Sideband is a contemporary music collective founded by composers Tristan Coelho, Brad Gill and Peter McNamara. The aim of the group is to develop and support the music of young and established Australian composers. Sideband has, and continues to engage with a close circle of outstanding local and international performers. Recent collaborators include vocalists Chloe Lankshear, Deepka Ratra and Zoe Drummond, cross-cultural flautist Chloe Chung, renowned pianist Stephanie McCallum, recorder virtuoso Alicia Crossley, and flautist Jane Bishop. In 2014 the group released its debut CD and presented workshops and concerts with Sydney Conservatorium students and guest performers. Sideband has also recently released a second CD, with a third album currently in production.
Brad Gill is a composer, percussionist and co-artistic director of the composer-performer collective Sideband as well as member of the experimental improvisation project ‘Mind on Fire’. He began serious musical studies with a focus on xylophone and percussion, later developing an interest in composition, which he explored while a student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (from which he has an Honours degree and Ph.D.) and University of Western Australia. During this time he developed an interest in non-Western music, undertaking additional study in Javanese Gamelan and Tabla, as well as studying jazz, resulting in a broad and highly individual compositional and performance style.
His music has been performed by a range of ensembles and soloists, including the Song Company, Ensemble Offspring, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra New Music Ensemble, Roger Smalley, pianists Kerry Yong and Stephanie McCallum. A number of works have been recorded for broadcast by the ABC. Upcoming works include commissions for a new piece for cello and piano for Daniel Herscovitch and Geoffrey Gartner and for the chamber choir Luminescence.
Peter McNamara is an award-winning Sydney-based composer and sideband co-artistic director, gaining a reputation as one of Australia's most talented and innovative emerging voices across a wide variety of musical genres including orchestral, chamber, electronic, installation and film composition.
His work has appeared at numerous international events including the ISCM World New Music Days conference and the Gaudeamus Music Week in the Netherlands, commissioned and performed by leading international orchestras and ensembles including Ensemble Modern, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Insomnio, Orchestra Victoria, Orkest de Ereprijs, and Ensemble Offspring. McNamara’s work has also been commercially recorded by Australian virtuoso performers Claire Edwardes (Kammerklang 2009) and Alicia Crossley (Duo-Blockstix 2017). He is also a lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Excelsia College.