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The Trilling Wire - Early Warning System


The Trilling Wire - Early Warning System

  • Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2011, 7 pm
  • Venue: The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts — 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, QLD
  • Tickets: Adults: $18 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 0738 729 000

Event Details

Early Warning System is a new Australian percussion group, co-directed by two of Australia's most innovative percussionists, Michael Askill and Vanessa Tomlinson. Michael has contributed to the identity of Australian music over four decades of work, commissioning composers, composing works himself, and generating huge enthusiasm for Australian percussion through his work with Synergy. Early Warning System harnesses his pioneering experiences, and combines with Tomlinson’s eclectic style of playing and interests. Together with emerging percussionists from a flourishing Queensland scene, EWS will offer music that celebrates our position in the world, with an Asia-Pacific perspective, and our interests in deep listening to landscape and singular sound sources.

Central to this is the timbral sound-maze of composer Erik Griswold and the austere calm of Alaskan composer John Luther Adams. Both composers represent a way forward for acoustic percussion performance that acknowledges the listening detail of electronic music, and is accepting of particularities of place. We will also be performing Tan Dun (from China) Snow in June (which obviously makes more sense in the Southern Hemisphere that the north!) and a classic of Michael Askill's dealing with rhythmic cycles and the joy of percussing.

Performers: Michael Askill, Vanessa Tomlinson, Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, Cameron Kennedy, Stephanie Mudford, Nozomi Omote, John Addison

Featured non-Australian music: Tan Dun - Snow in June, John Luther Adams - Qilyaun

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

a leaf falls : for cello and percussion quartet (2011) by Erik Griswold
— performed by Early Warning System
Free radicals : percussion by Michael Askill
— performed by Early Warning System

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