Arcadia Winds were the inaugural Musica Viva FutureMakers 2015-17 artists. Their involvement in the initiative saw the group have a significant national and international performing impact, as well as giving them a strong understanding of their artistic identity and opening them up to wider range of performance and collaboration possibilities, and create and implement a long-term strategic plan and brand.
Through their involvement in FutureMakers, the group worked with 120 mentors, presenters and collaborators, including acclaimed international musicians Lambert Orkis and Ilan Volkov, composers Eyvind Kang and Catherine Milliken and award-winning Australian ensembles Speak Percussion and the Australian String Quartet.
Arcadia Winds reached 16,000 Australian and international audience members through concerts and activities presented both by Musica Viva and other organisations including the Adelaide and Perth International Arts Festival, BBC Proms Australia and UKARIA. Twelve new music works and performance projects were created for and with Arcadia Winds, including two creative development opportunities with Circus Oz and independent Australian artist Bertie Blackman and The Air I Breathe show for Musica Viva In Schools. Lachlan Skipworth’s wind quintet Echoes and Lines was commissioned for the group and Musica Viva by Dr David Cooke and the Silo Collective and is a featured work on the group’s debut self-titled EP, released in partnership with ABC Classics and Musica Viva.
Many new partnerships for both Arcadia Winds and Musica Viva were developed, including with Melbourne’s Abbotsford Convent and Circus Oz and the UKARIA Cultural Centre, South Australia.
When listening to the sounds, stories and experiences of the first FutureMakers ensemble, it is impossible not to feel a warm sense of optimism for the renewal of our art form.