Nest 3: Earth



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.

Cult drummer-composer Simon Barker plays a selection of his drum songs. He generates complex, mesmerizing textures, either playing solo, or live with pre-recorded versions of himself. This music is written in solidarity with communities facing upheavals from climate change.

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
Simon Barker drums