On the 25th of August, the City Recital Hall in Angel Place, Sydney, will be transformed for a 12-hour new music festival called Extended Play. I am fortunate enough to be one of four student composers having a new piece performed as part of the Sydney Conservatorium's set, appearing as 'ConCreative'. The other composers are Solly Frank, Gabby Cadenhead and Bree Van Reyk. A brief description of all four pieces can be found here on the City Recital Hall's website.
My piece, We Call B.S., addresses the issues of gun control in America and listening to young political voices. Inspired by a powerful speech by Emma González (a survivor of the Florida shooting in February, 2018), I have taken the pitch and rhythm of her words and notated them into a video-score. An ensemble of mixed instruments will accompany the speech, improvising with the precise rhythm and pitch-contour of each syllable. Essentially, the piece intensifies the emotion in González's message by emphasising the musical qualities of her voice. The improvisation in this piece is partly inspired by Louis Andriessen's Workers Union. González's original speech can be seen below. The piece will begin 5:18 into this video.
ConCreative's set will be from 4:30pm to 5:30pm, with We Call B.S. as the finale. Tickets to the 12-hour festival can be found here. Performances in the main concert hall include headlining acts 'Bang on a Can All Stars' from America and 'Ensemble Offspring' from Sydney.
I'd love to see you there!