Anthony Lyons


Upcoming events

Previous events

Au Revoir Hands - Album Launch - Melbourne

The Toff, 2nd Floor Curtin House 252 Swanston St. , Melbourne

Au Revoir Hands launch their album 'Hemispheres' live at the Toff in Town with support from the wonderful 'Clariloops'. After much rescheduling, the album released late in 2021 finally gets to be celebrated with a live performance in Melbourne!


'Hemispheres' album release

The debut album 'Hemispheres' from 'Au Revoir Hands' (Anthony Lyons & Emily Williams) is now available on Bandcamp!! Hemispheres is due for full release November 12. Available as digital download and on vinyl limited edition. Very excited to let this out into the world. “Fusing sounds from the cello, buchla easel synth, beats and samples ‘Au Revoir Hands’ explore the worlds of experimental ambient pop and post-minimal electronics. Fragments, clicks and cuts sit alongside lush cello and analog synth lines. At the intersections of neo-classical, soundscape and electronic music.”

ASRA 2021 Conference

Interesting discussions on a range of topics around the 2021 ASRA Conference theme of Survival & Revival. Dr Anthony Lyons and Dr Heather Gaunt discuss the Living Instruments project and how the Grainger Museum instrument collection is being digitised through a process of creative engagement.


Australian Voices

Chisholm St., Chisholm Street, Ballarat

Friday 27th August 6pm-7pm AEST Saturday 28th August 1pm-2pm AEST

TO BE RESCHEDULED (covid) - New dates soon!

Chisholm St: Australian Voices features contemporary chamber music by Anthony Lyons (Newstead composer)/Nathan Curnow (poetry) and Amadis Lacheta (Metcalf composer), and an all-Ballarat collective of musicians including Bronwyn Blaiklock (piano), Sharon Turvey (voice), Elena Polevaya (cello) and Sarah Goodbourn (flute).

Also featured is poet, Megan J Riedl, who will enthrall you with her intimate and powerful voice.

You are welcome to bring a beverage of your choice to enjoy afterward; other refreshments are included in the ticket price. Please bring warm clothes as the performance space is partially open to an undercover deck. There is heating, but you never can be too sure in Ballarat...

To suit the current lockdown restrictions, inside seating is capped at just 10, and you will need to sanitise prior to entry and wear a mask, unless an exemption applies. Chisholm St. is a registered venue, and as such, all attendees will need to check in to the QR App. Naturally, we are all at the whims of covid and may need to postpone this series. If this eventuates, be assured that Bronwyn is committed to rescheduling, transferring your ticket to another Chisholm St series, or offering a full refund.


Au Revoir Hands - 'Submerge' single release

'Submerge' is the first track release from 'Au Revoir Hands' forthcoming album 'Hemispheres'. A lush world of glitched beats, cello, moog synth and buchla easel sit alongside gritty fragments of noise, broken and reframed samples of voice, viola da gamba and harp.

Available from all download and streaming platforms from 27th August!!

Including Bandcamp:

Au Revoir Hands + Louise Terra

The Bridge Hotel Castlemaine, 21 Walker Street, Castlemaine VIC 3450

To be rescheduled (Covid!)

Au Revoir Hands play the Bridge Hotel Castlemaine with Louise Terra on Thursday 22nd July. It's Free! So come on down for dinner, drinks, cosy vibes and music!



Au Revoir Hands are Anthony Lyons and Emily Williams. Amplified effected cello, buchla music easel synth, beats and samples they explore the worlds of experimental ambient pop and post-minimal electronics.

Multidisciplinary artist and music producer Louise Terra carves a ubiquitous sound and style of electronic music. Taking cues from left-field electronica, dream pop and images from her psyche, each song Louise produces is a world gravitating towards the surreal and the sacred.

Au Revoir Hands + Night Diver *** To be RESCHEDULED (covid!) ****

The Avalon, DOWNSTAIRS Avalon, 18 Katoomba St,, Katoomba, NSW

To Be RESCHEDULED due to covid

Please Join us downstairs at the Avalon in Katoomba as part of the very special 'Afternoon Delights' Series. "With most of the shows SOLD OUT it's a top tip to BOOK EARLY if you hope to attend some of these intimate events. Our bottom line guarantee of return is in the rich experiences. Every week we are treated to some of the finest music this country has to offer."

