Marker by Evelyn Morris (Pikelet). So honoured that we have named the whole concert after this gorgeous work! Evelyn wrote this piece for us in 2015 and we premiered it at our Abbotsford Convent Concert Series. Playing it in the beautiful acoustic space of The Hawthorn Arts Centre is going to be a treat and you really should come along.
Evelyn is a very busy musician but she was kind enough to answer some questions for our curious audience. Have a read below.
When did you know that you wanted to be a musician?
When I was 3 apparently I told my mum I would be a concert pianist. Although I lacked the discipline to follow through on that, I have just always known music is my life-long pursuit.
What was your first instrument?
Piano, I nagged for lessons until I was 4 or so.
What is the strangest music gig/job that you’ve done?
The strangest thing I've done musically was in a group that I don't reveal to anyone I'm a part of so... I can't tell you. I also used to play in a children's band and anyone who has played to children knows that can be pretty wild and abstract.
What is the strangest non-music job you’ve ever done?
All work is kinda strange when you think about it... my main work over the years has been bartending in small bars and often it feels very strange watching people socialize every night and spend heaps of money on this liquid that makes them act different. But I found call centre market research to be the most bizarre job. You end up feeling as though there is a disembodied angry voice constantly in your ear. I didn't last long in that line of work though I tried it a few times.
You work across many different styles of music, what was your first love as a listener and how did it lead to playing so many different styles?
I can't really remember what composer was my first love but probably Mozart, as that's often the thing you are first most exposed to when you're learning. I became very keen on Debussy in my teen years and that has remained a (somewhat too prominent) influence. However also during my teens I loved Ace of Base and Abba, all kinds of heavy punk and thrash, lots of 70s music my parents had like Cat Stevens and Black Sabbath... so I guess my interest in eclecticism has always been present in my listening as well. I go through intense phases with lots of different artists, rather than a specific genre or region of music.
An eleventh hour blog post with our inimitable cellist Zoë Barry and her partner in life, music and Zalumma Agra; Jed Palmer. Zoë and Jed's composition The Nervous Atmosphere will be performed by TLSQ at our concert TODAY!! It is a stunning piece of music that the quartet feels honoured to perform.There are two things to do: Read our Q&A below with this talented, dynamic duo, Come to one of the performances today to hear their music. The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, shows at 4pm and 7pm. Book those tickets HERE.
When did you first meet and what were your first impressions of each other?
Zoë: We met sometime in the mid nineties in Adelaide. I was recording cello with a band Jed was producing.
Jed: I think we were curious about each other’s versions of being musical. I was self taught, DIY, learning on the job and Zoë was trained and knew exactly what she was doing. I felt it was my duty to corrupt her. Thankfully we have maintained that dynamic throughout our working relationship. I must corrupt Zoë’s process, as inefficiently as possible at all costs.
Zoë: My reality. It’s funny to hear Jed’s thoughts on this. I feel like I corrupt his process, and very inefficiently. When I first met Jed I remember being struck by the way he lived and breathed music, he was so completely driven to be consumed by music, he was hunting. He was musically so ambitious. I feel the same way now. And his drive to make music continues to inspire me now. We started playing in each others’ bands pretty immediately - Bergerac mainly - then moved into composing together for theatre and dance and short films. Many years later we became a couple, had to stop composing together for a few years, and then we starting collaborating together again on a film score a few years ago, and are now are back into it intermittently.
Bree van Reyk hails from Sydney town. She is a percussionist, drummer, composer, sound artist and bloody excellent human being. For our concert on November 26th, 2016, Bree has written a piece called Six Scenes. Bree will also be performing with us on the Vibes. Read on to find out more about what makes her tick musically - to Beyoncé and Beyond!!
To hear the world premiere of Bree's composition Six Scenes come to The Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon on Saturday November 26th - shows at 4pm and 7pm. Book those ticketsHERE.
When did you know that you wanted to be a musician?
When I was 11 I learnt that my drum teacher was called a ‘Professional Musician’ and I figured that was what I wanted to do. I didn’t really think about it again until approximately 3 weeks before my university graduation recital, at which point I realised I wasn’t going to get a ‘job’ and it was probably going to be hard to make any ‘money’ and shouldn’t my parents have encouraged me to pursue something more ‘sensible’? Previously I had wanted to be an astronaut and a mechanic, and I’m hoping to develop some kind of woodworking skills in my old age.