Nest 2: Thief



A nest is a primal need. Stumbled upon close to the ground or precariously balanced at a great height, it can be invaded, colonised or destroyed in a moment. Improvised or enduring, a nest is a sanctuary.

Curated by Melbourne Recital Centre’s Artist-in-Residence for 2018, Genevieve Lacey invites a cast of artists to create a shelter of music, words and light. Across three performances, the concerts take direction from renowned Australian composers including Andrea Keller (piano), cult drummer/composer Simon Barker and Genevieve Lacey (recorder) herself.

Genevieve Lacey is a bowerbird, stealing treasures from a wide range of sources to build nests of sound. Music by Hollis Taylor, Brett Dean and Bob Scott, Steve Adam, and Genevieve herself, conjure Australian landscapes as her simple wooden pipes play in combination with rich, electroacoustic backdrops.

In the exquisite listening room that is the Salon, performer Natasha Herbert joins theatre visionaries Daniel Schlusser, Ben Cobham and Jim Atkins in a unique collaboration. Using poetry and found texts they create playful, provocative and delicate interventions that guide and challenge the listener’s relationship to the distinctive sound world of each of these extraordinary musicians.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Daniel Schlusser director
Natasha Herbert actor
Jim Atkins sound design
Ben Cobham light
Genevieve Lacey recorder


Brett Dean & Bob Scott
Miss Genevieve’s Nocturne

Steve Stelios Adam
_ et døgn_

Hollis Taylor
George’s Six
Green Lake
Hall’s’ Creek

Genevieve Lacey

Damian Barbeler
Confession 2
Confession 3

John Rodgers
Grey Thrush