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Experience Albany’s Historic Whaling Station like never before....
40 years on from the closure of Australia's last whaling station, join a cast of international and local musicians and singers as they bring the unique whaling station spaces, stories and history to life in DRIFT.
Be enchanted by new music as Creative Director and singer Matt Ward leads the cast in a musical festival of stories, song and immersive audio-visual experiences, with influence from opera, music theatre to pub-rock and whale song.
Discover the cast of DRIFT
Matt Reuben James Ward | Creative Director
Raised in regional WA in Carnarvon, Katanning and Albany, Matt has gone on to lead an international career as a performer and creative director. As a performer Matt has toured extensively throughout the UK to over 75 venues. Credits include the Messenger in Stephen Fry’s Life to Come and Western Union Boy in English Touring Opera’s Olivier Award Winning Paul Bunyan.
As a creative director Matt has created and directed numerous performances, with commissions from plays to research & development programs. Working extensively in singing community engagement, Matt has worked with Operasonic UK, Royal College of Music Sparks Family Orchestra & Chorus London, BBC Symphony Family Orchestra & Chorus, BBC Proms Sing Plus and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Glyndebourne.
Matt returned to Albany last year to stage Pilgrims of the Sea, marking the anniversary of the whaling protests. This concert was the spark that ignited the creation of DRIFT.
Pia Harris | Soprano
Pia Harris is an Australian / Italian Soprano with dual citizenship currently study covering ‘Donna Anna’ for WA Opera in Perth. Since her training programme with English National Opera, Pia has sung extensively with Opera Holland Park London, New York Lyric Opera and WA Opera, most recently performing ‘Gretel’ in New York Lyric Opera’s Hänsel und Gretel, ‘Chocholka’ in WA Opera’s The Cunning Little Vixen and various concerts with WA Opera, including the Path of Hope Foundation Gala Ball together with Tenor Paul O’Neill. In 2019, Pia will be performing ‘Donna Anna’ in New York Lyric Opera’s production of Don Giovanni and singing ‘Spoletta’ in Freeze Frame Opera’s new production of Tosca directed by renowned director and feminist Rachel McDonald.
Ashlyn Tymms | Mezzo Soprano
Ashlyn has recently graduated as a HF Music Scholar at the Royal College of Music, Masters of Performance with Distinction, and is the proud recipient of the Outstanding Australian Musician Award from the Royal Over-Seas League and the Tait Louise Worthington Award, Tait Memorial Trust.
Ashlyn has performed extensively within Australia, UK and Asia on the concert platform. Most recently for WA Opera in the roles of Mrs. Páskova and Lapák in The Cunning Little Vixen, and a solo recital at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, UK. Ashlyn has been invited to perform once again with The Sydney University Choir and Orchestra as mezzo soloist in Rossini's Petite Messe Solonnelle and Christopher Bowen's own Australian War Requiem, which will be performed on Armistice Day in the Sydney Town Hall.
Jean-Michel Maujean | Sound & Cymatics Artist
Composer, sound artist and community musician Jean-Michel Maujean is based in Perth. He is studying a PhD with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where he is recording birdsong and using it as the basis for the composition of new music. Over the course of his studies, Jean-Michel has created a number of novel instruments and musical techniques, including: 3D printed flutes, 3D spectrograms scores, a 16-tone piano and the 'Hydrowoofer' (a subwoofer filled with water). In 2018, Jean-Michel has travelled to Warmun, assisting with the Tura New Music Regional Residency Program. He also developed and presented a workshop for high school students as part of the Scitech Innovation Festival. Jean-Michel is the current Vancouver Arts Centre Artist in Residence, and in November he will be visualising whale song, as part of DRIFT.
Plus, local guest pianist Matthew Quicke joins the DRIFT cast performance on the night.