17 Sep 2015

Free lunchtime concerts showcase new music at the State Library

Emerging Western Australian composers will have the opportunity to road-test their music in a public space outside of the WAAPA Music Auditorium in a series of live lunchtime performances at the State Library of WA (SLWA).

As a demonstration of its commitment to cultivating creative ideas, SLWA is hosting the free lunchtime ‘new music’ performances, mostly in the open public spaces at the Library.

As well as cherishing the State’s historical treasures, the State Library has a role in collecting and preserving this new music which will become the history of future generations.
SLWA recently partnered with Tura New Music and Edith Cowan University to develop the WA New Music Archives (WANMA). The performance series is the next step in showcasing the Library’s contemporary role making significant Western Australian music accessible to a wide audience.

Often thought of as an extension of the classical music tradition that developed throughout the 20th century, new music is an expansion of the compositional and performative possibilities of music.

New music practice includes contributions from those working in other genres such as jazz, rock, electronic music and various global musical traditions. In drawing from this cross-disciplinary aesthetic, new music attempts to push the boundaries of what music is and can be.


  • Fri 18 September - The Newhouse Collective:  an exciting new ensemble performing the original jazz influenced compositions of talented young composer, Tim Newhouse.

  • Fri 30 October - WAAPA piano students showcase a range of approaches to new music, all performed primarily on piano.

  • Fri 13 November - Catherine Ashley: A dynamic and versatile harpist, Catherine has performed with the WAMI nominated 13-piece symphonic-pop collective “The Shallows” since 2010. Catherine is passionate about harp education and runs a successful teaching practice.

  • Fri 11 December - Josten Myburgh: Studying honours in composition and music technology at WAPPA, Josten’s work is often concerned with the relationships between digital and acoustic sound, and the tension created as a result of these timbral intersections.
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