ELISION is Australia’s leading new music ensemble.  The group has established a reputation for delivering authoritative and virtuosic interpretations of complex, unusual, and challenging aesthetics, often developed in close collaboration with the composer. The practice of the ensemble ranges from concert giving to cross-disciplinary projects with a range of new media and visual artists. Installation-performance works and the use of improvisational experiences as a creative tool to inform more structured and formally notated music have been a key element of the group’s activities.

International concert and recording engagements received to-date include performances for Maerzmusik, the Hebbel Theater of Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Westdeutscher Rundfunk, and Radio Bremen, Festival Ars Musica of Brussels, the Züricher TheaterSpektakel, Saitama Arts Theatre of Japan, IRCAM as part of the Agora festival, the 50th Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Chekov International Theatre Festival of Moscow, the Festival d’automne of Paris, the TRANSIT Festival of Leuven and the Ultima Festival of Oslo. This activity complements major appearances at the Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Festivals and the release of several recordings with KAIROS, NEOS, NMC and MODE reviewed to acclaim by the international press.

Since 2009 ELISION has enjoyed ongoing concert activity in London and regular appearances for the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.  Richard Barrett’s CONSTRUCTION, a 2-hour cycle commissioned by the European Capital of Culture programme was premiered by ELISION at the Huddersfield Contemporary music Festival in 2011 and broadcast live by BBC Radio3.  Recently the group has worked with composers Bryn Harrison, Mary Bellamy, Sam Hayden, Einar Einarsson and Paul Craenen, and maintained a close research relationship with SIAL studios at RMIT, Melbourne. ELISION has also developed a strong relationship with newly emergent strands of American composition as evident in the close association with composers Aaron Cassidy, Evan Johnson and Timothy McCormack.

Major projects have included Liza Lim’s opera The Navigator, the performance-installation works DARK MATTER and Opening of the Mouth with Richard Barrett and TULP - the body public with composer John Rodgers and new media artist Justine Cooper.

ELISION has recorded over twenty-two compact discs (inxcluding 5 for NMC), undertaken close to thirty international tours to over fourteen different countries and initiated international commissions supported by organisations in England, Canada, Holland, France and Japan. Conductors worked with include Jean Deroyer, Franck Ollu, Christian Eggen, Manuel Nawri, Simon Hewett, Denis Cohen, Carl Rosman, and Eugene Ughetti.  Of singular importance to ELISION was the relationship with conductor Sandro Gorli.

ELISION now consists of twenty leading musicians from four Australian capital cities, Singapore, Manchester, Paris, Cologne, and Bonn.

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Richard Barrett's work encompasses both composition and improvisation, ranging from chamber music to innovative uses of live electronics and collaborations with visual artists; this Ancora+ disc adds new material - a live recording of codex I - to works recorded by Barrett's long-term collaborators ELISION.


'This is an NMC Ancora+ disc — re-releasing unavailable British contemporary music from other labels, but adding something new. NMC never deletes its discs, which is the sovereign service it performs for composers and, of course, listeners. It now has seven pieces by the highly neomodernist, Beckettianly pessimistic Richard Barrett to enjoy in perpetuity, including these five performed by the Australian ensemble Elision.' The Sunday Times


'An essential disc for all devotees of Barrett's demanding musical discourses'  Gramophone


The Ancora Series is supported by Arts Council England


Richard Barrett’s music is published by United Music Publishers.


Tracks 1-8 were recorded between March 1992 and May 1993 at Allan Eaton Studios, Melbourne, Australia.
Engineer: JIM ATKINS
Assistant engineer: MICHAEL COSTA
Codex I was recorded on 22 September 2007 at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw as part of the 50th International Festival of Contemporary Music, Warsaw; it is included on this disc by kind permission of the Festival.
Remastering of codex I: RICHARD BARRETT
Executive Producer: COLIN MATTHEWS


Tracks 1-8 (P) 2009 ACE
Track 9, codex I (P) 2007 International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn.
© 2009 NMC Recordings Ltd

United Music Publishers
Catalogue number:
NMC D143
Release Date:
16 March 2009