Global Soundscapes

Belle Chen


An immersive and evocative recreation of locations around the world through classical music, soundscapes, improvisation and perfumes.

From tropical sounds of Java, storms in southern Spain, the spice markets of Istanbul to Buenos Aires, pianist Belle Chen performs works of Ravel, Mompou, Poulenc, Scarlatti, Fazil Say, and Piazzolla amidst manipulated field recordings and improvisation in collaboration with perfumer Nadjib Achaibou and guest musicians.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Belle Chen


Maurice Ravel
‘Une Barque sur l’Ocean’ from Miroirs

Francis Poulenc
Nocturne No. 7

Federico Mompou
Cancion y Danza No.6 (with preceding improvisation)

Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in D Minor

Ivan Bozicevic
‘Fluente Animato’ from Sotto Voce
Improvisation on Indonesian Sounds & Javanese Gamelan

Astor Piazzolla
Libertango (with preceding improvisation)

Miriam Hyde
Valley of Rocks

Fazil Say
Black Earth


Belle Chen piano/sound design
Nadjib Achaibou perfumer
Hamish Upton guest percussionist