1st Set - Night Diver A solo music project of Cellist Emily Williams. The music is immersive, melodic, soundscapes and meditative drones with her main instrument at the centre, augmented by sampled sounds of percussive glass, steel and kinetic toys.

2nd Set - Au Revoir Hands: Electronic new classical duo with Anthony Lyons and Emily Williams. Incorporating cello, buchla music easel synth, beats and samples they explore the worlds of experimental ambient pop and post-minimal electronics. Their music is richly textured and sonically unique with fragments, clicks and cuts sitting alongside effected cello and analog synth lines. They bring a raw expressiveness and live energy to their sound as they move between electronic atmospheres to driving rhythms made of loops, samples & glitched-out drum machines.


Mara Korper

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Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street , St Kilda VIC 3182 Australia

An exciting, feminist sci-fi theatrical experience, MARA KORPER is set in a futuristic world where gender is obsolete and the flesh must remain whole.

This brilliant and terrifying new theatrical work explores themes of extremism, gender and body image in a dystopian future, picking up where Orwell and Huxley left off.

Fusing experimental sound and technology with absurdist expressionism, MARA KORPER is on the cutting edge of experimental feminist theatre.

Written & Directed by: Jayde Kirchert Composer: Anthony Lyons

Tickets and further details:


17th March (2022) - Album launch - Au Revoir Hands, The Toff, Melbourne.


5th-6th November (2021) - Australian Voices - Concert at Chisholm St, Ballarat.


12th - 22nd May (2021) - Mara Korper - Theatre Works, St. Kilda, Melbourne.


29th April (2021) - Living Instruments: preserving old and rare instruments by creating their digital twins - A presentation for Melbourne Knowledge Week, Melbourne Connect Hub, Science Gallery.


27th February (2021) - Coming Home - Audiovisual performance at the Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine.


2nd December (2020) - MPavilion performance - Isolation Improvisation Collective


16th November (2020) - Telematic Music - Isolation Improvisation Collective (IIC) album & book release. Available through 'Nice Music' here.


3-5 Sept. (2020) - International Conference on the Inclusive Museum - Presentation 'Composing the Museum', Lisbon, Portugal - delivered virtually.


10th July (2020) - StayHomeSounds Remixing the global lockdown - Album release w/ Cities and Memory, Oxford, UK. Get album here


2nd June (2020) - Make it up Club w/ Islolation Improvisation Collective, Online Concert #11


9th November (2019) - Mara KORPER @ La Mamma Courthouse, Carlton, Melbourne.


 26th September (2019) - Turning Circles, performance with Syzygy Ensemble, @ Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne.


15th August (2019) - Home is Inside Us, West Projections Festival, Performance @ Kindred Studios, Melbourne.


1st August (2019) - Fabric Culture exhibition performance @ Grainger Museum, Melbourne.


1st July (2019) - Space is the Place project launch @ Cities and Memory, Oxford, UK.


16th-23rd June (2019) - New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival & International Computer Music Conference - Audiovisual Installation work 'Complementary Halves' shown at NYU, New York City, United States.


9th May (2019) - How it Plays: Innovations in Percussion - exhibition opening. Exhibition continues at the Grainger Museum until Dec. 2019, Melbourne, Australia.


27th November (2018) - Porto/Post/Doc Film & Media Festival screenings of the audiovisual work Dreams of Plants (Lyons/Fletcher), Porto Planetarium, Porto, Portugal.


26th November (2018) - Sounding Nature - launch of Cities and Memory project of recorded and re-imagined sounds of the natural world including Traces, Patterns, Calls (A.Lyons). Oxford, UK.


14th November (2018) - IMPA TV - Anthony Lyons & Emily Williams - Live at Islington Mill Attic video recording released. Watch here.


26th September (2018) iMPA TV - live video performance Anthony Lyons and Emily Williams, Manchester, UK.


