Belinda Woods and Mary Doumany

3.30pm, Sunday October 30 – Holy Trinity Cathedral

Belinda Woods and Mary Doumany explore the malleable boundaries between highly notated and improvised musics, utilising the capabilities of two extraordinarily versatile musicians. Belinda and Mary are composers and performers of works across many genres and enjoy combining the territories of these varied styles of music. Their works traverse many landscapes, capturing scenes of rich complexity and simple brevity. With unique approaches to their respective instruments, Belinda and Mary take the flute and harp duo to new levels, creating sounds and textures that are expansive, multi-dimensional and at times unexpected.

Belinda Woods is an improvising musician/composer. Predominantly a flautist, Belinda performs with many ensembles including original groups Lo-Res and Saveja, Bohjass and the BOLT Ensemble. A PhD graduate of the VCA, Belinda was awarded a Creative Victoria Scholarship for excellence in 2015, was a recipient of an APA from 2011-2013 and a finalist in the 2011 APRA Professional Development Awards. Artistic director of the Make It Up Club from 1998 – 2007, and Project Manager for the Click Clack Project and Jolt Arts 2010-2016, Belinda has played a major role in supporting and enhancing the development of the Melbourne improvisation and experimental music scene.

Mary Doumany is a Victorian based composer, harpist, singer and lyricist. Her music, particularly her harp and her vocal works, have been performed and recorded extensively. Her compositions have appeared on ABC releases, and her work features on Australian and international film soundtracks, among them, “Shine’ and “The Truman Show”. Doumany has worked in multiple genres both as player and composer including jazz, soundart, folk and popular music, collaborating with Phillip Brophy, Belinda Woods, and David Jones among others. Her eclecticism is reflected in her recent compositions “The Butterfly and the Phoenix”, “Portraits of Four Australian Women” written for guitarist Karin Schaupp, works for Alice Giles’ Seven Harp Ensemble and collaborations with soundartists Ros Bandt and James Hullick. Inspired by her work in Japan, she is incorporating koto and harp into a single musical entity for solo performance. She travels regularly to Europe and Tokyo to perform original music.

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