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Free pop-up performances

Friday 15 May, South Bank

5pm, beginning at The Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank Parklands
Ben Marks The Circular Ruins

Saturday 16 May, State Library of Queensland

11am - Poinciana Lounge
Kupka's Piano
Alan Lawrence The Instant Burst of Clamour - World premiere
Franco Donatoni Arpege (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano & percussion)

11.30am - Knowledge Walk
Rafael Karlen Quartet

12pm - Red Box
Kupka's Piano
Luciano Berio Sequenza XVI for cello (solo cello)
Philippe Manoury Solo de Vibraphone (solo percussion)

12.30pm - Queensland Terrace
Rafael Karlen Quartet

2pm - Poinciana Lounge
Kupka's Piano
Eric Wubbels Shiverer (flute & piano)
Michael Bakrncev Fortified Echoes - World premiere

2.30pm - Knowledge Walk
The Australian Voices
F.S. Kelly Elegy "In Memoriam Rupert Brooke"
Nigel Butterley Spring’s Ending
Traditional Scottish (arr. Hamilton) Wild Mountain Thyme
Robert Davidson Not Now, Not Ever!

3pm - Poinciana Lounge
Rafael Karlen Quartet

3.30pm - Queensland Terrace
The Australian Voices
Isabella Gerometta Words That Change Into Other Words
Gordon Hamilton Furuike Ya
Nigel Butterley Spring’s Ending
Gordon Hamilton Rap Battle

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To round out 24 hours of phenomenal new music, QSOCurrent includes free events in the South Bank Parklands and the State Library of Queensland.

 

The Circular Ruins, a composed environment by Ben Marks

Jorge Louis Borges' story The Circular Ruins follows the trials of an unidentified man in his efforts to dream into a life a human being. Through meticulous imagining of internal organs (beginning with the heart) and ritual supplication before the deities of fire he succeeds. The only way the dreamed man can know he is a dream is that he is immune to fire: the fire which gave him life. The dreamer, his task is now complete, walks into a raging bushfire only to find himself immune to its flames and realises he too is a dream.

Composer Ben Marks (trombonist with the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble ELISION) invites you to experience overlapping layers of instrumental and environmental sound that bring to life the vivid soundscape of South Bank Parklands. Explore pathways in and around the Rainforest Walk as cellist Katherine Philp, saxophonist Andrew Ball, percussionist Angus Wilson, Ba Da Boom percussion ensemble, and the trombones and horns of the Queensland Conservatorium play music that has been created specifically for the space. This world premiere event is for everyone of all ages, on the evening of Friday May 15th, from 5pm to 5.30pm, beginning on the grassed area under the Brisbane Wheel.

 

Pop-Ups at SLQ

On Saturday May 16 between 11am and 4pm, the State Library of Queensland will host a series of pop-up concerts featuring Kupka’s Piano, The Australian Voices and the Rafael Karlen Quartet.

The Australian Voices present two micro programs of Australian works. You will probably hear the voice of a recent Prime Minister, an off-the-wall radio broadcast (in the shape of a choral piece) and words that – well – change into other words.

Kupka's Piano present works by Donatoni, Berio, Manoury and Wubbels as well as world premieres of new works by Australian composers Alan Lawrence and Michael Bakrncev. Commissioned specifically for QSOCurrent and QANZAC 100, these new works draw their inspiration from the QANZAC 100 theme of commemorating our past and capturing contemporary and living memories of Queensland’s experiences during and after the First World War.

Rafael Karlen Quartet present a series of shorter pieces and episodes commissioned for The 2014 Brisbane International Jazz Festival, as well as compositions from Rafael’s latest album, The Sweetness of Things Half-Remembered.

 

Biographies

Rafael Karlen Quartet

Saxophone Rafael Karlen Piano Steve Newcomb Bass wen Newcomb Drums Joe Marchisella The Rafael Karlen Quartet features pianist Steve Newcomb, bassist Owen Newcomb, drummer Joe Marchisella and Rafael Karlen on tenor saxophone. They have performed...
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Kupka’s Piano

Flute Jodie Rottle Clarinet Macarthur Clough Violin Adam Cadell Cello Katherine Philp Percussion Angus Wilson Piano Alex Raineri Taking its name from Bohemian painter František Kupka’s iconic 1909 painting The Piano Keys, the Brisbane-based contemporary...
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Proudly supported by Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane City Council, State Library of Queensland, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and Boyds The Piano Shop