John McCaughey: Musical Director

Swallows of  Salangan

“…we, like Salangan swallows, built the world – an enormous nest, put together from the earth and sky, life and death…”

The Astra Choir with soloists and instrumental ensemble  conducted by John McCaughey

Morton Feldman,  The Swallows of Salangan (1960) 
and works by Ockeghem, Josquin,  Stefan Wolpe, Robert Carl, Will Ogdon, Pauline Oliveros, Warren Burt, Livia Teodorescu-Ciocănea, Dan Dediu

The words of Boris Pasternak inspired the title and character of Morton Feldman’s most adventurous choral creation, rarely heard in the 55 years since its composition, and not performed outside the USA until 2014.  A freely-advancing procession of chords from the chorus is set among a myriad of instrumental sounds, in striking formations of colour, including 7 cellos and 5 trumpets. 

Sunday 29 November, 5:00 pm

The Carmelites
214 Richardson Street
Middle Park

For tickets call Astra on (03) 9326 5424, or

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Read about Astra in Italy and Romania

Read about Astra in Italy and Romania

Astra's Musical director John McCaughey's article for Acord, magazine of the National University of Music, Bucharest.

Choir member Matthew Lorenzon has documented our travels at

Sound in Space: Astra and Architecture

Sound in Space: Astra and Architecture

Music always interacts with the architecture in which it is heard ...

Sound in Space documents with images and recordings how musical and architectural designs have formed an interactive partnership over three decades of Astra events.