Between 1939 and 1942, as a little boy, Steve Reich had to travel back and forth between New York and Los Angeles – between divorced parents. Many years later, he realised that he would have travelled on other trains to other destinations, had he, as a Jew, lived in Europe in the same period.
This is the central thrust of Different Trains – Steve Reich’s brilliant work built on the technique of speech melody – pairing recorded speech alongside its musical equivalent.
In creating Across the Water, Robert Davidson used the same technique, and utilized Stephanie Arnold’s 1st hand interviews with Melbourne-based asylum seekers who shared with her stories of their journeys and arrival in Australia.
This promises to be a deeply compelling and moving performance.
Davidson Across the Water
Reich Different Trains
Natasha Conrau, Violin
Amy Brookman, Violin
Merewyn Bramble, Viola
Stephanie Arnold, Cello
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|Across the water (string quartets with pre-recorded sound) by Robert Davidson|
— performed by Natasha Conrau, Amy Brookman, Merewyn Bramble and Stephanie Arnold
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