Luke Howard with String Ensemble

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No words can fully capture the potency of Australian Music Prize-nominated composer Luke Howard’s enthralling compositions.

A pianist since childhood, Howard has scored films and performed with artists as diverse as Lior and Jeff Mills, ensnaring audiences with contemporary classical arrangements that curl and twist around the boundaries of emotion. Though wordless, Howard’s songs perform a function unique to music as a medium – that of evoking without describing, bringing listeners to a feeling which defies articulation.

Now signed to UK label Mercury KX (Lambert, Olafur Arnalds, Solomon Grey) and joined live by drummer and collaborator Daniel Farrugia, 2017 has Howard working across several projects: arranging the keyboard works of photographer William Eggleston, a pioneer of colour photography; a European tour beginning in the U.K. and ending with a sold-out performance at Germany’s legendary Elbphilharmonie; and a new record.

Howard is one of Australia’s foremost practitioners of contemporary classical music. Having already accomplished so much and with more on the horizon, he is set to captivate audiences worldwide.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Luke Howard

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