The Horse is an installation and performance work in three sections for prepared saxophone, electronics, video and light sculpture. The primary parameters are distance and moistness. It moves from wet earthly muddiness to a cool celestial clarity. The transition between the two is triggered through a central performance event. Music and installation composed and created by Dylan Sheridan. Performed by Benjamin Price and Dylan Sheridan.
Dylan Sheridan is a composer and sound artist from Tasmania, Australia. He began his formal studies in composition at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, studying with Douglas Knehans and Don Kay and completed his Master’s degree at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, USA, where he studied with Joel Hoffman and Michael Fiday. Also a visual artist, Dylan is interested in expanding the theatrical nature of concert music through the use of image, lighting, musical sculpture and unconventional use of space. His works have been performed in concert halls, festivals, art galleries and living rooms, in Australia, the USA and Europe, by individuals and ensembles such as The Song Company (AUS), Cafe MoMus ensemble (U.S.A), and Tim Munro (from Eighth Blackbird), and performed at events such as the MusicX festival (Switzerland), Sound-to-Light/Dark MOFO, Networked Art Forms: Tactical Magick Faerie Circuits, MONA FOMA 2013, which featured the premiere of his chamber opera Starchild, and Next Wave Festival 2014 which featured his sound-theatre work Terminal. Through residencies and mentorships Dylan has worked with companies such as Chamber Made Opera, IHOS, and Aphids. Currently he is developing a new work for caves and planetariums.
Ben Price studied with Jabra Latham at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, graduating in 2014. During his studies, Benjamin won a succession of awards and scholarships, including the UTAS Orchestral Winds Scholarship, Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute Scholarship, Sir Frank Packer Scholarship, DJ Motors Scholarship, UTAS Prelude Scholarship for Gifted Students, J.D. Foley Award and the Phonographic Performers Company of Australia [PPCA] Trust Award, among others. Benjamin is an energetic musician, actively pursuing the performance of contemporary music as a recitalist and ensemble player, appearing with many ensembles including Opus House, 22SQ, Latham-Price Duo, Hobart Wind Symphony, Matthew Ives Big Band and in concert with pianist Nicholas Bostock. As a soloist, Benjamin has appeared with the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra, Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and Hobart Wind Symphony as well as featuring within the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute and Derwent Symphony Orchestra. Benjamin has given several world premieres, with dedications him including: Russell Gilmour’s XI Duos for Two Soprano Saxophones and Cowlicks, Simon Reade’s Black and Morning at Last in addition to works by Don Kay, Simon Barber and others. As a chamber musician, Benjamin has recorded several CDs; Gilmour’s XI Duos with Jabra Latham, two albums with the saxophone quartet 22SQ, and broadcast live on 3MBS Melbourne and ABC Hobart in addition to performing for the scores to several short films.