Barney Mcall Next Peggy Glanville-hicks Resident

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by anonymous on Tuesday 28 October 2014.

The residency is a partnership between the Australia Council and the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers’ Trust.

The announcement will be officially made tonight in Sydney at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks address, hosted by the New Music Network. The address will be given by composer, video artist and instrument designer Warren Burt.

Australia Council Acting Director Music Andy Rantzen said Barney McAll was the outstanding candidate in a strong field.

“The Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers’ Trust and the Australia Council are very pleased to be able to offer Barney McAll this opportunity for 12 months,” Mr Rantzen said.

“Barney’s acceptance of the residency marks his return to Australia after being based in New York for 17 years. We are delighted Barney has decided to move back to Sydney to undertake some exciting projects, and that we are able to facilitate a highly respected Australian artist bringing back such a wealth of international experience.”

Mr McAll said he was very grateful to be named next year’s Peggy Glanville-Hicks resident.

“Firstly, I want to say a huge thank you to Peggy Glanville-Hicks and the Trust because it’s just so difficult to find a block of time to dedicate to music and this residency honors music and its great importance,” Mr McAll said

“I have taken in a great deal working with some of the greatest musicians in the world and touring internationally since the early 1990s and I see the residency as a chance to reflect and refine some of the concepts and ideas that I have been exposed to.”

Mr McAll said during his residency he was looking forward to reconnecting with his Australian peers and working with them on a number of projects.

These include writing solo piano pieces for next year’s Kinetic Jazz Festival in Sydney, which have been influenced by the gospel church music he has been playing in Queens, New York, and writing a commissioned piece for the Monash Art Ensemble to be premiered at the 2015 Wangaratta Jazz Festival.

He will also write works for two pianos, homemade instruments, celeste and vibraphone with Eugene Ughetti and his mentor and this year’s Don Banks Award winner, Mike Nock.

“I will also be developing a multi-media performance of songs from my forthcoming album Global Intimacy, which looks at the detrimental effects of technology and social media on our psyches and on society – the 24/7 curating of the exhibition of the self as it were. The music will feature Gian Slater and Invenio, Sia Furler, and Josh Mease,” Mr McAll said.

Mr McAll said he would also hold private music lessons and workshops as part of his residency.

“I really want to invest back into Australia the way Australia has invested in me. I look forward to sharing ideas and concepts with many students.”

Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers’ Trust Chair Shane Simpson said the residency was given each year either to a young composer with wonderful potential or an established composer with a strong track record.

“Peggy bequeathed her house to be a composers’ haven – somewhere they could work with time and space, without having to worry about the rent,” Mr Simpson said.
“When you look at the achievements of the composers who have had fellowships, you see how wise she was.”

Past residents include Gordon Kerry, Liza Lim, Julian Yu, Mary Finsterer, Andrew Ford, Julian Day, Matthew Hindson, and Elena Kats-Chermin.

In partnership with the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers’ Trust, the Australia Council has offered the residency through a competitive grant round since 2012.

Applications are encouraged from composers and songwriters of all musical genres and the successful resident is provided with $20,000 to create new work and undertake professional development.