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Sex and Dragons - The Griffyn Ensemble


Sex and Dragons - The Griffyn Ensemble

  • Date: Thursday, 11 August 2016 to Friday, 12 August 2016, 7pm
  • Venue: CSIRO Discovery Centre — North-science Road, Acton, ACT
  • Tickets: Adults: $46 | Concession: $38 | Under 30: $25 | Under 18: $10 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 0466 480 194

Event Details

How does sex change over time?

Join the Griffyn Ensemble’s curiosity into life and evolution, with their multimedia journey into the sexual reproduction of bearded dragons with music, wildlife footage, and interviews, all told through music and song – think Homer’s Iliad for lizards!

Griffyn’s annual Science Week concert will explore the sex-determination of one of the world’s most popular reptiles. This collaboration with scientists from the University of Canberra delves into cutting edge research into the genomes of reptiles, how high temperatures causes sex reversal in the embryos of the bearded dragon, and the wider implications of such changes.

In true Griffyn style, the concert features a variety of musical genres combined with video footage and interviews, with works by David Lang, Philip Glass, The Kinks, David Bowie, and Australian composers Martin Wesley-Smith, Michael Sollis, and Ross Edwards. The concert also sees the return of founding Griffyn members Matthew O’Keeffe (clarinets), and Wyana O’Keeffe (percussion), for this special event.  They will join Griffyn Director Michael Sollis, double bassist Holly Downes, soprano Susan Ellis, and flautist Kiri Sollis, with a host of ecologists, geneticists, and biologists!

Featured non-Australian music: David Lang: lend/lease for piccolo and wood blocks. David Lang: Death Speaks. Phillip Glass: Knee Play 1

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0466 480 104 or by email to griffyn@griffynensemble.com

Featured Australian Works

Bearded dragons by Michael Sollis — World premiere
— performed by Griffyn Ensemble
Binyang : for clarinet and percussion (1996) by Ross Edwards
— performed by Griffyn Ensemble
Digital sheet music sample The Hunting of the Snark : for SSAA choir and piano by Martin Wesley-Smith and Peter Wesley-Smith
— performed by Griffyn Ensemble

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