Good Shepherd Chapel
St Heliers St
Abbotsford VIC 3067
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A terrain of spoken and sung music 1930–2011
Ernst Toch, Charles Seeger, John J. Becker, Stefan Wolpe, Ruth Crawford-Seeger, Johanna Beyer, Robert Erickson, Kenneth Gaburo, Pauline Oliveros, Milton Babbitt
The Astra Choir with soloists, electronics and instrumental ensemble conducted by John McCaughey
This concert of unusual and adventurous American choral works from nine decades initiates the Astra Choir’s third project of first-recordings with the New York label New World Records. Starting from Ernst Toch’s recently rediscovered speech choruses with pioneering electronic manipulation from 1930, the program sets out a landscape of heterogeneous materials - secular, religious, experimental, tonal, meditative, political – that have lain mostly neglected in the 20th-century artistic terrain.