Gone without Saying
" .. it was a treat to hear Slater's amazing vocal agility.."
28 August 2010
'Gone, without Saying' is a brand new work by singer/improviser/composer, Gian Slater for voices that explores the notion of communication between and without words.
That which cannot be put into words - those things we don't wish to speak of or those that go without saying. In moments of communal grieving, consoling, conversing, gossiping, joking, arguing - we use our shared knowledge and human experience to read between the lines, but at times those moments are lost or misunderstood. In silence, we wish to speak our minds yet often miss the chance and in conversation we long for space but don't always leave it.
This work is written for 14 voices using experimental and extended vocal techniques with intricate, textural layering, conceptual improvising and subtle integration of movement. The piece premiered in April this year (2010) as the winner of the MJFF APRA Composer's Commission which took place at BMW EDGE amphitheatre to rave reviews and a standing ovation.
Don't miss the anticipated second performance of this captivating show.
'The audience had never quite heard anything like Slater's adventurous and highly inventive offering... it was a treat to hear Slater's amazing vocal agility, allowing her to make huge interval leaps while producing high notes of great purity. There was no doubting the work's artistic success when on completion it received a standing ovation.' - Andra Jackson (The Age)
Jenny Barnes, Tom Barton, Helen Catanchin, Hailey Cramer, Miriam Crellin, Georgie Darvidis, Ed Fairlie, Bronwyn Hicks, Kate Kelsey - Sugg, Louisa Rankin Gian Slater, Damien Slingsby, Loni Thomson, Auđur Zoëga.
Gian Slater has emerged as one of Melbourne's most incisive and original artists who not only has a remarkably pure and mobile voice, but is also a prolific composer able to encompass and express her diverse musical influences and range of emotional experiences. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music Performance - Improvisation (voice), where she received numerous awards and scholarships. She was a finalist in the prestigious Freedman Fellowship (2004), The National Jazz Awards (2005) and the Bell Awards for 'Best Jazz Vocal Album' (2010).
As a composer and bandleader Gian has recorded 3 albums, "In My Head" (2005),"Our Galaxy" and "Creatures at the Crossroads" (2008). She has recorded for ABC Jazz track (2003) and was featured on Andrea Keller's ABC Aria nominated album 'Angels and Rascals' (2005). She formed a band with US pianist, Barney McAll called 'Sylent Running' in 2008, releasing their debut album 'Empathy Chip' in 2009, recorded in New York and toured Australia in September 2009. Gian has performed in the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, Stonington Jazz and the Brisbane Powerhouse Jazz Festival.
Gian has performed with the likes of US vocalist extraordinaire, Theo Bleckmann and treasured Australian singer/songwriter, Lior. She also lectures in voice, choral and aural studies at all three of Melbourne's major improvised music universities (Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University and NMIT).
Gian won the APRA composers commission earlier this year and premiered her composition for 14 voices 'Gone, without saying' at BMW Edge in April to rave reviews.