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Aviva Endean and Freya Schack-Arnott

Aviva Endean and Freya Schack-Arnott

Art Form: Sound/Music

Residency Year: 2024

Lives / Works: Melbourne, Naarm and Sydney, Wangal land

Aviva Endean is clarinettist, composer and sound-artist living between Wurundjeri and Djarra land. Central to her practice is the gathering of artists and audiences into shared spaces for listening, opening our ears to the world around us as we consider place and space. Whilst deeply steeped in music, Aviva’s vision extends beyond her primary artform to expand ways in which sound can be experienced and understood, and to discover new forms of expression that reflect the here and now. She regularly works across a range of contexts including experimental and improvised music, installation, and cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Freya Schack-Arnott (DK/AUS) is a contemporary cellist and nyckelharpist who enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, improviser, composer and curator; ranging from contemporary classical repertoire to experimental, electronics, folk and popular art forms. Schack-Arnott regularly performs with Australia’s leading new music ensembles, including ELISION Ensemble (as core member) and Ensemble Offspring. As an improviser and composer, Schack-Arnott’s current projects include: ’Runa Cara’ (Scando/Irish folk duo) and ‘Bonniesongs’ with Bonnie Stewart, ‘FSA/BW’ (experimental string duo with bassist Benjamin Ward) and DK trio ‘Skaft Økse og Sav’.Freya is also co-founder and curator of the regular ‘Opus Now’ music series, an ongoing project exploring relationships between the music of today and classical string quartets.

In Residence at Bundanon

Freya and Aviva each have a practice of composing and performing music which is inspired by nature, place and culture. On residency at Bundanon they will work on individual and duo projects and share their unique approaches and practices with each other to develop new recorded works. Freya’s process includes taking long walks and finding stimulating places to improvise, setting up microphones to record her ideas. Later these ideas are often developed into compositions (as can be heard in her duo project with double-bassist Ben Ward). Aviva’s process integrates field recording and her solo experimental improvisation practice, using expanded and prepared wind instruments and unusual mic techniques to capture sound elements which are not audible to the naked ear, to capture an uncanny and expanded sense of place. At Bundanon the two artists will develop recorded and performance works which reflect the unique sonic qualities of the site.

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