Stephen Adams Australia

Stephen Adams (portrait)

Year of Residency: 2020

Composer/Improviser/Producer. Lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

Selected Commissions, Grants and Awards

  • 2019 Sydney City Libraries: ‘Dismorphia: Tell Tale Bodies’ – live soundscapes.
    Spineless Wonders commission
  • 2019 Sunset Inside The Listening Room 40’ (performing installation for flutes, cello, and field
    recording). Private commission to open Limeburners building, Easter at The Piano Mill 2019
  • 2019 Newcastle Writers Festival: studio and live narrative sound treatments.
    Spineless Wonders ‘Shuffle’ commissions (texts: Jen Craig and Sigley Hood)
  • 2018 Near and Far 17’ (outdoor, mobile voices, flutes and radios). Clocked Out Productions
    commission, Easter at The Piano Mill 2018
  • 2016 Through Rain 10’ (score for piano, cello, bass clarinet and field recording)
    100 Clicks West, private commission to launch concert series
  • 2015 APRA/AMCOS Art Music Awards, Finalist, Vocal Music category
  • 2014 Piano in a field of recordings 7’ (score for piano and electronics)
    Playing With Fire, Western Sydney University Music Department commission
  • 2014 Afterwards 10’ (choir, radios and percussion soloist)
    Sydney Chamber Choir commission, with the assistance of the Australia Council Music Fund
  • 2014 Overpainting 11’ (solo flute/voice)
    Janet McKay solo flute project commission and collaboration
  • 2013 Sometimes snow fell, sometimes darkness 4’ (for soprano, mezzo and alto flute)
    ‘Kingfisher’ Halcyon15th anniversary project commission
  • 2013 Lyrebird: a performance 11’ (soprano, viola, percussion, field recording)
    Chronology Arts commission
  • 2012 Kalaya: meeting place 7’ (chamber choir). Sydney Conservatorium of Music commission for
    centenary ‘101 commissions’ project
  • 2009 Reverse 8’ (flute and synthesizer). Artist commission/collaboration with flautist Janet McKay
  • 2007 A Short Service (for John Cage) 10’ (vocal sextet and radio). Song Company commission for
    ‘Cage Uncaged’ project
  • 2005 Spin: play pieces for choir 14’ (8-part mobile choir). Sydney Chamber Choir commission with
    assistance from the Australia Council Music Fund
  • 2004-7 Radiophonic studio pieces for The Night Air, ABC RN
  • 2001-4 The Audience and Other Psychopaths 60’ (electro-acoustic composition; text: Amanda Stewart)
    Commissioned by The Opera Project with the assistance of the Australia Council New Media
    and Hybrid Arts Board, Performance Space, and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival
  • 2001 Migrant Hostel 8’ (choir, orchestra and baritone soloist).
    Ars Musica Australis commission for Centenary of Federation project
  • 2000 empyrean 9’ (girls choir, semi-chorus, wind quintet, string orchestra; text: Joanne Burns)
    Queenwood School for Girls 75th anniversary commission
  • 1997 Desires: movements towards the divine 23’ (score for vocal sextet) Song Company commission
  • 1995 memory pieces 27’ (8-part mobile choir; text: Ania Walwicz) Sydney Chamber Choir commission
  • 1993 The Women of Jerusalem 5’ (for mobile voices (4), clarinet and percussion).
    Sydney Metropolitan Opera commission for ‘Via Crucis Australis’
  • 1992 Sydney Dreaming Theatre 65’ (score and libretto for one-hour a capella music-theatre work)
    Contemporary Singers and The Native Rose Music Theatre Company commission
  • 1991 2MBS Young Composer Award, joint winner

