Join pianist Aura Go (ANAM alum), ANAM musicians directed by violinist Emma McGrath, and Tilman Robinson on live sound, for a rich program that balances cult contemporary pieces with the aching clarity of Renaissance music.

Part of New Music Days 2023, Finding Our Voice elevates the voices of Australian composers within the context of some of the best contemporary music being written around the world.

Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Enigma, and a world premiere of acclaimed Australian composer Lisa Illean’s new work, arcing, stilling, bending, gathering, frame a sublime program that includes music by Olivia Davies, James Dillon and Thomas Adès, alongside Finnish-born Australian composer Erkki-Veltheim’s beautiful arrangements of works from the English Renaissance.

Lisa Illean’s world premiere piece, arcing, stilling, bending, gathering features ever-changing constellations of piano, strings and electronics. Illean is a composer of acoustic and acousmatic music with work spanning pieces written for orchestra to sound works conceived for unique spaces.

‘Much of my work has evolved an approach to sound which is a dance between two layers: music of understated lyricism combined with unusual, complementary sonorities. These two elements can rotate like celestial bodies in unfolding patterns of convergence, evoking fleeting moments of time within immeasurable contours.’ – Lisa Illean

J DUNSTABLE quam pulchra es, arr. VELTHEIM for strings
T ADÈS Darkness visible
O DAVIES Crystalline
J DILLON dragonfly
W BYRD Miserere mihi Domine, arr. VELTHEIM for strings
T ROBINSON Requiem for the Holocene
L ILLEAN arcing, stilling, bending, gathering  

Genevieve Lacey Artistic Director, Finding Our Voice 
Emma McGrath violin/director 
Aura Go (ANAM alum 2009) piano
Tilman Robinson
ANAM Strings

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and UKARIA

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