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At the Huntington Estate Music Festival in November 2018 Carl's piano trio, "The Village", was played by pianist Jayson Gillham with Dimity Hall (violin) and Julian Smiles (cello). The festival also included his solo cantata "Our Sons", in memory of the Anzacs, sung by renowned soprano Taryn Fiebig accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of the Australian National Academy of Music. In Switzerland, November 2018, the Sinfonieorchester TriRhenum Basel performed Carl's fifth symphony, "Percussion Symphony". The orchestra was joined by the Black Forest Percussion Group and conducted by Julian Gibbons.
As the culmination of his time as 2018 Composer in Residence for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Carl's eighth symphony, The Enchanted Loom, was premiered by Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis in Melbourne in August and September. Other performances by the Melbourne Symphony through 2018 conducted by Sir Andrew Davis included Carl's MicroSymphony (Season Gala Concert in March), Concerto for Orchestra (May), the orchestral fanfare "V" (BBC Proms concert in July), "Smith's Alchemy" (August) and "The Tree of Man" (September).
Carl's new concerto for two pianos, Implacable Gifts, was commissioned by the West Australian and Tasmanian symphony orchestras with support from philanthropist Geoff Stearn. It was premiered by outstanding international pianists Piers Lane and Kathryn Stott conducted by Rory Macdonald in Perth and Hobart in May 2018. In early 2018, the Australian Ballet's tribute to iconic Australian choreographer Graeme Murphy included Carl's orchestral music for the ballet "The Silver Rose". The production had extended seasons at the Victorian Art Centre in March, and at the Sydney Opera House in April.
Carl's 2nd Piano Concerto received its Russian premiere on 30 December 2017 at the Mariinsky (3) Concert Hall in St Petersburg as part of the XIIth Mariinsky International Piano Festival. Pianist Mira Yevtich and the Mariinsky Orchestra were conducted by Valery Gergiev. Carl's new work for cello and piano, the Strutt Sonata, was premiered by Julian Smiles and Ian Munro at the Huntington Estate Music Festival in November 2017.
Carl's Sixth String Quartet, Child's Play, was premiered by the Takács Quartet in August 2017 on its Australian national concert tour for Musica Viva Australia. The group gave further performances of the work in October at Carnegie Hall (New York) and Colorado University (Boulder), and at Wigmore Hall (London) in November. In September 2017, flautist Jiro Yoshioka gave the first Japanese performance of Carl's flute concerto Pipe Dreams at the Yomiuri Otemachi Hall in Tokyo. The Otemachi Million Concert Orchestra was conducted by Takeshi Ooi.
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra gave the Australian premiere of Carl's trombone concerto, "Five Hallucinations" at the Sydney Opera House in April 2017. Chicago Symphony trombonist Michael Mulcahy, to whom the work is dedicated, was conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. Carl's cantata, "Wonders", for soprano, baritone, orchestra and two large choirs, is a setting of the Walt Whitman poem "Who learns my lesson complete?" (1855). It was commissioned by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and first performed by them with Penelope Miller, Christopher Hillier and the Sydney Youth Orchestra conducted by Brett Weymark in September 2016 at the Sydney Opera House.
Carl's trombone concerto, "Five Hallucinations" was co-commissioned for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The world premiere was given by trombonist Michael Mulcahy with the Chicago Symphony conducted by James Gaffigan at the Chicago Symphony Center on 6 October 2016. It was written for and is dedicated to Michael Mulcahy.  
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