Holcombe Waller’s Requiem Mass: LGBT / Working Title

Australian Premiere @ Day for Night: 24HRS

DATE: Sunday 21 February
TIME: 12pm

$50 ticket for full 2 day program


Holcombe Waller’s Requiem Mass: LGBT / Working Title is a ceremonial choral work that deeply explores contemporary faith and advocacy through art, and collective catharsis. Performed as part of Day for Night: 24 Hours with an all-abilities community choir drawn from all walks of life towards the project’s mission, Requiem Mass is an emotional and personal work invoking remembrance and peace for the dead who have suffered persecution for their sexual orientation or gender expression. Requiem Mass was additionally informed by research into pivotal gay history in the United States from the 1980s through present day and by community engagement that has included working with experts in liturgical music, queer theory, faith-based equality initiatives as well as over 100 participants in a series of choral workshops with Waller throughout 2014 and 2015 in Portland, Oregon.

Sermon by Victoria Spence (Life Rites Consultant, Counsellor and Celebrant)

Reading by Reverend Dr. Margaret Mayman, Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney


Holcombe Waller is an award winning performance maker who works in concert, film, dance as well as for his own interdisciplinary projects that integrate video, theater design, ceremony and civic engagement within the process of arrangement, composition and performance. He employs themes of nostalgia, intimacy and the search for spiritual meaning to create music and performances that loosen the grip of ‘coping’ and ‘defensiveness’ used to gird oneself against the everyday onslaught of financial, environmental and public health issues. He is a 2011 United States Artists Berresford Fellow in Music, an award which noted his mournful, folk-inflected style as well as his approach to music “as total theatre.”

Waller has self-released five albums on his own label and has toured five large-scale interdisciplinary performances over thirteen years. He is a three-time recipient of the MapFund Grant, a Creative Capital awardee, and he has been presented and/or commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music, MCA Chicago, Under the Radar Festival at The New York Public Theatre, On the Boards Seattle, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts (SF), The Centre Pompidou (Paris), and many other presenters both nationally and internationally.

Waller’s collaboration with dance includes work with Joe Goode Performance Group of San Francisco, Zoe|Juniper of Seattle, and New York based artist Miguel Gutierrez. His performance collaboration with film includes appearances in multiple films by artist Ryan Trecartin, and his film scores include music for the 2011 Sundance-premiered documentary, “We Were Here,” about the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco in the 80s and 90s. He recently premiered an interdisciplinary sci-fi music performance project, Wayfinders, as well as a cross-genre community-driven music project, Requiem Mass: LGBT / Working Title, co-presented by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and the Trinity Episcopalian Cathedral. The Requiem sought to bring an LGBT voice to the canon of Christian liturgical music.
TWITTER: @HolcombeWaller
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