Music: Of Broken Trees and Elephant Ivories

5 June 2018

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29 June @ Callaway Music Auditorium UWA ·
Presented by Tura ·

Pianist Gabriella Smart takes the audience on a journey inspired by the narratives of two pianos from colonial Australia: Percy Grainger’s childhood piano, and the first piano to be transported to Alice Springs, reputedly on the back of a camel from Oodnadatta. Leading composers Cat Hope and Erkki Veltheim have transformed narratives surrounding these pianos to create works that are inspirationally original and unique. Hope instills the piano with theremin like qualities, inspired by Grainger’s Free Music, while Veltheim morphs history with contemporary culture where morse code is played on colonial piano to spell out the world’s most retweeted tweet of January 2015, reflecting our universal obsession with trivia.

The result is music that is mesmerizingly beautiful, and sharply confronting.

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