Bruce Crossman’s sound world embraces Asian traditional musics, free form improvisation and European influenced interval-colour sonority towards a personal Pacific identity. He has been mentored by Chinary Ung and studied composition with Ross Edwards, David Blake and Jack Speirs. Crossman was awarded the Doctor of Creative Arts from Wollongong University, Master of Philosophy from York University, and Master of Music (Distinction) from Otago University. He holds the position of Associate Professor, Music at Western Sydney University.
His music explores Asian-Pacific influences such as Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Filipino traditional musics with harmonic colour sonority emphasis in “Gentleness-Suddenness,” “Not Broken Bruised-Reed,” and “Double Resonances.” Crossman's aesthetic is influenced by cross-disciplinary ideas from Chinese esthetics, Japanese aesthetics and architecture, Filipino-Australian poetry, abstract art, and calligraphy.
Crossman’s music has been described as “fine…with delicately nuanced sounds, fragile timbres and unforgiving rhythmic complexity” (Sydney Morning Herald), “aesthetic—space, clarity, action and reaction—and language, one that incorporates aspects of Asian music” (Realtime: Partial Durations), “Restless energy bordering on ecstasy” (ABC Classic FM Radio), and “a genuine and deep understanding [of Chinese culture]” (The Music Trust).
Crossman's music has been featured throughout the Asia-Pacific region including at the ISCM World New Music Days (Australia), Tongyeong International Music Festival (Korea), Asian Music Week (Japan), Asian Composers League Conference and Festival (Taiwan), Tunugan (Philippines) and Pacific Rim Music Festival (USA). He has won a number of awards including the Queensland Philharmonic's Corbould Prize, Finalist Nomination for “Vocal or Choral Work of the Year” at the Australian Classical Music Awards, and a Australia-Japan Foundation grant for a Collaborator Residency at Aichi University of the Arts, Japan.
Wirripang have released discs of his music including, Double Resonances and Resophonica. Wirripang and the Australian Music Centre publish his scores.
photography Tod Clarke
Lotte Latukefu (mezzo-soprano) has performed with opera companies around Australia and New Zealand. She was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship for postgraduate study in New York, Ian Potter Foundation Scholarship and Queen Elizabeth Scholarship. She performed at the Lincoln Centre, New York in a recital of French Music and George Crumb’s third Book of Madrigals. She is Music Program Director, at Excelsia College in Sydney.
photography – Petar Jovanov. Penrith: studio/rehearsal shots— June 27 2013 at Performance Space, Western Sydney University, Australia
James Cuddeford (violin) has performed throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. He has performed concertos with orchestras including the Camerata Lysy Switzerland, BBC Scottish National, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. Cuddeford has performed with the Grainger Quartet, the Sydney Soloists and the Australian String Quartet. He is the concertmaster of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
photography – Yvonne Chan
Claire Edwardes (percussion) is an internationally renowned percussionist and artistic director of Sydney new music group, Ensemble Offspring. Career highlights include solo performances at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and prizewinner as part of Duo Vertigo at the 2005 International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition. She won the 2016 Art Music Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual and was the 1999 Young Performer of the Year.
photography – courtesy of Claire Edwardes
Michael Kieran Harvey (piano) (Sydney) studied with Alan Jenkins, Gordon Watson, and at the Liszt Academy, Budapest, under Sándor Falvai. His awards include the Grand Prix in the Ivo Pogorelich Piano Competition, USA (1993 - the world's richest at the time), the Debussy Medal in the Guilde Francaise Concours Paris (1986), the Australian Government's Centenary Medal (2002), and the 2009 APRA award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music.
photography – courtesy of Michael Kieran Harvey
Peter Neville (percussion) is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently Head of Percussion there (now The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music). He has a particular commitment to new music, including as the percussionist of the ELISION Ensemble for thirty years, with compact disc releases and international tours. He is also a member of other groups including The Bolt Ensemble and Six Degrees Ensemble.
photography – courtesy of Peter Neville
Tristram Williams (trumpet) was Associate Principal Trumpet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and currently works as a soloist in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Britain, USA, Japan, China, and Australia. His teachers have included Hakan Hardenberger. He is a laureate of major international trumpet competitions in Brussels and Eindhoven, and was awarded a prize from Karlheinz Stockhausen at the 2006 Stockhausen Interpreters Course.
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