Pagan Dances

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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.

Beginning with the first of Debussy’s three sonatas, Syzygy Ensemble surveys the last hundred years of dance music. In Debussy’s masterful trio we dance for sensual pleasure, in Jolivet’s Alla Rustica we do a pagan dance to usher in plentiful crops for the coming season. Finally, we pulse to the sounds of the Paris underground with Mantovani’s epic and wildly hedonistic ‘Rave Party’, D’un rêve parti. Hear one of Australia’s finest new music ensembles, lauded for their virtuoso precision.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Syzygy Ensemble


Claude Debussy
Sonata for flute, viola and harp

Andre Jolivet
Sonata for flute, viola and harp, Alla Rustica

Emile Frankel

Bruno Mantovani
D’un rêve parti


Laila Engle – flute
Leigh Harrold -piano
Jenny Khafagi – violin
Campbell Banks – cello
Robin Henry, clarinet
with guests:
Melina van Leeuwen – harp
Ceridwen Davies, viola


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.