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“The performance was crisply precise, Sheldon singing with evenly modulated gradations and a tone as pure as an opening flower… It was an intelligently selected, subtly performed program of close musical interactions.” – Sydney Morning Herald, July 2014

Symbioses is a new traveling concert series curated by Jane. It was launched in Australia in 2014. At each Symbiosis Jane invites two instrumentalists to join her to present music for duo and trio, with a focus on works of the present and of the 20th-century avant-garde. These hour-long programs are designed to cast a light on the symbiotic nature of chamber music performance: breathing together, thinking together, witnessed at close range by the listeners.

Symbioses is a proud member of Australia’s New Music Network.


You can check out the Facebook page for the series here.

Symbiosis IV is coming up later this year. On October 13, 2017, at Sydney’s newest artist-run chamber music venue, BackStage, Jane will present another program of duos and trios, this time with guest artists Lamorna Nightingale (flutes) and Bree van Reyk (percussion). More details to come.




Symbiosis III

8pm, Friday, July 29: Glebe Town Hall (Chamber Hall), Glebe, NSW, Australia

with flautist Jane Bishop and harpist Genevieve Lang.


Kaija Saariaho: Ariel’s Hail (2000) for soprano, flute & harp

Salvatore Sciarrino: Fauno che fischia a un merlo (1980) for flute & harp

Beat Furrer: Invocation VI (2002) for soprano & bass flute

Toshio Hosokawa: Renka I (1992) for soprano & harp

Amanda Cole: [new commission] (2015) for soprano, flute & harp [WP]

George Crumb: Federico’s Little Songs for Children (1986) for soprano, flutes & harp

WP = world premiere

This concert is presented in partnership with the New Music Network.



February 21, 2015: Spectrum, New York, NY, USA.

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Maurice Ohana: Pythie (from Deux Incantations) (1974) for soprano, flute & piano

Beat Furrer: Invocation VI (2002) for soprano & bass flute

Claude Vivier: Hymnen an die nacht (1975) for soprano & piano

David Lang: vent (1990) for flute & piano

David Bedford: Come in here child (1968) for soprano & amplified piano

Inés Thiebaut: cuncta fluunt (2013) for soprano & flute

Beat Furrer: Presto con fuoco (1997) for flute & piano

Maurice Ohana: Strophe (from Deux Incantations) (1974) for soprano, flute & piano

Symbiosis II Artists:

Flutist Roberta Michel is equally at home playing classical and new music. Praising her “extreme adventurousness,” New York Concert Review said she “riveted with her performance, inspiring one to want a repeated hearing.” Michel is a founding member of the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, a quartet of unusual instrumentation dedicated to commissioning and performing new works. Michel has also performed with: Duo RoMi, Portland String Quartet, Newspeak, SEM Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Iktus Percussion, Wordless Music Orchestra, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Lunatics at Large, Kagel Nacht, and Cygnus Ensemble in venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tulley Hall, Merkin Hall, The Kennedy Center, Bargemusic, Roulette, Issue Project Room, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Michel has been a Bang on a Can Summer Institute fellow and a participant in the Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes College, as well as participating in festivals at Banff and Domaine Forget. Michel holds a BM from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MM from SUNY-Purchase College, and a DMA from the City University of New York Graduate Center.  Her teachers include Robert Dick, Tara Helen O’Connor, Alexa Still, and Jean Rosenblum. Michel resides in Brooklyn and is on faculty at Fairfield University and Great Neck Music Conservatory.

Described by the New Yorker as “the young Irish piano phenom”, pianist Isabelle O’Connell has performed across the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Ireland. Recent solo engagements have included a performance at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and performing and recording Kevin Volans’ piano concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Her debut solo album RESERVOIR was released in 2010 to critical acclaim and features solo piano music by nine contemporary Irish composers. As a chamber musician, Isabelle performs regularly with the CRASH ensemble and has also played with Alarm Will Sound and Ergodos ensemble. She has also performed with John Adams at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Meredith Monk at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival and with the New Zealand String Quartet at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Isabelle has a reputation for being a dynamic interpreter and energetic advocate of music by 20th and 21st century composers, regularly commissioning and premiering new works. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and television on both sides of the Atlantic, including WNYC, WQXR, WFMT Chicago, BBC3, RTE, TV3, and Lyric FM.



July 18, 2014: 107 Projects, Redfern, NSW, Australia.

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Giya Kancheli: Caris Mere (1995) for soprano & viola

Elliott Carter: Poems of Louis Zukofsky (2008) [AP] for soprano & clarinet

Rebecca Clarke: Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale (1941) for viola & clarinet

Larry Sitsky: Seven Zen Songs (2005) for soprano & viola

Nicholas Vines: Parnell’s Gloom (2010) for viola & clarinet

Jack Symonds: Die Engel (2013) [WP] for soprano & viola d’amore

Jack Symonds: Liebeslied (2014) [WP] for soprano, viola & clarinet

WP = world premiere; AP = Australian premiere

Symbiosis I Artists:

Violist James Wannan is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of the Australia Piano Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at the University of Technology, Sydney. As soloist James has played with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. James was a prizewinner in the Australia–New Zealand Viola Society’s International Competition and the Watson Forbes Centenary International Viola Competition, Scotland. He was a finalist in the Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards and has won the ANAM Concerto Competition on two occasions. He has been a guest violist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Chamber Opera, and the Omega Ensemble. In addition to performing, James is undertaking doctoral research into viola d’amore practices of the 18th century at the University of Sydney.

Clarinettist Jason Noble performs in a variety of styles from classical to experimental and popular music. He has experimented with all members of the clarinet family and dabbled on saxillo, clarinis, keyboards, and bagpipe. Recent projects include the world premiere of Am I with Nick Wales and the Shaun Parker Dance Company at Sydney and Adelaide Festivals, a return to the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, and a sold out performance of Hurricane Transcriptions with Mike Patton and Lee Ranaldo at Sydney Festival. Jason has collaborated with popular musicians Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby, and recorded an album with the indigenous women’s choir of the Tiwi Islands, Gnarakuruwala. He has been awarded Best Performance as part of the APRA Music Awards with Ensemble Offspring, and premiered the winning composition A Flock of Stars by Lyn Williams.

Some interviews about the program:

The Music Show, with Andrew Ford, on ABC Radio National:

2SER’s So Hot Right Now (scroll down for Jane’s interview):