Date: Wednesday 29 March
Time: 1:15 – 1:45pm
Place: St James’ Church

Programme:

Salterello III (Anon.)
Fantasias – Thomas Morley (1557-1602) and Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
As the Dust Settles – Tristan Coelho (1983-)
…of magic and realism – Daniel Rojas (1974-)
Facades – Philip Glass (1937-)

Duo Blockstix Duo Blockstix
Duo Blockstix is a unique ensemble featuring recorder player Alicia Crossley and percussionist Joshua Hill. Formed in 2014 the duo perform repertoire spanning 800 years with an emphasis on promoting new and innovative compositions. Duo Blockstix are currently collaborating with 7 Australian composers and will be releasing their debut album on 17 June 2017.

Joshua Hill completed his undergraduate and post-graduate study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has also studied Korean Traditional Music at the National Gugak Centre in Seoul. Joshua is a Core member of Australia’s premier Percussion ensemble Synergy Percussion and has also performed and recorded with many of Australia’s orchestras and ensembles including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Canberra Symphony, Ensemble Offspring, Symphony Australis, Australian Baroque Brass, Taikoz, NSW Police Band and the Australian Air Force Air Command Band. Joshua has also been a part of many recordings for anime, computer games and soundtracks for feature films.

Alicia Crossley is one of Australia’s leading recorder players. She performs a wide variety of repertoire from renaissance dance tunes to contemporary electro-acoustic works with a particular interest in bass recorder repertoire. In 2010 Alicia completed her Masters of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and since then has won several competitions and awards including the Don Cowell Memorial Trust Recorder Competition (2011), the Australia Council’s ArtStart Grant for emerging artists (2013), and the Fine Music 102.5 Kruger Scholarship (2014). In August 2011, Alicia released her debut solo CD Addicted to Bass featuring seven newly commissioned Australian works for bass recorder. This was followed by her second solo CD Alchemy, released in May 2015, which has been nominated for Best Classical Music Album by AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association).
An experienced recorder player, Alicia regularly performs throughout Australia and has toured in the USA and New Zealand. She is a passionate supporter of contemporary Australian recorder repertoire and has collaborated with a number of Australian composers, premiering works by Stephen Yates, Paul Cutlan, Elias Constantopedos, Hayden Woolf, Tristan Coelho, Mark Oliveiro, Andrew Batt-Rawden, Chris Williams, Paul Castles and Alex Pozniak.