Project 1°N

Our Island Home: An Australia-Singapore Friendship Concert

Concert 1
Saturday 3rd October 2015, 7:00pm

Deakin Edge, Federation Square
Cnr of Swanston and Flinders Sts,
Melbourne 3000

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Our Island Home Grp Photo
Back: Shen Pangeng (erhu/Chinese violin), Cameron Jamieson (violin), Callum Moncrieff (percussion);
Middle: Noella Yan (Artistic Co-Director, cello), Karen Heath (clarinet);
Front: Jay Dabgar (tabla), Brenna Wee (Founder/Artistic Co-Director, piano)
*Not in photo:
Alex Serrenti (Founder/Director of Communications, visual presentation); Adrian Tan (Guest Conductor)

Concert 2
Saturday 19th December 2015, 7:30pm
Lee Foundation Theatre
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
151, Bencoolen St
Singapore 189655

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Concert 3
Tuesday 22nd December 2015, 8:30pm
Dewan Besar, INTEC
Universiti Teknologi Mara
Section 17, Selangor 40200
Shah Alam, West Malaysia.

Open to all music students & staff of UiTM

Singapore and Malaysia BC Team

Singapore and Malaysia concerts:
Back L-R
: Karen Heath (clarinet), Brenna Wee (Artistic Co-Director, piano), Noella Yan (Artistic Co-Director, cellist), Bernard Tan (Singapore composer), Alex Serrenti (Director of Communications, photos, text)
Front: John Sharpley (Singapore composer), Govin Tan (tabla), Callum Moncrieff (percussion), Adrian Tan (Guest conductor), Shunta Goh (erhu), Yoong-Han Chan (violin)

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2015 is a very special year for the core team here at Bridges Collective. The ensemble was built upon an intercontinental friendship of 20 years between co-founders Brenna Wee and Alex Serrenti -- one from Singapore and the other from Australia. This year we welcome a third core member into the team -- Singaporean-born Noella Yan who has settled in Australia.

2015 marks also the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence and the 50th year of Australian-Singaporean bilateral ties. In celebration of the two unique countries that are deeply embedded in the heart of Bridges Collective, we invite all of you to join us on a musical journey of return to our roots in these two island homes.

We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting an Australia-Singapore Friendship multi-media concert entitled Our Island Home, affording you the opportunity firsthand to enjoy the sights and sounds of Singapore through the musings of its composers and song-writers. Indicating that cultures can co-exist harmoniously through the shared making of music, we have brought together a multi-racial, multi-cultural 8-piece fusion ensemble of Singaporeans and Australians and have commissioned two Singaporean composers to write especially for this ensemble.

The concert will offer you a unique opportunity to hear multiple ethnic instruments brought out of their standard community contexts into collaboration with each other. This special combination of instruments and sounds commemorates both the special diversity of Singapore as a migrant nation and also its unique position as at the crossroads of East and West and also hints at the sound of a possible future for Australia as an increasingly well-integrated multi-cultural nation. 

 “I want to give audiences the opportunity to hear how composers have expressed their multi-cultural experiences and journeys through their music. And we are thrilled that in this concert series, the audience is not just going to be able to hear sounds from different cultures but to actually “see” multiculturalism at work -  both through the ensemble and through the work of our photographer who will be screening images from both countries.”
                                                                                                  Australian Founder and Artistic Co-Director, Brenna Wee

 “This concert celebrates the special history of friendship between Australia and Singapore through medleys of popular folk and national songs which capture something of the voice and experiences of ordinary Australians and Singaporeans. And more broadly, because Australia and Singapore share unique parallels in how they evolved into cosmopolitan multicultural nations, all the music and programming draws upon the experience of both cities to explore artistically the meaning of home – what it means and how it is built – for implanted multicultural migrant nations such as ours."

                         Singapore-born Founder and Director of Communications, Alex Serrenti

Bridges collective performed in August at the Singapore-Australia Friendship Commemorative event in Parliament House (Canberra), and will also present the ‘Our Island Home’ concert in Singapore and Malaysia in December 2015. This concert series marks the extension of its cultural exchange programme into Singapore, 1°N (One Degree North), and a continuation of its existing highly successful Encounters programme in Malaysia.

