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Alana Blackburn and Peter Farrar

Alana Blackburn and Peter Farrar

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Date: 7.30pm Thursday 23 August 2012

Where: The Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham Street, Marrickville



Alana Blackburn (recorders) presents In varietate Concordia – unity through diversity, explores the tonal capabilities of the recorder, an instrument often overlooked, yet has stood the test of time. Alana performs a showcase of every aspect of the recorder, including a display of varying sizes and styles from the tiny sopranino to the large, square subcontra bass. Through compositions using fixed media, and live sampling and processing, Alana will perform Australian premieres together with a newly developed improvised performance with sound technologist Ben Carey. Alana will perform Et Døgn by Steve ‘Stelios’ Adam for sopranino, descant, treble and tenor recorders and computer (2006-2009); _derivations on recorder with Benjamin Carey; Tic by Anthony Leigh Dunstan for Paetzold contrabass in F and fixed media (2012); and Kage by Roderik de Man for improvising recorder player on ganassi g-alto and CD (2000).


Peter Farrar (saxophone): For a number of years Peter has been working on various extended techniques for the saxophone that effect the overtone series, tuning and timbre/resonance of the instrument. This performance is an exploration into some unique sound worlds created by these innovations. Peter has been involved with free improvisation for ten years and has played with an interesting variety of musicians. These solo saxophone endeavours are about developing a language natural to the instrument that is not bound by stylistic or aesthetic inhibitions that one encounters in group-improvisational contexts.


Performers: Alana Blackburn (recorders) and Peter Farrar (saxophone)


Event Details:

Date: 7.30pm Thursday 23 August 2012

Where: The Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham Street, Marrickville

Tickets: Full $15 | Concession & Under 30 $10 | Tickets available at the door

Bookings: Phone: (02) 8256 2222 or Online: 


Please RSVP by Monday 20 August 2012 to:

Philippa Horn, Manager, New Music Network, P: 0411 606 077 E:




Alana Blackburn graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium with a Bachelor (Honours) and Masters degree in performance. She has since then received a number of scholarships and awards towards overseas study, graduating from the Amsterdam Conservatorium in 2010 under the instruction of Paul Leenhouts and Jorge Isaac. Alana has performed in some of the world’s greatest recital halls including the Sydney Opera House, Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and London’s Wigmore Hall.  Since coming back to Australia, Alana won the 2011 Don Cowell National Recorder Competition and performed with a number of ensembles and artists throughout Australia including Ironwood Ensemble, Orchestra of St James, Riley Lee and Pinchgut Opera.  Alana specialises in both early and contemporary repertoire - she toured Europe and recorded 3 CDs with The Royal Wind Music - a double sextet of renaissance recorders, and now back home, she currently experiments with new programs and sound worlds with sound technologist Ben Carey, which was recently presented at the 2012 Australasian Computer Music Conference.


Peter Farrar is primarily a saxophonist, working in improvisational contexts, both free form, and not free form (jazz and Ethiopian music).  Peter has performed at festivals including the Vitamin S Festival in Auckland, the NOW now Festival in Sydney, the Ready Fire Festival in Brisbane. He has also toured to Korea and Ethiopia with “Dereb the Ambassador”. Peter has also worked with:  Prophets - a group exploring home-made masks and amateur saxophone groove chamber music; Sleepyhedz – a duet for clarinet and saxophone;  Farfinkel Pugowski – a jazz-based quartet and experimental in approach;  Dereb the Ambassador – Dereb is an Ethiopian singer and the group plays his originals as well as well known Ethiopian songs; and  A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Orchestra – a 7-piece jazz chamber group whose repertoire includes many through-composed pieces as well pieces influenced by country music and concert band music. The music is composed by members of the band.



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Aug 23, 2012 07:30 pm to Aug 23, 2012 12:00 am