Category: programme note

The deep time of language

Back in 2005, I wrote a work called ‘Mother Tongue’ for soprano Piia Komsi & ensemble commissioned by the Festival d’Automne à Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain and ELISION. The work sets poems by Patricia Sykes about the ecology of languages and knowledge, and the fragility of particular knowings in the face of language loss. There is ...

Extinction Events & Dawn Chorus

    [sketches fr. Extinction Events & Dawn Chorus]   Liza Lim: Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus (2017) Work commissioned for Klangforum Wien by Wittenertage für Neue Kammermusik & with the support of the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund (Australia). Premiere: 29 April 2018, Witten & 7 May 2018, Vienna for flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet/bass clarinet, bassoon/contrabassoon, trumpet, ...

Travels in hyper-reality

I have criss-crossed multiple time zones in the last 6 weeks: Melbourne-Shanghai-Melbourne-Beijing-Melbourne-Salvador da Bahia-Melbourne – the constant bead in this roaming necklace is home in Australia, with each contrasting pendant ever more distant, strange and colourful. It’s a privilege to be invited to travel for one’s work and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt as ...

Tree of Codes, ‘cut-outs in time’ an opera

Tree of Codes (2013-15), ‘cut-outs in time’, an opera Premiere season: 9, 12, 14, 18, 20 April, 2016, Staatenhaus, Cologne Opera Liza Lim – Tree of Codes information and libretto (read-only downloadable doc) new info: Tree of Codes – programme notes Field recordings as ‘cut-outs of the real’ in Tree of Codes Text about the opera: Michael ...

Winding bodies: 3 knots shortlisted for 2015 BASCA Award

Winding Bodies: 3 knots has been shortlisted in the large chamber music category of this year’s BASCA awards. Here’s what I wrote about the piece: A knot is the magical image of time turned back on itself – think of a knot and you start thinking of the actions and process of tying it! The ...

September: 2 CDs and a premiere

I’m excited about September. It brings the launch of two CDs embodying the fruit of special collaborations with the musicians of the Cikada Ensemble and with the ‘cellist Séverine Ballon. Cikada will launch their disc, which was recorded live at last year’s Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, on 12 September at the Ultima Festival in Oslo. ...