Commissioned Singaporean:
1)  John Sharpley: Singapore Suite* (clarinet, erhu, violin, cello, piano, percussion, tabla, cond Adrian Tan)
2)  Bernard Tan: A Mini SG50 Suite* (clarinet, violin, cello, piano)
3)  Mohamad Rasull (arr): 'Singapura' Medley
     - Well-loved, iconic Singaporean songs including
'Singapura' and 'Dayung Sampan' (full ensemble, cond Adrian Tan)

4)  Stuart Greenbaum: Dance Music for Concert Halls (clarinet, violin, cello, piano)
5)  Paul Stanhope: Morning Star III (clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion)
6)  Brett Rosenberg (arr): 'My Island Home' Medley
     - 2 songs with a common title by Australian Neil Murray and Singaporean Joshua Wan (full ensemble, cond  Adrian Tan)

* World Premieres
1, 3 & 6 are integrated with a visual presentation curated by Alex Serrenti.


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Meet our musicians up close and personal!

In Studio with Yoong-Han Chan

Yoong-Han Chan, violinist, interview photo1) What's the most important skill/skills to have in order to learn the violin?
I think the single most important "skill" to have is discipline. Playing the violin well requires exceptional aural sensibilities as well as physical coordination. You need a great deal of discipline and time to practice in order to master the instrument besides developing musicianship through listening, singing and communication.

2) Who has influenced you the greatest during your musical journey?
I am grateful to my father, who was my first violin teacher, for providing me with a strong foundation on the instrument. Musically I was very much influenced by the late Sergiu Luca, my violin professor at Rice University. Besides teaching me the violin, he taught me to think and interpret music in context. He was a highly versatile musician who explored historical performance practice as well as promoted new music.

3) Have you ever had an awkward or funny story to tell of a performance?
I played a recital with the Australian pianist Clemens Leske Jr. in CHIJMES Hall back in 1999. In the second movement of Brahm's A Major Sonata, my mobile phone kept vibrating in my pocket.

4) Currently reading/listening to?
I have recently been listening to many recordings by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, which always give fresh and exciting interpretations of standard repertoire. The piano/violin duo of Rudolf Serkin/Adolf Busch has also fascinated me in the past month. I have been listening to their recordings made in the 1930s-40s.  I am also currently listening to lots of Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis and B B King.

5) Favourite haunt in Singapore?
Pulau Ubin and Punggol Waterway Park Connector. These are my favorite places to cycle and de-stress.

In Studio with Karen Heath-Mann

Karen Heath, Clarinet, interview photo1) Where did you grow up? Any memorable childhood moments?
I grew up in Moe, in rural Victoria. There were many memorable childhood moments, but one that makes me laugh now was when I first started learning music, it was on the violin (a big leap from clarinet!). I had brought a school violin home in grade four, and was keen to try it out before my first lesson. I tried to tune it - but I didn't know what pitches it needed to be tuned to exactly, so I tried to tune it to a major arpeggio. Well, I broke the A string, and just cried. I thought that I had broken that violin: I didn't realise the strings could be changed!

2) Describe your instrument to a layman in 1 sentence
The diversity of the clarinet is second to none: it can make you weep when listening to Puccini's 'And the Stars were Shining' from Tosca, or it can make you want to kick your heels up in a New Orleans Dixieland festival.

3) Have you ever had an awkward or funny story to tell of a performance?
I was playing for Karlheinz Stockhausen in Germany at a competition, and I had to dress up as a little Harlequin and dance while performing a memorised work on clarinet. Although the majority of the piece went well, I managed to fall over during the performance and land on my bottom. Trying to be a good sport about it all, I made a show of shrugging my shoulders and got up and continued my performance. Afterward, I hid in my dressing room and probably cried a bit. Anyway, Suzanne Stephens, one of Stockhausen's main performers and recorded artists, came backstage and asked me why I wasn't out front greeting the audience, several of whom apparently wanted to talk to me. I reluctantly got up and made my way out front, and bumped into Stockhausen, who told me I was a 'beautiful harlequin' onstage, and made no mention of my bumfall, rather kindly, I thought. Anyway, it turned out that I had landed on my bottom with some element of rhythmic congruency, so many of the audience members thought I had done it purposefully. I was even awarded a 3rd place for that performance!

4) Who has influenced you the greatest during your musical journey?
Influences vary all the time, but I think my most pivotal teacher who helped to open up more doors than anyone ever had ever previously was Peter Handsworth.

5) What's your favourite haunt in Melbourne?
Wherever my family is, so, home most of the time!

In Studio with Shunta Goh

Shunta Goh, erhu (Chinese violin) interview image1) Where did you grow up? Any memorable childhood moments?

I grew up in Marine Parade, which is right along the eastern shores of Singapore. I fondly remember staying over at my grandfather's property high up in the mountains in Japan; it was simple living, but breathing in the cool fresh air and being one with nature, you just cannot get that in sunny Singapore.

