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ELISION 30th Season

Melbourne - Singapore - Bendigo - Zurich - Huddersfield -  Belgrade - Novi Sad - Dresden


ELISION 30th Season

Melbourne - Singapore - Bendigo - Zurich - Huddersfield -  Belgrade - Novi Sad - Dresden


30th anniversary season

ELISION began in Melbourne in 1986 as an idiosyncratic alchemy of friendship amongst special musicians. Our mission is to forge a vibrant Australian tradition of virtuosity and to engage with challenging aesthetics in contemporary music. Over 30 years we have forged enduring partnerships with some of the world's most amazing musical thinkers and artists.

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2016 Events




2016 Events





22 January 2016, Composure
Tilde New Music Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne

10 May 2016, Sacred Cities, Metropolis Festival
Melbourne Recital Centre

13 June 2016, Parables of Lucid Dreaming
Melbourne Recital Centre

Collaboration with Australian National Academy of Music
2 September 2016, Speicher
3 September 2016, How Forests Think
4 September 2016, Machine for Contacting the Dead

9 September 2016, An Ocean Beyond Earth
Melbourne Recital Centre

9 September-22 October 2016
RMIT Gallery: ELISION Exhibition of 30 Year Archive

FREE Lunchtime Micro-concerts, 1-1.15pm various dates

21 September 2016, The Surface Project
Collaboration with SIAL Sound Studios
6.30pm, Storey Hall, RMIT, Melbourne


27-30 JUNE 2016
[Prue Lang, Tristram Williams, Daryl Buckley, Tim O'Dwyer]
La Salle College of the Arts, SINGAPORE


[Works by: Richard Barrett, Aaron Cassidy, Ann Cleare, Brian Ferneyhough, Evan Johnson, Dmitri Kourliandski, Liza Lim, Timothy McCormack, Matthew Sergeant]  

20 November 2016
Tage für neue Musik Zürich, SWITZERLAND

22 November 2016
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK

24 November 2016
Kulturni Centar Beograda, Belgrade, SERBIA

25 November 2016
Studio M, Vojvodina Cultural Institute, Novi Sad, SERBIA

29 November 2016
Hellerau, Dresden, GERMANY


please see links for details of programmes, artists and booking information





ELISION began life performing at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne in 1986. It established its international reputation as a new music ensemble through its engagement with complex and virtuosically challenging aesthetics. ELISION’s 16-strong membership includes some of the world’s leading musicians who have defined contemporary instrumental technique with their recordings and publications. Over 30 years, the ensemble has focussed its practice on exploring musical form with cross-artform and transcultural perspectives, providing inspiring models of collaborative practice, which have had an impact on succeeding generations of artists.

ELISION has performed at venues such as the Hebbel Theater Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonie, Saitama Arts Theatre Tokyo, Pompidou Centre, Sydney Opera House, Queensland Art Gallery, and Vienna Konzerthaus; at festivals such as Wien Modern, Maerzmusik, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Festival Ars Musica of Brussels, Züricher TheaterSpektakel, the 50th Warsaw Autumn Festival, Ultima Oslo, TRANSIT Leuven, Spitalfields London, the Chekov International Theatre Festival Moscow, and Festival d’Automne à Paris. These engagements complement two decades of major appearances at the Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Festivals with long-form installation and mixed media works (eg: Lim & de Clario Bardo; Barrett & CROW Opening of the Mouth; Rodgers & Cooper Tulp; O’Dwyer & Watson); operas (Moon Spirit Feasting, The Navigator) supported by the Australia Council’s Major Festivals Initiative, as well as feature concerts (eg: John Zorn, John Rodgers for Adelaide Festival). Other significant collaborations include work with artists Heri Dono (Indonesia), Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook (Thailand) and Australians, Justine Cooper, Judith Wright and Judy Watson. The group’s discography extends to twenty-five compact discs including recordings made at the Deutschlandfunk, Radio Bremen and BBC London Studios for release on KAIROS, NEOS, NMC and MODE, reviewed to acclaim in Gramophone, The Wire, New York Times and BBC Music Magazine.

ELISION has opened new international markets for Australian performers and composers: notable achievements include the first-ever appearances of Australian contemporary opera at the Opéra National de Paris and the Fomenko Theatre in Moscow; the curation of a concert series at Kings Place London from 2009-12; and residencies at the Universities of Harvard, Stanford and Huddersfield which brought the work of young Australian composers into contact with their international peers. ELISION has joined with leading groups Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt) and CIKADA (Oslo) in developing Australian work and profiling significant Australian performers such as Simon Hewett (conductor), Deborah Kayser (soprano), Carl Rosman (Clarinet) and Graeme Jennings (violin) amongst others. ELISION has commissioned over 200 new works, including repertoire classics such as Liza Lim’s Mother Tongue, co-commissioned with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Festival d’Automne à Paris. Lim’s Garden of Earthly Desire (1988) commissioned jointly with Handspan Theatre continues to be performed internationally 28 years later. The ensemble has delivered major projects in partnership with funding agencies such as the Australia Council, Arts Queensland, Arts Victoria, Siemens Culture Foundation, Sound & Music UK, Arts Council England, Canada Arts Council, Norwegian Ministry of the Arts, Australia-Japan Foundation, Italian Cultural Institute, Alliance Française and the Goethe Institute.

Daryl Buckley | Artistic Director | ELISION Ensemble

A film about Richard Barrett's Construction for 3 singers and large ensemble, ELISION conducted by Eugene Ughetti, world premiere at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, November 2011. Film supported by SOUND & MUSIC, UK and shot by Dave Holloway of Medlo. CONSTRUCTION was commissioned by the City of Liverpool for the 2008 European Capital of Culture.

ELISION gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through project funding from the Australia Council for the Arts and through the Ministry of the Arts' Catalyst Programme; as well as support from the State of Victoria through Creative Victoria. ELISION's projects are supported by RMIT Gallery & SIAL Sound Studios (RMIT), ANAM-Australian National Academy of Music, CeReNeM (University of Huddersfield), La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore, Goethe Institut Melbourne, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung and the National Library of Australia.