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NOW & THEN: Beyond the Lone Instrument


NOW & THEN: Beyond the Lone Instrument

  • Date: Friday, 1 September 2017, 8pm
  • Venue: Church of All Nations — 180 Palmerston St, Carlton, VIC
  • Series: This event is part of the NOW AND THEN series
  • Tickets: Adults: $35 | Children: $15 | Concession: $20 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9326 5424

Event Details

Two remarkable performers-presences in Australian contemporary music offer historical & current perspective on solo playing and its extended environment.

Simone de Haan & Erkki Veltheim
– from Simone de Haan, earlier works for trombone & tape by Dan Senn (1983), Keith Humble (1987), Warren Burt (1987), Robert Douglas (1988)
– from Erkki Veltheim, new works for violin & electronics that explore digital signal processing as an interface between composition & improvisation.

NOW AND THEN Festival Details:

A mini-multi-celebration of voices & electronics from past & present - September 1-10

Electro-acoustic music in its varied forms has been a recurring element in Astra concerts for over 30 years. In the context of choral concerts, however, it remains something that arises “now and then” in composers’ work. This series of six events over two weekends focuses more specifically on the medium in both of its traditional practices: the combinations with live performance, and the purely electronically assembled. The six programs present work of “now” from some of Australia’s leading researchers and creators in the field, both onshore and expatriate. Equally, they also seek to re-introduce something of the “then” of earlier decades, in a medium which by now has its own sonic history of a half-century and more.

Guest soloists and instrumentalists:
The Astra Improvising Choir directed by Joan Pollock
The Astra Choir conducted by John McCaughey
Technical direction: Michael Hewes

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 9326 5424 or by email to info@astramusic.org.au

Featured Australian Works

Kal ida's cope (trombone with pre-recorded sound) by Keith Humble
— performed by Simone De Haan
Digital sheet music sample La sphere frissonnante (trombone with pre-recorded sound) (1988) by Robert Douglas
— performed by Simone De Haan
Responses and compressions by Warren Burt
— performed by Simone De Haan
 Ergosphere (2017) by Erkki Veltheim — World premiere
 Ideal and actual proportions, multiplied and divided (2017) by Erkki Veltheim — World premiere
 Skidmarks (1981) by Dan Senn

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