Transient Gestures



Capturing musical ideas associated with change

The award-winning contemporary music group Syzygy Ensemble have, in their short time together, made an impressive impact. Within their first year (2010) they were awarded first prize in the chamber music section of the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition and, were the only Australian group selected to perform at the 2011 Gaudeamus International Interpreter’s Award in Amsterdam. They have quickly gained a reputation as one of Australia’s finest new music ensembles, lauded for their virtuoso precision, innovative programming and ability to connect viscerally with their audiences. A Helpmann Award nomination and the release of their debut CD Making Signs in 2015 have attracted a growing enthusiastic audience.

Transient Gestures captures musical ideas associated with change. Change can be deliberate in the case of Anthony Cheung’s meticulously deconstructed Bach B-minor Partita, or it can be random in the case of Lachlan Skipworth, who uses systems that inform the length and density of material to conjure the aural effect of falling stars. Change can be reversible – the foreground and background constantly switches in Mantovani’s Call to Air forcing the two players into a symbiotic relationship where each needs the other to realise the compete musical line. Or, change can be irreversible – Saariaho’s Ashes uses the metaphor of a burning object to explore the idea of one-way transformation and disintegration. Syzygy Ensemble presents a carefully crafted program of contemporary repertoire that will engage and delight.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Syzygy Ensemble


Syzygy Ensemble
Paul Zabrowarny cello


Lachlan Skipworth
The night sky fall

Anthony Cheung
Ebbing flow

Bruno Mantovani
Appel d’air

Kaiji Saariaho