Kupka's Piano 2016 Season: Tautologies, Transitions, Translations

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Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts says
Presented by Judith Wright Centre and Kupka's Piano

"Translation (or metaphor) lies at the heart of creativity – the transfer of an idea, structure, or feeling from one domain to the other is the original creative act.” – Eric Wubbles

This concert features the Australian Premiere of American composer Eric Wubbles’ fascinating Tautology and Transition (2012). This work is divided into movements each of which are based on analyses of the sounds and techniques of specific instruments. These are echoed and translated by the other instruments in the ensemble and by doing so, these other instruments analyse or comment on the original instrument – leading to strikingly original musical textures.

Similarly, Liam Flenady’s work Degrees of Freedom (2016) explores the hidden dimensions of the flute revealed by its seldom-utilised techniques of underblowing. These are set in a radical contrapuntal web of the rest of the ensemble.

Kupka’s flautist Hannah Readon-Smith’s new work Olive (2016) for flute duo creates tautologies and translations across the two instruments, all the while transitioning from fully notated music to free improvisation.

This concert also features a new work from Kupka composer Michael Matheison-Sandars and Alan Lawrence’s The Instant Burst of Clamour (2015) originally commissioned for the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, and attempts to translate into musical form a complex image of war and its impacts, by drawing upon a scene from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.


Eric Wubbles (b. 1980) // Tautology and Transition (2012) AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Alan Lawrence (b. 1949) // The Instant Burst of Clamour (2015)
Hannah Reardon-Smith (b. 1987) // Olive (2016) WORLD PREMIERE
Michael Mathieson-Sandars (b. 1989) // New Work (2016) WORLD PREMIERE
Liam Flenady (b. 1987) // Degrees of Freedom (2016) WORLD PREMIERE

Full: $33
Concession: $29
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By: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

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