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7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age
26-29 July 2017, The Street Theatre (Canberra)
My most adventurous work is coming to Canberra with thanks to the Street Theatre.
Humanity has always sought to extend the boundaries of knowledge through innovation and discovery. Yet, just over a hundred years ago there was no space travel, bionic ear, cinema, telephone network… or atomic bomb. The innovation of the 20th century created opportunities and choices like never before. And it changed us.
Composer Sally Greenaway and new music specialists Syzygy Ensemble take you on a provoking and entertaining journey through seven innovations that continue to shape humanity, the way we behave and the way we think.
In 2015 I was the inaugural recipient of the Merlyn Myer Award - as part of the award I was dared to 'think big' and try new things, and so the hour-long show titled 'The 7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age' was born. I had an incredible experience working with a team of musicians (Syzygy), script writers (Paul Bissett and Catherine Prosser), actor (Anni Ha) and Candlelight Productions to create the show. It premiered in 2016 at Melbourne Recital Centre - and now it's Canberra's turn to experience this smorgasbord of music, actor, historic sound fx and archival audio.
Wed 26 July - Sat 29 July 2017
The Street Theatre (Canberra)
Tickets and further information
CD: 'Aurora Musis Amica'
Aubade & Nocturne features 16 evocative and beautiful compositions by Australian composer Sally Greenaway.
This music is intended to inspire and invigorate, from the most delicate solo piano works, to the all-enveloping orchestral works, and every size of ensemble in-between.
Available both digitally (with thank to ABC Classics) and as a limited edition 32-page hard-cover book, with CD sleeve at the back. The book's pages feature stunning photography by Australian and international photographers, coupled with carefully selected poetic texts, track information and credits.
Launched March 2015
Check out the media release & listen to the tracks
Or get it directly from the composer via Bandcamp.
CD: 'Dig This : Exploring the Big Band'
Sally Greenaway's new jazz album has been released. Dig This : Exploring the Big Band features a stellar line-up of some of the best musicians in town. There are 5 great, toe-tapping tracks plus a bonus track featuring the incredible Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra (Syd).
Launched June 2014.
Check out the media release & listen to the tracks
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra premiere 'Worlds within worlds'
I have just had the most exciting experience being one of 4 composers as part of the 2015-16 Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers program, where I got to write a new orchestral work for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, mentored by Brenton Broadstock. hearing my piece workshoped with the incredible MSO musicians, conducted by Ben Northey, and receiving behind the scenes tips and support from Alastair and Laura has been a thrill and I have learnt so much! The other 3 composer's pieces were really outstanding and it was great to learn about their approach to the composition process and the 'metropolis' theme.
"Sally Greenaway from the ACT juxtaposed the brash world of the modern city with extra-mural nature in Worlds within worlds. In its shape, this score seemed like an old-fashioned rondo, with episodes of placidity and romantic breadth interposed between loud if tuneful depictions of urban bustle. In her pre-performance interview, the composer indicated the influence of some early 20th century compositional strands found in Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky; once aired, it was hard to forget the names, so that echoes could be found at every turn. Greenaway’s opening strophes brought to mind the Shrovetide Fair music from Petrushka, if without the Russian master’s heaping up of time signatures on top of one another – but quite clearly in Greenaway’s use of brass and underpinning restless string patterns. In fact, the score proceeded in a regular pattern, specifically in its four-square phrasing, both in its city-scape sections and in the nature-evoking interludes with their shadings of the E minor Symphony’s Adagio, and a nifty glimpse of Gershwin’s An American in Paris to finish; the allure of the natural world is all very well, but Greenaway’s city is no hell-hole."
Making Waves (New Music) - featured composer
Making Waves is a monthly series of curated playlists streaming one hour of quality, new composed music, curated by Australian composers Lisa Cheney and Peggy Polias.
The project hopes to offer wider exposure to Australian composers, their music and the talented performers who champion it, in an easy-to-access platform.
PLEXUS premiere 'Quietude' at Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne ensemble PLEXUS brings together the talents of three of Melbourne's most vibrant and versatile musicians, Monica Curro (violin), Philip Arkinstall (clarinet), and Stefan Cassomenos (piano). The name PLEXUS reflects this ensemble's devotion to supporting and engaging an ever-growing network of exceptional artists across a variety of disciplines.
