Trombonist and composer Charles MacInnes studied in Australia and Germany and has worked for over two decades in musical situations spanning the North German Radio (NDR) Big Band, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Hamburg State Opera, Australian Art Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Libra Ensemble, Astra Chamber Music Society, oh ton, La Compania, Deep Purple, Nils Gessinger Band, as well as recording for film and working in professional musical theatre. Charles MacInnes playfully combines musical techniques and sounds that bridge the orchestral to the electronic, the scripted to the spontaneous. He has composed music for Melbourne Chamber Choir, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, violinist Sarah Curro, pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, Australian Brass Quintet, Syzygy Ensemble, Monash Art Ensemble as well as working as a sound designer for animators, short film makers, and installation artists. Charles’ particular interest is the seamless integration of electronics with acoustic instruments and is currently researching and developing new technology for the control of software during performance. In 1988 Charles MacInnes received Australia Council funding for the commission of a new work for two bass trombones by Andrew Ford, and in 1992 was awarded a Masefield Stipendium in Hamburg for his input and performance of a work by Jan Müller-Wieland. In 2008, in collaboration with bassist Jeremy Alsop, he received an Australia Council grant to compose a work for bass trombone, bass guitar and live electronics. He is attuned to the explosive changes in music production and the listening habits of his environment and has presented many workshops for young people over the past decade including for City of Melbourne ArtPlay, The Song Room, Musica Viva, Melbourne Youth Music, Ping, Australian National University, and the Melbourne International Festival of Brass. In 2009 he created an education program for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra enabling 5 to 11 year olds to make their own music in interactive workshops. Charles has lectured at the Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University, Australian National University, and The University of Melbourne (including two years as Head of Brass). He has worked as a Teaching Associate in Composition at Monash University, has a Masters in Composition and Research, and is currently undertaking a PhD researching improvisation in new music.
Trombones: Conn-Greenhoe 70H (1937), Courtois AC420-R with Thayer, Conn 78H (1937) Microphones: AKG 414 B-ULS (pair), AKG C451B, Røde NT3, Soundman OKM II Monitors: Genelec 1029A Mixer: Mackie 1202-VLZ Keyboard: Kurzweil K2500XS Controllers: Keith McMillen SoftStep / Faderfox LC2 / Sonuus i2M Software: Ableton Live 9 Suite / Pro Tools 12 / Finale 25 Hardware: RME Fireface UCX, MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-in, Mid 2015), iPad Pro
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