The Phonetic Orchestra was formed in 2012 as a vehicle to explore the relationship between notation and sound.
The unique ensemble brings together musicians from such diverse backgrounds as Contemporary Classical music, Electro-acoustic music and Experimental improvisation to create work that embraces site-specificity, extreme durational performances and the fluid borders between composition and improvisation, the individual and the collective.
The Phonetic Orchestra has undergone residencies in Norway and Portugal, and has performed 8-hour marathon sleep concerts at the Museu Serralves (Porto, 2017) and Pirelli Hangar Bicocca (Milan, 2018).
The Orchestra has collaborated with some of the most singular voices in Australian and European experimental arts practice. Collaborators include the Kitchen Orchestra (Stavanger), Srosh ensemble (Porto), Peter Knight (Australian Art Orchestra), Jim Denley and Dale Gorfinkel.
The Phonetic Orchestra:
Jon Heilbron - Double Bass
Callum G’Froerer - Trumpet
Simon Charles - Saxophone, Electronics
Brett Thompson - Guitar
Jenny Barnes - Voice
Andy Butler - Piano, Harmonium
Rebecca Lane - Flutes
Reuben Lewis - Trumpet
Joseph Houston - Piano
Michael McNab - Drums, Percussion