Kupka's Piano: Singular Vectors
Dec
2
7:30 PM19:30

Kupka's Piano: Singular Vectors

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Kupka’s Piano ends the year with an ambitious portrait concert of Australian composer Chris Dench. Often associated with the ‘new complexity’ school, Chris Dench’s music is nonetheless not reducible to any particular style, and represents a unique synthesis of influences ranging from renaissance polyphony to jazz to modern science.

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Kupka's Piano: Refrain
Oct
7
7:30 PM19:30

Kupka's Piano: Refrain

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Kupka’s Piano teams up with soprano Jessica Aszodi to explore what is new in repetition, or what it means to renew the new. Beat Furrer’s Aria repeats short rhythmic cells at often-dizzying speeds, building a dramatic kaleidoscope of percussive sounds, rapid crescendi, and vocal virtuosity. Patricia Alessandrini’s Wie bin ich froh reimagines the haunting song of the same name set by Anton von Webern in 1935, creating a timeless, fragmented musical texture. Liam Flenady’s new work Degrees of Freedom reinterprets his earlier flute solo by expanding it to encompass the entire ensemble. 

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Kupka's Piano: PIERROT!
Jun
10
7:30 PM19:30

Kupka's Piano: PIERROT!

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Kupka’s Piano travels back in space-time to Germany on the verge of WWI to perform one of the masterpieces of musical modernism, Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. Based on the poems of Albert Giraud, this work explores the bewitched world of the clown Pierrot as he ruminates on desire, decadence, and death. Part melodrama, part cabaret, part song-cycle, Pierrot Lunaire still captivates audiences and stimulates the imagination today. 

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Eternal with Chris McNulty at Stonnington Jazz Festival
May
19
8:00 PM20:00

Eternal with Chris McNulty at Stonnington Jazz Festival

A celebration of her son’s life, Chris McNulty’s album Eternal features beautiful treatments of classics re-imagined in a new light. McNulty’s ability to connect powerfully with song lyrics is exquisitely showcased in this album, which brings together the sounds of jazz quintet with a remarkable orchestra. The show ensemble features some of Australia’s finest classical and jazz musicians performing Steve Newcomb’s seamlessly woven, finely crafted orchestrations and promises to be a moving, magical experience.

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QSOCurrent with Kupka's Piano
Apr
29
8:00 PM20:00

QSOCurrent with Kupka's Piano

QSO returns with another eclectic program of genre-busting beauties and off-the-wall beats. Curated in collaboration with Tom Thum — Artist-in-Residence QSOCurrent. Kupka's Piano presents a mesmerising performance at the State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 1 as part of the 2016 festival. 

 

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Kupka's Piano: Harrison's Axe
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

Kupka's Piano: Harrison's Axe

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Kupka’s Piano begins its 2016 season with the ‘elemental dynamism’ of British composer Harrison Birtwistle’s iconic piano-percussion duo The Axe Manual and the Australian premiere of Polish composer Jagoda Szmytka’s Just before after. The concert will also feature the world premiere of not one but three new works, including new pieces by young Australian composers Liam Flenady and Jakob Bragg, as well as one by one of Kupka’s two flautists, Jodie Rottle.

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Eternal with Chris McNulty
Mar
24
6:00 PM18:00

Eternal with Chris McNulty

Chris McNulty in collaboration with gifted Australian orchestrator, Steve Newcomb celebrates the life of her son, Sam in this breathtaking new release. “Eternal” exquisitely melds the sound of chamber ensemble (strings & woodwinds) and jazz quintet.

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Amazing Women #5
Mar
18
6:00 PM18:00

Amazing Women #5

The Amazing Women concert series returns in 2016 at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Directed by Vanessa Tomlinson, the Amazing Women series profiles works by female composers from around the world. In this performance I will present an alto flute solo titled As Dying Haze by Taiwanese composer Chen-Hui Jen.

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