Following the success of the two residencies offered in its inaugural year, UKARIA has extended its partnership with the Australia Council to support three new residencies. Composers Thomas Meadowcroft, Hilary Kleinig and Andrew Schultz will each receive $10,000 to support the creation of new work, and will have exclusive access to UKARIA’s state-of-the-art facilities in Adelaide Hills.

Thomas Meadowcroft will work with Speak Percussion (pictured) in Assembly Operation. Image © Bryony Jackson

Composer Thomas Meadowcroft’s proposed work will explore a combination of instruments and ensembles from traditional Balinese, Javanese and Malaysian gamelan to instruments associated with country and western music – such as pedal/lap steel guitars, keyboards and drum kits – alongside tape machines, home organs and transistor radios. For this project, which will result in a world premiere in 2020, Meadowcroft will be working with an international team featuring Speak Percussion, from Australia, Senyawa from Indonesia, Bani Haykai from Singapore and Kamrui Hussin from Malaysia.

Hilary Kleinig’s major project, The Lost Art of Listening, will use technology to investigate how people experience and value music in an age of 24-hour connectedness and distraction. The proposed work is for prepared piano, to be played by Queensland’s Erik Griswold and a 32-part audience-played smartphone choir. Kleinig will be working with South Australian tech/arts company Sandpit and West Australian developer Steve Berrick on the creation of a purpose-built smartphone choir app.

Composer Andrew Schultz will also be using technology in his immersive Dark Well project. The proposed 90-minute site-specific composition, intended for staging in dark spaces such as quarry, cave, or mine shaft, will be for two pianos, visual and audio projections and lighting design. Dark Well will extend on normal performance practice by incorporating elements of both live performance and pre-recorded sound.

“We are very pleased to be working in partnership with UKARIA to provide artists with funds and time to develop new work in such a special environment,” said Australia Council Arts Practice Director for Music, Paul Mason.

“We were really happy with the response to the initial call for applications last year but this year the number and quality of proposals has increased again,” said UKARIA CEO Alison Beare. “This strong response confirms the value of this sort of partnership and we are really pleased to be working with these artists and the Australia Council.”