Ossicle Duo (OD) is a new ensemble featuring new music specialists Benjamin Anderson (brass) and Hamish Upton (percussion). OD are committed to exploring and re-performing the great existing works that exist for the combination, and commissioning new works by Australian emerging and established composers. OD focus on high quality presentation of their work through forging new partnerships with other musicians, composers, and companies to enhance their concert experiences.
In 2018, OD delivered their debut performance to a sold out audience at Temperance Hall in South Melbourne. This performance was warmly received and featured a new work by James Hullick.
James Hullick composed ‘Grit’ for Ossicle Duo, a boundary - pushing work posing the performers as characters, down on their luck and frustrated with the constraints of society.
The duo also demonstrated their commitment to presenting challenging repertoire in performing ‘Earth’ by Richard Barrett, ‘Beast from Air’ by Brenton Broadstock, and created their own arrangement of four movements of Tierkreis by K. Stockhausen. OD are grateful to the support of the arts community in attendance at this concert, and acknowledge that several of the composers in attendance have confirmed their willingness to write new musical works for the duo.
OD were supported by the City of Port Phillip (Melbourne) in a 2017 Cultural Development Fund grant, which alllowed them to hire Temperance Hall, a unique venue with a distinct aesthetic suited to the program. Hamish performed a solo work at the presentation of the 2018 awards.
Following on from this performance, OD presented ‘In a Japanese Garden’ at the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon. This concert featured works by John Cage, Dai Fujikura, and Kaija Saariaho. OD collaborated with the Bonsai Society of Victoria to decorate the venue with 5 beautiful trees, and curated various lighting states to create contrasting focus and colour combinations for each work, and movements within the distinct compositions.
Ossicle Duo will announce plans for their 2019 Season in the coming months.