Ruthless Jabiru commission shortlisted for 2014 Lithuanian music awards

Ruthless Jabiru’s recent commission Sandhi Prakash by Egidija Medekšaitė has been shortlisted for the 2014 awards of the Lithuanian Composers’ Union and Lithuanian Music Information Centre in both Composer of the Year and Performance of the Year categories. A live recording of the premiere from our programme The Past is now on Soundcloud:

Andrew Ford awarded Australia Council Project Fellowship

Composer Andrew Ford has been announced as the recipient of a Project Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts, with the grant to be used towards a collaboration with Ruthless Jabiru. Ford will develop his 2009 work A Dream of Drowning for baritone, string orchestra and percussion into a full length song cycle The Drowners, for premiere by Ruthless Jabiru in 2015.

First Portfolio composer workshop success

Last week the orchestra hosted the first composer workshop of its Sound and Music partnership. The workshop was used to trial embryo pieces by Ruthless Jabiru’s three Portfolio scheme composers: Eugene Birman, Michael Cryne and Egidija Medekšaitė, and was reported by each to have been hugely beneficial. The three works will be further developed through a second workshop in the new year. Photos from the session here.