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Astrolabe, Coeur de Lion (duos: trumpet, keyboard)

by Michael Kieran Harvey (2018)

Work Overview

"I'm never going to get the chance to head butt that c*nt again - so I seized the moment." With these immortal words, Astro Labe aka DJ Funknuckl recalled spontaneously headbutting someone infamous. The joy engendered by this long-overdue act reverberated around Australia and has now become legendary. This short piece seeks to capture some of the energy, larrikin humour and courage of Astro Labe, who accomplished what so many had only dreamed of doing.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Electric piano, synthesizer, trumpet in C.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Virtuosic, some multi tasking required.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Astro Labe

Commission note: Commissioned by MONA, Hobart

First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey at Dancing to the Tremors of Time (Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)) on 17 Nov 2018

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
1960s cop show soundtracks, Spike Jones, The Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart.

Performances of this work

17 Nov 2018: at Dancing to the Tremors of Time (Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

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