ELISION had a stellar year celebrating 30 years of music-making; an amazing concert series at the Melbourne Recital Centre (thanks Marshall McGuire!); a fabulous collaboration with the students of ANAM (thanks Nick Deutsch & Matthew Hoy!) with the orchestral-sized group giving cracking performances of Enno Poppe's Speicher and Liza Lim's Machine for Contacting the Dead at BIFEM (Australia's most ambitious new music festival thanks to David Chisholm!); premieres of Aaron Cassidy's The wreck of former boundaries in which trumpet legends Peter Evans and Tristram Williams blew up a storm (with the help of Josh Hyde, Carl Rosman, Ben Marks, Joan Wright & Daryl Buckley), and Liza's How Forests Think with sheng master Wu Wei;  and ELISION performances of these masterpieces twice more, in festivals in Zurich and Huddersfield, recording both works for release in 2017 on the HCR CD label under the formidable musicianship of conductor Carl Rosman. You can hear the hcmf// concert broadcast on BBC3's Hear and Now on Jan 7th and online for the following month. Further tour brilliance was seen in Serbia (thanks Richard Barrett & Milana Zaric!) and at Dresden's Hellerau (thanks Barbara Damm!). Our achievements were celebrated at RMIT Gallery which hosted a fantastic 30-Years ELISION Exhibition with films, photos, documents and artefacts as well as 25 lunchtime concerts & talks (thanks Suzanne Davies, Helen Rayment, Jon Buckingham and Evelyn Tsitas!). Oh, and we also visited Singapore twice to develop work with artists and musicians at La Salle College of the Arts (thanks Tim O'Dwyer!). 

Finally, 2016 was another chapter in the ever-evolving story of our remarkable musicians- their overwhelming commitment, brilliance and ability to play with the foot pushed down on the pedal, all the way! And thank you to our board and supporters, Creative Victoria, Catalyst and the Australia Council.

2017 arrives with many exciting projects including our second residency at Harvard University in May, work with La Salle in Singapore and RMIT Gallery Melbourne and feature concerts at Shanghai New Music Week and the Redland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland. We look forward to new collaborations with composers Turgut Erçetin (Turkey), Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh (Australia), Michelle Lou (USA), Chikako Morishita (Japan), Timothy McCormack (USA), Matthew Sergeant (UK) and Charlie Sdraulig (Australia) amongst others. We have new CDs arriving and are honoured to grace the cover of After the Fall, Tim Rutherford-Johnson's history of contemporary music post-1989 which comes out in Feb 2017 with University of California Press. We look forward to sharing our passion for new music with you in 2017. - Daryl Buckley, Artistic Director, ELISION

ELISION and ANAM musicians in rehearsal for Lim's Machine for Contacting the dead, South Melbourne Town Hall. photo, Aaron Cassidy

ELISION and ANAM musicians in rehearsal for Lim's Machine for Contacting the dead, South Melbourne Town Hall. photo, Aaron Cassidy

Wu Wei, sheng & Paula Rae, bass flute, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK, Nov 2016. video still, Angela Guyton

Wu Wei, sheng & Paula Rae, bass flute, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, UK, Nov 2016. video still, Angela Guyton

Post-concert fondue, Zurich

Post-concert fondue, Zurich

Séverine Ballon @SIAL Sound Studios, Sept 2016
Sound engineer, Simon Maisch; Videographer: Bruce J. Maher
ELISION 30 Year Exhibition, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

Daryl Buckley sings the blues & plays lap steel guitar, hcmf// 2016. video still, Angela Guyton 

Daryl Buckley sings the blues & plays lap steel guitar, hcmf// 2016. video still, Angela Guyton 

Peter Evans takes a solo in Aaron Cassidy's work, St Paul's Hall, hcmf//2016. video still, Angela Guyton

Peter Evans takes a solo in Aaron Cassidy's work, St Paul's Hall, hcmf//2016. video still, Angela Guyton

Peter Neville, percussion & Richard Barrett, electronics at Studio M, Belgrade, Serbia. photo, Manja Holodkov

Peter Neville, percussion & Richard Barrett, electronics at Studio M, Belgrade, Serbia. photo, Manja Holodkov

Reaching an astronomical standard of musical innovation and performance this ELISION concert evoked emotion, pushed boundaries, educated and inspired.
— Madeleine Roycroft, BIFEM review, Partial Durations, 11 Sept 2016

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.