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AAO: Water Pushes Sand


AAO: Water Pushes Sand

  • Date: Thursday, 17 August 2017, 6:30pm
  • Venue: Darwin Entertainment Centre — 93 Mitchell St, Darwin, NT
  • Series: This event is part of the Australian Art Orchestra - August Tour 2017 series
  • Tickets: Full: $42 | Concession: $38 | Friends: $35.70 (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (08) 8943 4222

Event Details

‘A liberating performance showing the beauty and strength of two cultures intertwining.’ Planet Arts.

‘A masterful musical montage.’ Sydney Morning Herald.

Water Pushes Sand is a major new musical work that sees virtuosic Chinese and Australian musicians reinvigorate the endangered music of China's Sichuan Province to create an entirely new sound world. Traditional Sichuan melodies and rhythms are fused with modern jazz improvisation in a wild intercultural celebration.

Composed by Erik Griswold with video shot on location in Chengdu, Water Pushes Sand evokes the tea-houses, streets and rivers of Sichuan and explores the changing faces of Chinese and Australian culture.

The Australian Art Orchestra, led by artistic director Peter Knight, is renowned for creating work that merges musical styles and cultures in a thrilling way. Australian Art Orchestra Associates Erik Griswold and Vanessa Tomlinson have been travelling to Sichuan for 15 years and their collaborations with musicians from Sichuan have produced three large-scale shows – Chengdu Streetsongs, Sichuan Fantasy, and The Wide Alley – that have toured in China, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Arrive at the theatre early and enjoy an exhibition of traditional Chinese calligraphy by master calligrapher Chunfang Li.


Composer & Piano Erik Griswold
Artistic Director Australian Art Orchestra, Trumpet & Electronics Peter Knight
Double Bass Samuel Pankhurst
Percussion Vanessa Tomlinson
Guzheng (Chinese Zither) Mindy Meng Wang
Video Artist Scott Morrison
Producer Insite Arts

Supported by the Australian Government through the Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria.

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Water pushes sand : large jazz ensemble by Erik Griswold
— performed by Peter Knight and Australian Art Orchestra

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