Indie-chamber septet Nonsemble bring their emotive, rhythmically charged music to Sydney for the first time in Extended Play 2019, with an immersive audiovisual program featuring two of the most-loved works from their founder and lead composer Chris Perren.
The adventure begins with Samurai Loops (2015), for two pianos, electronics and visuals. Featuring both of Nonsemble’s pianists performing together, the piece takes footage from the 1967 film Samurai Rebellion, transforming the film's all-too-brief pivotal moment into a gripping musical journey. Part of Perren’s unique ongoing exploration into how complex polyrhythmic patterns can be reflected and elucidated by moving images, Samurai Loops expertly demonstrates Chris’ artistic aim—weaving together cerebral rhythmic experiments into an emotionally engaging story. It was recently selected for New York’s prestigious MATA festival, where it received great acclaim from audiences and organisers.
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 is the first time Go Seigen will be performed in New South Wales, 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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