One evening in 2015, two composers/performers/friends sat at a cafe after a concert, discussing the night's program. It was of a string quartet, playing a new commission alongside some older works, and incorporating some visuals in a few of the works. We talked ideas of how we wanted our works to be present – seamless, engaging, immersive – feeling as if we were in the midst of the music – bringing together music, art, visuals – all presented in a way that was accessible, social and inviting to diverse audiences.
As a result, the two, Connor D'Netto + Ben Heim, launched Argo. At first, it was a venture to feature their own music, presenting 6 different concerts to sold-out audiences across 2015 + 2016 in collaboration with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane Writers Festival, Anywhere Festival, the Brisbane Powerhouse, St John’s Cathedral and the University of Queensland. Each concert featured entirely original programs of contemporary classical and electronic music, tailored to a number of Brisbane’s landmarks and venues, intersecting with other artforms such as live visuals, transformative projections and contemporary Australian literature.
Since then, as Connor takes Argo into 2017 as its Artistic Director + Producer, Argo's programming features a range of music, contemporary + established, setting out to innovate + alter the way in which we experience + engage with art music. Of course, close to the heart of Argo is featuring music by young Australian composers, commissioning numerous new works in 2017, and fostering collaborations between composers, performers + other artists.
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