Music

You can find details of Michael’s works below, including audio samples.  Most works are available for sale and performance.  Selected works can be purchased at the Australian Music Centre.  For sheet music not available at the Australian Music Centre, contact Michael here.  For visual highlights, click here.

Large Scale Works
Instrumental Works With Voice
Orchestral/Large Band Works
Chamber Works
Solo Instrumental Works
Unaccompanied Vocal Works

LARGE SCALE WORKS

The Dirty Red Digger 65′ digital projection, fl, vn, db, mandolin/gtr, hp, soprano
premiered by The Griffyn Ensemble 2015 with support from ArtsACT and the Australian Government

Northern Lights 80′ electronics, fl, vn, db, mandolin/bass guitar, hp, soprano
premiered by The Griffyn Ensemble 2015  

Southern Sky (Sisask, arr. Sollis) 70′ fl, cl, hp, soprano, perc, mandolin/gtr/bass gtr, astronomer
premiered by The Griffyn Ensemble 2012 and Fred Watson

INSTRUMENTAL WORKS WITH VOICE

Ballad of a Highlands Man (guitar version) 12′ 2 x fl, gtr, tenor
premiered by Matt Withers, Kiri Sollis, Lina Andonovska, and Tim Hansen 2006

(chamber version) 20′ fl, cl, hp, perc, vn, va, vc, tenor
premiered by The Griffyn Ensemble 2008

Comic Book Opera 70’ A musical theatre piece in 2 acts for children.  Book and libretto by Liz Argall.
premiered and commissioned by the Young Music Society 2009

Dinosaurs! 30’ A musical theatre piece in 1 act for children. Words by Cathy Petocz
premiered and commissioned by Music For Everyone, with support from the Australia Council of the Arts, 2011

Liberty or Death! 15’ Site-specific installation for four antiphonal ensembles, narrator, and percussion
premiered and commissioned by Music For Everyone, with support from the Australia Council of the Arts, 2010

Look Don’t Look and Umbilical Link 7′ fl, vn, db, gtr, hp, 3 x voices
premiered by The Griffyn Ensemble and The Cashews, 2014

Rikki Tikki Tavi – 11′ fl, b cl, hn, perc, hp, vn, vc, voice
premiered by The Griffyn Ensemble 2009

Three Bush Songs 10′ mandolin orchestra and Choir
premiered by the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra and Canberra Boys Choir 2009

ORCHESTRAL/LARGE BAND WORKS

The Arc Conscience 11’ Orchestra, Choir, and Visual Projection
premiered by the Australian National University Chamber Orchestra 2005

Fantasy on Orion 12′ Brass Band
premiered and commissioned by the Queensland Conservatorium Brass Band 2006

Homage to Carl Stalling 12′ Symphony Orchestra
premiered and commissioned by the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra 2011

Just Answer It!  7’ Concert Band
premiered by Lyneham High School Concert Band 2005

Logrono Suite 10′ Mandolin Orchestra
premiered by the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra 2008

Perelandra Piccolo Concerto 20′ Piccolo & String Orchestra
premiered by Kiri Sollis and Anthony Smith (piano version) 2010

The Princess and the Dragon 3′ Symphony Orchestra
premiered and commissioned by the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra 2015

Secrets In A Shoebox (aka Live and Let Jive) 15’ Mandolin Orchestra
premiered and commissioned by the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra 2013

CHAMBER WORKS

Beyond Opis 8′ cl, hp, vc
premiered at Sound/Proof 2004

Cat’s Cradle 7′ Percussion Ensemble (8 parts)
premiered by the Canberra Combined Grammar Percussion Ensemble 2006

City of Trees 17’ pic/fl/a fl/rec, cl/b cl, hp, vibes, soprano, mandolin
premiered by The Griffyn Ensemble and commissioned by the Canberra Centenary 2012

Five Monkeys 4’ Variable Instrumentation
premiered by the ANU Pre-Tertiary Program 2006

Flute Quartet 15′ pic/fl, fl, a fl, fl/b fl
premiered by Lina Andonovska, Kiri Sollis, Naomi Isaac, and Rebecca Timoney 2006

Hanging Rock Sonata 25′ vc, pno
premiered by Rachel Johnston and Ashley Hribar 2016

Happy Deathday Mister Robot 13′ cl, tpt, perc, pno, kbd, vc, db
premiered by exhAust 2012

Hit Me! (Five Variations on a Theme) 4′ fl, b cl, hn, vibes
premiered by The Griffyn Ensemble 2011

Ipanema Variations 16’ Sax Quartet, Clarinet Quartet, String Quartet, Guitar Quartet
premiered and commissioned by Music For Everyone, with support from the Australia Council of the Arts, 2010

Mirage 10′ pic, glock
premiered by Michael Askill and Kiri Sollis and commissioned by the Canberra International Music Festival 2012

PJ’s Wood House 4′ guitar quartet
premiered and commissioned by the Canberra Classical Guitar Society 2012

The Raw and the Cooked – Overture and A Well Tempered Astronomy 36′ fl, ob, cl, trb, hp, perc, vn, va, vc
premiered by The Griffyn Ensemble 2008

Tale of Two Frogs 6′ fl, ob, cl, hn, hp, perc, vn, va, vc
premiered by the Griffyn Ensemble 2007

Three Mice Chillin’ 4′ oboe trio
premiered by Megan Billing and friends 2012

Time to Breathe 9′ cl, 2 x gtr, perc, pno, vn, db
premiered by dominantSEVEN and commissioned by the Darwin International Guitar Festival 2005

Trio – Three Movements 22′ vn, va, vc
premiered by The Griffyn Ensemble 2009

“so she moaned, and as she uttered her moans” 6’ string quartet
premiered by the Australian String Quartet 2011

Water Into Swine 5’ fl, vn, vc, pno
premiered by the peärls before swïne experience and commissioned by the Australian Embassy of Sweden in Australia 2013

SOLO INSTRUMENTAL WORKS

Cabo de Homos 4′ Solo Guitar 2006

Letter to a Greek Nymph (Op 32) 7′ Solo Celesta
premiered by Meriel Owen 2011

Rainbow Suite – Yellow, Blue, Red 7′ Solo Piano
premiered at Sound/Proof 2006

UNACCOMPANIED VOCAL WORKS

Ginningininderry 4′ SATB
premiered by the Radford College Choir and commissioned by the Australian Society of Educators, 2013

London (Op 6) 4′ TTBB Text by William Blake 
premiered at Sound/Proof 2005

Song of Songs (Op 20) 4′ SATB
premiered and commissioned by The Australian Voices 2007

Song of Trees (Op 43), 8’ SAT
premiered by Giralang Primary School and commissioned by the Canberra Centenary 2012

Tigress (Op 5) 6′ SSAA Text by William Blake
premiered at Sound/Proof 2004

Thus Spake Zarathustra (Op 22) 6′ SSAATTBB
commissioned by The Australian Voices 2007