The Phonetic Orchestra wins Performance of the Year - Jazz/Improvised Music at the 2021 Art Music Awards

Phonetic Orchestra

The Phonetic Orchestra.  Photo credit: Australian Music Centre and Phonetic Orchestra.

On the 9th of September, 2021 Art Music Awards were announced. We are delighted to share that the Phonetic Orchestra won their category "Performance of the Year - Jazz/Improvised Music."  The Phonetic Orchestra features our HDR candidates Callum G'Froerer, Jonathan Heilbron, and Aaron Wyatt.

Their winning piece, ‘Silent Towns’, was delivered in the form of a 24 hour livestream that involved artists from Melbourne, Berlin, and New York. This durational piece fused compositional and improvisational elements, and was designed “to cut through the vast noise and pace of online media and offer a relatively rare occurrence of events that are both in real-time and offer respite.”

The Australian Music Centre (AMC) describes the piece as “an awe-inspiring achievement by emerging leaders in improvised music, and an example of how music can provide a meaningful connection during a time of extreme isolation.”

Presented annually by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre, the Art Music Awards acknowledge the achievements of composers, performers and educators in the genres of contemporary classical music, jazz, improvisation, sound art and experimental music.

Original Article:

Phonetic Orchestra - Silent Towns Website