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5 pm Saturday 1 June & Sunday 2 June
Arts House at the Meat Market,
corner Blackwood and Courtney Streets, North Melbourne
“the City is but a screen, and behind are the people who suffer it to be...” (Louis Sullivan)
Catherine Schieve & Warren Burt, EARTH AND LUSTRE (2013)
new work in paintings, earth installations, video and sound for voices, instruments, and electro-acoustics - first performance
with choral works by Maurice Ravel, Robert Carl, Dan Dediu and Will Ogdon
Catherine Schieve, composer, visual artist, performer
Warren Burt, electronics
The Astra Improvising Choir directed by Joan Pollock
The Astra Choir with soloists and instruments conducted by John McCaughey
A performance archaeology from two of Australia’s promininent experimental musicians, with materials as ancient as environmental earth itself, through Neanderthal artefacts to present-day technologies in sound and sight. Instruments, Western, non-Western and invented, meet with voices, solo and collective, and improvising choir. ... details
Bookings at http://www.trybooking.com/CTJC
'Music always interacts with the architecture in which it is heard, although classical music practice is sometimes slow to realize this. In Melbourne many of the best concert-spaces are buildings not built for that purpose – the splendid heritage of public and ecclesiastical constructions from the first 100 years of the city’s history, as well as industrial and more recent buildings.'
This site, a collaboration between Astra and Culture Victoria, uses images and recordings to document how musical and architectural designs have formed an interactive partnership over three decades of Astra events.
Astra's Concert Archive has been updated
Since 1978 when John McCaughey took over from George Logie-Smith as musical director of Astra, initiating Astra's second historical phase as a contemporary choral organisation, Astra has performed more than 1500 works by 475 composers in 292 concerts at 65 different venues.
Astra's Concert Archive lists all concerts from 1978 to 2012, including composers, works and performance details such as first performances. Some concert program notes are also available. You can also search the archive using the search box at the top of each page.