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NOW & THEN: Voices Multiple and Communal


NOW & THEN: Voices Multiple and Communal

  • Date: Sunday, 10 September 2017, 5pm
  • Venue: Church of All Nations — 180 Palmerston St, Carlton, VIC
  • Series: This event is part of the NOW AND THEN series
  • Tickets: Full: $35 | Concession: $20 | Music Student: $15 (festival passes available) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9326 5424

Event Details

Voices Multiple and Communal

Ian Bonighton, Music For Sleep (1968), 16 - part choir and tape
Cindy John, Hope (2001), choir, cello, percussion, keyboard, computer
Greg Schiemer, Transposed Dekany (2016), choir & iPhones
Tom Hall, Private Papers (2017), choir, percussion, keyboards, electronics - 1st performance
Graham Hair, Lament For Hagia Sophia (2000/rev. 2017), 8-part soloists & choir with computer-processed bells

The Astra Choir with soloists and instrumental ensemble conducted by John McCaughey

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

Dekany (unspecified choir) by Greg Schiemer
— performed by Astra Choir and John McCaughey
Lament for Hagia Sophia (unspecified choir with pre-recorded sound) by Graham Hair
— performed by Astra Choir and John McCaughey
 Hope (2001) by Cindy John
 Music for Sleep (1968) by Ian Bonighton
 Private Papers (2017) by Tom Hall — World premiere

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