Brent Miller - Percussion, featuring world premiere of Dragon Call by Heidi Chan
A musical journey featuring a world premiere of Dragon Call by University of Queensland Bachelor of Music (Honours) student Heidi Chan.
Brent Miller (Australia) has performed nationally and internationally as Timpanist and Percussionist with orchestras including the Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, Malaysian Philharmonic, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan), Singapore Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, the Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. His chamber music involvements have included performances with Southern Cross Soloists, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Camerata of St. John’s, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Lunaire Collective, Sydney Camerata, and conducting engagements with Ensemble Ardor and Camerata of St. John's.
Through his freelance engagements, Brent has had the privilege of performing alongside artists such as Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Diana Krall, Tim Minchin, Lang Lang, Sinead O’Conner, Kate Ceberano, The Wiggles, Anthony Callea, the Hilltop Hoods, Katie Noonan, Gurrumul Yunupingu, and conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Edo de Waart and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Brent is passionate about expressing the musical capabilities of percussion instruments to the fullest degree through orchestral, chamber, and solo performances. Current interests include being involved with the commissioning of ground-breaking new works for solo timpani; most recently Chris Healey's Myths (2012), Phil Treloar's Sudhana's Steps (2013), Dr Stephen Cronin's Artefacts (2016), plus over 100 other solo compositions that have been written for Brent this year by composers from around the world.
As an educator, Brent is an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) and frequently tutors percussionists of the Queensland Youth Orchestras. He has given masterclasses and several school workshops around Australia.Brent teaches privately in the Brisbane area and is part of the teaching faculty at Just Percussion.
Heidi Chan is a multi-award-winning composer, performer, and inter-disciplinary artist. She has been awarded prizes including the Australian Music Centre Special Award, Sydney Eisteddfod 80th Anniversary Composition Award, MTAQ Composer's Competition Award, Tyalgum Festival Prize for Most Outstanding Musician of Young Conservatorium (Queensland Conservatorium), Nora Baird Bursary, Judy Sun Award, Juanita Wood Award, UQ Bachelor of Music Merit Scholarship and UQ Dean’s Scholar.
Her mode of expression ranges from the colours of the sound palette to the creation of luminous life-sized sculpture. She has appeared as a composer, pianist and violinist in musical events such as the Queensland Music Festival, Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music, Brisbane City Council Concert Series, and Topology’s ‘Share House’ Production, among many others. She composes works for solo instruments, ensembles, symphony orchestras, voice, as well as electro-acoustic music, nature soundscapes, and aleatoric works. Her compositions and performances have been broadcast on Fine Music and 4MBS Classic FM.
Her fusion of music, nature sound, poetry and art has been presented at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and the Logan Art Gallery. Heidi is currently studying composition with Robert Davidson, and piano performance with Anna Grinberg and Liam Viney at the University of Queensland. She aspires to become an ambassador and promote harmony with nature through music and multi-art forms.
Dragon Call is a call for the gathering of musicians to explore, perform and enjoy new music, and is a response to Brent Miller’s TIMP.100 project. Inspired by Elliott Carter’s innovative compositions, ‘Eight pieces for Four Timpani’, the opening motif of Saeta is developed in this piece.
Begin with floating light on stage and bowed crotales, whispering wind echoes in the space. The use of a fiber optics lamp as a brush symbolises the concept of global networking of musicians. This is a musical exploration of the Nobel Prize winner, Prof. Charles Kao’s vision of transmitting light in the fibers for optical communication. It also reflects the current interest in the fusion of music, art and science.