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Forest Collective: Shifting


Forest Collective: Shifting

  • Date: Thursday, 24 February 2022 to Saturday, 26 February 2022, [Shifting 1] 24 Feb: 7pm; 26 Feb: 2pm | [Shifting 2] 25 & 26 Feb: 7pm
  • Venue: Abbotsford Convent — 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Melbourne, VIC
  • Tickets: Under 15: $15 | Standard: $40 | Seniors & Frontline workers*: $33 | Concession: $25 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

The Asia Pacific region is reshaping the modern world. Yet its rich artistic heritage and vibrant New Music scene are largely unknown in Australia. Forest Collective’s Ali Fyffe has curated a stunning program that brings into focus some of the region’s most powerful compositional voices, from Myanmar to Japan, China to Iran, Australia to New Zealand.

Navigating Eastern and Western traditions, new technologies, and challenges including state censorship, these exciting composers have found unique and original musical voices. With a program including Ravi Shankar’s raga imbued Sonata for Harp and Cello, Toru Takemitsu’s transcendental quintet Rain Spell, emerging New Zealand composer Micah Thompson’s brand new bass-flute concerto Otaki Songs, beloved Australian composer Margaret Sutherland’s Cello Sonata and Luo Zhongrong’s post-Cultural Revolution pentatonic serialism, Shifting will open your ears to a region that is changing the world.

Presented by Forest Collective & Abbotsford Convent, as part of Convent Live

Forest Collective is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Yarra

Tickets & Event details

Shifting 1

  • Thursday 24 February 7 pm
  • Saturday 26 February 2 pm

Shifting 2

  • Friday 25 February 7 pm
  • Saturday 26 February 7 pm

The Program

Shifting 1

Emily Koh Si fallor, sum for piano Australian premiere
Luo Zhongrong
Cross the river to pick hibiscus for voice and piano
Luo Zhongrong 3 Autumn Songs for voice and piano
Ravi Shankar Sonata for harp and cello
Dylan Lardelli Carrying for bass flute and contrabass recorder Australian premiere
Margaret Sutherland
Sonata for cello and piano
Elliott Gyger Shifting for cello
Salina Fisher Komorebi for violin and vibraphone

Shifting 2

Micah Thompson Otaki Songs for solo Bass Flute and large ensemble Forest Collective 2020 commission & world premiere
Siraseth Pantura-umporn
Matter:Antimatter for ensemble  Australian premiere
Luo Maishuo
On That Mountain Road for voice and ensemble World premiere of a new arrangement by Evan J Lawson
Toru Takemitsu
Rain Spell for ensemble
Toru Takemitsu Waves for clarinet solo and ensemble
Alex Turley Biome for ensemble 2018 Forest Collective commission
Richard Meale
Las Alboradas for flute, horn and piano


Ali Fyffe Saxophones, curator
Danae Killian Piano
Daniel Szesiong Todd 鄭時雄 Tenor Voice
Evan J Lawson Conductor
Helen Bower Violin
Ian Crossfield Double Bass
Kim Tan Flutes
Phoebe Smithies Horn
Pixlpixi House DJ
Rosanne Hunt Cello
Ryan Lynch Clarinet, Saxophones
Ryan Williams Recorders
Samantha Ramirez Harp
Tim Hannah Assistant Conductor
Trea Hindley Trombone
Zela Papageorgiou Percussion

Featured non-Australian music: Emily Koh, Luo Zhongrong, Ravi Shankar, Dylan Lardelli (NZ), Salina Fisher (NZ), Micah Thompson (NZ), Siraseth Pantura-umporn, Luo Maishuo, Toru Takemitsu

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by email to info@forestcollective.com.au

Featured Australian Works

Digital sheet music sample Biome : for mixed chamber ensemble (2018) by Alex Turley
— performed by Forest Collective
Digital sheet music sample Las Alboradas (quartets: flute, horn, piano, violin) (1963) by Richard Meale
— performed by Forest Collective
Digital sheet music sample Shifting : for solo cello (2007) by Elliott Gyger
— performed by Rosanne Hunt
Sonata for saxophone or cello & piano : for saxophone or cello, and piano (1942) by Margaret Sutherland
— performed by Forest Collective

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