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.
JABRA LATHAM, composer
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.
SOLO for clarinet
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.
BEYOND: for soprano saxophone, violin, viola, cello, bass, piano and celeste
Beyond for Soprano Saxophone, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass, Piano & Celeste was composed in Hobart, Tasmania in 2018.
Antarctic Triptych was conceived of, and commissioned by, Dr. Marie Heitz in response to Hobart's particulary cold 2015 Winter. Composed for clarinettist, Andrew Seymour, the music seeks to evoke three different images of the Antarctic experience, as described by Marie.
The first, Ice & Plain, is a picture of ice cliffs and plains: stark and very clear; empty and cold.
The second, Katabasis a picture of the katabatic winds which blow continuously across the continent: relentless; powerful; and with very little change.
The third, Hut, takes us inside the station hut and is everything the other two movements aren't. As much warmth, comfort, familiarity and collegiality as possible. Cups of cocoa and laughter. Melodic and upbeat.