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.

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: 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 ahead of its forthcoming project On Reflection: a Concert for Peter Sculthorpe.
Tickets: artstheatrewestend.co.uk/whats-on/ausday-in-the-apartment

Chris Williams Advance Australia Fair
Peter Sculthorpe I. Deciso from Third Sonata for Strings “Jabiru Dreaming”

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: relevantnow.com/stories/sneakbee/390

On Reflection: a Concert for Peter Sculthorpe

We are now crowdfunding to support a unique realisation of Peter Sculthorpe’s final unfinished work in an historic London event one year on from his passing.
Press release: https://www.relevantnow.com/stories/sneakbee/361

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:

Ruthless Jabiru to perform at Westfield

Ruthless Jabiru is to appear at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush this Sunday 25 May to promote the orchestra’s forthcoming performance at the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts. An ensemble of Ruthless Jabiru’s players will perform at the Southern Terrace stage for Westfield Presents from 4:30pm. Westfield Presents is a unique programme of live music events every weekend at Westfield London, showcasing a range of local musical talent to play out the soundtrack to the weekend.

Ruthless Jabiru will perform at Kings College London for the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts on 31 May courtesy of the orchestra’s Associate Sponsor Westfield and Creative Partner Sound and Music. Booking for the event is now open at the festival website

Ruthless Jabiru: The Past at the Australia Cultural Fund

Ruthless Jabiru’s forthcoming project The Past is now registered with the Australia Cultural Fund, allowing supporters to make tax-deductible donations towards the orchestra’s work. Support is welcome at any level by lodging a donation either online or by cheque, nominating Ruthless Jabiru as the preferred recipient. The Australia Cultural Fund, a subsidiary of Creative Partnerships Australia, has been assisting arts practitioners and bringing tax benefits to donors since 2003, with 100% of donations raised benefiting the registered artists.

Ruthless Jabiru will perform at Kings College London for the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts on 31 May. Booking for the event is now open at the festival website.

Coalface installation to debut at Bimblebox: art-science-nature

Ruthless Jabiru’s recordings for the Bimblebox Art Project Coalface are to debut at the official opening of Bimblebox: art-science-nature this week in Brisbane. Ruthless Jabiru performed text scores representing the calls of two of the 153 bird species under threat by mining: the black-necked stork also known as the jabiru, and the Australian bustard or bush turkey. The clips will be used within an installation soundtrack with contributions from musicians around the world in support of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge.

Ruthless Jabiru to join Bimblebox Art Project

Ruthless Jabiru has been invited to be part of a project in aid of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge in central-west Queensland, where 153 bird species are under threat by a long-wall and open-cut coal mining proposal. The installation has been devised by visual artist Alison Clouston and sound artist Boyd in conjunction with the Bimblebox Art Project. Alison and Boyd have compiled mnemonics and onomatopoeias for the 153 birds under threat, to be interpreted as text compositions by 153 musicians and combined to form the installation soundtrack. The goal of the project is to highlight the threat to the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, to document Bimblebox creatively, and to show Australians and the world what we are at risk of losing. The installation will tour at least eight venues across four Australian states. We will be sharing audio from Ruthless Jabiru’s contribution to the project in the weeks ahead.