Syzygy Ensemble – Joy Ride

Syzygy Ensemble

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Syzygy Ensemble


Don’t we all just want to be happy?

A fearless pioneer in chamber music, Syzygy Ensemble combines virtuosic talent with a bold commitment to today’s music. Lauded for their breathtaking precision and innovative repertoires, the ensemble seeks to spark visceral connections between 21st-century artists and audiences.

About the concert

Don’t we all just want to be happy? Syzygy’s 2023 series explores the many paths that lead to pleasure and purpose. Whether we are seeking serotonin bursts from secular thrills or pursuing an otherworldly divine transcendence, happiness means different things to all of us depending on our heritage, our goals, and our need to conform or disrupt.

In their second series installment Syzygy invites listeners to strap in for an exhilarating road trip featuring musical fusion from around the globe. Joy Ride is a thrilling hedonistic romp. Fast rides. Loud machines. Shiny things. Instant satisfaction. High-level distraction. Tomorrow be damned, let’s have some fun.

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Laila Engle flutes
Robin Henry clarinet/bass clarinet
Kyla Matsuura-Miller violin
Campbell Banks cello
Leigh Harrold piano


Phat Beats.
Guillaume Connesson (1970-)
Techno – Parade (2002)

Jump Scares.
Su Min Lee
Chasing Shadows (2023) – World Premiere

Fast Swerves.
Holly Harrison
Slipstream (2020, rev.2023)
1. Haunted Sea Shanty Feel – Jaunty Swing
2. Mischievous
3. Frenzied, A Bit Silly
4. Bluegrass, Folky – Dream-like, Strange Swing
5. Renewed Vigour

Steep Slopes.
Svante Henryson (1963-)
Suite Off Pist (1996)
1. Off Pist

Cool Vibes.
Daniel Schnyder (1961-)
Impetus (2014) – World Premiere

Strap In.