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MCM IgniteLab presents Creativity Fund Showcase

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Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Sidney Myer Asia Centre

761 Swanston Street

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Parkville, VIC 3052

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IgniteLab is a world class careers and entrepreneurship program that supports Melbourne Conservatorium of Music students to build 21C careers.

Our Creativity Fund provided $2,500 for enterprising students to bring their innovative program ideas to life. Join us to hear these students speak about the success of their projects and meet our next generation of arts leaders.

Alistair Goggs & Emma Collard Classical + EDM MashUp

Our idea is to combine our love of electronic dance music (EDM) and our degrees in classical music into a new performance format. We want to sample brass instruments and play these sounds on drum machines, synthesizers and loop pedals to reimagine Australian electronic music with classical flare. Our aim is to make music that is interesting to a new audience and perhaps to introduce people from either genre to the other. The outcome of the project would take the form of a free, public performance of a half hour set (approximately 6 works), repeated two or three times. If we are successful applicants, the money from this award would be used to purchase the necessary recording and performance technology. Using this project as a foundation we would look to expand our sample database of acoustic instruments and develop new performance techniques and original works. Watch Ali & Emma's application video

Andrew Groch Perspectives by Architectonics

“Perspectives” explores how changing view points and architectural frame of reference can affect the way we perceive and interpret art. Given the common language and often symbiotic relationship between music, art, and architecture, adding a further layer of musical interpretation can cast an audiences understanding in sharper relief. Focussing on an icon of the Ian Potter Museum of Art’s collection, The Leckie Window, the project involves three commissions, each reflecting the work from a different level of the Potter. Each work will be approximately 10–15 minutes, with the same instrumentation. These works will be recorded and played as part of a small installation on each floor of the gallery adjacent to the work. Watch Andrew's application video.

Jasen Scott Crescendo Music Australia

Crescendo Music Australia is a new company founded with the mission of “[providing] a diverse range of unique musical experiences, working as an adaptable and cooperative collective to challenge, inspire and engage audiences of the 21st Century.” Founded by University of Melbourne students, the company works independently and collaboratively to produce and support the production of high-quality content. The organization currently has 50 individual performers associated with the organization; it strives to build a model which welcomes new talent and collaborates to bring cutting-edge performance concepts and models that will drive engagement of modern audiences. The development of the collective’s brand, and the individualised marketing of our performers and their voices in association with our brand, is a major factor in the success or failure of our business plan. For this reason, we intend to host up to a week of recording sessions with several types of materials produced.

Jessie Warren Blackout Sessions

Blackout Sessions is a concept that I came up with from living in tropical Queensland that encourages an electricity free concert where ultimately the weather decides how it plays out - if there's a storm we huddle in closer, if there's wind we listen better and cup our candles tighter. Blackout Sessions challenges its performers as it encourages them to reassess how their music is presented. For example, bands that might usually rely on multiple guitar pedals or synths have to figure out ways to re-interpret this. Blackout Sessions creates a unique experience for both audience and performers that can only be witnessed then and there. The goal is to hold these events in the Mission to Seafarers dome on Flinders Street. The nature of this building means that the space is just as much of an instrument as the players are within it. I also wanted to prove to myself that I could create a sustainable event that allowed players and audience to have a unique experience without taking away more of the Earth's resources and leaving behind more waste. Watch Jessie's application video.

Tom D’Ath Clarinet Studio Project

The project aims to provide experience and education to the clarinet studio through the commission, performance, and recording of new works for clarinet ensemble. The benefits to both the students, MCM, and clarinet players in general are numerous:

- It provides a valuable and informative learning experience for the MCM students involved in the process of learning, performing and recording. In addition to interpreting new works by living Australian composers and collaborating with said composers.

- It provides emerging composers an opportunity for their new works to be both performed and recorded.

- It provides clarinettists/teachers/conductors with new works for clarinet ensemble, a instrumentation that is generally lacking in new and original compositions.

The primary function of the project is supplying a performance experience that is not found in the Bachelor of Music, with the intention of educating and informing students of the clarinet studio in best practices when it comes to recording new music in a sessional environment. Watch Tom's application video.

Kit Millais & Louis Nicoll Williamstown High Alumni Project

Our intention is to put on a concert of Williamstown High alumni in the new centenary theatre. The primary aim of this project is to raise funds for a new grand piano, enriching the music program currently available at Williamstown High School. It would promote the school music program and alumni of the school, showcase the new theatre to the school and greater community, and inspire current students. The concert would involve a range of alumni performing in various styles and ensembles, performing for 70-90 minutes in total. The performance will take place shortly after the Theatre has opened, in June. Filling the 300-seat theatre at $25 a ticket would raise $7500; in discussions with the school music department we have learnt that $8000 is needed for the new grand piano. With the assistance of the 2017 IgniteLab Creativity Award, we would be able to pay for promotion and artist fees, and donate all proceeds from the ticket sales toward the community-oriented goal. We deeply believe in the value of having a grand piano at this school. The project has the potential to lead on to more collaborations between the school and its music alumni. Watch Kit & Louis' application video.

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