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Corridors of Power


Corridors of Power

  • Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2009, 8pm
  • Venue: Chapel off Chapel — 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran, VIC
  • Tickets: Adults: $30, children: $25, concession: $25 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 82907000

Event Details

Politics can inspire frustration and annoyance ... but with their distinctive mix of strings, piano & saxophone, Topology have harnessed our political history as a wellspring for the creation of stirring new compositions. The basis of Topology composer Davidson’s music on Big Decisions is the sampled voices of Gough Whitlam, Sir John Kerr and Malcolm Fraser, recorded at the time of Whitlam’s dismissal in 1975. The effect of the sampled speech in combination with Topology’s lyrical instrumentation, is that the politicians are heard to sing; Whitlam waltzes his way through 'Well may we say God save the Queen'. Join Topology for an evening rich in wit, beguiling melodies and spirited performance.

'Topology strays off the well-beaten path chosen by traditional chamber groups and contemporary ensemble. Risk and wild spontaneity enthralls the audience' —Gillian Wills, The Australian

Performers: Topology: Christa Powell (violin), Bernard Hoey (viola), Kylie Davidson (piano), Robert Davidson (bass), and John Babbage (saxophones).

Featured non-Australian music: John Adams - Pat's Aria from Nixon in China

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 82907000 or by email to manager@topologymusic.com

Featured Australian Works

Big decisions : the Whitlam Dismissal, for wind quartet with recorded speech (2001) by Robert Davidson
— performed by Topology
Exterior by Robert Davidson
— performed by Topology
Digital sheet music sample Generation after generation (quintets: saxophone, piano, violin, viola, double bass with pre-recorded sound) (2008) by Robert Davidson
— performed by Topology
Round roads (sextets: keyboard, percussion, string, woodwind) (2008) by Robert Davidson
— performed by Topology
 Chop Chop by John Babbage
 Mere MaLady by Bernard Hoey

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