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Images by Zan Wimberley.

RESONANT BODIES  is a festival of new vocal music founded in New York in 2013 to exhibit the shape-shifting power of the human voice. It was initiated by American singer Lucy Dhegrae to display what the human voice is capable of and to give a platform to adventurous vocalists. The festival has now occurred in various locations and this is the first time it has come to Sydney. Carriageworks is the ideal location. Take something familiar and give it an ambitious new twist.

RESONANT BODIES FESTIVAL invites vocalists to curate and perform their own 45 minute sets, with no restrictions on repertoire, style or format. On Saturday night the featured vocalists were Australian artist Mitchell Riley and American artist Ariadne Greif. Continue reading RESONANT BODIES FESTIVAL AT CARRIAGEWORKS

Sydney Chamber Opera: Mayakovsky

A scene from the production Mayakovsky at Carriageworks. Pic Zan Wimberley
A scene from the production Mayakovsky at Carriageworks. Pic Zan Wimberley

One of the most unusual works I have seen in a while, the world premiere of MAYAKOVSKY, composed by Michael Smetanin and libretto by Alison Croggon, is given a powerful, striking performance at Carriageworks by the Sydney Chamber Opera.

Electronic music is combined with jazz and amazing singing (among other styles) in the eclectic, fractured and disjointed, very contemporary score. It combines a small woodwind and brass ensemble with guitar, piano, percussion and electronics and was led by conductor and pianist Jack Symonds who navigated the complex and difficult score with excellent focus.

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