THE SONG COMPANY: ACCIDENTAL PLANS
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The extraordinary life and death of Cornelius Cardew in graphic scores and group improvisation.
Following Cardew’s journey from bourgeois artistic revolutionary to post-Marxist populist, and finally his untimely demise in suspicious circumstances (having upset significant parts of the Establishment), this operetta-esque happening gives some hindsight to his turbulent times and upside-down thinking. Threads in the story created with designer and writer Adrian Self include Cardew’s Forrest Gump-like involvement with major developments in 20th-century music, the trajectory of radical left-wing politics contemporaneous with the march of Reagonomics and the neocons, and the question: can popular music and culture still change the world today?
Includes excerpted works by Cardew:
The Great Learning – Paragraph 7
Smash the Social Contract
Revolution is the Main Trend in the World Today
About The Song Company
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 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. From its beginnings in 1984 the ensemble’s schedule has grown to include a mix of national and international touring, a subscription series in cities across Australia, recording and broadcast projects, education activities, and special collaborative projects.
The Song Company’s repertoire covers vocal music from the 10th century to contemporary works, and is unique in its stylistic diversity. The Company remains at the forefront of contemporary vocal music through an extensive commissioning program and collaborations with artists and composers of the highest calibre from around the world. A longstanding commitment to education sees the ensemble perform regularly in schools throughout the country, including bringing music workshops to children in regional and remote areas.
From 2016 the ensemble has been led by the British composer, conductor, producer, and lecturer Antony Pitts, whose award-winning career has taken him from the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace and New College, Oxford, via the BBC, the Royal Academy of Music, and performances in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Berlin Philharmonie, to the forefront of the Australian music scene as Artistic Director of The Song Company.
A STREET LIVE MUSIC PRESENTATION
THE SONG COMPANY
FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2017 @7PM
UNDER 30: $40.00
Street One - Reserved | Duration 100 minutes including interval.