Exhibition: The Meeting of Traditional and Creative Research

Professor Neal Peres Da Costa sitting on his piano.

When: 3 April – 27 May 2017

Where: GlassSpace & GlassCase, Conservatorium Library and Con High School

Research is at the heart of Professor Neal Peres Da Costa’s musical life. His research and practice developed from a keen interest in performing music of past eras; experimenting with historically relevant performing practices and sounding sources (to interpret music manuscripts). Peres Da Costa’s research area – historically informed performance (HIP) – challenges the researcher’s knowledge and experience. This research-based practice has led to the production of traditional (written) and non-traditional (performative) research outputs. The intersection of research and performance has propelled Peres Da Costa to “keep questioning ingrained habits and assumptions”. His written research features historical practices, while his performances experiment with such practices, “using imagination and informed intuition to read between the lines of the evidence and to fill in the gaps.”

Exhibition: The life and music of Tommy Tycho

Tommy Tycho

The Conservatorium Library showcases researcher and PhD candidate Samuel Cottell’s The Life and Music of Tommy Tycho in a newly opened exhibition. View Tommy Tycho’s career, spanning radio, television and performances at the newly opened Sydney Opera House (in 1973), the opening of the Sydney Entertainment Centre (1983) and many more live concerts and performances.

Tommy Tycho
Tommy Tycho

Curated by Samuel Cottell (PhD)

When: 10 August – 10 October 2016

Where: Conservatorium of Music Library, Glass Space & Glass Case

Further features of the exhibition include key examples of Tycho’s musical output, featuring LP and 45’ recordings, samples of his handwritten sheet music (arrangements and compositions); commercial sheet music, trade journals, concert programs, photographs of Tommy Tycho as well video footage of him performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra on the ABC music program, My Music.

Gain a deeper understanding of Tycho’s musical style, output and contribution to Australian music from 1951 when he first arrived in Australia to 2007, when he received an Honorary Doctor of Music from the University of Sydney.

The curator

Samuel Cottell (PhD) focuses his research on the mediation and consumption of ‘light music’ in Australia from 1951-1983. Following the life and career of Tommy Tycho his research addresses a central theme of Tycho’s life; adaptability.

 

Exhibition: Kimnara records: a collaboration in Art and Music

1/10/2015

The exhibition will display artworks by Fusae Ikeda that were created for Kimnara Records CD covers.Fusae Ikeda

Curated by Marie Chellos, Glen Smyth and Dr Simon Baker

 

When: 1 October – 30 November 2015

Where: Conservatorium Library. Level 2, Macquarie Street C41. Sydney NSW 2000

Developed by Simon Barker in 2005, Kimnara Records is an independent label offering music by a core group of Australian musicians, University of Sydney lecturers, including Phil Slater, Matt McMahon, Carl Dewhurst, and Scott Tinkler.

Dr Simon Barker (PhD Jazz Performance) is a lecturer in Jazz Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In addition to his solo performances and recordings, Simon co-leads several internationally recognized collaborative ensembles.
This is an example of non-traditional research output (NTRO) exemplifies creative work as research.

The exhibition will feature 4 framed posters and 12 CDs (some listed here).