Welcome to TSO House, a new publishing venture from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra initiated to take Tasmanian music to the world.
TSO House will showcase works by contemporary Tasmanian composers including Jabra Latham and Maria Grenfell (both familiar names to TSO audiences online and in the concert hall), earlier Tasmanian composers like John Gough, as well as package and market the TSO’s extensive library of education materials for hire to orchestras, youth orchestras, community ensembles and schools around the world.
Playing a vital role in nurturing early career composers, TSO will provide support and encouragement to the Australian Composer’s School - recently recognised with the inaugural ‘Luminary Award’ at the 2020 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards – as well as work with locally based composers writing for the TSO as part of its ongoing commissioning program.
The TSO is committed to recognising Tasmanian composers past and present, and TSO House will provide a dynamic platform for international access and exposure.
SOLO for clarinet
Jabra Latham, composer
Solo for Clarinet was composed in 2019 at the request of Andrew Seymour, Principal Clarinet with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Andrew was seeking an encore to follow a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, and asked for something that was both beautiful and brilliant. The resulting piece premiered to a packed, enthusiastic and appreciative house on 2 August 2019 at the Federation Concert Hall in Hobart.
Jabra’s music has been performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, Virtuosi Tasmania, Andrew Seymour, Emily Sheppard, Niels Bijl, Xyris Quartet, Opus House and others, including broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and Local and recording for ABC Classic.
Reviews include: ‘thrilling writing’ (The Mercury); ‘a gorgeous meditation’ (Classic FM); ‘arresting and vibrant’ (Stage Whispers) and ‘catchy tunes... exceptional musicianship’ (CutCommon). Recent projects include: the commission by Marie Heitz of Fire Music for clarinet and string orchestra; the release of the original album, Play; collaboration with wilderness cinematographer, Rob Blakers; and Viola Duos for Douglas Coghill (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra) and Stefanie Farrands (Australian Chamber Orchestra).
Jabra is a highly accomplished saxophonist with a substantial performance resume – ‘the most remarkable saxophone playing I’ve ever heard!’ (The Mercury). He has frequently championed the music of various Australian composers; among them Russell Gilmour, Don Kay, Maria Grenfell, Simon Reade and Timothy Coghill, recording seven albums of new Australian music.