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Conductor Alondra de la Parra
Double Bass Edicson Ruiz
Vocals Olivia Chindamo

Chapela Inguesu (Australian Premiere)
Martinsson Double Bass Concerto No.1 (Australian Premiere)
Chapela Piroklasta (World Premiere)
Chindamo FANTASKATTO for Voice and Orchestra (World Premiere)

Duration: Two hours including interval (subject to change without notice)
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Brisbane Powerhouse will explode with this whopping QSOCurrent program of Australian-firsts led by Music Director Alondra de la Parra. The evening will showcase the music of Mexican composer Enrico Chapela, two stunning soloists and a kaleidoscopic commission by legendary Australian composer Joe Chindamo.

Chapela’s symphonic poem Inguesu kicks off the concert with a noisy action-packed orchestra recreating a defining moment in modern Mexican culture and ripping open old wounds when the underdogs won a historic soccer match against Brazil. The Orchestra is divided into the Mexican and Brazilian teams; keep an ear out for superstar Ronaldinho as first trumpet.

Next up, is Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson’s Double Bass Concerto played by Berlin Philharmonic’s Edicson Ruiz, one of the foremost bass players of our time. The exceptionally lyrical piece gives Ruiz a narrative role, allowing his brilliance to radiate.

The world premiere of another Chapela work, Piroklasta, follows and is inspired by the worst volcanic horrors and the beautiful and raw power of nature. He devotes each movement to a different pyroclastic feature – from magma to ash – with music driven by passion and chaos.

To conclude, Chindamo’s FANTASKATTO is a concertante work with jazz, contemporary and operatic flavours, making way for his daughter, award-winning vocalist Olivia Chindamo, to dazzle. Think Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Diana Krall and The Swingle Singers thrown in with Rajaton and topped with a zany contemporary twist, and you won’t be too far off this swingin’ finale.



Music Director

Alondra de la Parra

Alondra de la Parra has gained widespread attention for her spellbinding and vibrant performances, making her one of the most compelling conductors of her generation. She holds the distinction of being the first Mexican woman...
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Double Bass

Edicson Ruiz

Born in Caracas in 1985, Edicson Ruiz decided to play the bass when he was just eleven years old. His first teacher and mentor Felix Petit guided him through his studies in "El Sistema", the...
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Joe Chindamo

Joe Chindamo is musical polyglot in the tradition of Bernstein and Previn, who cannot be easily characterised. Routinely described as one of the best jazz pianists in the world for many years, his art has...
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Olivia Chindamo

Australian vocalist, Olivia Chindamo is a Melbourne based musician who is best known for her natural and effortless ability to improvise or 'scat'. As the 2016 Bell Award winner for Young Australian Jazz Artist of...
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