Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger Than Space

World Premiere Season November 2018 at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and London Jazz Festival

A contemplation of the centenary of Armistice Day in music. New compositions by Tilman Robinson, Andrea Keller, and Peter Knight

PERFORMANCES

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz - Friday 2 November
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London Jazz Festival - Sunday 18 November
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CREATIVE TEAM

Peter Knight trumpet/electronics/composition
Andrea Keller piano/composition
Tilman Robinson electronics/composition
Georgie Darvidis voice
Lizzy Welsh violin
Aviva Endean clarinets
James Macaulay trombone
Jacques Emery double bass
Simon Barker drum kit

System design/production Jem Savage

 

Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger Than Space

Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger than Space presents three world premieres by composers Andrea Keller, Tilman Robinson and AAO Artistic Director Peter Knight. Inspired by stories of those who returned from the battlefields of Gallipoli, the Somme, Passchendaele, and Verdun, Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger than Space focusses on those who tried to pick up their ‘normal’ lives after the war. For their compositions, the three composers use traditional ensemble textures along with archival recordings, tape, electronics and improvisation, to create an intense listening experience that is at once evocative and challenging.

Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger than Space is created in collaboration with Monash University Faculty of Arts, which commissioned the 100 Stories archive that then inspired the works created for the concert program. These are intimate accounts of lives remembered in fine grain detail away from the thrust of battle. The work will have three public expressions, with its world premiere on November 2nd 2018 as part of Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, as a series of solo performances at MPavilion produced in collaboration with Monash University Museum of Art on November 11th, and thirdly as a concert in Europe (To be announced).

Cover image by Pier Carthew

Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger than Space is supported by the Anzac Centenary Public Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria, and was conceived from an original concept by Paul Grabowsky AO, founding director of the Australian Art Orchestra.