Hymns to Pareidolia
The Australian Art Orchestra (AAO) explores the cycles, rhythms, and glitches of contemporary life with Hymns to Pareidolia, for the 2016 Metropolis New Music Festival. This distinctive program, which traverses music, electronica, turntablism and experimental jazz, celebrates some of the daring new directions taken by the Australian Art Orchestra under recently appointed Artistic Director, Peter Knight, and showcases the work of the celebrated young Canadian composer/turntablist, Nicole Lizée.
Hymns to Pareidolia will see Lizée perform for the first time in Australia along with some of this country's most distinctive musical voices. The work will include world premieres by Lizée and Knight, along with work by rising Sydney-based conceptual composer, Austin Buckett.
Nicole Lizée has been called a 'brilliant musical scientist' and lauded for 'creating a stir with listeners for her breathless imagination and ability to capture Gen-X and beyond generation.' She creates new music from an eclectic mix of influences including the earliest MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, 1960's psychedelia and 1960's modernism. She is fascinated by the glitches made by outmoded and well-worn technology and captures these glitches, notates them and integrates them into live performance.
Lizée has been by an impressive range of ensembles including, the Kronos Quartet, BBC Proms, l'Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, CBC, Radio-Canada, the San Francisco Symphony, NYC's Kaufman Centre, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, and So Percussion. Her music has been performed worldwide in renowned venues including Carnegie Hall (NYC), Royal Albert Hall (London), Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam) and Cité de la Musique (Paris) - and in festivals including BBC Proms (UK), Huddersfield (UK), Bang on a Can (USA), All Tomorrow's Parties (UK), X Avant (Canada), Luminato (Canada), C3 (Berlin), Ecstatic (NYC), Switchboard (San Francisco), Casalmaggiore (Italy), and Dark Music Days (Iceland).
Featured non-Australian music: Nicole Lizee (Canada)
Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 9699 3333
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