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Q & A with ELISION Ensemble's Daryl Buckley
29 August 2017

Australian guitarist Daryl Buckley is Artistic Director of ELISION Ensemble, a chamber ensemble specialising in contemporary classical music. ELISION began life performing at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne in 1986. It established its international reputation as a new music ensemble through its engagement with complex and virtuosically challenging aesthetics. ELISION’s 16-strong membership includes some of the world’s leading musicians who have defined contemporary instrumental technique with their recordings and publications.

ELISION ensemble appears on NMC performing works by Richard Barrett, Sam Hayden and Chris Dench. Click here for a full list of albums. They also feature on releases from Huddersfield Contemporary Records, visit the HCR page here.

 

Daryl Buckley Q&A

Can you share with us your top five contemporary composers and/or pieces?

Currently my all time favourites are Liza Lim, Richard Barrett, Evan Johnson, Timothy McCormack and Aaron Cassidy. No surprises there. I also like Howlin Wolf and Blind Willie Johnson.

 

Where and what was your first musical performance?

Lost in history. Too long ago. Possibly a folk club in Melbourne.

 

Any stories of unusual jobs you had prior to entering the music world?

When I was twenty I worked as a Boilermakers assistant at the Naval Dockyards in Williamstown, Melbourne. For most of that time I was engaged in the half-life refit of the HMAS Parramatta, a River-Class destroyer. The place possessed the most unique and idiosyncratic gathering of people that I have ever met in my life. Intellectual, criminal, and the near-saintly; sort of a The Good, the Bad and the Ugly played out in an asbestos ridden toxic environment on the water plagued by seagulls!

 

You’re stuck in a lift with three people of your choice (dead or alive)! Who are they and what do you play to keep everyone entertained while you wait to be rescued?

Donald Trump, Niccolo Machiavelli and Satan. No rescue would be possible so it has to be 'You Was Born to Die' by Blind Willie McTell. Something we could all sing.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

I am learning an insane piece of music, entitled 'Lichen' by British composer Matthew Sergeant for the electric lap-steel guitar. I love the instrument and I love this new challenging work.
 

If you could collaborate with anyone across any genre or art form who would it be and why?

At this point in time I would nominate the American choreographer William Forsythe. Not only do I admire his sense of investigation and deep intellectualism but through ELISION I keep bumping into the impacts of his work upon young composers.

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