World was in the face of the beloved –,
but suddenly it poured out and was gone:
world is outside, world cannot be grasped.
From Rilke’s Uncollected Poems, 1922-1926
We live in a fragile world. If human activity continues to heat the earth to the point of a 6-degree temperature rise over the arctic circle, then half the world’s permafrost will likely thaw, releasing millions of tons of methane gas into the atmosphere. The resultant damage would be both catastrophic and irreversible.
Welcome to our ‘Grand Hotel Abyss’, our ‘Restaurant at the End of the Universe’! Observe from the comfort of your seat this unfolding tragedy. Are we listening to the soundtrack of nature’s impending destruction, or are we distracting ourselves with our fascination with sound? Of course the question is really: what role can art music play for the current world-in-crisis? With these complex questions in mind, four Brisbane composers set nature poetry to new music. In addition we will hear the works of Luciano Berio, John Cage, Gérard Grisey, Giacinto Scelsi and Beat Furrer, composers with a special relationship to instrumental possibility and the world at large.
Featured non-Australian music: Luciano Berio, John Cage, Gérard Grisey, Giacinto Scelsi and Beat Furrer
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