What does it mean to be a composer in Australia today? More Talk, Less Action returns this Thursday.

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More Talk, Less Action is back for a free, one-off event at The Channel (on the side of the Arts Centre, next to Fattos overlooking the Yarra).

Join Clinton Green, Greg Wadley and three artists working closely with contemporary composition – Kate Neal, Sean Baxter and Alexander Garsden – as they explore the question: What does it mean to be a composer in Australia today? We’ll interpret this question on several levels: Philosophically – Where does composition stop and improvisation begin in an age of open-ended and graphical scores? Practically – How are software, new instruments and the Internet impacting how composition is done and what is composed? Career – What challenges do composers face, and what advice would our panel offer a young Australian contemplating life as a composer?

Thursday 13 August 2015 (7:30pm) – free entry
Kate Neal, Sean Baxter, Alexander Garsden
Venue: The Channel, Arts Centre, Melbourne.
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More Talk, Less Action – Improvisation: How To Win.

More Talk, Less Action

Improvisation: How To Win

Thursday 19 February, 2015 – 7:30pm

West Space, Level 1, 225 Bourke St, Melbourne


Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/348222642011620/

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* Lloyd Honeybrook (Make It Up Club, Overground Festival, hate saxophonist)

* Alice Hui-Sheng Chang (experimental vocalist, teacher/workshop facilitator)

* Adam Simmons (Festival of Slow Music, teacher, saxophonist, reeds)

Moderated by Clinton Green.

What is the purpose of improvisation? Traditionally improvisers were supposed to serve the song and the music, but is “free improv” too often a free-for-all, with the loudest and most dominating voice “winning”? What principles should a good improviser be guided by, and what bad habits should they avoid? Audience members may want to share their personal horror stories …

In addition, the panel of sage improvisers will perform Clinton Green’s game piece Good Improv/Bad Improv – this involves individual performers in a group receiving incompatible instructions like “be the loudest” and “follow the person on your left”, designed to explore group dynamics and create hilarity for the audience.


This is last in the current series of More Talk Less Action, and probably the last one for some time.

Adam and Clinton were interviewed about winning at improv on 3RRR – you can hear it here http://www.moretalk.org/preparing-to-win/