Selected Collaborative Projects and Performances

  • 2019 Easter at The Piano Mill – performing installation
    Newcastle Writers Festival – narrative and sound panel and performance
    Sydney Writers Festival – ‘Little Fictions’ performance 5’
    Sydney City ‘Late Night Library’ performance: ‘Dismorphia: Tell Tale Bodies’
  • 2018 The Guesthouse Project, Cork, Ireland – international guest artist (with Karen Power et al)
    Easter at The Piano Mill – outdoor sound performance
  • 2017 Ort festival, SNO (Sydney Non-Objective galleries) – electro-acoustic collaborative improvisation
    with film-maker Peter Humble
    Kings Cross and Surry Hills Libraries- ‘Off The Page’ collaborations with author Jen Craig
  • 2015 Places+Spaces, Glebe Town Hall – ‘A Body of Water’ project with singer Karen Cummings
    To Be Continued, live-to-the-internet 24-hr round-the-world relay performance
  • 2014 ‘Playing with Fire’, Western Sydney University (Tamara-Anna Cislowska)
    Sound Bites #18 (with Weizen Ho et al), Jerel’s Ol’ Skool House, Katoomba
    A Body of Water (with singer Karen Cummings), Phoenix Theatre, Wollongong
    Judith Wright Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane (Janet McKay recital)
  • 2013 Chronology Arts, Dickson Space, Newtown, Sydney
  • 2012 Sound Bites #5– with Yessen (Korean string and drum trio) et al, Paragon Café, Katoomba
    Sound Bites #3 – ‘A Body of Water’ (with singer Karen Cummings), Paragon Café, Katoomba
    Verbruggghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Conservatorium Chamber Choir)
  • 2012 New York Radio Awards, Silver Medal for Gerard Brophy’s Gethsemane (music producer)
  • 2009 Random Overtones gallery tour, Queensland College of Arts Brisbane), The Wulf (Los Angeles),
    Meridian Gallery (San Francisco), Dougherty Arts Centre (Austin, Texas), Heaven Gallery
    (Chicago), The Tank (New York)
  • 2007 Totally Huge New Music Festival, West Australian Art Gallery, Perth (The Song Company)
    Carriageworks, Sydney – ‘Cage Uncaged’ (Song Company and Ensemble Offspring)
  • 2005 Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Sydney Chamber Choir)
    Marktoberdorf International Choir Festival, Bavaria, Germany (Ensemble de la Rue)
    Französische Friedrichstadtkirche, Berlin, Germany (Ensemble de la Rue)
  • 2004 Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Germany (Song Company)
    Performance Space, Sydney Mardi Gras Arts Festival (The Opera Project)
  • 2001 Centenary of Federation concert, Blacktown, Sydney (Combined schools choir and orchestra)
  • 2000 Queenwood School for Girls, Sydney, Australia
  • 1999 Sagra Musicale Festival, Perugia, Italy (Song Company)
    Rosza Centre, University of Calgary, Canada (Ensemble de la Rue)
    St Matthias’ Church, Westmount, Montreal, Canada (Ensemble de la Rue)
  • 1998 First Presbyterian Church, Edmonton, Canada (Ensemble de la Rue)
    Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Redfern, Sydney (Song Company)
    Sunday Live, ABC Ultimo Centre, live-to-air on ABC Classic FM (Song Company)
    Adelaide Festival, St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide, Australia (Adelaide Chamber Singers)
  • 1996 4th World Symposium of Choral Music, Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
  • 1995 Horizons Festival of Contemporary Choral Music, ABC Ultimo Centre (Sydney Chamber Choir)
    The Great Hall, University of Sydney (Sydney Chamber Choir)
  • 1994 World Choral Festival, Seoul, Korea
  • 1993 Idyllwild National Music Camp, Los Angeles USA
    Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, USA
  • 1992 Opening Ceremony, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
    The Edge Theatre, Newtown, Sydney (Native Rose Music Theatre Company)
  • 1991 2MBS Studios, Sydney (Song Company)
    Horizons Festival, Joseph Post, Sydney Conservatorium (The Contemporary Singers)
  • 1989 l’Opus, Reims, France – Le Trio Flache (with guitarist Gerry Weise & poet Jean Marie le Sidaner)

Audio Releases

  • Forthcoming – Sunset Inside The Listening Room (Vinyl/digital release) Harrigans Lane Collective 2019
  • Forthcoming – Playing With Fire (pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska) Wirripang 2019
  • Kingfisher – Songs for Halcyon Tall Poppies TP236, 2016
  • Arc of Light Wayfarer (pianist Aaron McMillan) ISD 29663F1, 2007
  • Memory Pieces (Ensemble de la Rue, Canada) EdlR Productions, 2005
  • 2002 MLC School Australian Music Day (education kit: teachers booklet, CD, DVD and scores)
    Australian Music Centre, 2002
  • Landscape’s Creatures (Sydney Chamber Choir) Tall Poppies TP160, 2001
  • Drive (Educational CD-Rom) JLN-2000-01, 2000
  • Sydney Dreaming (The Contemporary Singers) ABC Classics, ABC 454 510-2, 1996
  • Tranceform (One Over Zero 90-minute cassette album) NVZ21, 1988
  • Leaning from the steep slope (One Over Zero 4-track EP) AMO, 1987

Education, Artist Residencies and Development Programs

  • Memoria: Voice, Body Memory Workshop, Weizen Ho, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, July 2019
  • De Quincey Company Impro Exchange, March 2019
  • The Piano Mill artist residency, Harrigan’s Lane, March 2018
  • Bundanon Trust joint artist residency with writer Jen Craig, September/October 2010
  • Researches toward Creative PhD, with, Queensland University of Technology 2003-4
    (Supervisor: Professor Richard Vella; discontinued due to incompatibility with new ABC role)
  • Graduate Diploma in Adult Education (TESOL), University of Technology, Sydney, 1993-4
  • Bachelor of Music (Hons) in composition, University of Sydney, 1982-86
    (Composition teacher – Peter Sculthorpe, Reader in Music)

Examples of Recent Works

  • Sunset Inside The Listening Room (excerpt) –
  • Performers: Danielle Bentley (cello), Hannah Reardon-Smith (piccolo), Stephen Adams (flute, field
  • Near and Far (2018) –
  • Performers: Hannah Reardon-Smith (flutes), Merida Diaz-Jayasinga (voice) Stephen Adams (flute,
    voice, ocarina, radios, field recordings)
  • Jamming (2019) –
  • Text: Jen Craig; Performers: Jen Craig (voice), Stephen Adams (recordings, objects, processing)
  • Ice Cube (2019) –
  • Text: Sigley Hood; Performers: Eleni Schumacher (voice), Stephen Adams (synth, recordings, objects,
  • To Be Continued (2015) –
  • Performer: Stephen Adams (voice, microphones, flute, mandolin, objects, radios, field recordings,

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