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2016


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2016


past events

 

 
 

MEDITATIONS

CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL // SURROUND SOUND
CATHEDRAL ARCHITECTURE // LIVE ELECTRONICS

To start off Argo's 2016 Concert Season, we transformed Brisbane's St Johns Cathedral on March 19 with a night music exploring the cathedral's vast architecture. Ben Heim and Connor D'Netto worked together to compose an entire concert worth of new works for string quartet, two pianos, soundscapes+electronics, and an ensemble of flutes hidden throughout the building, created in parallel to live visuals which were projected across the entire ceiling and walls of the space - one of the largest vaulted ceilings of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Highlights of the evening included two collaboratively composed works: Music for Large Spaces, a work for two pianos separated by the length of the entire building; and Pillars, an expansive work for arpeggiated synths accompanied by the full force of the whole ensemble.

Presented in collaboration with St Johns Anglican Cathedral Brisbane

Post-concert event proudly sponsored by Musica Viva Australia

 
 
 

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Pianos :: Sarah Stranger + Misaki Hori
Violin (solo)  ::  Courtenay Cleary
Flute (solo)  ::  Brijette Tubb
Visuals + Electronics  ::  Connor D'Netto + Ben Heim

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ENCORE

AN AFTERNOON WITH ARGO UP CLOSE

Since the beginning, the Nickson Room at the University of Queensland School of Music has been our home away from home, our rehearsal space, our workshop to experiment, our photography studio, and where we've spent many late nights getting ready for upcoming events. How better a way to celebrate the space than to use it for a concert. On March 24, Argo presented a concert as part of the UQ School of Music's Lunchtime Concert Series, an intimate event featuring some of the highlights of our 2015 and 2016 concert with live visuals.

 
 
 

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performers

Solo
Courtenay Cleary • violin

Duo
Kieran Welch • viola
Jo Lagerlow • flute

Composer, visuals, electronics
Connor D'Netto + Ben Heim

Quartet
Flora Wong • violin
Samuel Andrews • violin
Kieran Welch • viola
Robert Manley • cello

 

 
 

MACRO

SOUNDSCAPES IN THE TURBINE HALL
QSO Current 2016

We were lucky enough to be invited by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra to present a special event on April 30. as part of their annual new music festival Current. MACRO saw Argo take over the vast industrial spaces of the Turbine Hall of the Brisbane Powerhouse, filling all three levels of the venue and creating a vast soundscape of quasi-improvised textures enticing the audience to wander and explore. Three percussionist were spread across the room with an array of cymbals, pieces of wood and metal, and a vibraphone, at the centre, synths, electronics and live signal-processed cello swirled throughout the building in surround sound, all held together across the distance through the magic of instant messaging.

Presented as part QSO Current 2016

 
 
 

performers

cello
Simon Svoboda

percussion
Anna Kho, Caleb Colledge, Zach Bankovich

composers, electronics, synths, visuals
Connor D'Netto + Ben Heim

composing in realtime

Wonder how six performers managed to keep this work all together in a guided improv when spread across three levels of a building and without a line of sight?

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FLOW

MUSIC . MOVEMENT // UNDERGROUND . UNDERWATER

The fourth concert of 2016 saw Argo take over the heritage listed Spring Hill Reservoirs – an eerie subterranean world of dark interlocking chambers of these disused water reservoirs in the heart of the Brisbane city centre. Held on May 6, FLOW took the audience on a "down the rabbit hole" experience, presenting a disorienting mix of live performance, electronics + soundscapes, and visuals, with new music inspired by the space by Connor D'Netto and Ben Heim. Two guitars (classical and electric), a violin and a cello were hidden in the four corners of this maze-like space, all amplified with live-signal processing and effects in surround sound, with visuals projected across all the walls, filling the reservoir with water once again.

Presented as part of Anywhere Theatre Festival

Post-concert event proudly sponsored by Musica Viva Australia

 
 
 

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ILLUMINAE

SURROUND SOUND SPACE OPERA
Brisbane Writers Festival 2016

Argo's final event of the year saw us take the audience on a journey through the distant universe of the New York Times best-selling novel Illuminae – the first book of The Illuminae Files trilogy by Australian authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Over two nights, 9 and 10 September, the audience crammed into the Red Box SLQ (an intimate futuristic space jutting out over the Brisbane River with panoramic views of the water and city surrounding the stage) were immersed in the centre of the novel’s action as another universe exploded around them in surround sound. Lovers converse, a damaged artificial intelligence goes rogue, and star cruisers battle as live strings and electronics underscore this cinematic experience.  With music by Connor D'Netto and Ben Heim, the new work featured an orchestra from the University of Queensland School of Music lead by acclaimed cellist Patrick Murphy (of the Southern Cross Soloists) with Connor on synths and Ben conducting and controlling the electronics, and pre-recorded dialogue of excepts from the novel, torn-up/effected/manipulated in surround sound.

Presented as part of Brisbane Writers Festival 2016
in collaboration with Queensland Music Festival and the University of Queensland School of Music

 
 

Photography by Lian D'Netto + Karen Hutt

 

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performers

solo cello
Patrick Murphy

strings
Phoebe Masel, Claire Weatherhead, Eleanor Hill, Helena Wang, Flora Cawte, Hannah Harley, Simon Svoboda, Rory Smith, Renn Hunt

conductor + electronics
Ben Heim

synths
Connor D'Netto

music by Connor D'Netto + Ben Heim

 
 
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2015


argo's very first event

2015


argo's very first event

 

Light Play

an immersive chamber music experience

On Friday 30 October 2015, we transformed the UQ Art Museum with sound and light for Light Play – an immersive chamber music experience – an evening of all new chamber music by Connor D'Netto + Ben Heim for voices, piano, strings, flute, clarinet and electronics. Created in response to the museum's exhibit Light Play: Ideas, Optics, Atmosphere, we created a program of all premieres, leading the audience on a journey through the exhibit with musicians spread throughout the space, all underpinned by surround sound electronics and a self-playing player piano. 

Supported by the University of Queensland Art Museum in association with the exhibition
Light Play: Ideas, Optics, Atmosphere

Post-concert event proudly sponsored by Musica Viva Australia

 
 
 
 

"Upon viewing Light Play: Ideas, Optics, Atmosphere, we were immediately engaged by the contrasting concepts and variety of visual mediums. By taking direct and indirect influence from the artworks, we have created series of works to guide the audience through exhibit, placing musical art alongside visual art to highlight, contrast and compliment. The music draws equal influence from the artwork’s visual patterning and colour as from the ideas and emotion embodied in the art. Throughout, the audience is encouraged to experience the event from the vantage of their choosing – moving around the space following musical, visual and artistic ideas at their leisure."

Connor D'Netto + Ben Heim

 
 
 

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