Brad Gill is a co-artistic director and Sideband percussionist. He began serious musical studies with a focus on xylophone and percussion, later developing an interest in composition, which he explored while a student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (from which he has an Honours degree and Ph.D.) and University of Western Australia. During this time he developed an interest in non-Western music, undertaking study in Javanese Gamelan and Tabla, as well as studying jazz vibraphone in addition to composition studies, resulting in a broad and highly individual compositional style.
Composer website: via Soundcloud.
Trails in the Sky, for Alto saxophone, vibraphone.
‘Trails in the Sky is in a sense a ‘trail’ or ‘trace’ of my recent set of piano variations Like Writing on Water. I was intending to create a largely improvised work for me (percussion), bass flute, viola and piano, but circumstance and inspiration conspired to lead me to write for me and my brother Sam Gill, an emerging improvising saxophonist and superb growing musician. My initial intention (for the quartet) had been to take unused pre-composition material from Like Writing … as a basis to compose a musical landscape or context for one or more free improvisers to musically traverse and engage with.’
Featured in Duo Waves – December 2016
One Word Full of Meaning, for vocal sextet and percussion.
‘One Word Full of Meaning’ was composed for the Sydney based Song Company in 2007. It is a musical setting of a number of Theravada Buddhist texts in the Pali language used for daily chanting by the monks- the texts focus on themes of transience of life and beauty, reflections of death, impermanence etc. and also includes the beautiful metta sutta (‘may all beings be well and happy ….’).’
Featured in Long Waves – August 2016