music for voice, violin, piano + electronics

Opera Queensland Studios
13 August 2017  |  7pm

Merlyn QuaifeMonica CurroStefan Cassomenos + Connor D'Netto

distant, detached, ethereal, other-worldly :: void beckons you forth on passage from darkness to light

In partnership with Opera Queensland, Argo gives you a rare opportunity to see behind-the-scenes into the bowels of Opera Q’s Studios. Dark and surreal, their rehearsal spaces are the perfect blank canvas to create this dreamlike experience, featuring three of Australia’s most alluring soloists, Merlyn Quaife, Monica Curro, and Stefan Cassomenos. Underpinning the whole night are ambient electronics in surround sound by Connor D’Netto, and glitchy video art by Slato (aka Benjamin Fitzpatrick).

Undulating drones, ambient electronics, live-manipulated instruments, and virtuosic performances equally plaintive, lyrical and acrobatic, combine in this spellbinding event. The program includes George Crumb’s elegiac settings of poetry by Walt Whitman, Apparition, Ben Heim’s haunting Black Light Songs, Simon Charles Be More Silent, contrasted by Nico Mulhy’s beautiful yet slightly unhinged Drones & Violin, and John Adams rollicking Road Movies, all brought together with a new work by Connor D’Netto.

$30 General Admission

Doors 6pm • Concert 7pm

Nico Muhly   Drones & Violin
Ben Heim   Black Light Songs
Simon Charles   Be More Silent
George Crumb   Apparition
John Adams   Road Movies
Connor D'Netto   new commission*

Slato (aka Benjamin Fitzpatrick)   live visuals

* World premiere, commissioned by argo in 2017

approx. 70 minutes total running time

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