When Lucia tops her husband in Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor, her ensuing descent into madness is accompanied by a glass harmonica: an angelic-sounding instrument that fell from favour because it was thought to trigger insanity.
When Sydney’s champions of weird and wonderful music, Ensemble Offspring, laid their hands on what is thought to be the only glass harmonica in the country, Donizetti’s ‘mad scene’ was just the beginning of a startling yet beautiful passage through a fragile soundworld of glass.
Created by Damien Ricketson, Fractured Again is a striking multimedia experience featuring electronica by Pimmon fused with live violin, clarinet and percussion, alongside Andrew Wholley’s video projected onto a glass installation designed by Elaine Miles, which is performed like an exotic gong.
Concept / Composer - Damien Ricketson
Percussion - Claire Edwardes
Violin - James Cuddeford
Clarinet - Jason Noble
Electronic Music - Paul Gough (Pimmon)
Video Artist - Andrew Wholley
Glass Installation Artist - Elaine Miles
Lighting Design – Matthew Marshall
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