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The Great Acceleration

The 1990s was a transformative period for Australia and for the world. ‘Creative Nation’ proclaimed the importance of art in life and in society.

The Mabo decision set off a chain reaction culminating in Paul Keating’s Redfern Address and the Australian Parliament’s landmark Native Title Act in 1993.

The internet arrived, changing everything from journalism to music to how we talk to each other. Meanwhile the scientific community’s urgent concerns at the mounting evidence of anthropogenic climate change trickled into the political sphere at a painfully slow rate. So much, in such a short time.

Reflecting on our establishment as group in 1995, our shared past and how it impacts on our lives today, we take our inspiration for The Great Acceleration. Ensemble Offspring and Queensland band Topology, together with guitarist Andrew Blanch, revisit classic works from the early nineties, and splice them together with new works reflecting on where we have come from and where we are now to make a multi-layered, multimedia feast of music and ideas. 

PERFORMANCES

Saturday 28 November 7pm, Music Workshop
Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROGRAM

Paul Mac – Redfern Speech (2019)
Peter Sculthorpe – Tropica (2 guitars, percussion, double bass, violin, bass clarinet) (1992)
Jessica Wells – Interlude 1 (politics) (2020) WP
Robert Davidson – New Work (2 guitars, percussion, piano, double bass, violin, bass clarinet)  (2020) WP
Jessica Wells – Interlude 2 (environment) (2020) WP
Felicity Wilcox – New Work (2 guitars, percussion, piano, double bass, violin, bass clarinet)  (2020) WP
Jessica Wells – Interlude 3 (acceleration) (2020) WP
Nigel Westlake – Tall Tales but True (2 guitars, percussion, piano, double bass, violin, bass clarinet) (1992)

Performers

Jason Noble (bass clarinet)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Andrew Blanch (guitar)
Ariel Nurhadi (guitar)
Robert Davidson (double bass)
Sonya Lifschitz (piano)
Christa Powell (violin)
Grayson Cooke (video art & VJ)