About the Players
Pete Guazzelli is a drummer / percussionist / composer whose eclectic work has seen him involved in a variety of groups, ensembles and performances. ghost drums, his solo project saw him collaborate with graphic artist Ghost Patrol on a limited USB release to positive acclaim (Love Is My Velocity, 2010). Pete has been a staple in the Perth music scene performing, writing and recording with such projects and musicians as Gata Negra, Rachael Dease, harry smith, Fall Electric, Lucky Oceans, Hip Mo’ Toast, The Zydecats, Andrew Ewing and Thin Ice’s production of Antigone.
Tristen Parr is a versatile acoustic and electric cellist specializing in new music performance and sound design for dance and theatre. Based in Perth, Tristen and has recorded for German SWR and the ABC radio with New Music ensemble Decibel. Tristen is a founding member of bands Schvendes, Fall Electric and silent film band Viola Dana winning the WA Music industry award for best instrumentalist 3 times. Through these projects and many others Tristen continues to develop and explore the sonic range of the cello.
Recent performance/composition engagements include: Duck Death and the Tulip – Barking Gecko, cellist/composer/MD, On their Own, Britain’s Child Migrants, National Touring Exhibition – Australian National Museum, CANWA – composer/cellist, John Cage’s 8 Variations – Decibel - cellist/electronics (Italy, Perth, Brisbane) - City of Shadows – Rachael Dease – musician/arranger (New York Fringe and Perth Fringe Festival 2012 - winner of the Martin Sims award for the most promising WA work), Life in Miniature – Anything is valid Dance Theatre – composer and sound design (Nominee for Perth Fringe Festival Martin Sims Award and Best Dance Work) Control Condition – Collaboration with Dancer Laura Boynes – composer/performer – Close Range(Canberra Contemporary Art Space and STRUT Perth) The Locker Room and In A New York Minute – musical director (Spontaneous Insanity – Perth and Canberra).
Kathy Potter is a freelance violist and composer with an interesting musical background, being a graduate of a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance from the WA Academy of Performing Arts in addition to a Bachelor of Music degree in classical viola performance from the University of Western Australia, from which she graduated with First-Class Honours in 2010 under the tutelage of Tzvi Friedl.
A keen chamber musician, Katherine has been a member of the Sartory String Quartet since its formation in 2003 and has enjoyed taking part in several other chamber ensemble incarnations on both modern and baroque viola. As an orchestral player, Katherine performs as a casual violist with the WA Symphony Orchestra and has performed in both principal and rank and file positions in the WA Philharmonic Orchestra, Juniper Chamber Orchestra, Australian Opera Studio Orchestra and several others. She was a 2006 Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist and part of the‘ACO2’ and currently plays as Principal Violist with the new Perth Symphony Orchestra.
Katherine's compositions include new soundtracks for Buster Keaton’s silent films ‘The General’ and 'Sherlock Jr' for performance by Viola Dana; Passacaglia, a companion piece for Kirsten Lepore’s short film ‘Bottle’; Degustation: seven courses for solo viola; music for viola, cello and didgeridoo for the dance production Sound may be the last sense to leave us, directed by Helen Duncan and commissioned by the City of Mandurah for their 2012 Stretch Festival; Sketches of Twisted River for String Quartet; and The Seascapes and City Shapes, commissioned by the City of Mandurah for the Mandurah Concert Band.
Katherine was made a recipient of a WA Department for Culture and the Arts 'Development' grant for 2012, and an Australia Council for the Arts 'Artstart' grant for 2012-13. In April 2013, Katherine will be travelling to the USA to undertake viola tuition with Mr Atar Arad as part of her Artstart funded activities.
Jozef Grech has recently joined Viola Dana as our new guitarist and shall be featured in prose and picture here soon, as we farewell our founding guitarist Mace Francis:
Mace Francis is establishing himself as a predominant figure and advocate for original Australian big band music since forming his 14-piece ensemble in 2005 - the Mace Francis Orchestra (MFO). MFO have recorded 6 CDs, toured nationally four times, performed with international artists Jim Pugh (USA), Jon Gordon (NY), John Hollenbeck (NY), Satoko Fujii (JAP), Ed Partyka (GER) and Theo Bleckmann (NY). Mace also works as a lecturer in Arranging and Composition at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and as Artistic Director of the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra.
2010 saw Mace form a new record label called “Listen/Hear Collective” with fellow musician/composers Johannes Luebbers, Andrew Brooks and Daniel Thorne. He was a finalist in the prestigious MCA Freedman Fellowship which was decided by a performance at the Sydney Opera House in August. In 2011 Mace recorded a new CD of original music with a New York based nonet and also began a three year PhD degree in jazz composition at WAAPA under the supervision of Dr Cat Hope. 2012 saw Mace working with established contemporary dancers Jo Pollitt and Paea Leach, composing the soundscape to their show Quiet Beast as well as pursuing his PhD research and work with WAYJO.
Photos of Viola Dana musicians by Marnie Richardson
Background image: photography of Viola Dana by Nik Babic Photography
The General image courtesy of Chapel Distribution