This work, in four movements, is for piano trio with digital accompaniment. Aviette is a collaboration between myself and Solstice trio, with each movement based on one members’ earliest musical memories. The accompanying recordings combine some of the groups’ collective memories: listening to the radio, practising and making music, fighting hard as women to be heard, getting stuck in the rain and quite enjoying it… The idea behind Aviette was to create a sonic narrative that harnesses the very essence of the concert experience: collective listening.
My work creates an atmosphere whereby the audience and performer are drawn intimately together in an exploration of memory and its effect on our sense of self and sense of others. Our memories are precious, unique, and unreliable. Memory is how we’re all connected, but it’s subjective. We all remember in our own way. My composition invites audience and performers alike to listen, remember and interpret, alone and together - to create a space for people to come together and reflect on shared aspects of the human condition including nostalgia, regret, memory loss and identity. This piece was premiered at the Melbourne Recital Centre in 2017 for Solstice’s ‘How We Remember’ concert. This event was a musical exploration into the nature of remembering, the nature of forgetting, and the effects these processes have on our connection to our own lived experiences, and those of other people.