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Adam Simmons 

Orchestra workshop series and concert

$25 for non-Squawkestra members. Free for Squawkestra members

Thursday April 2 and Thursday April 16 at Northcote Uniting Church (251 High st Northcote) 

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Concert

Thursday April 30

7:30 Northcote Uniting Church

Hear a performace outcome from the workshop series

During the workshop series, participants will be exploring Conduction, a unique form of improvisation ideal for ensemble players. Here’s what Adam has to say about Conduction.

Conduction

“Conduction” is a system of hand gestures that the conductor uses to compose on-the-spot. Adam Simmons learnt directly from its creator, Lawrence “Butch” Morris (USA) in 2005. Since then, Adam has used it with professional and amateur ensembles, often using it to bring disparate instruments, abilities and ages together in creating a truly communal music. “Conduction” is a fantastic tool for encouraging improvising and musical creativity to those who have trouble getting away from “the dots”, while giving the opportunity for those who do improvise to push themselves further. Basically, the workshops teach the gestural language” or “words”, which then get used to create musical “stories”. In workshops, Adam uses “Conduction” to help develop an ensemble’s cohesion and understanding of working together, which can then be applied to more conventional music-making.

Squawkestra is looking forward to working with Adam Simmons this year in an exciting workshop series. We are opening our doors and inviting folks to join us for a this 3 week series. If you are not a member come along to try it out.

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Squawkestra presents

Adam Simmons

Orchestra workshop series and Concert

Join Squawkestra in a unique workshop series with Adam Simmons.

A three week workshop series with a performance outcome.

Workshop participants will discover ‘Conduction’, a powerful system of hand gestures used to spontaneously compose. The technique, developed by Lawrence ‘Butch’ Morris, brings together professional and beginner instrumentalists creating music that is unique to the ensemble. Workshop participants will also learn selected movements from ‘Traveling Tales’ a suite written by Adam for the Intari Orchestra and first performed in the Piraeus Festival, Athens in 2014.

Adam Simmons is a sought after woodwind multi-instrumentalist. He is a composer, performer and teacher. A skillful player, with an approachable manner, he instills a sense of curiosity among his audience and students. He is key instigator in many original music projects (Adam Simmons Toy Band, BOLT Ensemble, Origami). He is in high demand as collaborator with International and Major Australian artists (Nigel Kennedy, Australian Art Orchestra, Ernest Ranglin, You Am I, Odean Pope). He is the Artistic Director and creator of the Festival of Slow Music (Ballarat.)

Squawkestra is a community orchestra project based in Northcote and conducted by Katrina Wilson O’Brien. The orchestra is a place to discover a breadth of ensemble repertoire at an entry level standard.

This 3 week workshop and performance series is for orchestral instrumentalists of all standard. Current and future members of Squawkestra welcome to attend.

Workshop dates:

Thursday April 2

Thursday April 16

Northcote Uniting Church

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Final performance

April 30

7:30

Northcote Uniting Church

Workshop participation

FREE for Squawkestra members

$25 for future Squawkestra members

Adam also played Traveling Tales at the 2014 Ballarat Quiet Music Festival with Ballarat Symphony Orchestra as seen in the photos below. Love the socks Adam!

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Melodie Francaise Concert- 2013

Melodie Francaise Concert- 2013

Conducted by Andrea Keeble and blessed with the light of God.