2) Describe your instrument to a layman in 1 sentence

The Chinese two-stringed fiddle, the one that can play very sad music. (Hahahaha)

3) Have you ever had an awkward or funny story to tell of a perfomance?

While serving my National Service at the Singapore Armed Forces Music & Drama Company, I was involved in a Chinese opera performance where I was the lead player of the backing ensemble. During the actual performance, the lead actress got too caught up in her emotions (She was crying!) that she sang way slower than usual. I got a shock and tried to cue her to go slightly faster but to no avail, so we just crawled our way to the end of the piece while waiting for her to compose herself.

4) Favourite haunt in Singapore?

I love eating satay, and can be found occasionally at Satay By The Bay satisfying my meaty cravings.

5) Currently reading/listening to?

I am currently listening to "Admiral Of The Seven Seas - Cheng Ho" composed by Mr. Law Wai Lun, performed by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

In Studio with Callum Moncrieff

In studio with Callum Moncrieff1) Which of the percussion instruments do you find the hardest to play? And which is your favourite?

The vibraphone is easily my favourite percussion instrument but I do also love the kalimba (African thumb piano) and the Udu (a hand drum originally made out of a giant gourd/ seed pod). The vibes still probably challenge me the most because I'm always working on my technique and sound. And, honestly, the triangle, played quietly in an exposed moment, can be the hardest to play!

2) Who has influenced you the greatest during your musical journey?

I find that I am influenced by the many vibes players I studied with on my Churchill Fellowship a few years ago - when I go over my notes again I always discover something new to work on! Musically I am influenced a great deal by pop/ rock bands with brilliant lyricists - for example, Elbow (Guy Garvey) and Radiohead (Thom Yorke). I recently read a book by Victor Wooten called 'The Music Lesson' which really shifted the way I look at musicality as well. Basically, I'm always learning and being influenced every day!

3) Have you ever had an awkward or funny story to tell of a performance?

Less awkward or funny but back in 2011 I was totally overworked, by my own doing, but I ended up with an inner ear complaint called labyrinthitis which means you are dizzy for a lot of the time. I played a duet gig with a trumpet player (Cal Squared, we are both called Callum) and at one point I had to hold onto the wall to steady myself. The strange thing was that when I was playing and looking at music I was ok but once I stopped doing that it was like walking on a rocking ship after spinning around on the spot ten times...

And, of course, there have been the many badly timed stick drops - and also some brilliant recoveries! The worst was an outdoor gig when my music blew off the music stand, off the stage and onto the floor and I had to jump off to get it. I made it back in time for my entry though!

4) To those contemplating learning an instrument, what is the most important skill to have?

Callum Moncrieff with mallets

I realise now that your work ethic and your commitment are some of the most important abilities to have. They are skills and they can be learned and whilst they are 'extra musical' they are crucial to any musician's professional existence. The work ethic means you spend hours practicing and warming up and stretching but you also have to email people back, do the logistical tasks AND have a sense of musicality. Plus it helps if you're a good person to hang out with!

5) Currently reading/ listening to?

Listening to the new Son Lux album, Bones. I'm reading a book called 'Illywhacker' by Peter Carey but I'm kind of looking forward to finishing that and reading something completely different!   

6) Favourite haunt in Melbourne?

I dig the dog park at Princes Park. I go there every morning with my beautiful fiancée, Anna, and my red cloud kelpie (who is also beautiful) called Jilly. I love the coffee at Wide Open Road just off Sydney Road - if I had more time to chill I would read more books there. And finally, I love where I'm working and volunteering, 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne. Radio is such a great medium and the community radio network in Australia is fantastic! Every day I'm doing something new and exciting when I go there!

In Studio with Cameron Jamieson

1) What made you choose the violin and how long have you been playing it? 

Cameron Jamieson, violin

Violin was actually my parents’ choice for me at 4 years old after I kept interrupting my brother’s cello lessons to rudely point out his mistakes!

Being 25 now this would be my 21st year of Violin!

2) Who has influenced you the greatest during your musical journey?

Aside from the strong foundation of support from my parents. As inspiration, I’d have to name the hometown crew, QSO who always inspired me as a child and our exuberant chamber orchestra ACO! Specifically to violin, my biggest inspiration is Pekka Kuusisto for his continuously creative and cheeky interpretations.

3) Have you ever had an awkward or funny story to tell of a performance?

