Music and spoken language share similar qualities such as rhythm, pitch, communication and the conveyance of emotion. Switch explores the ways in which music and language can overlap and intersect, through a series of interactive musical compositions. Cylinders of light and color illuminate the audience, and encourage participants to alter the compositions in various ways by switching on one of several lamps which are assigned to each musician. Throughout this interactive performance, speech takes on a musical dimension, and music is interpreted linguistically.
Created & Performed by Tone Camerata: Rebekah Parkes, Sarah Monk, Natasha Dyason, James Maher, Tim Buchanan and Nikhil Chandran
A vocalist, percussionist, dancer, acrobalancer, trapeze artist, and capoeirista. Rebekah started with dance at a young age. She found a passion for physical expression and soon translated that to her musical talents. Now as part of Tone Camerata she explores the physical nature of music in contemporary art music settings.
Sarah’s principle instrument is flute. She has a degree in visual arts, and a wide range of musical performance experiences including folk, experimental, world, jazz and classical. She has a keen interest in experimental music, technology, multi-media, and non-traditional performance. Currently Sarah is exploring flute beep-boxing, and the Indian venu.
Natasha began on the violin at the age of 6. Moving onto cello not long after. She has been part of the Bellingen Youth Orchestra since 2007. Currently she is studying under Anthea Scott-Mitchell at the University of Newcastle where she became the newest member of Tone Camerata.
James is a composer, sound artist and writer. He has composed music for internet advertisements, short films; collaborated with contemporary artists, poets, bands; and created various sound installations. James has just graduated from the University of Newcastle with First Class honours, and was awarded the university medal.
A visual artist, projection artist, sound artist, and mover, Tim has produced multi-media work that has been showcased across Newcastle (literally). He has a passion for creating virtual systems that interact with music and movement, crazy visual displays, and breaking the conventions of music and art performance.
Nikhil comes from the town of Pollachi, India, where he began his musical journey in Carnatic music. He now studies vocal performance at The University of Newcastle, and aspires to become a musicologist. He is interested in writing cross cultural music, which has been featured in Tone Camerata's repitoir.
Tone Camerata are also hosting the workshop "Switch On." Don't miss out - Details below.