Thursday 7 October, 7pm
The Lab, Light Square, Adelaide
All tickets $35
The acclaimed Australian String Quartet performs a program of modern Australian music set against a scintillating backdrop of immersive visual media. This experience features the world-premiere of Natalie Williams’ brand-new piece Black Summer*, a work for string quartet and silent film, telling stories of Australia’s devastating bushfire history.
Also featuring a new visual work to accompany a recording of James Ledger’s 2018 piece for string quartet and electronics, The Distortion Mirror, and live performances of Richard Meale’s achingly gentle Cantilena Pacifica and Paul Stanhope’s captivating String Quartet No. 1, this evening of contemporary Australian music and moving image will take you on a gripping visual and aural journey.
Warning: Black Summer contains historical reportage of bushfires, and their resultant devastation, from across Australia. Some viewers may find this content confronting. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that it may contain images of deceased persons.
*Composed for the Albert H Maggs Award, 2018 (from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne). “Black Summer” refers to the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season.