10th September (2018) iC Sing on the Cake - new work & performance, buchla easel and electronics, Melba Hall, University of Melbourne.


9th September (2018) Monuments - synth performance with the New Music Studio, Melba Hall, University of Melbourne.


5th July (2018) Narratives of Climate Change Short Film Exhibition, Newcastle, Australia.


4th July (2018) Jibber Jabber Sound Club, CASPA Castlemaine - performance on Buchla Music Easel.


24th May (2018) 12th FullDome Festival, Zeiss-Planetarium, Jenna, Germany.


16th May (2018) Synthi 100 Live - globally streamed performance on the EMS Synthi 100, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.


10th May (2018) Pagan Dances - with Syzygy Ensemble - Melbourne Recital Centre.


28th April (2018) Small and Loud - The Channel, The Arts Centre, Melbourne.


1st-6th Dec. (2017) Matera Intermedia Festival - audiovisual, electroacoustic and digital arts festival, Matera, Italy.


29th Nov. (2017) Abstract Heterotopias - Melbourne Planetarium, Spotswood.


10th-12th Nov. (2017) Sound-Image Colloquium: Exploring Audiovisual Practice, University of Greenwich, London.


28th Oct. (2017) Resonating Spaces: Rarotonga Reimagined - performance and installation at Punanga Nui, Rarotonga, Cook Islands.


7th Oct. (2017) Node 0: Lounge Beats - performance event at Grant Street Theatre, Melbourne.


7th & 8th September (2017) Reconfiguring Orpheus - performance at the Meat Market, North Melbourne.


18th August (2017) Sound and Image of Future Landscape - An installation exhibition, opening at the On-Air Gallery, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.


17th August (2017) Sound, Design and Animation - a talk given at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.


2nd August (2017) Synthi 100 - In Concert, performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank, Melbourne.


27th July (2017) Percy Grainger: Freedom as_, with Liquid Architecture, sound sculpture installation @ Grainger Museum, Melbourne.


9th June (2017) Sounding Out Love: Art of Emotion - published in the Australian Research Council's Blog for the Histories of Emotion.


27th May (2017) Love Remixed - Grant Street Theatre, Southbank, Melbourne


30th April (2017) Elbow Room Concert - Wesley Anne, Melbourne.


26th April (2017) Melbourne Masterclass: Objects, Sounds and Stories of Love. Forum Theatre, University of Melbourne.


8th March (2017) Sacred Spaces Album Launch. Album available here


13th February (2017) Sacred Spaces Project Launch @ Cities and Memory. Oxford, UK.


14th September (2016) CO+LAB performance @ Revolver Upstairs, Prahran.


9th June (2016) CHE blog: 'An Engagement with the Emotional Life of Objects exhibition', published here.


26th May (2016) Node 0: The Beats Project, performance @ Lionel's Lounge / Grant Street Theatre, Southbank.


11-14 May (2016) The Emotional Life of Objects, exhibition & new audio works. George Paton Gallery. Melbourne.


30th April (2016) Resonance FM 104.4 (UK) broadcast of the Prison Songs project. London.


25th April (2016) Prison Songs launch with Cities and Memory. Oxford, UK.


28th Feb. (2016) Move Records CD Launch, with Michael Kieran Harvey. Eaglemont, Melbourne.


5th Feb. (2016) Cities and Memory: Dada Sounds launch. Oxford, UK.


23-24th Jan. (2016) Tilde New Music Festival - performance and installation, Arts Centre, Testing Grounds, AIM, Melbourne.


21st Nov. (2015) Elbow Room Concert, Wesley Anne, Melbourne.


17th Oct. (2015) Zèppelin Festival. Electroacoustic Concert, Ravel Hall - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain.


17th Oct. (2015) Punanga Nui Market installation & performance. Rarotonga, Cook Islands.


16th Oct. (2015) Zèppelin Festival. Exposició Sonora, Theatre Hall - Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain.


25th July (2015) Melbourne Composers Concert Series, Victorian Flute Guild, MLC, Kew.


22nd May (2015) Node Zero (0.1) Concert, The HUB, VCA, University of Melbourne.


12th April (2015) Elbow Room Concert, MCL, Montslavat.


