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“The collaborations of recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey are invariably imaginative, creative and engaging, yet her most recent offering has raised the bar, even for Lacey, to stratospheric heights.”
Dylan Henderson Limelight 26 April 2016
“Lacey was mesmerizing. As an improviser she thrives in the moment, within an aesthetic that is closely tied to nature. Her recorder playing had the effect of altering one’s sense of time, slowing it down and attuning the listener to birdcalls, to the burbling of water and to contemplation itself.”
Graham Strahle The Australian 27 April 2016
Pleasure Garden CD
“This latest recording from Genevieve Lacey … is the closest thing to a classical ‘concept album’ that I’ve encountered… The centerpiece of the album seems to be Jacob van Eyck’s Amarilli … In Lacey’s hands it is a work of haunting purity. It returns in varation through the album, and in each rendidition its stillness creates a moment of peace. …Give yourself permission to be transported by the evocative re-telling of this sound-garden … these small works dovetail together to create a magical and enchanging recorder fantasy.”
Sascha Kelly Limelight April 2016
Astra Chamber Music Society
“Guest artist recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey demonstrated her extraordinary musicianship and versatility playing both Renaissance and electronic-assisted compositions across a range of instruments from the recorder family. Best of all was Adams Et Døgn – One Day for solo recorders and computer, its quasi didgeridoo opening bass notes leading to complex reiterations of birdsong-like motifs that appeared to echo through an imagined forest in a celebration of nature.”
Martin Duffy The Age 22 October 2012
“Equally important to the production is Genevieve Lacey's haunting live score (played on a variety of instruments, including a gorgeous, sonorous contrabass recorder) ….”
Richard Watts – ArtsHub 17 August 2011
Sligo New Music Festival 2011
“…the recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, performed her solo set with such sensual concentration that the individual pieces she was presenting – almost all specially composed for her – seemed to fuse together as a single work. With pieces such as Fausto Romitelli’s Seascape, and her final improvisation, en masse, Lacey constructed a space in real-time and allowed the audience to drift within it, gently pulling the audience into its depths, guiding our attention to certain obsessively-worked sounds.
The festival closed with a Sunday morning improvised set from Lacey and Ambarchi. Their continuous, softly-spoken playing, moving within clearly defined harmonic limits, was transcendent. With each breath, a long, rich tone. With each tone, increasing affinity with the quality of the sounds. With this affinity, an uncoupling of the mind from the senses”
Garrett Sholdice, Director Ergodos, Journal of Music 11 May 2011
Four Seasons Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
“This was a bravura performance from a consummate artist. Rapid runs and figurations were executed with thrilling agility and astonishing clarity of articulation. In slower movements, her elegant phrasing and finely graded dynamics created moments of hushed intensity.
Throughout, Lacey sustained splendid breath control and refined timbre, radiating burnished warmth on the lower-pitched instruments and gleaming purity from the higher-pitched ones. She tastefully ornamented her solo lines, and her fluttering trills realised the avian character of the first movement of Spring.”
Murray Black, The Australian May 19 2009
Genevieve Lacey is a musician working in many contexts, with all kinds of people. She creates large-scale collaborative works across radio, film, dance, theatre and public art, and has premiered scores of works, written for her. She’s a recorder virtuoso, artistic director, spokesperson and leader, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international artist.
Her recent works include one Infinity (directed by Gideon Obarzanek with musicians from Jun Tian Fang, dancers from Beijing Dance Theatre, Dancenorth Australia, composer Max de Wardener), Pleasure Garden (a kinetic sound sculpture for Sydney Festival, touring UK from 2019), Life in Music (a 5-part radio series for ABC RN, written, composed and narrated by Genevieve), and Namatjira (a theatre piece and documentary film).
Genevieve has commissioned and premiered works for recorder by composers as diverse as Liza Lim, Elena Kats-Chernin, Brett Dean, Erkki-Sven Tuur (Estonia), Lou Bennett, John Surman (UK), Max de Wardener (UK), Jan Bang (Norway), Christian Fennesz (Germany), Ben Frost (Iceland), Andrea Keller, Hollis Taylor and Nico Muhly (USA).
Her wide-ranging musical interests have seen her representing Australian culture with a performance at the Lindau International Convention of Nobel Laureates, playing for the Queen in Westminster Abbey, playing on a basketball court on Thursday Island with Australian indigenous ensemble The Black Arm Band, playing as a concerto soloist in Albert Hall for BBC Proms, making music in a prison in remote Western Australia, and at the opening night of the London Jazz Festival. Her repertoire spans ten centuries and long-term collaborators include filmmaker Sophie Raymond, choreographer-director Gideon Obarzanek, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Danish musician Poul Høxbro, theatre maker Scott Rankin, and singer-songwriter Paul Kelly.
Genevieve’s work has won Australia Recording Industry Awards, a Helpmann, Australia Council, Freedman and Churchill Fellowships and Outstanding Musician, Melbourne Prize for Music. She holds degrees (including a doctorate) in music and English literature from universities in Melbourne, Switzerland and Denmark.
Genevieve is Chair of the Australian Music Centre board, Artistic Director of FutureMakers, Musica Viva’s leadership program for early career artists, Artistic Advisor to UKARIA, and has just completed a year as Melbourne Recital Centre’s 2018 Artist in Residence.
Genevieve Lacey is managed by Graham Pushee: firstname.lastname@example.org
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