“virtuoso ensemble” “transcendent beauty”
Living the Dream / The Song Company
A fantastical musical adventure exploring an Inception-like series of nested dreams.
From ambiguous start to surprising finish, this program sets out to fragment and distort the listener’s experience of slowly waking from sleep, with the focus on changing perceptions of time – at times pulsing and pacy, at others hazy and elusive – with new arrangements of some iconic pieces of Classical music, culminating in a part-minimalist, part-improvisatory soundtrack of four pianos plus electronic and real percussion, a talking clock, and a twilight heroine on a kaleidoscopic ride through states of semi-consciousness, where the stretching of the harmonic rhythm of the final Contrapunctus from J.S.Bach’s Art of Fugue portrays the fluidity of psychological time against the primordial relentlessness of the clock and Time itself.
About The Song Company
Vocalisation is all about the sound and the story. The Song Company of Australia comprises the continents leading vocal ensemble, singing music of all times and places. Since the dawn of history the human voice and the act of singing have been intrinsically linked with storytelling and the acquisition of culture. The Song Company belongs to a land whose first peoples who used songlines and vocal music to pass knowledge and culture from generation to generation, and is proud to continue that tradition, in a unique way, sharing music from across western and non-western art traditions.
‘a concert of rare and transcendent beauty’ PETER MCCALLUM SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
‘this is virtuoso ensemble singing. It’s hard to imagine a better performance ‘. HARRIET CUNNINGHAM SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
‘the performance of such a program was a tour de force, showing us once again what a brilliant outfit The Song Company is,’ NICHOLAS ROUTLEY AUSTRALIAN STAGE
Steve Reich Clapping Music
Stravinsky Otche Nash’
Handel (arr.) Zadok the Priest
J.S. Bach arr. W.Swingle Sleepers, awake!
J.S. Bach The Art of Fugue / Contrapunctus XIX
Antony Pitts Anna’s Rapid Eye Movement
RUNNING TIME Approximately 70 minutes, no interval
AGE RECOMMENDATION All ages
2017 BMEC Season proudly sponsored by Reliance Bank