2018 Nu Works Winner

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“I’m keen to have (this) piece performed by Nu Deco, as the ensemble has an excellent reputation for championing work which blends elements from classical and popular music worlds. Nu Deco performs with theatricality and flair, and the energy of a rock band – all essential ingredients for my work!”

 Holly Harrison

Holly Harrison

Holly Harrison is a young Australian composer from Sydney. Holly's music is driven by nonsense literature of Lewis Carroll, embracing stylistic juxtapositions, the visceral energy of rock, and whimsical humour. Her music has been performed in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA, by artists including Alarm Will Sound, Orkest de Ereprijs, Ensemble Offspring, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and at festivals including Gaudemus Muzieweek, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and Perth International Art Festival.

Her selected work, And Whether Pigs Have Wings (for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble), draws inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s poem ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’, which first appeared in his nonsense book, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1871). The work’s structure reflects the fragmented and playful nature of the poem, and is organized as a musical mosaic which experiments with stylistic juxtapositions of funk, jazz, opera, prog-rock, and metal.

Upcoming projects include a concertino for bassoon and string quartet for Matthew Kneale and Omega Ensemble, a sextet for new music champions Ensemble Offspring, a children's work for the Canberra International Music Festival, and multiple works for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Holly teaches composition at MLC School and is a sessional academic at Western Sydney University. She plays drum kit in the improvised rock duo Tabua-Harrison with Joey Tabua (electric guitar).


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"'Landlord' is the eighth song in the cycle The Summer Sinks, and acts as the centerpiece and narrative turning point of the collection; in the first of the songs, the speaker contemplates feelings of guilt and pride that have taken root inside of them as a result of mulling over past experiences. In "Landlord," the speaker dives into the weight of these feelings, choosing to cast them away. The songs which follow "Landlord" navigate the results of this decision."

Tanner Porter

Tanner Porter

Tanner Porter is a composer-performer (voice and cello), songwriter and visual artist from California. Her work has been performed at Ann Arbor’s Threads All Arts Festival, the 2015 Midwestern Composers Symposium, by art-ensemble Willo Collective at New Music Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music 9, and by Michigan-based all-arts collective Red Shoe Company. Tanner received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Music Composition from the Yale School of Music. Her most recent album, The Summer Sinks, was recorded with LA-based studio Oak House Recording and can be heard on all streaming platforms. Tanner was thrilled to animate the music video for “II” from the song cycle, which was premiered by I Care if You Listen in 2017.

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