20th March (2015) DDCA Symposium. The Outstanding Field: Artistic Research. Federation Hall, Melbourne.


24th Jan. (2015) Tilde New Music Festival.


16th Nov. Songs from my Suitcase. Kew Court House concert.


2nd Nov. Bleedthrough Concert. Oratory, Abbotsford.


17th Oct. NODE Zero concert, Southbank, Melbourne


9th-11th July. ACMC 60x60 Concert. VCA Federation Hall, Melbourne.


17th Nov.  4ZZZ Brisbane. Broadcast of Amy Tinderbox's radio piece exploring collaborative processes behind the Pure Poetry Project


9th Nov. Art Gallery of Ballarat, VIC. Pure Poetry Project concert


13th Oct. osh10 CD launch at the Empress, Melbourne


12th Aug. Performance of Trace Elements I-II for piano/electronics with Michael Kieran Harvey at the State Theatre Centre, Perth, WA (ICMC/Totally Huge New Music Festival)


28th Feb. Tinderbox Radio - live to air Ballarat


24th Jan. Strings recording with osh10 at Atlantis Sound


1-8 Dec. Bach/Lyons recording, Copenhagen, Denmark


29 Nov. Performance of solo cello works at the Malaysian Composers Concert Series, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Malaysia


8-30 Nov. Residency at La Muse, Labastide, France


30 Sept. Astra Spring Piano Series, Concert #1, Fitzroy, Melbourne


6-17 Sept. Japan Tour


7th Sept. Headpower, Shinjuku, Tokyo

8th Sept. Waver, Nishi-Ogikubo, Tokyo

9th Sept. Fushimi, Nagoya

12th Sept. Urbanguild, Kyoto

13th Sept. Vi-code, Osaka


19-23 July. W.A Tour with osh10


29 March. Atlantis Studios. String Quartet recording


23-27 Feb. Lifschitz/Lyons piano recording


16th Jan. Featured composer on the the 'Australian Sounds' program on Radio 3MBS FM


26th Sept. The Bach/Lyons Project perform @ Literaturhaus, Copenhagen

Compositions and collaborations between Anthony Lyons and Anders Bach were performed beautifully by the musicians of the Bach/Lyons Project at Literaturhaus, Copenhagen - a very special evening!


19th Sept. @ Melbourne Recital Centre new work for orchestra premiered

The premiere of Quelques Cercles for orchestra went really well at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Conductor Michael Thomas did a great job preparing the orchestra for the night which also included works by Bartok and de Falla.


Hemispheres album now available!! 

‘Hemispheres’ is out now! The album by Au Revoir Hands is available on all platforms. This has been awhile coming so it’s very nice to let it out into the world. An instrumental album about the sea, navigation and voyage it weaves cello, buchla & moog synths with fragments of noise & reframed beats, underpinned by loops of viola da gamba, harp and strings. You can listen/download/purchase here:

ASRA 2021 Conference 

Dr Anthony Lyons and Dr Heather Gaunt present on the Living Instruments project at the 2021 Australian Sound Recordings Association Conference.

The Grainger Museum is transforming historically rare and unique instruments into interactive and playable virtual instruments. The Living Instruments project – a collaboration with the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and Melbourne eResearch Group, School of Computing & Information Systems – involves mapping real instruments (by sampling their sound) to new tactile digital interfaces that anyone can use. The project has resulted in significant student learning experiences and outcomes with Interactive Composition students from the University creating over 20 new audio works from the recording and digital instrument making process.

More info:


Chisholm Street Concert Series - Ballarat 

Lovely to hear the Australian Voices Chisholm Street concert on the 5-6 November in Ballarat. On the program was 'The Last Chocolate Factory', by Anthony Lyons and Nathan Curnow...great to hear this again! Thank you to all the wonderful performers and particularly Bronwyn Blaiklock.

New album 'Hemispheres' available now for pre-order! 

The debut album 'Hemisphere' from my project 'Au Revoir Hands' with cellist Emily Williams is now available for pre-order on Bandcamp!! Hemispheres is due for full release November 12. Available as both digital download and on vinyl limited edition. Very excited to let this out into the world and it's been a voyage!



