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Stroma’s co-director, performer and 2018 Silver Scroll winner Michael Norris is excited to present this gentle but fascinating programme. “These works were chosen because they each explore a simple but radical concept that results in unusual but beautiful ‘soundworlds’.”

Essential Experimental travels the globe for a series of intimate small, strange and fun pieces featuring music by Alvin Lucier (USA), James Tenney (USA), John Cage (USA), Chiyoko Szlavnics (CAN), Peter Ablinger (GER) and Antonia Barnett-McIntosh (NZ).

Expect an experimental evening of song, speech, rain, harmonics, beat frequencies and vases. In Essential Experimental, music is created by water dripping on glass tubes, a cello resonating in large vases, string harmonics that loop and echo, and beat frequencies created with strings, accordion and sine tones.

Norris says “The programme is inspired by composers in the twentieth century who overhauled the traditional concepts of what ‘music’ is and can be. Instead of working with ‘notes’ and ‘melodies’, they generated music from concepts such as resonance, tuning, space, found objects, or graphic scores.”

Featured composers include long-time innovator John Cage and New Zealand School of Music’s 2019 composer-in-residence, Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, whose playful experimentations with voice are pushing musical boundaries today.

Seating is very limited, so get in quick! Essential Experimental at Pyramid Club is an evening of sensational sounds – see you there!

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