Omid: Premiere by Soundstream in Adelaide

Omid, my new work for soprano, toy piano, bass clarinet, cello, and electronic track, will be played by Soundstream in Adelaide tomorrow night. We are currently workshopping the pieces at ABC Studios in Adelaide, with mentoring composers Alison Isadora, Cat Hope, Gao Ping, and Simon Emmerson. I'm very privileged to have my work being presented alongside four other pieces (by Leah Blankendaal, Daniel Thorpe, Alex Turley, and Mark Wolf), which are all of very high quality and quite diverse in style and approach.

The title of my piece is the first name of Omid Masoumali (aged 23), who self-immolated and subsequently died on Nauru in April this year. In the same week, Hodan Yasin (aged 19 or 21) also self immolated, and there were six other suicide attempts on the island detention centre. I have tried to imagine the mixture of dull monotony, restless frustration, and deep, slow anxiety that must be felt by a person who undertakes an arduous journey from a dangerous place only to be confronted by a towering wall of political expediency, sub-standard living conditions, and years of uncertainty about one’s future. The piece takes Omid's reported last words as text for the soprano.

The piece will be recorded for broadcast by ABC Classic FM. The information below is from the event's facebook page.
Soundstream Emerging Composers Forum Concert, presented by Soundstream and the Musicological Society of Australia

Wednesday November 30, 7.30pm
Studio 520, ABC Collinswood Centre, 85 North East Road, corner Rosetta Street, Collinswood SA

Soundstream presents five world premieres by Australia’s exciting new generation of leading composers. The sublime voices of Deborah Kayser and Anthony Zatorski will be complemented by cello, clarinet, and toy/prepared piano. After the concert, three of the composers will be awarded $5000 commissions, the highest awards for emerging composers in Australia.
Broadcast partner, ABC Classic FM

Deborah Kayser Soprano
Anthony Zatroski Baritone
Mitch Berick Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Simon Cobcroft ‘Cello
Gabriella Smart Toy Piano/Prepared Piano

Perform works by:

Leah Blankendaal (SA)
Mitchell Mollison (VIC)
Daniel Thorpe (SA)
Alex Turley (WA)
Mark Wolf (QLD)

Admission free, registration required at TRYBOOKING

Further information: www.soundstream.org.au
Contact: info@soundstream.org.au
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