Solomon Frank is a Sydney based composer performer. His practice straddles improvisation, notation, installations, instrument building/manipulation, time travel, fart noises and cross species musical collaboration. His music often explores conceptual dissonance, superimposing non-musical debris over contemporary classical music. Whimsy and cultural self-deprecation are often elements in his works; actively acknowledging and subverting the cultural sanctity of classical music. As a composer his works have been performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, E-Mex Ensemble, Sydney University Wind Orchestra, Northern Beaches Orchestra, Ku- Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra and his own group, Ensemble Onsombl. Solomon was recently selected as a participant in Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Academy with a work to be performed by the group later this year. Solomon was the 2015 winner of the Fine Music 102.5 young composer award, was the 2016 Frank Hutchens Scholarship recipient and the 2018 recipient of the Sydney University Raymond Hanson memorial prize for composition.
As a performer and clarinettist, Solomon is active in the Sydney improvised music scene within the experimental chamber group, Ensemble Onsombl and as a member of the Splinter Orchestra. A clarinettist originally, his improvisational practice has extended into analogue circuit bending and instrument building. He also plays with the Northern Beaches Orchestra and the Northern Beaches Wind Quintet. Solomon is currently in his 4th year undertaking honours at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying under Damien Ricketson.
Composer website: https://soundcloud.com/solomonfrank
Clarinet Sonata No. 1, for Bb Clarinet and Dog.
This game piece consists of two repeated gestures that inform two distinct movements. A Sonata is a dialogue between voices. Typical of a sonata, this work has two voices equally weighted in importance. In exploring the interaction between animal and performer, the music takes on an animalistic quality; the music is no longer dictated by human forces. The mimicry of birdsong is common in the western cannon, but dog song is less often drawn upon.
Featured in Fragile Waves, June 2018