“GreyWing Ensemble have strong credentials, putting on some of the most envelope-pushing concerts in Perth’s recent memory, all exploring new music from a breadth of fresh perspectives (...) great musicians and thinkers, with an inclination to exceed not just their instruments but the traditional remit of new music as a political engagement”
Since its 2016 debut, GreyWing has quickly developed an intriguing repertoire of music for the unusual combination - harp, electric guitar and winds and electronics. An important thematic strand in the GreyWing performances is music featuring field recordings, images and other data from nature and the environment. Other programs have highlighted political commentary, text in music, generative works, improvisation and noise. In addition to more than 50 premieres of Australian compositions, GreyWing has explored the work of numerous international composers dealing with similar themes by Peter Ablinger, Joanna Bailie, Matthew Burtner, Agostino di Scipio, Robert Erickson, Haruka Hirayama, Cat Hope, Felipe Lara, Anne LeBaron, Thomas Meadowcroft, Ian Rawes, James Saunders, Toru Takemitsu, Barry Truax, Charles Underriner, Cathy Van Eck, Joji Yuasa and Jennifer Walshe. In 2018 GreyWIng launched a site-specific project Limited Hangout: in the field featuring works responding to and performed in specific sonic/physical environments, in the process developing a unique mobile performance practice. GreyWIng has released four albums on the label Tone List: Lines of Flight, nature forms i, Artificial Field and Ex Machina.
GreyWing albums Ex Machina, Artificial Field, Lines of Flight and Nature Forms I include studio recordings of music by: Peter Ablinger, Catherine Ashley, Leah Barclay, Ryan Burge, Matthew Burtner, Eduardo Cossio, Agostino di Scipio, Robert Erickson, Samuel Gillies, Cat Hope, Anne LeBaron, Camilla Hannan, Thomas Meadowcroft, Mitch Mollison, Yoko Ono, Ian Rawes, James Saunders, Michael Terren, Vanessa Tomlinson, Barry Truax, Alex Turley, Charles Underriner, Lindsay Vickery and Jocelyn Wolfe.
Kirsten Smith - flutes
Lindsay Vickery - clarinet
Jameson Feakes - guitar
Catherine Ashley - harp
Ex Machina: works for instruments and machines
Artificial Field: works for instruments and artificial field recordings
Lines of Flight: work exploring notation and improvisation
Nature Forms I: works for instruments and field recordings