Cancelled: From These Old Skins

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Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Ossicle Duo – From These Old Skins on Monday 13 July has been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff during this time and difficult circumstances. We thank our community for its support during this challenging time.

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Event details

Ossicle Duo delivers raw, high-energy performances with compelling precision.

An exciting partnership between trombonist Benjamin Anderson and percussionist Hamish Upton, the Duo explores the great repertoire that exists for this combination, ranging from post minimalism to the avant-garde.

Ossicle Duo delves into music that questions the nature of individuality. Distorted trumpet and trombone join expansive drums and live electronics in Ubiitsi, a study of journalistic freedom in dystopian states. Heather Stebbins evokes electronic sounds in her acoustic work from these old skins for frame drum and trombone. Electronics give an otherworldly feel to Richard Barrett’s CODEX III, a structured improvisation exploring density, articulation and the individual versus the collective. And a new commission for Ossicle Duo by emerging Melbourne-based composer Matthew Laing examines identity and place, using pre-recorded electronics to express the majesty of the universe.

Ranging from the intimate to the expansive, these thrilling contemporary works take us to the frontiers of human experience.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Ossicle Duo


Ossicle Duo
Hamish Upton percussion
Benjamin Anderson trombone

Guest Artist
Callum G’Froerer trumpet


Laurent Durupt
Ubiitsi (Australian premiere)

Matthew Liang
New work

Heather Stebbins
from these old skins (Australian premiere)

Richard Barrett
Codex III


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2020

Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.

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