Their first concert of the season was on Monday 16th March, 6:00pm at the Salon of the Melbourne Recital Centre, and featured new works by five brilliant women, as a special tribute to International Women’s Day. Hailing from Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, and Hobart, these five composers are representative of a cross-section of the powerhouse that is the world of female composition in Australia.
NAT BARTSCH – Into the Light
LISA CHENEY – No Distant Place
SALLY GREENAWAY – Quietude
MARIA GRENFELL – Voyage
SALLY WHITWELL – The Web
The concert was recorded by ABC Classic FM and was broadcast on Simon Healey's 'Evenings' show on Tuesday 17th of March 2015.
National Contemporary Landscapes - featured composer for radio series
National Contemporary Landscapes is a 10-part national collaborative community radio series exploring Australian Contemporary classical music and its composers.
ArtSound FM presenter Annabel Wheeler interviews composers Sally Greenaway, Calvin Bowman, Michael Sollis, and Alexander Hunter.
Hear exclusive recordings and discover more about the ACT’s contemporary classical music scene! The series is being broadcast nationally via the community radio network.
The episode aired nationally in October 2014.
You can listen to the podcast here
More information via the National Contemporary Landscapes website.
Premiere of orchestral work, 'The Blue Mountains', by NCO
The National Capital Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Wiess, presents 'Passion & Power'.
Works being performed include Dvorak's 7th Symphony, Tchaikovsky's 'The Tempest' and Nutcracker Suite, and the world premiere of Greenaway's 'The Blue Mountains'.
When: 3.00pm, Sunday 26 October 2014
Where: The Albert Hall, Canberra
Tickets: $30/$25/$15, purchased online (or at the door)
Recording with Woden Valley Youth Choir!
This weekend I had the wonderful joy of working with Alpha Gregory and her talented and focussed choristers of Woden Valley Youth Choir. They just recorded 2 of my Christmas carols, 'Noel Day' and 'A Touch of Christmas', which both feature lyrics by Australian writer Tanya Kiermaier.
The music is available from the Australian Music Centre
Premiere of new work, 'Summer Beckons', as part of 'My Love is a House'
Greenaway's new work, 'Summer Beckons', for flute and piano, will be premiered in the concert 'My Love is a House' together with other works by composers as part of a song cycle. Each composition in the song cycle is associated with a stanza in Martina Hoffman's poem 'My Love is a House'. Greenaway's work features melodic lines inspired by birds and leafy summer growth:
'...in Summer the walls are covered with blossoms and buds and tendrils reaching...'
When: 3.00pm, Saturday 2 August 2014
Where: Wesley Music Centre, National Cct, Forrest Canberra
Tickets: $20/$15/$10 (at the door)
Australian Youth Orchestra: Composers Concert
The Australian Youth Orchestra Composers Concert is featuring the premieres of 4 new works by AYO composers Sally Greenaway, Lachlan Hughes, Harry Sdraulig and Samuel Smith as part of the AYO National Music Camp.
The orchestra features musicians from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (just to name but a few!). It is really exciting for me to be working with such incredible musicians and I can't wait for you to hear them play my piece on Friday.
When: 5.30pm-6.30pm, Friday 17 January 2014
Where: Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
Wednesday 18 Dec '13 - Concert: 'Carols by Candlelight'
Come and enjoy a fun family evening with carols by candlelight in the stunning surrounds of Commonwealth Park!
The music is always fantastic - featuring the Canberra City Band (who may be playing my version of 'God Rest Ye Groovy Gentlemen!).
And of course the stunning vocal sound of Woden Valley Youth Choir (who will be premiering a new work specially written for them - 'Noel Day').
When: 7pm-9.30pm, Wednesday 18 December 2013
Where: Stage 88, Commonwealth Park
Donations will be collected for PANDSI
Concert: 'In Her Shoes 2'
2-time ARIA award-winning pianist Sally Whitwell is teaming up with ABC Classics artist Sally Maer (aka Cello Diva) for a fantastic concert here in Canberra - not to be missed!!
They will be performing a selection of extraordinary music by women composers of times past through to present.
They'll also be premiering a set of three beautiful "Poems" for cello and piano by Sally Greenaway. They are sublime, swooning works that will melt you in your seat and take your breath away!
Sally Whitwell (Piano)
Sally Maer ('Cello)
When: 3pm - 4.30pm, Sunday 8 December 2013
Where: All Saints Anglican Church, Ainslie ACT
Tickets available at the door ($30/$25)
Concert: 'Clive & Company'
Join Clive & his recorder playing pals on a journey from medieval and baroque era music through to John Lennon!
The Clavichord was invented during medieval times - it pre-dates harpsichords, forte-pianos and the modern piano by several hundred years! This is a rare opportunity to get up close and hear it performed in a variety of styles of music.
Sally Greenaway (Clavichord)
Kiri Sollis (Recorders & Flute)
Claire Taylor (Recorders)
When: 3pm - 4.30pm, Sunday 27 October
Where: Bogong Theatre (Gorman House)
Tickets available at the door ($15/$5)
Recording 'Auróra Musis Amíca' for Wind Orchestra
There is nothing like working with some of the most vibrant and experienced musicians in Canberra! I just had the most incredible couple of hours recording my Wind Orchestra piece 'Auróra Musis Amíca : Fanfare for Canberra'.
Featuring the musical talents of: Vernon Hill, Teresa Rabe (flutes); Megan Pampling (oboe); James Moorhouse, Robert Scott, Bryan Hooley (clarinets); Jonathan Barakat (bassoon); Carly Brown, Julian Hunt (french horns); Cameron Smith, Dan Mclean, Claire Leske (trumpets); Rob Lee, Tim Leske, Robert Clements (trombones); Stephen Lucas-Smith (tuba); Charles Martin, Christina Hopgood, Katrina Leske (percussion); Kit Spencer (harp).
See pictures from the recording session
Recording new works for 'cello & piano
I recently had the pleasure of working with wonderful 'cellist Gillian Pereira! We recorded a set of new 'cello & piano works I have written! Duncan Lowe (from Infidel Studios) was the recording engineer - who is always a real pleasure to work with - and my first impressions upon hearing the audio from that recording session is that we have captured something special. Looking forward to sharing them with everyone soon.
See pictures from the recording session
The Song Company & Oriana Chorale in concert
The Oriana Chorale will be joined by Australia's premier vocal ensemble, the Song Company, in a program of works by Australian composers. Pieces include Sally Greenaway's Waltzing Matilda (originally scored for Finnish vocal sextet Rajaton and winner of the Canberra International Music Festival 2009 Young Composer Awards), Daniel Brinsmead's Trees and a newly commissioned major work by Tim Hansen, Howls in the House.
When: Sunday 7 July, 4:00pm
Where: Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
Guest composer with Melbourne Composers Big Band
The Melbourne Composers Big Band are proud to present their very first "Guest Composers" evening featuring the outstanding talents of Sally Greenaway and Alice Humphries! The program will be a set each of music by Greenaway and Humphries that will be a night of Australian music to be remembered!
Doors open at 8pm at Gertrude's Brown Couch, with tickets only $15.
The Melbourne Composers Big Band is a brand new jazz initiative that specialises in performing compositions and arrangements by writers from Melbourne. With so many talented composers, arrangers and big band enthusiasts in Melbourne's cultured and colourful jazz scene, the ensemble plans to help bring the many voices of Melbourne to life through their music.
When: Friday 28 June, 8:00pm
Where: Gertrude's Brown Couch, Melbourne, Vic
To find out more visit their website: Melbourne Composers Big Band [website]
Chamber Orchestra presents 'Around the World'
The Snowy Mountains Ensemble presents their latest concert themed 'Around the World'. The original work, Around the World, by Sally Greenaway has been orchestrated for the ensemble by emerging talent Matthew Ventura for the concert.
The repertoire for the concert explores music from six continents and many different cultures: from Latin American to Japanese traditional music. The concert will be followed by a multicultural supper inspired from around the world.
When: Saturday 22 June, 7:00pm
Where: Anglican Church Hall, 136 Commissioner Street, Cooma NSW
To find out more visit their website:
Snowy Mountains Ensemble - Events [website]
May '13 - New guitar works to be premiered
Internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning guitarist John Couch will be premiering 3 new guitar works I was commissioned to write for him, as part of his 2013 world tour (May-July).
"...the fingers of John Couch danced across the strings"
- Schwetzinger Zeitung (Germany)
He will be performing in New Zealand, Mexico, and Australia - to find out more visit his website:
John Couch - Classical Guitarrist [website]
Premiere of 'Aurora Musis Amica' (Canberra International Music Festival)
Aurora Musis Amica is a new Symphonic Wind Orchestra work composed especially for the Canberra International Music Festival and the Centenary of Canberra, commissioned by Canberra Grammar School.
It was premiered on Sunday 19 May 2013 at 1pm at the Canberra Girls Grammar School concert hall.
Premiere of 'God Rest Ye Groovy Gentlemen'
Melbourne Composers Big Band, directed by James Mustafa, are a fantastic big band based in Melbourne. Their repertoire is made up of only new Australian big band music - either original music or arrangements.
They've performed a couple of my charts during 2012 and in their December concert at Gertrude's Brown Couch they premiered my re-working of the good old classic Christmas tune 'God Rest Ye Groovy Gentlemen'. My version is nothing like the sing-along carols-by-candelight tune you know so well - it has been completely re-worked to swing harder and groove more than ever before!
Film scoring project: 'The Invisible Thread'
The Invisible Thread (film directed by James Hunter) is a new short film featuring music by Australian composer Sally Greenaway.
The film was commissioned as part of an anthology of writing by Canberra region writers spanning 100 years. The anthology is published by Halstead Press and includes a mix of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. It was launched in November 2012 as a National Year of Reading flagship publication, and is an official part of Canberra's centenary celebrations in 2013.
Premiere of 'Dawn of Evening' by Sally Whitwell (ARIA winning pianist)
I was very lucky to be approached by Sally Whitwell who heard about my solo piano vignette 'Dawn of Evening'.
She fell in love with the piece and performed it at a recent concert on a new grand piano for a church.
Here is the live recording of the inaugural performance, by Sally Whitwell, recorded by Duncan of Infidel Studios:
Composer for Restrung (new music festival, Brisbane)
I was invited to participate in the Restrung Festival as a composer. I was asked to write for the amazing jazz ensemble 'Trichotomy'!
I launched a crowd funding campaign with Pozible.com to help me get to Brisbane for the premiere of my piece at the Festival, and many people generously donated their hard-earned cash to help me get there.
Here is a live recording of the inaugural performance, by Trichotomy at the Restrung Festival:
New solo piano work: Étude
I've just finished writing a new beautiful piano Étude in the style of Chopin's stunning Nocturnes and Preludes. Sheet music available - simply contact me
New music video - "Fantasia"
I've just finished a project to record a recently commissioned work and produce a video for it:
Check out the video on YouTube:
New Big Band charts
I've just finished writing and arranging 3 new big band charts, which will be tested out by ConneXion Big Band this year!
- 'Dig this Mallow' is a new composition which is written in the traditional swing era style (suitable for swing dancing to).
- 'Nature Boy' is an arrangement based on the small ensemble version by Kurt Elling and Laurence Hobgood. I have taken inspiration from Laurence's piano comping style and Kurts vocal and rhythmic inflexions.
- 'The Velvet Couch' is an arrangement based on Stefon Harris' recording from his album 'The Grand Unification Theory'.
Restoration of Collard & Collard Square Piano - c.1848
Our square piano, made by Collard & Collard in London in the 1840s has just finished being restored by Ron Keirs.
Check out the video on YouTube:
'Interlude for clarinet' (with guitar accompaniment) for Steve Allen's CD
I've just completed writing a beautiful clarinet melody, as an interlude to feature in a stunning classical guitar piece for Steve Allen's stunning CD release 'About Time'.
Written for 4 clarinets and piano, 'Fantasia' was premiered at the Silver Anniversary of Canberra Grammar School's Evening of Fine Music on 27 August 2011.
The piece was commissioned by the school to showcase the achievements of current and past music students.
Sirens Big Band (Syd) perform 'At the Start of Day'
As part of the 'Capital Jazz Project' (Jazz music festival in Canberra), Sirens Big Band from Sydney performed a specially arranged version of 'At the Start of Day' at the Street Theatre on 3 August 2011!
See a video on youtube: Sirens Big Band playing 'At the Start of Day'
29 July '11 > Brass Knuckle Brass Band perform 'Cirque du Brass'air'
Originally known by the name of 'Brass'ere', the Brass Knuckle Brass Band (under direction of Cameron Smith) were invited to perform at Alliance Francaise. They played my piece 'Cirque du Brass'air' which was specially commissioned at the end of 2010.
7 June '11 > Sally Greenaway/Eric Ajaye/Gary France Trio @ 'the Gods'
We performed a couple of sets as part of the Jazz @ the Gods concert series. Featuring Eric Ajaye on bass and Gary France on drums and vibes. We played a number of modern jazz pieces, including some transcriptions, as well as some originals.
View photos of the concert (by Cyberhalides Jazz)
Read the gig review (by Eric Pozza)
22 May '11 > Rajaton sing my arrangement of 'Waltzing Matilda'
World class Finnish vocal group Rajaton performed at the Canberra Theatre as part of their Australia tour. They sang my arrangement of Waltzing Matilda, which I wrote especially for them as part of the Canberra International Music Festival Young Composer Competition.
A recent fan praised Rajaton's performance, saying:
I was so impressed by the concert in Canberra! How lucky were we to get the only accapella gig! Your virtuosity, harmonies and arrangements were beautiful, touching and at times hilarious ... and performing the gorgeous arrangement of Waltzing Matilda was a lovely thing to do as well...
14 December '10 > Premiere of 'A Touch of Christmas' (SSAA + piano)
Woden Valley Youth Choir will be performing their Christmas Concert, and one of the pieces they will be singing is a brand new composition of mine - 'A Touch of Christmas'.
The piece was commissioned by the choir during my stint in London. The lyrics were written in collaboration with Australia writer Tanya Kiermaier.
Come and see the premiere performance: Tuesday 14 December from 6:30-8pm at Woden Valley Alliance Church, 81 Namatjira Drive, Waramanga. Entry by gold coin donation.
August '10 > Back from overseas!
I just finished a 1 year stint in London studying film composition at the Royal College of Music in (August 2009 - July 2010).
26 June '09 > Conzert Extravaganza - Sold out!
My last sit-down concert for the year in Australia! A number of famous and soon-to-be-famous musicians will be performing my compositions in an exciting concert.
Music includes pieces for powerful big bands, grooving jazz ensembles, delightful choirs and vocal groups, classical solo and chamber!
May '09 > Competition winner!
I'm excited to announce that I won the Canberra International Music Festival Young Composer Competition! Rajaton were delighted with my musical rendition of Waltzing Matilda and will be performing it when they return to Australia!
> More info about Rajaton
May '08 > What an adventure!
I'm so pleased to tell you that I won the APRA/JMO National Big Band Composition Competition!
It was such an awesome experience to conduct the Mothership Orchestra during the concert in Sydney, during the live broadcast on ABC Classic FM Jazz Track.
The other 3 finalists are so talented - it was such a buzz to hang out with them and to share the passion and joy for music making and original Australian Jazz!
While I was up in Sydney, I saw Carl Dewhurst play at the Sound Lounge, and ran into 2 other jazz legends - Mark Isaacs (pianist) and James Muller (guitarrist)!! All the while sitting back and drinking a cocktail with the other 3 finalists!
Wow, who would have thought some 23 yr old chick from Canberra could be doing this, eh?!
February '07 > New Grand Piano!
I just bought the most stunning Shigeru Kawai grand piano! Been practicing on average around 3 hours a day on it!
2006 > Take it in Colour Jazz CD!
Released my first jazz album featuring originals by myself and 3 other female jazz composers at the School of Jazz here in Canberra.