Fiona's latest release is the orchestral work 'Śūnyatā' (pronounced shoonyata). Fiona is a finalist in the APRA Australian Music Centre Art Music Awards for 'Work of the Year, Large Ensemble' for this composition.
The work was recorded by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2022 via livestream, supported by CreateNSW and co-produced by Joe Benjamin and Fiona. The track was mixed by the fabulous Sean Carey and mastered by the Grammy award winning William Bowden and is now ready for your listening pleasure!! (Listen via the links below).
This piece was composed over a couple of years in workshops with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as part of the Composing Women Program. The first workshop was in 2020 via zoom and live YouTube stream. The piece was then re-worked and workshopped and performed by the TSO in 2021 - again via livestream for the people in NSW! (Watch out for the Resonate article outlining this process!)
Based on Neolithic Goddess Mythology and the concept of a Deep Spiral which connects us to the earth the term 'Śūnyatā' is a Sanskrit word which has multiple meanings depending on its doctrinal context. It is generally described as 'emptiness' and relates to the concept of the world being empty of a self or anything relating to a self...
Track artwork by gorgeously talented Rachelle Kellett
The score is now available through the Australian Music Centre here
You can listen on all major streaming platforms: Spotify and Apple Music taking a while but please listen on Tidal or YouTube!!
Fiona is co-curating electroacoustic music concert 'EarthBound' in collaboration with Lamorna Nightingale and BackStage Music.
August 25th - Hazelbrook, Blue Mountains
August 26th - Cope Street, Waterloo
The program brings together female identifying composers and performers from far flung parts of the globe, South Korea to Armidale, Melbourne and Western Sydney. Works from Unsuk Chin, Ros Bandt, Donna Hewitt and Felicity Wilcox will be presented alongside a newly commissioned work created in collaboration between Veronique Serret and early career artist Emma Harlock.
Featuring Alana Blackburn on recorder, Veronique Serret on violin, Emma Harlock on bass guitar and Fiona Hill on live electronics the program includes Unsuk Chin's Double Bind? (Australian premiere) for violin and live electronics. This extraordinary work grapples with the tension between the physical and human-altered - a wildly imagined perspective on the musician as instrument and agent of change.
This is going to be an exciting opportunity to hear these little performed electroacoustic works so be sure to book your tickets soon!
You can book tickets through the BackStage Music website and eventbrite here
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