FEATURING ANDREW TUTTLE, CHRISTINE JOHNSTON, MICHAEL ASKILL AND MZAZA
Take a tour into the hinterland for a day of deep listening to four distinctly different performances in four iconic rural sheds.
Big hART’s Acoustic Life of Sheds invites leading composers, musicians and artists to celebrate the architectural embodiments of rural culture as sound-shells by reimagining them for audiences in the landscape. The finished pieces are presented in a series of promenade concerts over a 20-kilometre journey along Gold Coast Springbrook Road. Hear four virtuosic artists across the four-hour tour perform new site-specific works, set among the lush, green foothills of the mountains, and experience another side of the Gold Coast.
“MUSICIANS, COMPOSERS AND SOUND DESIGNERS EXPLORE THESE SHEDS ON FAMILY FARMS, TO BE INSPIRED BY THE ECHOES OF THE PAST, AND TO PLAY BACK THESE SONIC LIVES TO US.”
– ABC Classic FM
Picnic boxes are available to pre-order with your ticket. Each picnic box is designed to share between two people and features an assortment of savory picnic essentials to be enjoyed while you take in the fresh air, stories and sounds of Acoustic Life of Sheds. Pre-ordered picnics will be available for collection at the event.
Picnic Box for two people – $40
Two-time Queensland Music Award winners MZAZA are committed to delivering Balkan-French inspired compositions to music lovers around the world. Led by enchanting French-Sephardic vocalist Pauline Maudy, this group of musicians from Bosnia, Latvia, Greece, Turkey, France and Australia has been mesmerising audiences with powerful and inspired performances.
Dr Michael Askill (PhD – University of Queensland), is a percussionist, composer, musical director, musical ambassador and educator - an icon of Australian music, known and admired for his enduring contribution to the Australian contemporary music landscape and his original blending of Asian and Western sounds. He has performed and recorded alongside some of world’s leading classical, contemporary, jazz and popular musicians including Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio, Terry Riley, Laurie Anderson, Sia, Phoenix, John Williams, Mike Nock, Chad Wackerman, Kuniko Kato and Evelyn Glennie - to name a few.
A well-kept secret of the Australian underground scene, the instrumental music of composer, improviser and collaborator Andrew Tuttle floats between ambient, cosmic country and folk, inhabiting a place all its own. Over four albums, touring throughout Europe and Australia and collaborations including with Matmos, Steve Gunn and Charlie Parr; Tuttle's work has been broadcast and critically acclaimed by internationally respected outlets such as BBC Radio, Uncut, MOJO, The Wire, ABC Radio National and The Guardian.
Christine Johnston combines vocal performance and music with her visual arts background in creating stand out work. Known for her particular bent on humour, dramatic visual style and bird-calls, she has created a diverse range of works nationally and internationally. Along with self devised performances, including MADAME LARK, she is also co-creator of the multi-award winning comedic trio THE KRANSKY SISTERS.
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Country on which we live and work. We recognise their continuing connection to place: to the land, the water and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.