I remember forgetting to turn my phone off silent and accidentally taking it on stage, it was an enormous concert in a very reverberant cathedral. I was assistant concertmaster and managed to hide behind the concertmaster enough to sneak my hand in my pocket during a quiet soprano solo to turn my phone onto silent. Feeling the relief, I didn’t realize as I let my phone go I bumped a new touch command and my phone loudly announced “*BEEP* SORRY, DIDN’T CATCH THAT, PLEASE SAY THE NAME OF THE PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO CALL”.

n a concert being recorded for radio, our violist Matt Laing lost the music off his stand as he was about to begin a beastly solo from a Prokofiev quartet, he absolutely nailed it playing it from memory for the first time in the performance.

4) What's your favourite haunt in Melbourne? 

As a photographer, I spend a lot of time exploring the streets of the city without going anywhere in particular. I’d also have to say I miss the Academy, it was certainly a great haunt.

5) What do you do to unwind? 

I love writing music, especially electronically. Going out on a recreational city or landscape photoshoot is a great escape especially listening to some great trance music.

Past Events

ENCOUNTERS 2014 Project

11th January - 23rd February 2014

Encounters 2014: Concert 3 (MELBOURNE)

Sunday, 23rd February, 2014, 3pm
Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building, University of Melbourne,
Gate 8, Grattan St, Parkville, Vic 3052
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Artists Encounters Melbourne concert

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Bridges Collective's ENCOUNTERS 2014 project is a cultural exchange that brings together composers and musicians from Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia to collaborate on, produce and perform music which crosses traditional cultural and genre boundaries. Led by Malaysian-born Artistic Director Brenna Wee, the Collective will tour Malaysia between the 11th to the 17th January of 2014, giving public concerts, masterclasses and workshopping new compositions by emerging Malaysian composers. Project members Wendy Grose (soprano), Taryn Richards (flute), Paul Zabrowarny (cello) and Brenna Wee (piano) will be artists-in-residence at the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Shah Alam, and at the Classical Music Society (CMS), Selangor/Kuala Lumpur.

The concert series in Malaysia (hosted by UiTM and CMS) & Australia (Melbourne) will showcase commissioned works by internationally regarded composers with a strong multicultural ethos, including Australian composers Julian Yu, Tim McKenry, and Indonesian composers Krisna Setiawan & Slamet Sjukur. The concerts will also feature existing works by other Australian composers (Ross Edwards, Alison Bauld, Katia Tiutiunnik) with significant cross-cultural content. The music will reflect interactions with aboriginal rhythms, Australian wildlife, Malaysian and Indonesian poetry, Australia’s English and European heritage and Middle Eastern influences. With their interactive format, Bridges’ concerts aim to give audiences a nuanced and insightful glimpse into the musical and cultural landscapes of the three countries and it is hoped that listeners will leave with a greater appreciation and understanding of musical idioms that are not their own. Concerts will also feature the winning composition from the Bridges Discovery Composition Award. This is a competitive prize awarded for an original composition from student composers at UiTM.

Prior to concerts held in Malaysia, Bridges’ members will participate in rehearsals and workshops at Shah Alam with gamelan players led by specialist Encik Mohammed Kamrul Bahri bin Hussin, to learn about each other’s musical traditions in greater depth. Australian gamelan specialist Ilona Wright will be performing with project members in the Melbourne concert.


  • Ross Edward – Nura (flute/piano)
    (Australian aboriginal, wildlife and landscape)
  • Alison Bauld – Banquo’s Buried (soprano/piano)
    (English heritage meets Australian modernity)
  • Katia Tiutiunnik – Between Two Rivers: A Trilogy
    I.  Lament of the Flutes for Dummuzi (flute/piano)
    II. Canto di Enheduanna (flute/piano/cello)
    (Sounds of Mesopotamia amidst the music avant-garde)
  • Julian Yu – Kabalevsky Plus 2 (flute/piano/cello) *World Premiere
    (Russian and Chinese traditions)
  • Tim McKenry – Sunday (soprano/flute/piano/cello) *World Premiere
    (Malaysian poetry and Australian music)


  • Nur Syafiqah Shuib: Pyaar (Love) 
    Winner of Bridges Discovery Composition Award
    (Intercultural work)           


  • Slamet Sjukur: Semut Ireng (soprano/flute/piano/cello)  *World Premiere
    (ancient Javanese poetry meets avant-garde
  • Krisna Setiawan: AgMaTa II (soprano/flute/piano/cello/gendèr)  *World Premiere
    (Western and Gamelan scales in interaction)   

