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Coming home to kick off 2021 season at the Phee

Artist Aimee Chapman.

Newstead electronic producer, vocalist, musician and sound artist Aimee Chapman kicks off the 2021 Phee Broadway Theatre At Home creative residency program with Coming Home, a community driven sound project that documents and celebrates the sounds of the commute from Melbourne to Castlemaine and surrounds.

Wednesday 10 February 2021

Newstead electronic producer, vocalist, musician and sound artist Aimee Chapman kicks off the 2021 Phee Broadway Theatre At Home creative residency program with Coming Home, a community driven sound project that documents and celebrates the sounds of the commute from Melbourne to Castlemaine and surrounds.

Inspired by the music of train and road trips, Coming Home will be brought to life in multiple ways, with artist talks, workshops, and a live musical performance on Saturday 27 February from 7.00pm to 8.30pm at the Phee Broadway Theatre in Castlemaine.
Aimee Chapman said the project was conceived during her frequent trips travelling from Newstead to Melbourne, both driving and on public transport.

“This ritual of coming home – back to Castlemaine and the surrounding areas – for goldfields residents who work, play or visit Melbourne, is such a shared experience,” said Ms Chapman.

“As a result of COVID-19, these regular commutes became a distant memory for most of us last year due to work from home orders.

“Now, as restrictions ease and we start to open up the corridor between Melbourne and Castlemaine again, actively listening and documenting those once-familiar sounds brings a renewed warmth and meaning to the concept of coming home.”

Coming Home: Call-out for contributions

Community members are encouraged to contribute sounds to Coming Home through the process of recording audio that represents the concept of coming home to Castlemaine and its surrounds.

Participants can upload recorded audio to the Coming Home website, www.cominghomesounds.com.

Audio contributions are being collected to create a gallery of downloadable sounds, and used as part of the Coming Home live performance.

Coming Home: Artist-In-Conversation

Two artist-in-conversation events will take place as part of Coming Home, featuring four award-winning local artists working in the recording and performing arts industries.

Record producers Anna Laverty and Casey Rice, who collectively have worked with musicians such as Florence and the Machine, Ben Lee and The Dirty Three among many others, will share their insights into their careers and creative process producing and engineering music on Saturday 13 February at 12.00pm at the Phee Broadway Theatre.

The second artist-in-conversation event on Sunday 14 February will highlight the work of musicians, producers and remixers Robert Bell aka Rhythm Boy and Tom 'Soup' Campbell.

Their individual achievements include playing internationally and in Australia alongside Carl Cox, Eric Powell, Joelistics and more, and remixing tracks for Philip Glass, Groove Armada and DJ Vadim.

Coming Home: Live performance

The final element in the Coming Home work is a live musical performance of new music for piano, cello and electronics that brings the sounds of the commute from the goldfields to Melbourne and back, to life.

Featuring pianist Josh Cohen who has garnered millions of YouTube views, Sydney-based cellist Emily Williams, and Aimee Chapman, along with fellow electronic composer and Newstead sound producer Anthony Lyon, the evening promises to be an immersive and mesmerising musical experience.

“I really do love projects that bring people together from all walks of life,” said Ms Chapman.

“I hope that in celebrating the sounds of coming home to our little patch, it will unite us in a beautiful way.”

Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Cultural Development Officer Vicki Anderson is encouraging audiences to come and witness what the program is all about.

“At Home encourages our incredibly talented community to take creative risks in a supportive environment.

“After a very difficult year last year, where the opportunity to attend live performances was devastatingly diminished, we’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone back to our community’s theatre, the Phee Broadway.

“Aimee and her team of collaborators bring true creative excellence to this project, and those lucky enough to secure a ticket will be in for a real treat”, said Ms Anderson.

Coming Home: Artist-in-conversations:
Who: Anna Laverty and Casey Rice
When: Saturday 13 February, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Cost: Free
Bookings: bit.ly/MtAlexBoxOffice

Who: Robert Bell and Tom Campbell
When: Sunday 14 February, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Cost: Free
Bookings: bit.ly/MtAlexBoxOffice

Coming Home public performance:
When: Saturday 27 February, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Cost: $25
Bookings: bit.ly/MtAlexBoxOffice

For more information about Coming Home or to contribute sounds to the project, visit cominghomesounds.com

For details on the Phee Broadway Theatre At Home program, visit www.pheebroadwaytheatre.com.au.

Image: Artist Aimee Chapman.



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