Au Revoir Hands release Submerge  

Submerge is the first track release from Au Revoir Hands forthcoming album Hemispheres. A lush world of glitched beats, cello, moog synth and buchla easel sit alongside gritty fragments of noise, broken and reframed samples of voice, viola da gamba and harp.

Au Revoir Hands are Anthony Lyons and Emily Williams. Although living in different Hemispheres, and now different Australian states, they have found ways to collaborate and creatively explore resulting in a unique, stunning sound world sitting at the intersection of neo-classical electronic music and avant-pop.

Submerge is available now on all platforms including Bandcamp.

Mara Koper season concludes 

Congratulations to Jayde Kirchert and Citizen Theatre on this amazing production at Theatre Works, Melbourne! It was great to compose the strange hymns and dark electronic sound world for this futuristic theatre work which was critically well received and sold-out.

Image credit: Stu Brown

Mara Korper opens at at Theatre Works - May 12-22 

One of Melbourne’s most innovative independent theatre companies, Citizen Theatre, return with their latest bold offering. Mara KORPER written and directed by Jayde Kirchert, with composition by Anthony Lyons. Presented by Citizen Theatre enter a feminist sci-fi spectacle that follows in the footsteps of dystopian classics such as Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World and 1984.

Mara KORPER is set in a futuristic, dystopian world where gender is obsolete, the flesh must remain whole, and bodies are owned by the government. This brilliant and terrifying new theatrical work explores themes of extremism, corruption, gender and body image. Mara KORPER is staged in a non-traditional way, seating audiences in the round in private perspex boxes. Fusing the latest sound technology with absurdist expressionism, Mara KORPER is truly on the cutting edge of experimental feminist theatre.

Melbourne Knowledge Week: Living Instruments 

How might digital instrument collections influence the future of music and sound-making? 

The Grainger Museum is transforming historically rare and unique instruments into interactive and playable virtual instruments. The Living Instruments project – a collaboration with the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and Melbourne eResearch Group, School of Computing & Information Systems – involves mapping real instruments (by sampling their sound) to new tactile digital interfaces that anyone can use. 

During this official launch of the Living Instruments digital platform, learn about the preservation practices and cultural value of the Grainger Museum’s remarkable musical instrument collection. Experts who have contributed to the project will share insights about playing, composing and curating the instruments, through to research and software development. 

Speakers: Dr Anthony Lyons, Dr Heather Gaunt, Abdul Rehman Mohammad.

Coming Home - live performance Castlemaine 

The music of the V/line train and Calder Fwy trip, once so familiar yet made almost a memory in the events of 2020, will be brought back to life in a live performance of new music for piano, cello and electronics. Featuring pianist Josh Cohen who has garnered millions of YouTube views for his meditative and highly improvised approach to playing will be joined by Sydney based cellist Emily Williams and electronic composers and Newstead sound producers Aimee Chapman and Anthony Lyons in a mesmerising musical observation of Coming Home.

For more information on the project visit: 

Supported by Phee Broadway Theatre at Home: a Mount Alexander Shire Council program.

'Telematic Music' release - Isolation Improvisation Collective 

'Telematic Music' is a book/digital release on the 'Nice Music' label by the Isolation Improvisation Collective, streaming now on all platforms and available as a download with or without limited edition 16pp book accompaniment, limited to 100 copies.

'Telematic Music' is an ecstatic documentation of the Melbourne-based Isolation Improvisation Collective's ongoing remote studies, presented through composed and improvised sound, visual art and writing.

This has been a beautiful project to be part of with great players, artists and other voyagers. I've loved making and performing with this talented group over the long Covid months. Released on Nice Music and available as book/digital here.   

MPavilion - Isolation Improvisation Collective 

The Isolation Improvisation Collective (IIC) are happily part of this years MPavilion program with a live-streamed, multi-disciplinary event comprising musicians, artists, dancers, poets, and animators coming up on 2nd December. Formed in a direct response to the COVID-19-imposed lockdown, the group has met regularly over the past months to explore the possibility of community and cooperation online, developing new tools, methods and a shared improvisational vocabulary.  

