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Tautologies, Transitions, Translations


Tautologies, Transitions, Translations

  • Date: Friday, 7 October 2016, 7:30pm
  • Venue: The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts — 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, QLD
  • Tickets: Full: $33 | Concession: $29 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

Presented by Judith Wright Centre and Kupka's Piano

As part of the KUPKA'S PIANO 2016 SEASON

"Translation (or metaphor) lies at the heart of creativity – the transfer of an idea, structure, or feeling from one domain to the other is the original creative act.” – Eric Wubbles

This concert features the Australian Premiere of American composer Eric Wubbles’ fascinating Tautology and Transition (2012). This work is divided into movements each of which are based on analyses of the sounds and techniques of specific instruments. These are echoed and translated by the other instruments in the ensemble and by doing so, these other instruments analyse or comment on the original instrument – leading to strikingly original musical textures.

Similarly, Liam Flenady’s work braneworlds (2016) explores the hidden dimensions of the flute revealed by its seldom-utilised techniques of underblowing. These are set in a radical contrapuntal web of the rest of the ensemble.

Kupka’s flautist Hannah Readon-Smith’s new work Olive (2016) for flute duo creates tautologies and translations across the two instruments, all the while transitioning from fully notated music to free improvisation.

This concert also features a new work from Kupka composer Michael Matheison-Sandars and Alan Lawrence’s The Instant Burst of Clamour (2015) originally commissioned for the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, and attempts to translate into musical form a complex image of war and its impacts, by drawing upon a scene from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.


Eric Wubbles (b. 1980) // Tautology and Transition (2012) AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Alan Lawrence (b. 1949) // The Instant Burst of Clamour (2015)
Hannah Reardon-Smith (b. 1987) // Olive (2016) WORLD PREMIERE
Michael Mathieson-Sandars (b. 1989) // New Work (2016) WORLD PREMIERE
Liam Flenady (b. 1987) // braneworlds (2016) WORLD PREMIERE

Featured non-Australian music: Eric Wubbles

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (07) 3872 9000 or by email to info@judithwrightcentre.com

Featured Australian Works

The instant burst of clamour (quartets: flute, clarinet, percussion, piano) (2015) by Alan Lawrence
— performed by Kupka's Piano

Featured artists

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