David Pye of the Nova Ensemble writes:
I was fortunate to be at the world premiere of Iain Grandage’s new song cycle – Life Stories – during the recent Perth International Arts Festival. It’s a significant addition to the repertoire, and Sara’s performance was immaculate.
Neville Cohn’s review in the West Australian is here
Sara’s understanding of music ranging from the baroque to contemporary is unparalleled in Perth – what an intelligent singer she is! I can’t wait to work with her in Nova Ensemble’s new opera into the SHIMMER HEAT in October at the new WA State Theatre Centre.
Paul MacPhail – producer of into the SHIMMER HEAT writes
Last night I was lucky enough to attend the PIAF Concert of new music by the New York based Bang On A Can All-Stars at the Perth Concert Hall. One of their feature pieces was a composition by Steve Reich – 2 x5.
Paul Tanner from into the SHIMMER HEAT
Bang On A Can All-Stars
Driving rhythms, waves of crashing guitars and a wonderful cacophony of noise. Fantastic! And into the SHIMMER HEAT‘s Paul Tanner was invited onstage for the final piece to showcase his wonderful vibraphone playing – and rightfully took his place for a standing ovation.
Nova Ensemble is a contemporary music group based in Fremantle, Western Australia. The group’s music explores aspects of music technology, contemporary instrument design and building, cross-cultural music, collaborative composition and improvisation. The members of the group are all involved in creating repertoire for the group, and each brings a diverse range of skills to our performances.
David Pye is a composer, percussionist and conductor working principally in the areas of contemporary music and dance. In 1983 he founded Nova to perform the classical music of the twentieth century and has overseen the development of the group into a contemporary music organisation which commissions, writes, performs and records
music, principally by Western Australian composers. As Artistic Director of Nova, he has been responsible for commissioning and performing works by every major composer resident in Perth. David took up composition in 1989 with commissions since for Nova, Chrissie Parrott Dance Company, Festival of Perth, Independent New Choreographers, 2-Dance Plus, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, WA Academy of the Performing Arts School of Dance, Graduate College of Dance, Myth Maker Films, Mostly Baroque and the W.A Mandolin Orchestra.