During this interactive event, you’ll be invited to re-think the limitations and possibilities of online collaboration, playing with the idiosyncrasies of the virtual—such as lag-times and glitch—as creative parameters, rather than barriers to communication. With the performance hinging on a spontaneous dialogue between participants, each performer’s contribution to the piece will allow them to re-connect with other members of the collective. The result will be a totally unique work—something increasingly rare in this age of documentation and digital reproduction—and a re-defining of what ‘live’ performance can mean in a virtual space.

Composing the Museum 

A presentation (now virtual) for the 13th International Conference on The Inclusive Museum (3-5 September, Museum of Lisbon, Portugal). The presentation is titled 'Composing the Museum' and looks at the process of engaging with Melbourne's Grainger Museum to sample Percy Grainger's unique tuned-percussion collection to make new digital Grainger instruments for creative use and expanded access. This talk specifically discusses the Living Instruments project and the process of digitally preserving the sound of the fragile Grainger instrument collection and presenting a way of transforming the relationship between musical artefacts/objects and their cultural value with a diverse group of people including contemporary makers. In 'Composing the Museum', creativity and the making of new work are situated as centrally important to linking the past, present, and future of museum collections. More info here

New release on Cities and Memory 

Piombino has been included on the latest Cities and Memory album - Remixing the sounds of global lockdown. This album is a truly unique collection of compositions built from the sounds of the Covid-19 lockdown from all over the world. The work Piombino responds to a recording of bells ringing, seagulls and silence in the Italian town of Piombino, and the piece is very much about the re-hearing of old sounds in new ways that comes from listening and making in this strange period of lockdown stillness. You can purchase the digital album here.

Isolation Improvisation Collective at MIUC 

The Isolation Improvisation Collective joins the Make it Up Club this coming week! 

The Make it up Club has been presenting weekly curated experimental, improvised, and avant-garde music and sound happenings in Melbourne since 1998. 
Tune in Tuesday, June 2 at 8pm AEST for a curated YouTube concert of improvised and experimental music:

Miranda Hill + Alice Bennett 
Shane Van Den Akker 
Clinton Green 
Isolation Improvisation Collective 

You can support the performers by making a donation to via paypal or by visiting Recommended $5/$10 donation, similar to previous MIUC live concerts.

Mara KORPER: La Mama Courthouse 

Mara KORPER is a sci-fi theatrical experience set in a futuristic world where gender is obsolete and the flesh must remain whole. This brilliant and terrifying new theatrical work explores themes of extremism, gender and body image in a dystopian future, picking up where Orwell and Huxley left off. Fusing experimental sound and technology with absurdist expressionism, Mara KORPER is on the cutting edge of experimental feminist theatre. For bookings see here.

Turning Circles: Melbourne Recital Centre 

Turning Circles: In 2019 Syzygy Ensemble celebrates turning 10 and reflects on what it means to turn, grow and change. I'm very honoured to join Syzygy again to play electronics on Tansy Davies work Grind Show.

Program details below.Bookings through the Melbourne Recital Centre:

Tansy Davies
Grind Show (Electric)

Liza Lim
The Turning Dance of the Bee

Sean Shepherd

Andrew Byrne
Ghost in the Machine (world premiere)

Fabric Culture exhibition July 27 - August 29 

Did you know that Australian composer and innovator Percy Grainger also designed and made his own clothes?

Fabric Culture is an interdisciplinary collaboration project, between the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and the Grainger Museum. Through sound and vision, patterns and threads of cultural connection are traced in the exhibition, featuring major new commissioned works by Anthony Lyons and Paul Fletcher. Visitors can interact with and be immersed in an audiovisual sculptural space that takes inspiration from the patterns on Grainger's toweling costumes and from recycling/op-shop re-purposing, as well as the noises and rhythms of sewing machines.

The exhibition also showcases a new collaborative audiovisual work, 'Pattern Loops' recently created by MCM Interactive Composition and VCA Animation students in response to the ideas, patterns and clothing designs of Percy and Ella Grainger.

Fabric Culture runs until August 29. More info here.