Sixteen Alleluias

Nick Tsiavos & Adam Simmons

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Tier 1 Arts


‘One of this country’s most electrifying instrumentalists, Adam Simmons defies classification.’ The Age

Nick Tsiavos is a bassist and composer whose work crosses cultural boundaries: from 6th-century chant and contemporary minimalism to experimental improvisation. Joining Nick is multi-instrumentalist Adam Simmons, one of Australia’s most prolific and varied artists, also a gifted improviser and masterful performer.

About the concert

Alleluia – an ancient word that has come to express more than worship. It encompasses the lightness of joy and elation. It voices our awe when we are otherwise lost for words. And if we fall into some depths, looking for inspiration in the darkness or trying to accept what may come to pass, it brings us hope.

These 16 alleluias are early fragments of texts, of ideas, of memories that have travelled through the millennia – and that have been constantly written and rewritten by the hymnographers of the day. Their solemn beauty traces back to Byzantine hymnography and is equally profound today.

Praise for Sixteen Alleluias

‘Tsiavos [is] one of Australia’s most enigmatic and interesting musicians’. Neos Kosmos

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Nick Tsiavos double bass
Adam Simmons soprano saxophone


This production is part of the following series: