Rafe With Strings

A collaboration between a songwriter, a string quartet, and ten composers.


This is the creation of ten songs.  

Each song written by Rafe.
Each song accompanied by a string quartet.
Each arrangement for quartet created by a different composer.

How this came about

Over the years, Rafe has been writing songs that weren’t able to fit into his various musical outlets.  Songs that weren’t funny enough to fit into his comedy set, songs that weren’t jazzy enough to play with Moochers Inc.  Songs that needed a string quartet.

Wanting to put together a new ensemble to play these songs, but being musically illiterate and not wanting to constantly hum the melodies in rehearsal to what would likely be an ever-changing group of musicians, Rafe knew that he’d need a lot of help in writing the music for the quartet to play.  He also knew that this help would cost a lot of money.

He spoke with a bunch of composers and string players to figure out how to make this music sound its best, and then applied for project funding from artsACT to engage composers to arrange the music, and workshop with a quartet.  The application was successful and Rafe did the happiest happy dance that had ever been danced.

Since then he has been doing everything possible to make sure that this project results in something amazing.

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COMPOSERS

Chloe

CHLOÈ CHARODY

Chloé Charody was born August 22nd, 1984 in Sydney Australia of Hungarian/Australian heritage. Charody’s music and productions are a ground-breaking transformation of genre. Charody’s unique sound in combination with her innovative fusion of opera, classical ... READ MORE

Chloé Charody was born August 22nd, 1984 in Sydney Australia of Hungarian/Australian heritage. Charody’s music and productions are a ground-breaking transformation of genre. Charody’s unique sound in combination with her innovative fusion of opera, classical music and circus that she has developed with long time colleague Sonja Schebeck have, and continue to receive exceptional reception by critics, the media and audiences worldwide. Charody & Schebeck’s revolutionary work is quickly paving a new path for classical music in the 21st century, bringing classical music and opera to a younger generation.

In 2011, a major production of Charody’s circus opera The Carnival debuted on London’s West End at Leicester Square Theatre. Composed by Charody and produced by Chloé’s own production company, Charody Productions Worldwide, The Carnival became an instant success, receiving exceptional reviews from the notoriously harsh London media. Following The Carnival’s West End debut, The Carnival went on to run a series of sell out shows throughout Australia. The Carnival then returned again in 2011 to London’s West End in collaboration with the Bristol based arts company Kompany Malakhi. With the success of The Carnival, it became apparent that this new genre of theatre had a very strong demand from young audiences, the media and producers internationally, and plans to take The Carnival to the rest of the world were immediately implemented. In 2012, The Carnival played in Australia, Berlin, and Great Britain.

Coinciding with the success of The Carnival, Charody’s ballet-opera Magdalene premiered on March 27th 2011 by The Dutch National Ballet at The Muziektheatre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Magdalene is Charody’s second ballet opera that she composed in collaboration with choreographer Remi Wortmeyer and librettist Malcolm Rock. The ballet-opera’s immediate success has seen its on-going performance presented by The Dutch National Ballet, with it’s screen debut at The 2011 International Cindeans Festival in Amsterdam.

In 2007, shortly after her graduation in composition at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Charody was named 2mbs FM’s Young Australian Composer Of The Year for her first symphony To Breathe Through Shadows Of Decree. Charody then went on to compose extensively for television and theatre both nationally and abroad, working with companies such as Warner Music, Song Zu and Fox Studios and arranging music for numerous Australian leading pop artists.

In 2008, Charody began to resent the somewhat stale and youth-alienating image of classical music and began what would turn out to be the most rewarding decision of her career thus far. Charody, along with long time work colleague violinist Sonja Schebeck, began the quest to transform the presentation of classical music. In that same year, Charody founded Ilythian (with Schebeck as lead violinist), an ensemble fusing Charody’s original classical music with theatrical elements inspired genres such as circus, vaudeville and burlesque. In that same year, Charody embarked on The Divine Romantics National Tour with Ilythian, receiving critical acclaim from press and audiences alike.

In 2009 following the success of The Divine Romantics National Tour, Charody founded the magazine Musique Art, becoming the first and only street press magazine for classical music and the fine arts within Australia. In that same year, with the support of The Australian Performing Rights Association, Charody founded the educational program ReachOut bringing the music of living Australian composers to regional communities throughout Australia.

In 2012, Charody completed her second Symphony, and the caprice from The Phoenix, Charody’s concerto for Violin, Fire & Orchestra composed for violinist Sonja Schebeck premiered at The Musikverein in Vienna, Austria.

Charody currently lives in Berlin Germany and is managed by Annette Gentz and signed to German music publishers Budde Music / Edition Corona Musikverlag GMBH.

