In this video: Ayșe Göknur Shanal and Ashley Hribar perform Diana Blom’s ‘Remembrances Four’ as part of their 2018 concert Gallipoli Songs in the Salon at Melbourne Recital Centre.
DIANA BLOM (b. 1947)
About the artists: The musical dialogue between Ayșe Göknur Shanal and Ashley Hribar began in 2016, with their shared interest in contemporary and Middle Eastern music. Their debut performance at the 2017 Mersin International Music Festival in Turkey drew immediate attention and acclaim from the national newspapers. Ayșe, one of Australia’s most versatile classical singers, has won many prestigious international awards and scholarships. Her collaboration with Australian and international composers has resulted in the premiere performances of major vocal works. Australian born Ashley Hribar is an award-winning pianist and composer and a strong advocate for contemporary music. His performances often straddle between composer and improviser, using traditional repertoire in the context for free improvisations. 2018 will be an exciting year for this fresh duo, who will demonstrate their unique chemistry in performances in Australia and overseas.
About Diana Blom: Born in New Zealand in 1947, Diana Blom moved to Australia in 1969. She studied music at the University of Canterbury, NZ, University of Sydney, and the University of Michigan. Composition studies have been with Peter Sculthorpe and Ian Farr. Blom was composer-in-residence with the Australian Opera in 1974 and commissioned to write a children’s opera, The Pied Piper. Other commissions include songs for voice and piano, voice and harp for the ABC Radio Coming Out, Ready Or Not show; music for an ABC-TV four part series on Daisy Bates; music for Alitji in Wonderland, the Marionette Theatre of Australia’s shadow puppet translation of ‘Alice’s Adventures’ into Pitjantjatjara and works for Italian pianist/toy pianist, Antonietta Loffredo. Music theatre works for children include The Muffin Fiend (based on the book by US author Daniel Pinkwater) and The Golden Bird (libretto by Australian-Sri Lankanese writer Chitra Fernando). Click here to read more.
Supported by the Mary Vallentine Limitless Stage Fund.