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Diomira at Melbourne Festival

  • Substation 1 Market Street Newport, VIC, 3015 Australia (map)

Sparked off by one of the imaginary lands in Italo Calvino's novella Invisible Cities, Diomira by the Australian Art Orchestra's artistic director Peter Knight is an expedition forging a path between the observable and the unreal.

Chamber jazz orchestra expands with the additions of turntables, reel-to-reel tape machines and live signal processing, while the sounds of acoustic instruments and voices are interwoven with vinyl-cut field recordings, toying with perceptions of what is head and what has only been imagined. This layered sound world is further augmented by multi-screen projections as time folds into itself, leaving the residue of moments half-remembered.