Clair de Lune

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The award-winning contemporary music group Syzygy Ensemble have, in their short time together, made an impressive impact.

They have quickly gained a reputation as one of Australia’s finest new music ensembles, lauded for their virtuoso precision, original programming and ability to connect viscerally with their audiences.

With nightfall comes moonlight, the earth bathed in strange hues and half-tints. Debussy’s Cello sonata was originally titled ‘Pierrot Howls at the Moon’ and, along with the mystical ‘Apollonaie Songs’ of Rosalind Page, conjures up a fantastical moonlight world full of folkloric hyperactivity and danger. In a more reflective mode, Caerwen Martin’s ‘Midnight Loon’ frames the unassumingly beautiful call of a North American aquatic bird against a hypnotically static night-cap. ‘After and Before’, by Tim Dargaville, presents a luminous atmosphere, counterpoised by shimmering virtuosic passages – a meditation on the integration of opposites, inspired by a reading Lao Tzu’s “Tao Te Ching”.

Syzygy Ensemble invites you to enjoy a glass of wine following the concert.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Syzygy Ensemble

PROGRAM

Claude Debussy
Sonata for Cello and Piano

Caerwen Martin
Midnight Loon

Tim Dargaville
After and Before

Page Rosalind
Apollinaire Songs

ARTISTS

Syzygy Ensemble
Laila Engle, flute
Robin Henry, clarinets
Jenny Khafagi, violin
Campbell Banks, cello
with guest artist Jacqueline Dark, mezzo soprano

Series

This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2018

Now in its seventh year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.

Syzygy Ensemble

Contemporary music that speaks to all with relevance, authority and passion.

Venue