John McCaughey: Musical Director



A cross-cultural ensemble of traditional Japanese and Baroque instruments featuring performers from Melbourne and beyond 

Curated by Andrew Byrne

Japanese post-minimalist composer Mamoru Fujieda has spent 26 years creating music based on the electrical activity of living plants. The result is his magnum opus, an ongoing series of compositions titled Patterns of Plants.

The latest collection of Patterns of Plants will be premiered in this concert by a special cross-cultural ensemble established by Astra for this project, led by virtuoso players Miyama McQueen-Tokita (koto) and Laura Vaughan (viola da gamba). Fujieda is taking an active role in the project and plans to travel from Japan to attend the premiere.

Three performances - Sat 2 Sept, 3:00 pm and 7.30 pm; Sun 3 Sept, 5 pm 

Saturday 2 September, 3:00 pm

The Eleventh Hour Theatre, 170 Leicester St, Fitzroy VIC 3065


Astra acknowledges and respects the sovereign peoples of the Kulin Nations on whose unceded land Astra is based. We extend our respects to their ancestors and elders past, present and emerging, and to all First Nations people.


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