This exciting program pairs two of composer, Chris Perren's, most acclaimed works and will be a Sydney premiere. The first, Samurai Loops (2015), features both of Nonsemble’s pianists performing together, and was recently selected for New York’s prestigious MATA festival, where it received great acclaim from audiences and organisers. The piece uses a few minutes of footage from the 1967 film Samurai Rebellion, and is part of Perren’s unique ongoing exploration into how complex polyrhythmic patterns can be reflected and elucidated by moving images. The result expertly demonstrates Chris’ artistic aim—weaving together cerebral rhythmic experiments into an emotionally engaging story.
The second piece is Nonsemble’s most significant work so far. A 30 minute work using the moves of 1953 championship game of Go, Go Seigen vs. Fujisawa Kuranosuke is an experiment in extracting musical ideas from abstract patterns and sequences, and allowing these ideas to develop intuitively into a large-scale work. CutCommon’s Steph Eslake describes the result as blending “post-rock and minimalism to craft a monumental contemporary classic”. Written and premiered in 2014, the piece has been performed in America at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, across Norway as part of DonkeyJam’s “Games For Ensemble” Tour, and has been featured numerous times on WNYC’s New Sounds with John Schafer. However, it has only twice been performed with the full live visuals crafted to accompany its premiere, and both of these only in Brisbane. This would be the first time Go Seigen would be performed in Sydney, and the first performance with Jaymis Loveday’s bespoke visual accompaniment outside of Brisbane.
Program current at time of publishing but may be subject to change.
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