Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre
Classical virtuosity collides with avant-garde innovation.
Three ground-breaking artists converge for a layered, meditative, and otherworldly performance that sees classical virtuosity collide with avant-garde innovation. Join us in an unforgettable evening as these trailblazing artists perform back-to-back sets in an event not to be missed.
Sublime LA-based harpist and composer Mary Lattimore returns to the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall stage and transports listeners to a lush realm of expansive and dreamy soundscapes that ‘evoke seismic emotional shifts’ (The New Yorker). With a career spanning a decade that has seen her release universally acclaimed album, Silver Ladders, and collaborations with artists such as Sigur Rós, Thurston Moore, and Sharon Van Etten, witness Lattimore’s boundary-pushing artistry as she transforms her spectacular concert grand harp into a stunning meditative experience through effects pedals, loops, synths, and guitar.
Performing her new album Goodbye, Hotel Arkada, which features luminaries Lol Tolhurst (The Cure), Meg Baird, and Rachel Goswell (Slowdive), these six sprawling pieces celebrate and mourn the bittersweet beauty of the ephemeral. Produced over the course of two years, the material remains rooted in improvisation while glistening as the most refined and robust in Lattimore’s catalogue. As one of today’s preeminent instrumental storytellers, she has ‘the uncanny ability to pluck a string in a way that will instantly make someone remember the taste of their fifth birthday cake’ (Pitchfork).
The evening begins with internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Skepper, as he returns to the stage to perform a new mix of electroacoustic compositions, building on his much awaited 6th album release, Praeludium y Fuga, this November.
Following sold-out shows at Melbourne Recital Centre, Moscow Conservatory, and Phoenix Central Park during Vivid this year, Skepper is charting new territory in the field of modern classical ambient electronica, with a spotlight on his love for the piano. Always pushing the boundaries of experimentation with cutting edge sound design and new technology, this multi-sensory and mesmerising performance is a rare opportunity to catch the artist in his native environment.
Then, step into uncharted sonic territory as Eric Avery, Kabi Marrawuy Mumbulla, a violinist, vocalist, and composer from the Ngiyampaa, Gumbangirr, Bandjalang, and Yuin people of NSW, take audiences on an evocative journey through music and culture. Connecting both Western and Australian Aboriginal worlds, Eric’s foray into neo-classical violin with Aboriginal voice is a testament to the diverse cultures that have shaped his distinct sound. Working with his family’s custodial songs, Eric has captivated audiences at TEDxSydney, Bluesfest, and Phoenix Central Park with his haunting compositions which often feature him singing in the Ngiyampaa language. Delving into the liminal space between old and new dreaming ~ MARRATHALPU, Eric evokes the ancestors in this powerful performance.
See three visionary classical artists redefine tradition.
Hear evocative, meditative, and otherworldly soundscapes.
Think about how these classically trained artists push the boundaries of experimentation.
Feel entranced and awe inspired as the music evokes introspection and meditation.
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Artists & Set Times
Mary Lattimore harp with Paul Sukeena guitar
Eric Avery violin
Benjamin Skepper piano, electronics, cello
7.30pm: Benjamin Skepper
8.20pm: Eric Avery
9.10pm: Mary Lattimore
Praise for the artists
Praise for Mary Lattimore
‘Mary Lattimore makes complex and expansive songs that evoke, for me, seismic emotional shifts—it’s not so much music to zone out to (though you can use it for that, too) as music to self-actualise by.’ – The New Yorker
‘Lattimore handles her harp like a solo guitarist, improvising around contemplative melodies with the help of pedals that warp her crystalline tone and seem to bend time.’ – The New York Times
‘What makes Mary Lattimore’s work so entrancing is its interiority. With just a harp and loop pedals, the Los Angeles musician creates dreamscapes from the patterns behind her own eyelids and sweeps her audience up in them.’ – Pitchfork
Praise for Eric Avery
‘Avery’s solo performance was hypnotic and completely entrancing, a mood reflected and enhanced by the incredible architecture of Phoenix Central Park.’ – Limelight
Praise for Benjamin Skepper
‘Embodying classical aesthetic, music and culture, Benjamin Skepper is a musician with an extraordinary sense of the contemporary.’ – Rolling Stone Italy
‘Worldly, experimental and blurring the lines between visual art, music and other art forms, Benjamin Skepper’s performance at MOFO embodied the festival and the MONA brand.’ – ArtsHub
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Friday 8 December 2023 7.30pm
Duration: 2 hours 40 mins (incl. interval) Please note, running times are approximate and subject to change.
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B reserve $49
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