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Encounters 2014: Concert 1

Bridges members Encounters 2014

Left to right: Taryn Richards (flute), Wendy Grose (soprano), Paul Zabrowarny (cello) and Brenna Wee (piano)

Host:     Universiti Teknologi Mara in conjunction with the Australian High Commission in Malaysia
Date:     Monday, 13th January 2014
Time:     8:30pm
Venue:   Russian Centre for Science and Culture
              205 Lorong Ampang 2 (off Jalan Ampang)
              Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia

Encounters 2014: Concert 2
Encounters 2014 at CMS 15th Jan flier

Host:      Classical Music Society, (Selangor/Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Date:      Wednesday,15th January 2014
Time:      8:00pm
Venue:    Damansara Performing Arts Centre
               H-01, DPAC, Empire Damansara,
               Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana,
               47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
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Encounters 2014: Concert 3 (MELBOURNE)

Date:     Sunday, 23rd February, 2014
Time:     3:00 - 5:00pm
Venue:   Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building, University of Melbourne,
              Gate 8, Grattan St, Parkvile, Vic 3052
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Workshops and Masterclasses:
* University Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam
12th Jan 2014, 2:00 pm – 4:30pm     Open workshop on new compositions. Winning composition of Bridges
                                                      Discovery Composition Award
13th Jan 2014, 11:30am – 1:30pm     Masterclasses by Bridges Collective members on piano, voice, flute and cello
Admission: UiTM students - Free; Visitors - $10 at the door

* Classical Music Society
(Selangor / KL)
16th Jan 2014     Private masterclasses with Bridges Collective members on piano, voice, flute and cello
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Bridges Collective: "Encounters 2014" is supported by the Commonwealth through

the Australia-Malaysia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade”

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Bridges Collective’s next offering Under An Eastern Sky is an sonic painting of scenes from the beautiful vast land of China. From majestic rivers to tranquil lakes, grand military generals to quiet domestic fishermen, this concert seeks to portray snapshots from a land of great contradictions.

Featuring multiple award-winning Lanzhou-born Mindy Meng Wang on the guzheng, Artistic Director Brenna Wee on piano and Taryn Richards on the flute, the trio will present arrangements of traditional Chinese folk songs from North-Western, Middle-Eastern, South and South-Eastern China. They will also perform the music of internationally-acclaimed composer Julian Yu, one of the first composers to have introduced Western avant-garde compositional techniques to China in the early 1980s. Much of Yu’s music has a distinctive contemporary sound. This concert features a more recent trend of his, where he incorporates the ancient Chinese practice of ornamenting a melody (similar to jazz improvisation) in his compositional approach and infuses popular Western art music with Chinese idioms. 

1) Lou Shu Hua: Return of the Fishing Boat at Dusk (渔舟唱晚) – arranged Julian Yu (flute / guzheng)
2) Plum Blossom (梅花三弄) – an ancient song arranged by Wang Jian Zhong  (flute / piano)
3) Along the Liuyang River (浏阳河) – a folk song arranged by Wang Jian Zhong (solo piano)
4) Julian Yu: Great Gate of Kiev (fr Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition arr koto and string quintet); arr B Wee (guzheng / piano)
5) Cheng Gong Liang: By the Yili River (伊犁河畔) (guzheng / hand drum)
6) Julian Yu: Canon (based on Pachelbel’s Canon) (flute / piano / guzheng)
7) He Zhan Hao: Eternal Sorrow of Lin An (临安遗恨) (guzheng / piano)

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ALAMKARA [Sanskrit; meaning ornamented, decorative poetic beauty] will showcase works by Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar,  Australian composer Robbie Belgrade, New Zealander Gareth Farr, Malaysian Valerie Ross, as well as a traditional Indian treat from Owen Colman and Jay Dabgar. Shankar’s L’aube Enchantee (The Enchanted Dawn) makes accessible to Western audiences the Alap (introductory/slower) and Raga (faster) sections of classical Indian music. Farr’s Kembang Suling explores Asian colours including those from Bali, Japan and India. Ross’s Cycles uses modern harmonies and stretches the traditional boundaries of how the tabla is used in an ensemble, while Belgrade’s Leap of Faith brings together Western and Indian instruments within a popular/jazz form. Audiences will not only be given an insight into traditional Indian music, they will also be taken on a journey to see how this is treated by composers who have merged Indian with Western art elements in their works.

