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Water Pushes Sand


Water Pushes Sand

  • Date: Friday, 9 October 2015, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Fairfax Studio — Victorian Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Road, Southbank, VIC
  • Tickets: Adult: $45 | Concession: $36 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 136100

Event Details

Experimental jazz meets the bold rhythms of the Sichuan Provence.

Sichuan is the Texas of China. It is from Sichuan that philosopher Lao Tzu, according to legend, mounted a water buffalo and rode off into the sunset, never to be seen again. Its music combines colours from rustic country folk, street songs, and the cacophony of gongs and cymbals. It is more like blues or early rock and roll than classical music. Even the opera is hard-core, featuring long stretches of voice and percussion that could be straight out of an avant-garde composition by Luciano Berio.

Composer Erik Griswold and the Australian Art Orchestra team up with all-star musicians and performers of Sichuan, China to create an exciting blend of voice, winds, piano and percussion. The ten-piece big band fuses Sichuan melodies and rhythms with modern jazz improvisation, face changing mask dance and projections created by brilliant video artist Scott Morrison, which evoke and abstract busy urban streetscapes. A wild intercultural celebration not to be missed.

Produced by Insite Arts

“… a sound that was both reverential and forward thinking, true world music without the baggage of commercial labeling..." – John Kelman, All About Jazz, on The Wide Alley

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 1300 182 183

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