Artwashing is the greater failure

It is with regret that we have been forced to withdraw our performance Fuel from Tempting Failure 2016 due to a late change in circumstances in the funding of the project. This development was unrelated to our commitment to fossil-free culture through this programme, and has no bearing whatsoever on the heroic originality of the festival nor the strength and support of our Partners.

It is exactly these sorts of disappointments in the unstable financing of the arts sector which tempt us to push the ethics of our process down the agenda, but even in the context of public funding cuts it is crucial for arts organisations to decide independently and openly: what funding are we prepared to accept? What should we refuse? What are we happy for our funding to do in the world?

It is our responsibility as artists to examine the humanity and the democracy of our time, and to mirror in ourselves the truth and justice we seek through our creative work. Thanks to everyone for your interest in this project and in Ruthless Jabiru’s continuing vision.

Michael Cryne: ‘Slipstream’ world premiere

Originally posted at Composers Edition:

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Monday, July 25, 2016 will see the world premiere of Michael Cryne‘s ‘Slipstream’ performed by the London chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru as part of the Tempting Failure festival in London.

‘Slipstream’ was written for all-Australian string orchestra Ruthless Jabiru as part of Sound and Music’s Portfolio Scheme. The piece is based on the sculpture created by Richard Wilson for Heathrow Airport in 2014. ‘Slipstream’ is inspired by the exhilarating potential of flight, coupled with the physical aesthetics of aircraft. Constructed in aluminium, the piece aimed to solidify the twisting velocity of a stunt plane manoeuvring through the volume of the new terminal. I aimed to capture this dynamism musically; energetic lines twist and turn with a constant sense of energy…

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Ruthless Jabiru to perform at Tempting Failure 2016

Ruthless Jabiru has been announced as a core act of radical performance festival Tempting Failure in a co-production with Art Not Oil this July.
Press release: https://www.relevantnow.com/stories/sneakbee/697

Julia Wolfe Fuel
Michael Cryne Slipstream (World premiere)
Cat Hope Pure (World premiere)
Gloria Coates Lamentation: Homage to Supply Belcher (1750-1836) from Symphony No.14 “Symphony in Microtones”
Osvaldo Golijov Last Round

AusDay in the Apartment

Ruthless Jabiru will take to the West End next week as a headline act of this year’s AusDay in the Apartment. Part cabaret, part chat show, the orchestra will perform music by Peter Sculthorpe and Chris Williams ahead of its forthcoming project On Reflection: a Concert for Peter Sculthorpe.
Tickets: https://artstheatrewestend.co.uk/whats-on/ausday-in-the-apartment/

Continuing donations

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Australian Cultural Fund campaign On Reflection: a Concert for Peter Sculthorpe. We raised $2,844 from across the UK, Australia, US, Canada, Europe and the Middle East and many of you have written to say you still want to add your support.
Donate to Ruthless Jabiru year-round at: https://www.paypal.me/ruthlessjabiru

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Announcing Ruthless Jabiru’s new Patron

We are happy to announce that composer, violist and conductor Brett Dean has accepted our invitation to succeed Peter Sculthorpe as Ruthless Jabiru’s honorary Patron.
Press release: https://www.relevantnow.com/stories/sneakbee/390

From Ruthless Jabiru: Postcards from the New World – Eugene Birman

Originally posted at The Sampler:

Much like two distant branches of a very large family, Australia and the United States (the latter, in which I grew up) don’t know enough about each other – at least, when it comes to their continually emerging classical music traditions, they don’t. As the British Empire’s more distant outposts, historically speaking, and both defined just as much by their Anglo-Saxon origins as their burgeoning immigrant communities, the two nations’ cultural identities developed in parallel: similar objectives, yet rarely meeting.

The most superficial and common discourse on the nations’ cultural life takes up exactly such questions but rarely discusses the cultural identity of the continents before the arrival of Western Europe colonists, yet it is exactly this “native” identity that is primary in understanding where we – and they – are all going, and where we are coming from. At…

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Eugene Birman Imago Dei (Excerpt)
Performed by Ruthless Jabiru, Kelly Lovelady conductor
Sound and Music Portfolio workshops, Union Chapel, London, 2013-2014
Remix and video by Kelly Lovelady

Celebrity Soft Spot Kelly Lovelady

Originally posted at Noted:

Kelly Lovelady is a Perth girl now based in London where she is founder and artistic director of the Australian orchestra Ruthless Jabiru. She drinks tea with Sir Colin Davis, conducts concerts for Greenpeace and lives in a house boat on a canal. This is someone you need to know about!

What music gets your heart racing?
I do a lot of different types of listening these days. Sometimes Im listening to the musicians, sometimes the repertoire, the interpretation, the program, the chemistry, the venue, the sound of a composer, the sound of an instrument, the strength of a piece, the impact of a conductor, the list goes on. My ear responds differently to music I know well compared to something Im hearing for the first time. I do get excited about discovering new composers and their music. At the moment I cant get enough of Counterstream Radio which is the online broadcast of New Music USA. I also love Late Junction (BBC…

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