September 16, 2018



Saltbush Ensemble

A Saltbush possesses the ability to rejuvenate the dry arid landscape of Australia ravaged by a rising water table and the devastating effects of salt. Like its namesake, Saltbush Ensemble rejuvenates popular and lesser known music of the 16th, 17th and 18th century and brings it to a contemporary Australian audience. Reidun Turner (viola da gamba) and Ryan Williams (recorders) create a fresh take on old favourites and present less played gems of the period with a dynamic ensemble of guest artists that varies in instrumentation and sound colour.


Reidun Turner

Ryan Williams

Reidun Turner completed her studies in viola da gamba at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany, with honours in 2016 under the tutelage of Hille Perl. Before her studies in Germany, she also completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the University of Melbourne. As well as Hille Perl, Reidun has been fortunate enough to count Frauke Hess, Miriam Morris and  Ruth Wilkinson among her teachers as well as participating in numerous masterclasses and summer schools with the likes of Jordi Savall, Paulo Pandolfo, Wieland Kuijken and Vittorio Ghielmi.

After five years of splitting her time between Germany and Australia, she now has settled back in Melbourne. She has played some major festivals in both countries. Including the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Castlemaine Arts Festival and Musicadia. She has performed in live broadcasts for ABC Classics FM and 3MBS and was recorded in 2009 as part of the ABCs ‘Rising Stars’ program.

Ryan is an interdisciplinary recorder player. A passion for the recorder has lead him on a journey full of cross­-artform collaboration, engaging performance and exciting improvisation. With an endeavour to collaborate with any artform, Ryan uses his vibrancy as a stage performer to engage audiences visually and sonically.

Ryan's major performances include the production of Venus & Adonis with the Bell Shakespeare Company (Malthouse Theatre, 2008), a Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens improvisational residency (2009/10), the production of Everybody (2012) & a performance at the Setouchi Ar Triennale, Japan (2016) with Snuff Puppets, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (2018) and his own work Life as it should be perfomed at the Antwerp Fringe Festival (2014) & the Melbourne Fringe Festival (2015).

Cosmedi Clinic, Healesville

All Saints Anglican Church, East St Kilda

Melbourne Recital Centre

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