Sat 10 April 2021
I don't think I ever had such a busy start to the year. And now some performances are coming up!
Firstly there's the Benaud Trio playing my 4-movement (or 4-innings!) tribute to a famous cricket match, The Tied Test, both in Adelaide and Melbourne (it will also be live-streamed - follow the links on the right!).
Then, that same weekend, I'm conducting the Adelaide Wind Orchestra in an all-Australian program, including works by my friends Anne Cawrse and Martin Cheney.
And in a bit over a month, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is presenting Are we there yet? - the piece that I've now spent more than a year working on, which accompanies by Alison Lester's picture book.
Fri 20 November 2020
In just over a week, Elsabeth and I will be presenting a CONCERT! It will be an exhibition of musical portraiture, featuring a piano duo arrangement of Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations and several of my own compositions. Anyone can come, because it is going to be LIVE-STREAMED! (thanks to South Australia's recent lock-down).
If you are interested, tickets are available HERE. You can register for free, but we are encouraging donations, which we will put towards the community-space building project at Broadview Baptist Church (our home church), where we originally intended to hold the concert.
Also, we've released a PODCAST about what we're playing! Available on most podcast platforms (search for "What Music Tells Me"), or just go here.
Sat 26 September 2020
I would like to congratulate Kathy & Terry Bickley, who commissioned me to write them a duet for bassoon and bass clarinet earlier this year. They performed Two Deep for the Australian Double Reed Society's Online Competition, in the duet section, and won second prize (which keeps the whole "two" thing going!). It was a great honour and joy to compose the piece especially for them!
Other recent projects have included a song for a friend's wedding and preparing to arrange Are we there yet? for orchestra. I've also been listening to lots of calypso music as I work on the Tied Test piece for Benaud Trio. It puts me a good mood. :)
Wed 8 July 2020
Recently I had my first taste of performing in a long while – well, kind of! I was one of about 100 pianists around Australia who took part in 84 Pianos: Pandemic Edition, an initiative of Clocked Out Duo. You can see the video here. Maybe you can hear me too, I'm not really sure!
I completed Are we there yet? last month, and I'm really looking forward to hearing it soon. I'm really happy with how it has turned out.
Many other projects are still up in the air, but I can confirm a few things...
I'm honoured to be one of the composers in the Sydney Symphony's 50 Fanfares commissioning initiative. This means I'll be writing a fanfare for a performance sometime in 2021 – more details to come when things settle down a bit!
I am about to start work on a piece for Benaud Trio, which is going to be the first cricket-related piece I've written since How McDougal Topped the Score (in 2010).
At the moment I'm working on David's Song of Thanks, which hopefully the Adelaide Wind Orchestra will be able to play soon (our updated program in response to the pandemic is yet to be decided).
Finally, if you want to listen to something, here's the amazing Alondra Vega-Zaldivar singing my composition Bowerbird Blues in her 2019 Art Song Collaborative Project, 'Cries of the Earth'...
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Sat 26 Jun, 7:30pm
Adelaide Wind Orchestra: Apollo Unleashed
David John Lang - Fanfare for a Warrior
Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, SA, Australia
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