Turn on/off The Fence Performance at The Rosenberg Wunderkammer 2018, Sydney (extract)


New Music from Alice Springs (Mparntwe)

corrugations - music where the outback grooves

CORRUGATIONS is a series of new, improvised, and experimental music happening at Alice Springs (Mparntwe) in the centre of Australia.

CORRUGATIONS boldly proposes that a town like Alice become part of a nationwide new music network by instigating a modest set of activities that could become a paradigm of 'how to create a new music culture and audience' in regional towns and the outback. My copious adventures with outback communities demonstrate that the audience is curious and engages when music (or indeed any cultural activity) is presented - no matter if it is unfamiliar.

I am positing an alternative to current cultural trends derived from our own cultural histories; a model that doesn't require the population base of a massive town to present new and innovative music, on the contrary - small is good and often more resilient; that despite the Internet, music at its most meaningful tends to be connected to place (as I wrote in my book Music of Place: Reclaiming a Practice, Platform Papers, 35, 2013); that the uncovering and exploration of first principles can lead to authenticity, relevance, and a depth of experience unlikely to be found in the international pot of second hand dipping.

Rosenberg Museum Instruments in Alice Springs

Your hosts at CORRUGATIONS are Jon Rose (violins and experimental string instruments) and Hollis Taylor (violin and pied butcherbird recordings). For legal reasons, these get-togethers are by invitation only and not public concerts. If you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to be added to our mailing list; then, we will supply details of where and when for this and all future events.

The music takes place at the home and backyard of Jon and Hollis, which houses a unique musical instrument museum (The Rosenberg Museum). Entrance is free but donations are encouraged.

Rosenberg Museum Pictures in Alice Springs

The first Corrugations took place on Thursday, 2 September 2021 @ 19.00 (doors were open @ 18.30 for viewing of exhibits) and featured, along with our hosts, special guest Luiz Gubeissi on double bass and some robots and automatons from the collection.

Extracts from the first performances can be heard/seen here.

Corrugations 2 (7/10/21) featured the first keyolin performance and the presentation of a brand new painted violin by local artist Kathleen Buzzacott.

Corrugations 3 (11/11/21) featured a lecture from Dr. Hollis Taylor on birdsong 'A Taste for the Beautiful', The Cretan Lyra played by Pin Rada, and The Wheeling Violin performed by Jon Rose.

Long pause for Covid!

Corrugations 4 (2/10/22) featured Russell Goldflam (clarinet) and Marg Collins (Accordion), Luiz Gubeissi and Jon Rose playing the new Box Bass and accompanying The Monolith (new 4 sided Aeolian harp, and concluding with Hollis Taylor's fiddle tune transcriptions.

Corrugations 5 (13/11/22) featured a galaxy of local string players - Glenyss Rae (violin), Ed Nicholson (viola), Harshini Bartlett (cello), Luiz Gubeissi (double bass), Ella Newham-Perry (violin), and Hollis Taylor (violin) in compositions by Hollis Taylor and a conducted improvisation by Jon Rose. The amplified musical fence got another workout and the robots in the Violin Museum were demonstrated on request.

What's New

March 2023
'Beak' - Kronos Quartet plays the world premiere, a composition based on the song of a Pied Butcherbird by Jon Rose and Hollis Taylor.
Adelaide Festival
July 2022
'Fringe Benefits 1977​-​1985' - Historic glimpses of Improvised and Experimental Music in Australia; making available recordings from the original vinyl and cassette catalogue on Fringe Benefits.
May 2021
'State of Play' titles my double album featuring duo improvisations and recent projects with a cast of great collaborators...out now!
ReR Recommended Records, London
May - October 2021
'Whistling in the Dark' embraces a set of duets between various pied butcherbirds (from field recordings in outback Australia) and virtuosic human musicians (in home lockdown) performing transcriptions of this extraordinary avian music.
On Line Project available September
November 2021 - Premiere
'Mendel's Mix' - A commission for Brno Contemporary Orchestra. Finally after many Covid-19 delays, the work is performed. Inspired by the 'father' of genetics, Johann Gregor Mendel, and based on the structure of DNA, you can mix your own version here.
Brno, Czech Republic
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