Video Sonic Quartet



An audio-visual feast

The members of The Letter String Quartet (TLSQ), Steph O’Hara (Blue Grassy Knoll, Polyglot), Lizzy Welsh (Australian Art Orchestra, ELISION Ensemble), Zoë Barry (Meow Meow, Missy Higgins) and Biddy Connor (Laura Jean, Missy Higgins) each play, sing and compose for the ensemble. Having been performing together for six years, TLSQ presents wildly moving programs of new music for strings and voices through commissions and collaborations with innovative Australian and international composers including Mick Harvey, Bree Van Reyk, Andrea Keller, Wally Gunn, Ned Collette and Erik de Luca.

Video Sonic Quartet is an audio-visual feast with The Letter String Quartet collaborating with video/visual artists Megan Evans, Anne WiIson and Sal Cooper. The Quartet performs live scores for and in these fascinating filmic works. This performance will use the Salon in innovative ways to create a spatialised experience in which the performers move around the space, sometimes playing from behind the audience and sometimes directly in front of the screen with huge images projected onto their white lab coats. The concert also features two world premiere performances. The first premiere is a new work by Alice Humphries, Melbourne Recital Centre 2016 Composition Commission winner. The second premiere, a collaboration by film maker Peter Humble and TLSQ’s Artistic Director Biddy Connor, is an exciting new composition for film footage, string quartet and electronics using a new video string technique of hand manipulating film footage to create rhythmic and aural sounds.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & The Letter String Quartet