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Metropolis: If the Gods came down to earth dressed as cowboys


Metropolis: If the Gods came down to earth dressed as cowboys

  • Date: Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall — Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank, VIC
  • Series: This event is part of the Metropolis New Music Festival 2018 series
  • Tickets: Adult: $50 | Concession: $40 (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Event Details

Metropolis New Music Festival 2018 opens with an energetic explosion of sound from some original and provocative composers and musicians.

The acclaimed ELISION ensemble takes to the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall stage with a specially-curated program of new works.

The Festival’s Composer-in-Focus Unsuk Chin wrote her Fantaisie mécanique for the Paris-based Ensemble Intercontemporain and is predicated on the union of two contradictory concepts: improvisation and predetermined structure. Adi Snir is fascinated by the possibilities for interpretation that are opened up in the spaces left by traces of written composition. Aaron Cassidy’s large-scale work was premiered in 2016 at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music where it dazzled with its unique bubbling, arcing sound world. And Liza Lim’s new work for ELISION is inspired by a residency in Brazil exploring the instruments and works of visionary composer, cellist, philosopher and instrument builder Walter Smetak.

Audiences are welcome and encouraged to join the artists for a post-concert talk in the ground floor foyer.


Unsuk Chin - Fantaisie Mecanique 

Liza Lim - Ronda-the spinning world

Adi Snir - Charasim V (shards): mirrors are only useful if they show something of which I was previously unaware 

Aaron Cassidy - The wreck of former boundaries

ELISION ensemble conducted by Carl Rosman. With Kathryn Schulmeister (bass), Marco Blaauw (trumpet) and Christine Chapman (horn).

Featured non-Australian music: Unsuk Chin, Adi Snir, Aaron Cassidy

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Featured Australian Works

Roda, the spinning world : chamber ensemble by Liza Lim
— performed by Carl Rosman and Elision Ensemble

Featured artists

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