“Much of my work has evolved an approach to sound which is a dance between two layers: music of understated lyricism combined with unusual, complementary sonorities. These two elements can rotate like celestial bodies in unfolding patterns of convergence, evoking fleeting moments of time within immeasurable contours.” – Lisa Illean
Lisa Illean is an Australian composer of acoustic and acousmatic music, based in the UK. Her music has been praised for “exquisite quietness” and “compelling stillness”.
She has conceived arcing, stilling, bending, gathering for strings, piano and electronics. The work reflects on an ongoing desire through human history for moments of kinship and tenderness that counter the immensity of the world we inhabit.
Written in distinct movements, it couples experimental electronics techniques with traditional instruments to create rich, oscillating sonorities that create soundworlds that are somehow as ancient as they are every-day and familiar.
Melbourne Recital Centre, Friday 21st April 2023. Commissioned by UKARIA and Finding Our Voice.