Street Notes
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Street Notes

Street Notes is a series of pop-up classical/crossover musical performances in the streetscapes of Penrith and St Marys. The laneways, arcades and back streets of our city become landscapes for classical repertoire, creating an experience for both audience and performer that can’t be replicated in the Concert Hall.

Street Notes will offer eight musicians aged 18 – 26 years old a mentoring experience and workshop residency within Penrith Conservatorium at The Joan in late October to early November. Working with their mentors, project peers and Artistic Director, they will develop and devise their collaborative performances, while receiving feedback, guidance and support.

Upon completion of successful workshop sessions, all mentees will be involved in the performance of their works across the two performance dates, in a series of three or four micro concerts (10 – 15 minutes each). The micro-concerts can be enjoyed individually or sequentially as one progressive performance.

Overseen by the Artistic Director, the performances will be curated to respond to the acoustic qualities, sense of place and stories of the chosen city locations. A designer will assist with embedding a theatrical element into each setting.

On offer are eight mentorships. These are open to instrumentalists, singers, composers, arrangers, songwriters, music tech creators and performers of classical music and/or with contemporary crossover-fusion. All successfully chosen project participants (mentees) will receive a $500 stipend. An ABN is required for payment.

Street Notes will be documented on film, with participants capturing their creative journey through interviews, video diaries and capturing key moments as they refine their work. The final film will be screened on The Joan’s in-house AV wall and online through website and social channels.

Artistic Director

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Paul Smith

Paul is a composer and senior lecturer in music at the University of New England based in Sydney who specialises in writing opera and music for the toy piano. He holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from Western Sydney University and is the co-artistic director of Blush Opera. Paul has collaborated internationally and his music and operas have premiered in Singapore, the UK, Italy, the USA, and Armenia in addition to Australian festivals and concert performances. In 2021, his largest operatic work, Chop Chef, a collaboration with writer and satirist Julie Koh which explores reality TV food competitions, will premier in Parramatta at Riverside Theatres. Paul is an associate artist with the Australian Music Centre and was also a contributing writer to the ABC and triple j digital series, What is Music?

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