Andrew

ANDREW BATT-RAWDEN

A trailblazer for creating music that embraces Technology whilst remaining accessible and beautiful for the listener, Andrew's musical output is mainly for chamber and vocal music, with or without electronics... READ MORE

Adam’s career began in 2005, studying with composer Roger Smalley and pianist Anna Sleptsova at the University of Western Australia in Perth, WA.

Shortly after this, Adam was invited to complete a double-major in classical Piano Performance and Composition under Emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky and Geoffrey Lancaster at the Australian National University.
Study at the ANU was temporarily interrupted due to an invitation to travel to France and study for one year with Emeritus Professor of the University of Ottawa, Jean-Paul Sevilla, and completed a Diplôme d’Etudes musicales.

Returning to Canberra, completing his Bachelor of Music, and beginning professional work in 2011 as the resident accompanist for the ANU, Adam also began teaching privately, performing as a classical, chamber and jazz pianist, and receiving contracts as a composer/arranger.

Adam completed his first-class Honours degree in 2012, giving the world première of Sitsky’s Sonata No. 2, in three movements, composed for Adam. Adam also edited this piece, which is published under The Keys Press.
Adam has created a vehicle for his own compositions, a band now known as Melbourne-based The Monotremes. A multigenre, jazzpunk, psychedelic six-piece, The Monotremes use extended compositional forms based in jazz harmony, and experiment with colourful orchestration & sudden shifts in style, genre and colour. These tunes are influenced mainly by Zappa, Bach, Shostakovich, Ravel, Monk, Beck, gorillaz, Hendrix, etc. The Monotremes’ first release, Phantasmagorganism EP, is available for free streaming hereand purchase here.

In 2012, Adam was awarded the biennial Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, given to postgraduate piano students to help them further their career overseas. With this money Adam traveled to Paris in order to study composition and improvisation with several established Parisian pianists, and complete a Monotremes-related arrangement project of Maurice Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales.

Since returning to Australia, Adam has relocated to Melbourne and currently enjoys freelancing and contract work – as the piano teacher at Victoria University Secondary College, as piano teacher and head of composition at Parkville Music School, and as Senior Accompanist with the Australian Children’s Choir. Adam also accepts work for arrangement/composition, transcription, editing, as well as classical, jazz and band gigs – so don’t hesitate to contact him!

As a pianist, Adam has performed in most Canberran venues (National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, High Court, Llewellyn Hall, etc.), and has performed for several years running in the Canberra International Music Festival, as well as Art, not Apart, Bloom Festival, Dragon Dreaming Festival, Viva la Gong Festival and others.

As composer and arranger, Adam participated in The Song Company’s MODART13 program, writing a vocal piece taking as its inspiration Edgar Allen Poe’s novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Arrangements and compositions for The Monotremes include the Phantasmagorganism EP, released in 2013; an arrangement of Poulenc’s 1928 Concert champêtre (harpsichord concerto); and an upcoming release of arrangements of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales. Adam also occasionally finds time to compose multigenre chiptune-inspired tracks under the artist name chippysthedoggy – whose first EP release, Canis Velpix EP, will be available in August 2016. Other compositions and arrangements by Adam have been featured in the Centenary of Canberra (Andrew Schultz / Canberra Symphony Orchestra), Canberra International Music Festival (Elizabeth Wallfisch / Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra), Melbourne’s Shir Madness Jewish Music Festival (Deborah Conway / Willy Zygier) and more recently, the Australian Children’s Choir featuring Yvonne Kelly as soloist. Adam’s original compositional catalogue is available on the Cut Common online store.

Adam

ADAM JAMES COOK

Adam's career began in 2005, studying with composer Roger Smalley and pianist Anna Sleptsova at the University of Western Australia in Perth, WA. Shortly after this, Adam was invited to complete a double-major in ... READ MORE

Adam’s career began in 2005, studying with composer Roger Smalley and pianist Anna Sleptsova at the University of Western Australia in Perth, WA.

Shortly after this, Adam was invited to complete a double-major in classical Piano Performance and Composition under Emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky and Geoffrey Lancaster at the Australian National University.
Study at the ANU was temporarily interrupted due to an invitation to travel to France and study for one year with Emeritus Professor of the University of Ottawa, Jean-Paul Sevilla, and completed a Diplôme d’Etudes musicales.

Returning to Canberra, completing his Bachelor of Music, and beginning professional work in 2011 as the resident accompanist for the ANU, Adam also began teaching privately, performing as a classical, chamber and jazz pianist, and receiving contracts as a composer/arranger.