At the end of last year, I had the privilege of having the support of Roger and Therese King at The Boîte, and negotiations proceeded with plans to jointly host Bridges Collective 2013 concerts. I was also very fortunate to meet flautist Asha Henfry at Persian Liaisons last year, and after initial discussions, we decided to team up as collaborators for this first 2013 concert. We all have Asha to thank for putting us in touch with repertoire that is written in the nexus of Indian and Western traditions. Valerie Ross, a Malaysian composer whom I met on Bridges' 2012 tour to Malaysia, gave me a copy of her work Cycles (for oboe, piano and tabla) andh she has kindly agreed to let us perform it using the flute instead of the oboe. Here, we hear not only Indian but distinct gamelan influences as well.

We made several friends along the way, including musicians from India and our own folks here who have a passion for cross-cultural and cross-genre meddlings! It has been wonderful to have with us versatile percussionist Callum Moncrieff who will be playing with Asha in the contemporary Farr and Shankar pieces as well as in the very light-hearted Leap of Faith by Belgrade. Jay Dabgar has been a delight to work with, playing the tabla in three stylistically different works. Together with local bansuri specialist Owen Colman, they will treat us to a traditional Indian improvisation. In all, I must say that this programme has truly facilitated an exchange of musical thought, ideas and performance approaches and we look forward to sharing some of these insights with you at the concert.

Brenna with Asha, Callum, Jay and Owen


Valerie Ross: Cycles for flute, piano and tabla
Gareth Farr: Kembang Suling for flute and marimba
Owen Colman & Jay Dabgar: Traditional Indian improvisation
Ravi Shankar: L’aube Enchantee (The Enchanted Dawn)  for flute and vibraphone
Robbie Belgrade: Leap of Faith for flute, vibraphone, piano and tabla

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9th December 2012, Sunday, 3:00pm

Gryphon Gallery, University of Melbourne, Gate 8,
1888 Building Grattan St (cnr Swanston St), Parkville, Victoria 3052

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Our next concert is the final one for 2012 and we are going to end the year with a sizzling surprise! In this last concert, we bring not only a bridging of cultures but a crossover of musical genres.
JAZZ LIAISONS brings together performers from both the jazz/contemporary and classical worlds to present a programme that will deliver both reflective ballades and racy up-tempo jazz-classical music. Pianist Brenna Wee and virtuoso cellist Blair Harris will be joined by acclaimed jazz drummer Chris Lewis and versatile double bassist Tony Mazziotta.

The programme will be anchored by the pioneering Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio, a large-scale work by renowned French jazz pianist and composer Claude Bolling. Noted for a series of "crossover" collaborations with classical musicians, the Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio was the result of Bolling’s collaboration with classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and is a mix of Baroque elegance and modern swing.

Boaz Modman is back by popular demand after last year’s appearance in Bridges’ launch, Diversity. Spinning sounds from throat-singing and instruments of his own invention - the boogiballs and his adaptation of the digeridoo, the tuberidoo – Boaz will be joined by Brenna to create an improvised work combining the mesmerizing timbres of these instruments.

The other work featured in this programme is Stuart Greenbaum’s An Angel Bowed Backwards, inspired by a poem of the same name by Ross Baglin, and lends a moment of depth and reflection amongst the lighter outer works in the programme. Nevertheless, it is still driven with Greenbaum’s typical rhythmic Minimalism which is influenced by contemporary/jazz music.

“We taken for granted now that jazz is played by musicians of all races and particularly the West. There was a time though when the barrier between black and white was intractable. Jazz is a musical celebration of the triumph of breaking that cultural barrier.” – Brenna Wee

An ensemble that has a “dedication to vocal and instrumental colour.” –Clive O’Connell, The Age

Modman and Wee: New composition
Stuart Grennbaum
: An Angel Bowed Backwards
Claude Bolling: Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio



26th August 2012, Sunday 3:00pm

Gryphon Gallery, University of Melbourne, Gate 8,
1888 Building Grattan St (cnr Swanston St), Parkville, Victoria 3052

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Artistic Director
Brenna Wee, piano

Associate Artists
Arya BastaniNezhad, Ney / Flute
Melika Tehrani BastaniNezhad, Soprano
Agatha Yim, Flute
Karen Heath, Clarinet
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Bridges Collective: an ensemble having a “dedication to vocal and instrumental colour”
- Clive O'Connell, The Age

Returning from a highly successful tour to Malaysia, Bridges Collective invites you to its next exciting concert Persian Liaisons. This concert provides an extremely rare opportunity to hear internationally-acclaimed Iranian Ney specialist, Arya BastaniNezhad, give a lecture-demonstration with improvisations on one of the world’s oldest wind instruments, the Persian Ney. Bridges will showcase new music by contemporary Iranian composers Reza Vali, Morteza Hannaneh and Siavash Beizai - you will hear Iranian classical and folkloric elements being merged with modern Western performance practices and compositional techniques. These Iranian composers’ use of microtonality and middle Eastern melismatic melodies within a Western musical framework produces a beautifully rich musical tapestry that is reminiscent of the art of Persian calligraphy.

