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


Wangaratta Festival of Jazz - Friday 2 November
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EFG London Jazz Festival - Sunday 18 November
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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 is a suite of three works commissioned by the Australian Art Orchestra marking the centenary of Armistice Day 2018 in response to accounts recorded in the publication World War One: A History in 100 Stories by Bruce Scates, Rebecca Wheatley, and Laura James. 

The stories of war that are most often highlighted are those that happen on the battlefield. Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger Than Space focusses on the aftermath of war. On the stories of those who returned to Australia - the gassed, the crippled, the insane, all those irreparably damaged who tried to pick up ‘normal’ lives after the war. These stories are much longer than the stories of the war itself and involve whole communities affected in profound ways by the echoes of violence from the battlefields of Gallipoli, the Somme, Passchendaele, and Verdun.

Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger Than Space responds to the intimate accounts of lives remembered in fine grain detail away from the thrust of battle, and in this concert program are given musical expression in original compositions by three extraordinary Australian composers: Andrea Keller, Peter Knight, and Tilman Robinson.


Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger than Space is supported by the Anzac Centenary Public Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, and the Australian High Commission in the United Kingdom.

The project was conceived from an original concept by Paul Grabowsky AO, founding director of the Australian Art Orchestra.

Cover image by Pier Carthew