A recent review characterised Phil Treloar as an enigmatic philosopher; one for whom clarity lies in the doing. An overview of the major “Works” in his compositional output will verify this observation. Treloar’s work has been, from the outset, visionary and devoted.  The rigours of Treloar’s compositional output is equally matched by his performing career. He has performed extensively with many of Australia’s premiere groups and individuals as well as with internationals and these in the ‘legit’, the jazz, and the improvisation genres. He has established a creative legacy that has, and will remain, beneficial for generations to come.

Phil Treloar’s guiding light is Collective Autonomy, a term he coined many years ago to signify his life-philosophy, while Primal Communication: Truth–Faith–Trust, continues to be his credo.  This year he turns seventy.

Phil's special guest will be Simone de Haan, an improvisor who has followed his own muse, delving into trombone sonics and group soundworlds with a rigour most might, at best, dream of. He has rendered state-of-the-art performances by composers that range from Brian Ferneyhough to John Cage to Luciano Berio.   In addition to having works written specifically for his virtuosic abilities as a trombonist, he has also commissioned many ensemble works for the express purpose of exploring the intersection where improvised and notated music meet. Crucial to this has been a focus on audience reception. Simone has toured internationally as a master teacher, soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. He has taught, inspired, guided, and encouraged young performers and budding creative artists, several of whom are now acknowledged as leaders in their chosen field. This year he returns to performing after an extensive break.

Phil has composed a new work for solo trombone, and a new work for the duo.  In addition they will each perform a solo improvisation, and a duo improvisation.