Friday, April 30th, 2010
From May 6 to 9 the Queensland Conservatorium will host “Encounters: Musical meetings between Australia and China” a festival that will explore the intercultural encounters between the two countries.

The four-day festival traces two centuries of interactions through a series of concerts, theatre, photography and film as well as panel discussions, lecture-demonstrations and academic papers.

Following the official opening, The Australian Voices (TAV) will premiere A Call to Freedom by Nick Goodridge who composed this winning composition for the Encounters Composition Competition.

TAV’s Artistic Director, Gordon Hamilton, said the festival was a great chance for Australian artists to think outside the square, and for audiences to experience a unique blend of two rich cultures.

Details of TAV’s performance at Encounters are:
What Encounters: Musical meetings between Australia and China.
Where Basil Jones Orchestral Hall, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Level 1
When Thursday 6 May, 5pm (the entire symposium runs from May 6 to May 9)
Cost Free to attend the TAV performance (please note other events may charge an entry fee)

Encounters will celebrate creativity on diverse levels, from local Chinese musicians to rarely experienced guest traditional classical ensembles from China.

“The festival will provide local musicians, especially youths, the opportunity to explore and experiment with music from other cultures to create higher artistic standards,” said Hamilton.

TAV’s CEO and Harvard graduate, Scott Griffin, said the festival came at an apt time when demand for live music performances in China was increasing and presented a growing export market for Australia.

“TAV is a non-profit group and opportunities like this are excellent news for us and others who dedicate their personal funds towards artistic pursuits which are enjoyed by everyone,” he said.

“Growing demand for Australian music helps nurture our domestic music community and also validates our musicians that, on an international level, their music is in demand and highly regarded.”

TAV’s relationship with China’s musical world includes its 2006 tour of China where TAV received a gold medal in World Choir Games.

TAV has commissioned several new pieces from Nicholas Ng, a Chinese-Australian composer who is also the Artistic Director of the Encounters Festival.

“Working with Nicholas has given TAV a unique insight into Chinese tradition and how it interacts with Australian music to generate new and exciting sounds.” he said.

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The Australian Voices (TAV) has championed new Australian choral music around the world since 1993. The mission of TAV is to commission, perform, record and promote the music of Australian composers to the highest international artistic standards. They were multiple gold medallists at the Choir Olympics in China and prize-winners at the Choir of the World competition in Wales.

Their new music vividly captures the sound, colours and energy of the Australian continent and its people. The singers come from all over Australia and commit to a rigorous professional schedule of concerts and workshops, both in Australia and overseas each year.

Internationally respected, TAV has performed new Australian music at high-profile international events around the world for over seventeen years (often winning international awards). TAV has criss-crossed the globe participating in major musical events in Hungary, the UK, Malaysia, Poland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Austria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Canada, Belgium, China, Central America, Spain, Taiwan, Korea, The Czech Republic and America.
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