A Film Opera by Biasino Pezzimenti & Constantine Koukias

Biasino William Pezzimenti - Librettist

Biasino William Pezzimenti is a writer with over 30 years experience working in television and radio in management , as a trainer and marketing.

The author of numerous radio segments, and provocative satirical comedy skits. He co-produced wildly dark humorous commercials on various radio stations in Buffalo, New York with multi -talented casting director/ actor and production wit Paul Palo from Los Angeles. He also worked closely with the psychedelic explosive mind of Gordon Dysinger from Buffalo, New York.

Biasino wrote the lyrics and co-wrote a song with New York based singer - songwriter Nancy Lee Baxter titled Still Life that was recorded on the FAST FOLK MAGAZINE label in New York City; archived by the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

He has received numerous accolades for his writing, including the recipient of Best Radio Commercial at the New York State Broadcast Awards in 1980.

His book of poetry Shooting Ghosts was published in 2014. Currently Biasino is the librettist for the film opera, Shaped by Trees with award winning composer Konstantin Koukias from Amsterdam with a planned release in 2017.

Biasino was accidentally born in Melbourne Australia, raised in Buffalo, New York, played cowboy in Tucson, Arizona , and now living in Sydney, Australia with his wife, four children, two cats, and two dogs.  He also has a production/marketing company called nineskippinggods while working 6 months out of the year in Brazil.

Constantine Koukias - Composer

                                                                                                                                                                             Constantine Koukias is a Greek - Tasmanian composer & opera director based in Amsterdam. His avant-garde approach to the presentation of opera has resulted in hybrid productions such as Days and Nights with Christ, To Traverse Water, MIKROVION (Small Life - 36 Images in a Phantom Flux of Life), The Divine Kiss, Tesla - Lightning in His Hand and most recently The Barbarians, inspired by Constantine Cavafy’s famous poem Waiting for the Barbarians, commissioned by the Museum of Old & New Art.

His works range from large-scale music theatre & opera to mobile installation art events. His compositions have been always remarkable for their characteristic, mesmerising and atmospheric qualities created by temporal, spatial and production designs. In his recent works, exotic flavours have been introduced through Eastern timbres and melody-design.

In 1993 he was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House Trust to compose ICON, a large-scale music theatre piece to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House. Music theatre works include Kimisis – Falling Asleep, Borders, Orfeo, Rapture - Sonic Taxi Performance, Schwa – The Neutral Vowel, Antigone and The Da Ponte Project. Prayer Bells, which draws on traditions of Latin, Hebrew and Byzantine chant, had its USA premiere at the Chicago Cultural Centre.

In 2004 he was awarded a Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship. His Incantation II for soprano and digital delay won the International Valentino Bucchi Vocal Prize in Rome in 1997. His design credits include the internationally acclaimed Odyssey and Medea.

In 2014/15 Kimisis – Falling Asleep, a chamber opera for Soprano & Electric Trombone had its Netherlands premiere at Splendor Amsterdam and toured to the Karavaan Festival. Before the Flame Goes Out - Stedelijk Museum - Amsterdam, Concerto for Ondes Martentot & Orchestra and Trombone Concerto for Pierre Volders.

                                                                                                               Warwick Stengårds - Conductor                  

Following a four-year engagement as Assistent Generalmusikdirektor at the Volksoper Wien and a seven-year tenure as Erster Kapellmeister at the Luzerner Theater, Warwick Stengårds is a freelance conductor based in Vienna.

In addition to an extensive symphonic canon, Stengårds has a music-theatre repertoire of over 100 works performing with companies such as Vienna State Opera, Volksoper Wien, Folkoperan Stockholm, Opera Australia, Victoria State Opera, Chamber Made Opera and West Australian Opera where, in 1991, he was appointed Music Director.
Operatic highlights include the world premieres of Koehne's Love Burns, Tahourdin's Heloise and Abelard, Ingham's Transfigured Night, Koukias' MIKROVION, Australian premieres of Turnage's Greek, Williamson's Our Man in Havana, and regional premieres of Wozzeck and The Rake's Progress.
In Europe Stengårds has conducted the Ulster Orchestra, the SL Orkester, the Uppsala Kammarorkester, Klangforum Wien, the Wroclaw Philharmonic, the Rundfunk Sinfonie-Orchester Saarbrücken (featuring soloist Andreas Scholl), DalaSinfoniettan, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the European Doctors Orchestra and the Nürnberger Symphoniker.   

