Lisa Illean & ANAM – Finding Our Voice

Lisa Illean

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Ukaria


Ever-changing constellations of piano, strings and electronics.

Join pianist Aura Go, musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) directed by violinist Emma McGrath, and Tilman Robinson on live sound, for a rich program that balances cult contemporary pieces with the aching clarity of Renaissance music.

Part of New Music Days 2023, Finding Our Voice elevates the voices of Australian composers within the context of some of the best contemporary music being written around the world.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Enigma, and a world premiere of acclaimed Australian composer Lisa Illean’s new work, arcing, stilling, bending, gathering, frame a sublime program that includes music by Olivia Davies, James Dillon and Thomas Adès, alongside Finnish-born Australian composer Erkki-Veltheim’s beautiful arrangements of works from the English Renaissance.

Lisa Illean’s world premiere piece, arcing, stilling, bending, gathering features ever-changing constellations of piano, strings and electronics. Illean is a composer of acoustic and acousmatic music with work spanning pieces written for orchestra to sound works conceived for unique spaces.

‘Much of my work has evolved an approach to sound which is a dance between two layers: music of understated lyricism combined with unusual, complementary sonorities. These two elements can rotate like celestial bodies in unfolding patterns of convergence, evoking fleeting moments of time within immeasurable contours.’ – Lisa Illean

Post-Concert Talk

Please join Lisa Illean, Emma McGrath and Aura Go for a post-concert talk from 8.50pm – 9.20pm.

Finding Our Voice is supported by UKARIA, Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, an Australian Government initiative, and the following individuals and foundations: Ulrike Klein AO, Berg Family Foundation, The Yulgilbar Foundation, The Aranday Foundation, Playking Foundation and Julie Kantor AO.

New Music Days is generously supported by the Robert Salzer Foundation.

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Lisa Illean composer
Aura Go piano
Emma McGrath violin, director
Tilman Robinson sound

The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)
Adrian Whitehall
Ben Tao
Daniel You
Felix Pascoe
Jack Overall
James Armstrong
Joe Kelly
Megan Yang
Murray Kearney
Noah Lawrence
Peter Gjelsten


Anna Thorvaldsdottir

John Dunstable arr. Veltheim
Quam pulchra es

Thomas Adès
Darkness Visible

Olivia Davies

James Dillon

William Byrd arr. Veltheim
Miserere mihi Domine

Tilman Robinson
Requiem for the Holocene

Lisa Illean
arcing, stilling, bending, gathering