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Hurricane Transcriptions/Laborintus II

January 16, 2014 | 8:00pm 11:00pm

Two genre-defying artists come together for a phenomenal evening of electrifying sound. Sonic Youth co-founder and revered guitarist Lee Ranaldo presents the Australian premiere of his new work Hurricane Transcriptions (Last Night on Earth), a piece composed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which blew through New York in 2012. Sydney’s acclaimed classical innovators Ensemble Offspring grow to 21-strong to join Ranaldo, delivering an atmospheric soundtrack to the storm as it batters the city with howling winds and torrential rain.

Man of many guises and patron of the bizarre, Mike Patton tackles Luciano Berio’s 1965 composition Laborintus II, a montage of spoken word, instrumentation and electronics. Written to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the birth of Italian poet Dante Alighieri, this uncompromising piece incorporates avant garde jazz, eerie arrangements and chaotic noise. Patton, last at Sydney Festival with Mondo Cane, is joined by Ensemble Offspring and The Song Company to present this remarkable work.

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2 Angel Place
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia

“The Ensemble Offspring orchestra excelled, especially in the quickfire transition to a demented big band uproar…The interplay between the words of Dante, Sanguineti, Eliot, Pound and the Bible—as sound—with the acoustic instrumentation and electronic score was exhilarating and, in the end, gently seductive…this moody, sometimes quite disturbing work made its mark in what was a standout festival concert.” Full review here


“The Ensemble Offspring performers are a talented bunch … and clearly enjoyed the piece they played so expertly”. Full review here

The Guardian



January 16, 2014




City Recital Hall
2 Angel Place
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia


Lee Ranaldo – Hurricane Transcriptions (Last Night on Earth)
Luciano Berio – Laborintus II


Lee Ranaldo (guitar)
Mike Patton (voice)
Sophie Cole, Kirsty Hilton, Anna McMichael, Veronique Serret, Emma West (violin)
Nicole Forsyth, Luke Spicer (viola)
Geoffrey Gartner, Andrew Hines (cello)
Elsen Price (bass)
Genevieve Lang, Natalie Wong (harp)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Evan Guy, Jason Noble, Diana Springford (clarinet)
Darryl Carthew, Tim Crow, Melanie McLoughlin (trumpet)
Nigel Crocker, Ros Jorgensen, Brett Page (trombone)
Claire Edwardes, Bree van Reyk (percussion)

with The Song Company – conducted by Roland Peelman

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Hurricane Transcriptions/Laborintus II