Recent projects included:

Wozzeck (Gurlitt), Ariane (Martinu), Barbara Strozzi (Gräwe - World Premiere) and concerts for the Luzerner Theater.Tyranny of Distance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Einstein Cantata with SonicFiction and concerts with the Luxemburg Philharmonie. Purcell’s Fairy Queen in South Africa, the world premiere season of Naske’s Das Städtchen Drumherum at the Vienna State Opera, Die Csardasfürstin in Leipzig, Bluebeard’s Castle in Melbourne and concerts with Soundstream Collective. Concerts with the Australian Philharmonic, Monash Academy, Luxemburg Philharmonie and Klangforum Wien are among future projects.

Elvio Brianese and Peta Heffernan - Production Designers

Architects Peta and Elvio are co-founding directors of the interdisciplinary practice, Liminal Studio based in Hobart, Australia. Underpinning the Studio’s philosophy is that collaborative design across disciplines drives innovative thinking. Liminal Spaces is the part of the Studio where areas of research, investigation and participation go beyond the traditional realms of architecture, ranging from delivering award winning architecture and interiors to acclaimed collaborations in contemporary performances, exhibitions and festivals to roles influencing the framing of cultural policy.

Their design approach to performance explores how space and meaning can be manipulated with minimal forms; where the interaction between the performer and space define one another. This has led to award-winning collaborations with IHOS for Kimisis - Falling Asleep which debuted at MONA FOMA 2010 and toured internationally in 2014 and 2015, The Barbarians performed for MONA FOMA 2012, the experiential installation ECHO Part 1 - A Neurological Soundscape performed in 2013 and the design for the Tasmanian Theatre Company’s production Born From Animals which will debut in Tasmania in May 2014 and won Best Professional Design at the inaugural Tasmanian Theatre Awards.


Greg Gurr - Sound Design

Greg began his interest in audio at 16 while still at school in Tasmania. Through his career he has worked as acoustic jazz and contemporary music concert engineer, a film and video sound recordist and designer/ engineer in a variety of theatre performance. Some of the highlights of Greg's career have included engineering the sound for Roy Orbison, Don Burrows,  Ivan Rebroff, The Angels, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee and touring with international acts 10CC, ELO and The Stranglers. Greg was also sound recordist on Words and Silk, an award winning documentary on author, Gerald Murnane. 

Greg's first IHOS production was Days and nights with Christ in 1997. Since then he has designed and operated the sound for productions of IHOS Opera including the small music theatre works Kimisis - Falling Asleep, Kitchen Table Rondo and Prayer Bells and large format productions The Divine Kiss, Sea Chant, Tesla – Lightning in His Hand and The Barbarians for the Museum of Old & New Art.  

He also designed the works for the IHOS Music Theatre Laboratory including: Spirits of the Hoist, Schwa - the Neutral Vowel, As if Electronically ControlledTouch Wood and Antigone.

With his retirement from ABC TV Greg has focused on other interests photography, 3d recording and plane wave technology in Audio Design.

Jason James - Lighting

Jason James – Lighting and Projection Designer Jason has worked as a lighting and projection designer for over twelve years; creating designs principally for new works. His recent credits include Red Racing Hood, Big Baby, Pip and Pooch, Shadow Dreams, Sleeping Horses Lie, and Love, for Terrapin Puppet Theatre; Born from Animals, Branch Book Bench, The Company I Keep, If I jumped I’d Fly Tasmanian Theatre Company; Motel Dreaming, and Galla Placidia Dark MOFO; Echo, The Barbarians, and Kimisis IHOS Opera; Tell Tails Bridget Bridge; Abandoned Dances, Episodes, Birds Mature Age Dance Ensemble; Wild at Heart, Motel Dreaming Unconscious Collective. Spiegeltent for Ten Days on the Island 2015. Fall, Winter, Spring Second Echo Ensemble.  

Jason has been developing a broader arts practice around light over the last seven years. He is currently studying Visual Arts at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, and has had artworks presented in festivals around Tasmania. The two most recent were Angry Electrons, a solo show in Dark MOFO 2015, and Crevasse, which was a part of envelop(e) curated by Matt Warren, a co-presentation between Contemporary Arts Tasmania and Dark MOFO.