Commissioned by Museums Victoria…
As custodians of the Federation Handbells, Museums Victoria commissioned Exquisite Now in 2018 and it was premiered in May 2019 as part of the Arts Learning Festival.
Director Susan Bamford-Caleo writes:
“The Exquisite Now is a new, and potentially ongoing, composition. It is inspired by a combination of ideas involving the rondo musical form and the ‘exquisite corpse’ visual art form. We invited Graeme Leak to create a 3 or 4 minute refrain for the Federation Handbells and then a 3 or 4 minute musical base upon which other groups (schools for this incarnation but potentially community groups or professional artists as well in the future) can compose a musical response, to create a link in the ‘rondo chain’. This means groups could work independently, to compose their sections and learn the refrain, and then be brought together to perform the piece as a whole.” ..
Wangarratta West Primary School, Woodleigh School, Plenty Valley Christian College. Group photo with Composer Graeme Leak, Conductor Dan Richardson with the students and teachers from the Exquisite Now Project, after performing their musical item on the Federation Bells in The Atrium, at Federation Square on May 3rd 2019.