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Artist snapshot – Helyard, Hunter & Martin (HHM)

March 10, 2015

The faculty ensemble of the ANU Experimental Music Studio, HHM will be performing as part of the Noted/YAH crossover event, Speakerbox, taking place Sunday 22 March, 5 – 6pm at The Street Theatre.

Tell us a bit about your work.

The faculty ensemble of the ANU Experimental Music Studio, HHM, is comprised of lecturers Erin Helyard and Alexander Hunter, and PhD student Charles Martin. This trio will utilize early instruments (viola da gamba, theorbo, harpsichord, etc.) and live electronics to present a set of semi-improvised music using an anarchic performance practice model in which they each make suggestions about what they and their colleagues should play. Projected images will be provided by Sydney-based photographer, Elyse Howe.

How long have you all lived in Canberra?

Erin is originally from the Central Coast and returned to Australia in July of last year after studying and working in Canada and NZ. Alexander arrived in Canberra in February of 2014 from Scotland (though he grew up in Chicago). Charles is a native Canberran, having studied percussion and computer science in both Australia and Sweden.

What are you most excited about for your YAH event?

The chance to try out some new kinds of anarchic performance practice in such an amazing space with a great, open-minded audience is fantastic. We’re really looking forward to seeing what the space will look like with Elyse’s amazing images projected on the walls and on ourselves – including the harpsichord!

What was a highlight of 2014 for HHM?

HHM was established in 2014 and gave our first concert at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery as part of the amazing Colour Music exhibition. We’re looking forward to working more with the DHG and other creative spaces in Canberra in 2015.

You can find out more about HHM on Facebook or through the ANU. Find out more about Alexander here, and Charles here.

Image: Christina Hopgood