AUTUMN Identities

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M.A.S believe in creating connections with fellow humans through music.

Music plays a huge role in helping us stay connected, promoting a sense of identity, community and ultimately of belonging.

M.A.S presents its debut concert as part of its Pilot Four-Part Season. This performance will be broken into two halves:

In collaboration with Wiradjuri Soprano Shauntai Batzke, M.A.S have created new music and new arrangements of songs inspired by Shauntai’s roots in Gospel, Opera and as a singer/songwriter. These three influences combined with Quayle/Connor/Kolac’s different approaches to composition will reveal an exciting collection of new works celebrating the interconnections of identities and genres.

Global Wanderlust is a mixed media exploration into the culturally diverse and distinctive sights and sounds of distant places imagined by cellist Anita Quayle. Beginning in Ubud, Bali and finishing in Berlin, the sonic and visual adventure makes many stops sighting Kyoto in Japan, the desolate and majestic west coast of Iceland, the hustle and bustle of New York City and the romance of Paris.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and M.A.S. (Melbourne Amplified Strings)


Act 1 with Shauntai Batzke and MAS string trio

Whitney Houston. Arrangement by Biddy Connor
Greatest Love of All

Music by Shauntai Batzke and Xani Kolac. Lyrics by Robbie Batzke
The Gift

Jeff Blumenkrantz. Arrangement by Anita Quayle
I won’t mind

  • Frank Sinatra. Arrangement by Biddy Connor*
    New York New York

Giacomo Puccini. Arrangement by Biddy Connor
Si mi chiamano Mimi

Music by Shauntai Batzke. Arrangement by Anita Quayle and Nick Delaney
Travellers (For Strings)

Lyrics by Shauntai Batzke. Music and Arrangement by Xani Kola
Babirra Nyiwarri

Leonard Cohen. Arrangement by Anita Quayle and Nick Delaney

Act 2 – Global Wanderlust – music for MAS string trio – composed by Anita Quayle

New York