Adam completed his first-class Honours degree in 2012, giving the world première of Sitsky’s Sonata No. 2, in three movements, composed for Adam. Adam also edited this piece, which is published under The Keys Press.

 

Adam has created a vehicle for his own compositions, a band now known as Melbourne-based The Monotremes. A multigenre, jazzpunk, psychedelic six-piece, The Monotremes use extended compositional forms based in jazz harmony, and experiment with colourful orchestration & sudden shifts in style, genre and colour. These tunes are influenced mainly by Zappa, Bach, Shostakovich, Ravel, Monk, Beck, gorillaz, Hendrix, etc. The Monotremes’ first release, Phantasmagorganism EP, is available for free streaming hereand purchase here.

In 2012, Adam was awarded the biennial Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, given to postgraduate piano students to help them further their career overseas. With this money Adam traveled to Paris in order to study composition and improvisation with several established Parisian pianists, and complete a Monotremes-related arrangement project of Maurice Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales.

Since returning to Australia, Adam has relocated to Melbourne and currently enjoys freelancing and contract work – as the piano teacher at Victoria University Secondary College, as piano teacher and head of composition at Parkville Music School, and as Senior Accompanist with the Australian Children’s Choir. Adam also accepts work for arrangement/composition, transcription, editing, as well as classical, jazz and band gigs – so don’t hesitate to contact him!

As a pianist, Adam has performed in most Canberran venues (National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, High Court, Llewellyn Hall, etc.), and has performed for several years running in the Canberra International Music Festival, as well as Art, not Apart, Bloom Festival, Dragon Dreaming Festival, Viva la Gong Festival and others.

As composer and arranger, Adam participated in The Song Company’s MODART13 program, writing a vocal piece taking as its inspiration Edgar Allen Poe’s novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Arrangements and compositions for The Monotremes include the Phantasmagorganism EP, released in 2013; an arrangement of Poulenc’s 1928 Concert champêtre (harpsichord concerto); and an upcoming release of arrangements of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales. Adam also occasionally finds time to compose multigenre chiptune-inspired tracks under the artist name chippysthedoggy – whose first EP release, Canis Velpix EP, will be available in August 2016. Other compositions and arrangements by Adam have been featured in the Centenary of Canberra (Andrew Schultz / Canberra Symphony Orchestra), Canberra International Music Festival (Elizabeth Wallfisch / Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra), Melbourne’s Shir Madness Jewish Music Festival (Deborah Conway / Willy Zygier) and more recently, the Australian Children’s Choir featuring Yvonne Kelly as soloist. Adam’s original compositional catalogue is available on the Cut Common online store.

Sally

SALLY GREENAWAY

Sally Greenaway (b.1984) is an award-winning composer and pianist. She has earned herself the reputation of being a versatile and diverse musician, and as a result is highly sought after as a musical director, jazz pianist, teacher and composer/arranger... READ MORE

Sally Greenaway (b.1984) is an award-winning composer and pianist. She has earned herself the reputation of being a versatile and diverse musician, and as a result is highly sought after as a musical director, jazz pianist, teacher and composer/arranger.

Greenaway’s writing spans a wide assortment of styles and genres, including numerous classical chamber works, several jazz big band works, and more than 20 film and documentary soundtracks.

As a pianist, Greenaway has toured and performed around Australia with her jazz ensemble, the Sally Greenaway Project, at sell-out concert events. During her stint in London she played jazz piano at the London Chopin Festival on Steinway’s unique ‘Ferrari’ grand piano, and for a private party on Liberace’s rhinestone grand piano at the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair.

Greenaway is well known in the Canberra music scene, having worked with many of Canberra’s music ensembles. She is regularly invited to give masterclasses and workshops and adjudicate competitions. She is currently Musical Director for ConneXion Big Band and a member of Wicked-Strings! which features musicians from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. She also lectures part-time at the Canberra Institute of Technology’s Music Industry Centre.

Sally

BRONWYN CUMBO

Bronwyn is an interaction designer and composer/sound artist that has exhibited work in Sydney and Europe. Her interaction and sound design works combines sound design, story-telling and interactive mobile technology to evoke ... READ MORE

Bronwyn is an interaction designer and composer/sound artist that has exhibited work in Sydney and Europe. Her interaction and sound design works combines sound design, story-telling and interactive mobile technology to evoke affective and critical responses to the human – nature relationship in today’s modern world. Most recent interactive installations include Aural Fixation (City, Data, Future Exhibition; Split, 2014 and Venice, 2014), and Flotsam and Jetsam (Waterways, and Hijinks Festival, Sydney 2014). Over the last 20 years, Bronwyn has composed and arranged for a number of ensembles, short films, documentaries and theatre productions.

The Songs

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