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Port Fairy: Across the Water


Port Fairy: Across the Water

  • Date: Saturday, 14 October 2017, 5:15pm
  • Venue: Drill Hall (Port Fairy) — Port Fairy, VIC
  • Series: This event is part of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival 2017 series
  • Tickets: Adult: $30 | Concession: $24 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

Between 1939 and 1942, as a little boy, Steve Reich had to travel back and forth between New York and Los Angeles – between divorced parents. Many years later, he realised that he would have travelled on other trains to other destinations, had he, as a Jew, lived in Europe in the same period.

This is the central thrust of Different Trains – Steve Reich’s brilliant work built on the technique of speech melody – pairing recorded speech alongside its musical equivalent.

In creating Across the Water, Robert Davidson used the same technique, and utilized Stephanie Arnold’s 1st hand interviews with Melbourne-based asylum seekers who shared with her stories of their journeys and arrival in Australia.

This promises to be a deeply compelling and moving performance.


Davidson Across the Water
Reich Different Trains


Natasha Conrau, Violin
Amy Brookman, Violin
Merewyn Bramble, Viola
Stephanie Arnold, Cello

Featured non-Australian music: Reich

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 5568 3030 or by email to contact@portfairyspringfest.com.au

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