Other composers profiled in this concert are Australian Katia Tiutiunnik and English Edward Gregson. Tiutiunnik’s works draw extensively on Mesopotamian elements while Gregson’s work, Aztec Dances, was inspired by an exhibition at the British Museum on Moctezuma, ruler of the ancient Aztec civilisation. Gregson’s work creates an exciting and exhilarating soundscape which evokes images of Amazonian rituals and dances and has been described as a piece that will ‘smash any of our prejudices to smithereens’.

Drawing together performers from a variety of cultural backgrounds, this concert will feature Melbourne’s own Karen Heath (clarinet), Sydney-born London resident Agatha Yim (flute), Malaysian-born Australian resident Brenna Wee (piano), and recently-settled Australian residents Arya BastaniNezhad (flute, Persian Ney) from Shiraz and Melika Tehrani BastaniNezhad (soprano) from Tehran.


  • Arya BastaniNezhad:   Improvisations on Iranian classical Ney
  • Siavash Beizai:  Sabunati (for voice, Ney and piano)
    Iranian folk songs: 1. Sholeyl     2. Tobia   3. Kuhestan
  • Katia Tiutiunnik:  Lament of the flute for Dummuzi
  • Reza Vali:   Persian Suite (for flute and piano)
  • Morteza Hannaneh:   Ommagio a Ferdowsi
  • Edward Gregson:   Aztec Dances

The Encounters Project

Encounters: Australian Liaisons

Artistic Director
Brenna Wee, piano, ghungaroos

Associate Artists
Alison Rae Jones, soprano
Andrew Boyle, clarinet
Blair Harris, cello

Read biographies of artists here: Artists Bios


Malaysian works:

  • Johan Othman: the dancing mouse
  • Yii Kah Hoe:   My Spirit is Dancing
  • Tazul Tajuddin:   Sebuah Pantun V

Australian works:

  • Margaret Sutherland:   The Orange Tree
  • Tony Gould:  Crossroads
  • Stuart Greenbaum: Columns of Rain

Selection of works by international composers

Concert One

Australian Liaisons
Universiti Teknologi MARA

Faculty of Music Ensemble Room, 2nd Floor, Block S, UiTM Section 17
Campus (INTEC),
40200 Shah Alam, Selangor, MALAYSIA
Date: Wednesday, 11th April 2012
Time: 8:30 pm

Concert Two

Australian Encounter: Australian Buffet Dinner cum Performance
Perak Society of Performing Arts

Gopeng and Pusing Hall
Kinta Riverfront Hotel and Suites
Saturday, 14th April 2012
7:00 pm

Contacts in Ipoh, Malaysia:
+60 - 05 - 548 7814+60 - 05 - 548 7814 (PSPA)
+60 - 012 - 508 8818+60 - 012 - 508 8818 (Witzi)

Concert Three

Encounters: Australian Liaisons
Classical Music Society

Menuetto Music
The WaterFornt@ParkCity
Lot FF16, 5 Persiaran Residen, Desa ParkCity,
Off Jalan Damansara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur.
Date: Sunday, 15th April 2012
Time: 7:00 pm

For Enquiries, please call:
+60 - 017-889 3599+60 - 017-889 3599 / +60 - 012-696 1764+60 - 012-696 1764 / +60 - 012-293 2493+60 - 012-293 2493

Masterclasses and Workshops at Universiti Teknologie MARA

10 April 2012
9 am - 10 am       Lecture The Art of Accompanying (Brenna Wee)
10 am - 12 noon  Accompanying Masterclass (Brenna Wee)
10 am - 12 noon  Vocal Masterclass (Alison Rae Jones)
10 am - 12 noon  Clarinet Masterclass (Andrew Boyle)
10 am - 12 noon  Cello Masterclass (Blair Harris)

2 pm - 4:30 pm   Open Rehearsal / Workshop with Composition Students

Australia-Malaysia Institute - DFAT News update:

The Bridges Collective Ensemble 'Encounters' Project is supported by the Commonwealth through the
Australia-Malaysia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Encounters: Malaysian Liaisons

