Measured thread or rope has been a symbol of time, destiny and fate through out countless mythologies and cultures, perhaps most famous the three fates of Greek myth, spinning, measure and cutting the threads of destiny. Interweave deals with the symbolic concept of shared destiny through the idea of an interwoven tapestry or pattern, requiring many different threads (in this case musical motives) interacting to produce the final result, a completed pattern/tapestry highlighting how everyone’s destinies are linked.
Interweave also has personal symbolism for me, representing my first steps into a new style that has defined my study so far at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Though time has moved on since
this work’s conception for violin, clarinet, tenor horn and cello in 2008, many of the ideas I discovered in this piece continue to weave their way into my current music.
Composer Bio: Cameron Lam (b.1989)
Cameron is a Sydney-based composer and artistic administrator who, over the last six years, as President of the Sydney Eclectic Composers Society (2007-2009) and Artistic Director of hybrid-art production company, Kammerklang (2009, ongoing), has commissioned and presented over 150 new musical works by young and emerging Australian composers. While completing his Bachelor of Music Composition degree (with Honours) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Cameron worked with a range of university groups as well as stage managing for Ensemble Offspring, Electrofringe, Newcastle’s “This Is Not Art” Festival, and Sydney’s vocal chamber music specialists, Halcyon.
As a composer, Cameron has written for a variety of ensembles, from intimate chamber music to large scale works for voices and orchestra, to varying degrees of acclaim. Orphic Hymn #3: Nyx (Night) was winner of the University of Sydney’s 2009 PALM People’s Choice Award, while Orphic Hymn #9: Selene (The Moon) was commissioned by the Australia Council for the Arts to be premiered by Kammerklang and Halcyon in 2010. Cameron is currently completing his first concerto, entitled Electric Phoenix, composed for EWI (wind synthesiser) and orchestra, for long-time collaborator Peter Smith.
from Kammerklang: Beta
released August 12, 2015
Composer: Cameron Lam
Saxophone Quartet: Nexas Saxophone Quartet
Sound Engineer: Jayson McBride
Performed and recorded for Symbology (2010).