John McCaughey: Musical Director


A mini-multi-celebration of voices & electronics from past & present - September 1-10

Electro-acoustic music in its varied forms has been a recurring element in Astra concerts for over 30 years. In the context of choral concerts, however, it remains something that arises “now and then” in composers’ work. This series of six events over two weekends focuses more specifically on the medium in both of its traditional practices: the combinations with live performance, and the purely electronically assembled. The six programs present work of “now” from some of Australia’s leading researchers and creators in the field, both onshore and expatriate. Equally, they also seek to re-introduce something of the “then” of earlier decades, in a medium which by now has its own sonic history of a half-century and more.

6 concerts over 10 days

Friday 1 September, 8:00 pm

Church of All Nations, cnr. Palmerston & Drummond Streets, Carlton

Eleventh Hour Theatre, 170 LeIcester Street, Fitzroy

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

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