Saturday, 24th March, 2012
Gryphon Gallery, University of Melbourne, Gate 8,
1888 Building Grattan St (cnr Swanston St), Parkville, Victoria 3052 
Tickets: $24 // $18 (Concession) //$66 (Family: 2 adults & 2 teens*)  // *Free: Children 12 and under
Available from

Malaysian Liaisons is part of Bridges Collective’s Encounters project in March/April 2012, where members of the collective will engage in a cultural exchange with their musical counterparts in West Malaysia. The Melbourne pre-tour programme will feature specially commissioned works by internationally recognised Malaysian composers Tazul Tajuddin, Yii Kah Hoe and Johan Othman. It will also showcase works by important contemporary Australian composers Margaret Sutherland, Tony Gould and Stuart Greenbaum. In what promises to be a truly sumptuous sonic experience, this concert will give the Australian audience a taste of what concert-goers in Malaysia will be experiencing.

*Johan Othman: the dancing mouse (World Premiere)
Margaret Sutherland: The Orange Tree (voice, clarinet, piano)
Yii Kah Hoe:
My Spirit is Dancing (solo piano, with ghungaroos)
Frank Bridge: Three Songs (soprano, cello, piano)


*Tazul Tajuddin: Sebuah Pantun V (Preview)
Ross Carey: Melbourne Notebook - excerpts (clarinet in A, piano)
III. Quiet Thoughts     VII. Ghostly Murmurs     VIII. Upbeat in August (Brunswick Boogie)
Ross Carey: Sentimental Waltz (clarinet in A, piano) Tony Gould: Crossroads (clarinet, cello, piano)
*Stuart Greenbaum: Columns of Rain

*Works for quartet (voice, clarinet, cello, piano)

* This concert is a part of Bridges Collective's 2012 Concert Subscription Package. Tickets are available at a 12% discount with a subscription to the 2012 Concert Season. Go to

Bridges Collective Ensemble featured on Radio 3MBS103.5 FM.

'Musical Portraits' Series: Julian Yu

Thursday, 17th November 2011
Melbourne: 6:00-7:00pm
Adelaide: 5:30-6:30pm
Singapore/Malaysia: 3:00-4:00pm

Following the performance of Julian Yu's 'Mozartiana' at their recent concert 'Diversity', Bridges Collective (featuring Andrew Boyle, clarinet; Blair Harris, cello & Brenna Wee, piano) has been invited to perform a couple of the movements from this work on 3MBS 'Musical Portraits' Series. The featured personality this month is Chinese-born Australian composer Julian Yu.

'Mozartiana' marries famous melodies from Chinese folk music and Mozart's operatic and instrumental works. Join us for a tour de force of compositional dexterity and listen out for those familiar melodies that will give you a lift at the end of the day!

You can listen to the programme:
On radio at 103.5FM
On the internet through 3MBS's live streaming site at: node%2F21

For more details on 3MBS Musical Portraits Series, see: node%2F80


~ A Musical Journey ~

6th Nov 2011, Sunday, 3pm


Music from the place where cultures meet


Come and join us in this inaugural concert which celebrates the meeting of cultures in our global village. Hear the melodies of Mozart merging with Chinese folk music and experience the exquisite delicacy of Japanese musical sensibility meeting Anne Boyd’s more taciturn Australian aesthetic. Be mesmerized byJewish-Yemenite throat-singing layered over  improvised funk-based grooves. Watch Balinese dance bells play alongside the piano and hear the fusion of Afro-American jazz with European art music. This concert promises to entertain, educate and take you on a journey into the many different ethnic and musical worlds that surround us.


World Premier – Julian Yu: Mozartiana (Trio for clarinet, cello and piano)
World Premier - Brenna Wee and Boaz Modman: Aural Quest
Australian Premier – Yii Kah Hoe: My Spirit is Dancing for Solo Piano
Stuart Greenbaum – Three Songs of Sleep
Anne Boyd – Goldfish in the Summer Rain & Cloudy Mountain
Claude Bolling – Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio (Parts IV and VI)
Toru Takemitsu - Air (for solo flute)

Artistic Director
Brenna Wee, piano, ghungaroo

Associate Artists
Rosemarie Harris, soprano
Laila Engle, flute
Andrew Boyle, clarinet
Blair Harris, cello
Boaz Modman, boogiballs, throat-singing & tuberidoo
Tony Mazziato, double bass
Ben van den Akker, drums

Where: Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building, University of Melbourne, Grattan Street, Parkville (cnr Swanston)
Cost: $24 ($18 conc). Free: UoM students (tickets required) and children under 12

Tickets available from

*This concert is sponsored by the Graduate Students Association (GSA), University of Melbourne

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