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Diomira : for chamber jazz orchestra

by Peter Knight (2016)

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Performance by Australian Art Orchestra from the CD CROSSED & RECROSSED



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CROSSED & RECROSSED / by Peter Knight & Australian Art Orchestra.

Library shelf no. CD 3205 [Not for loan]



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Diomira / Peter Knight.

Library shelf no. 785.29219/KNI 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Drawing inspiration from Diomira, one of the imaginary cities described in Italo Calvino's novella, Invisible Cities, the work sets up a post-minimal logic that refracts and disintegrates as we listen. The instrumentation of the chamber jazz orchestra is expanded with the unexpected additions of turntables, a reel-to-reel tape machine (which replaces the drum kit) and live laptop signal processing. The sounds of acoustic instruments and voices are interwoven with field recordings cut onto vinyl, and are filtered and augmented as Knight plays with our perceptions of what we hear and what we imagine we have heard. Time folds into itself in a very Calvino-esque manner, leaving us with the trace residue of moments half remembered.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Two Bb trumpets, bass clarinet, bass trombone, female voice, electric violin, electric guitar, cello, double bass, vibraphone, tape machine, laptop (with Ableton Live), turntables.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Requires specialist skills in electroacoustic performance

Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Art Orchestra.

First performance: by Australian Art Orchestra at Diomira (The Substation) on 7 Oct 2017

Winner of the: Albert H Maggs Composition Award

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2017 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Finalist Peter Knight
2016 Albert H Maggs Composition Award First Prize Peter Knight


Resonate article: 2016 Albert H Maggs Award to Peter Knight by Australian Music Centre

Resonate article: 2017 Art Music Awards finalists: comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre


  • In the form/style of: Jazz

Performances of this work

18 Jun 2020: at Peter Knight: Heat & Diomira (Live streaming event (online only)).

7 Oct 2017: at Diomira (The Substation). Featuring Australian Art Orchestra.

9 May 16: Metropolis New Music Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Elizabeth Murdoch Hall. Featuring Australian Art Orchestra.

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