Secrets Through A Soundglass

Exploring texture in sound and silence.

Be prepared for a sonic adventure when The Joan presents the world premiere of Secrets through a Soundglass on 24 February at 7.30pm. Exploring texture in sound and silence, this unique performance features the Sydney Art Quartet in its debut appearance at The Joan, presenting five new works in its playful style, deftly side-stepping cliché and orthodoxy.

Written for violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano by acclaimed composers Felicity Wilcox, Christina Green, Peggy Polias, Catherine Golden and Dan Thorpe; Secrets through a Soundglass takes its cues from experimental music of the 20th and 21st centuries, as researched by Sean Botha at Western Sydney University.

Praised by Limelight Magazine for its “gripping intensity”, the Sydney Art Quartet has gained a following for its quirky presentations of exquisite music. Joined by Daniel Thorpe (piano) and Catherine Golden (double bass) they’ll present the music as the art of sound, like you’ve never heard before.

Each piece in Secrets through a Soundglass focuses on the shape of natural sound – as well as silence and quiet spaces. These come to life, as imagined by the composers, filled with expectation and emotion, bringing audience members along for the ride.

ONE SHOW ONLY!

Adult $45

Concession $30

Student $20

Under 30 $20

*This concert is also a free add-on for Summit Subscribers.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Sean Botha is a composer, sound artist, performer, poet, researcher and writer and a PhD student at Western Sydney University. He composes electronic works, through improvisation, that includes voice, noise and sound recordings, and experimental pieces for classical guitar. His current projects include a written series of works which focus on the transgender community and his own personal experiences within the LGBTQIA+ community.

Sydney Art QuartetFounded by James Beck (cello, artistic director), the group works with distinguished guests to unite great quartet music with a wider world of arts and sciences including scent, botany, social history, architecture, painting, performance art, cuisine, fine wine, dance & multi-discipline installations.

Catherine Golden is a composer, double bassist, guitarist, electric bassist and recognised songwriter who visualises her music connecting with the notes, textures and timbres to change the shape of the sounds. Her performance career spans genres such as jazz, blues, popular, rock and classical music.

Peggy Polias is a composer and music typesetter preparing scores, instrumental parts and other print music materials for some of Australia’s leading composers and musicians.

Christina Green is a composer, songwriter and performer working in both the contemporary classical and folk/acoustic music contexts.  As a composer Christina writes in a range of styles, with recent work including music for piano combining jazz and classical elements, and songs straddling the border between art and folk song.  A broad range of influences underpins her work, including jazz, 20th century, minimalism, medieval and experimental music and its aesthetic, punk, chanson and cabaret.

Felicity Wilcox is a versatile composer and performer whose output encompasses chamber music, electroacoustic music, band projects, music for film and television, music for theatre, installation, multimedia, live events, dance and radio.

Dan Thorpe is a queer noise-maker influenced by everything from queer punk to American experimentalism, Dan’s music decimat[es] the boundaries of genre CutCommon, 2016. His broad base of musical experience is reflected in a curious, experimental and genre defying compositional and performance output linked together by a love of storytelling and sense of irreverence for existing forms.

  • Saturday, Feb 24 2018 7:30pm

Be prepared for a sonic adventure when The Joan presents the world premiere of Secrets through a Soundglass on 24 February at 7.30pm. Exploring texture in sound and silence, this unique performance features the Sydney Art Quartet in its debut appearance at The Joan, presenting five new works in its playful style, deftly side-stepping cliché and orthodoxy.

Written for violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano by acclaimed composers Felicity Wilcox, Christina Green, Peggy Polias, Catherine Golden and Dan Thorpe; Secrets through a Soundglass takes its cues from experimental music of the 20th and 21st centuries, as researched by Sean Botha at Western Sydney University.

Praised by Limelight Magazine for its “gripping intensity”, the Sydney Art Quartet has gained a following for its quirky presentations of exquisite music. Joined by Daniel Thorpe (piano) and Catherine Golden (double bass) they’ll present the music as the art of sound, like you’ve never heard before.

Each piece in Secrets through a Soundglass focuses on the shape of natural sound – as well as silence and quiet spaces. These come to life, as imagined by the composers, filled with expectation and emotion, bringing audience members along for the ride.

ONE SHOW ONLY!

Adult $45

Concession $30

Student $20

Under 30 $20

*This concert is also a free add-on for Summit Subscribers.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Sean Botha is a composer, sound artist, performer, poet, researcher and writer and a PhD student at Western Sydney University. He composes electronic works, through improvisation, that includes voice, noise and sound recordings, and experimental pieces for classical guitar. His current projects include a written series of works which focus on the transgender community and his own personal experiences within the LGBTQIA+ community.

Sydney Art QuartetFounded by James Beck (cello, artistic director), the group works with distinguished guests to unite great quartet music with a wider world of arts and sciences including scent, botany, social history, architecture, painting, performance art, cuisine, fine wine, dance & multi-discipline installations.

Catherine Golden is a composer, double bassist, guitarist, electric bassist and recognised songwriter who visualises her music connecting with the notes, textures and timbres to change the shape of the sounds. Her performance career spans genres such as jazz, blues, popular, rock and classical music.

Peggy Polias is a composer and music typesetter preparing scores, instrumental parts and other print music materials for some of Australia’s leading composers and musicians.

Christina Green is a composer, songwriter and performer working in both the contemporary classical and folk/acoustic music contexts.  As a composer Christina writes in a range of styles, with recent work including music for piano combining jazz and classical elements, and songs straddling the border between art and folk song.  A broad range of influences underpins her work, including jazz, 20th century, minimalism, medieval and experimental music and its aesthetic, punk, chanson and cabaret.

Felicity Wilcox is a versatile composer and performer whose output encompasses chamber music, electroacoustic music, band projects, music for film and television, music for theatre, installation, multimedia, live events, dance and radio.

Dan Thorpe is a queer noise-maker influenced by everything from queer punk to American experimentalism, Dan’s music decimat[es] the boundaries of genre CutCommon, 2016. His broad base of musical experience is reflected in a curious, experimental and genre defying compositional and performance output linked together by a love of storytelling and sense of irreverence for existing forms.

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