In September 2019 Momentum Ensemble gave the first performance of a special creative collaboration commissioned by AYO with the support of the late Peter Weiss AO.

The work, Avem Asperitas, melds together sound and image crafted by two artists living on opposite sides of Australia. Over many months, and separated by many hundreds of kilometers, composer Lachlan Skipworth and photographer Greg Barrett explored the creative process that arises when faced with both a musical and visual blank canvas.

AYO alumnus composer Lachlan Skipworth. He is conducting an ensemble.
AYO alumnus composer Lachlan Skipworth

The premiere performance in Sydney, conducted by Daniel Carter, was successful in bringing to life the sounds, visuals and the emotions of the piece in one place, and was well received by an enthusiastic audience. A year later, AYO is thrilled to share this unique creation with our community online. Watch the video and explore the podcast, article and Q&A below to learn more about this exciting collaborative creation.

Read, listen and learn

Avem Asperitas – A Collaboration in Soundscapes

AYO Words About Music participant Paige Gullifer views Avem Asperitas through a 2020 lens and discusses the positive impact that multi-medium collaborative works can have at such a tentative time for the arts industry. 

Read Paige’s article

AYO alumnus writer Paige Gullifer smiles at the camera. She is standing in front of a wall of rocks.
AYO Words About Music alumnus Paige Gullifer

Exploring the creative process on the AYO podcast

How do you meld two different artforms? How can you make sure that you’re maintaining space for your fellow artists? On this episode of the AYO podcast, Lachlan and Greg discuss the challenges of working simultaneously on a collaborative piece, and the joy of learning from one another along the way. Listen to the podcast below!

Meet the AYO Episode 23 | Lachlan Skipworth, composer and Greg Barrett, photographer

Australian Youth Orchestra · Meet the AYO Episode 23 | Lachlan Skipworth, composer and Greg Barrett, photographer.