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‘Exhilarating’ score wins major prize
The South Africa-based Australian String Quartet’s recording of Grammy-winning composer Bryce Dessner’s powerful score Impermanence/Disintegration won a major international music prize.
Sydney Dance Company and ASQ co-commissioned Dessner (founder of American rock band The National) to create the music to accompany Rafael Bonachela’s choreography in the dance production Impermanencewhich premiered in Sydney in February 2021 before performing as part of the Adelaide Festival program the following month.
The feature film Impermanence/Disintegration album – released last year on US independent label 37d03d – today won the top prize for Best Classical Record at the Libera Awards from the A2IM (American Association of Independent Music), the biggest celebration of independent music in the world. country.
Dessner’s music and Bonachela’s choreography have been influenced by the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires and the blaze that nearly destroyed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and are described as an emotional response to the impermanence and to the “ephemeral transience of life”. The nine tracks on the album have titles such as “Alarms”, “Disintegration”, “Embers” and “Emergency”.
ASQ musicians Dale Barltrop, Francesca Hiew, Stephen King, Christopher Cartlidge and Rachael Tobin participated in the performance and recording of Impermanence/Disintegration.
“It is an honor to have received this award in recognition of our collaboration with Bryce Dessner and the Sydney Dance Company,” violinist Barltrop said in a statement. “We are indebted to Rafael Bonachela, Artistic Director of the Sydney Dance Company, for his vision in bringing this project to fruition and to Bryce for his exhilarating score.”
Impermanence is currently on tour in Australia.
Call of Rumpus
The Rumpus Theater invites creators who have a project that might be suitable for its 2023 season to express their interest.
The collective of independent theater makers – based at 100 Sixth Street in Bowden – says it wants its fifth annual season “to be created by professional artists independent of SA; consist of courageous, relevant and innovative work; aim to target new or younger or more diverse audiences; celebrating and promoting diversity in our community, in all its forms; [and] present new works by local artists or a new approach to pre-existing works”.
He’s looking for both main season shows (full production) and “baby plays” (work in development), with expressions of interest ending July 6 (more info and an application form can be found here).
Rumpus is also currently seeking a Season Manager (job description here) to support the delivery of its 2022 season.
Meet the Minister
The Arts Industry Council of SA is hosting an event later this month where guests can meet Andrea Michaels, the new Arts Minister for State Government (and Small Family Business, Consumers and Business).
“It will be an evening of networking, artist provocations and live music!” the council says of the free event at Sparkke at the Whitmore on June 29. Further details are forthcoming, but you can register your interest in attending here.
My story my way
Young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds share their stories in a collection of artworks on display at the Hawke Center’s Kerry Packer Civic Gallery this month.
My story my waypresented by the Australian Refugee Association (ARA) and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, includes drawings and paintings from the young artists’ home countries (including Afghanistan and Syria), as well as artwork which capture their new life in Australia and their experience of moving between different worlds.
It is accompanied by an artists’ market featuring works (some of which are for sale) by artists of all ages from refugee and migrant backgrounds, and a series of short films presented as part of the Ghan International Film Festival Australia.
coinciding with My story my way and SA Refugee Week, the ARA and the Hawke Center present a roundtable on June 23 that will examine the benefits, dangers and responsibilities of using storytelling to raise the voices of those who are traditionally underrepresented in mainstream media, including people who have had traumatic experiences (details and listings here).
Street art tours
Adelaide is full of interesting street art, but the fact that it’s often hidden behind buildings or alleyways means some of the more interesting pieces can be overlooked.
According to Walking SA, which is running a series of guided art trail walks this month, there are more than 50 works of street art in the CBD alone. It promises participants on its three tours – each of which travel around 4km east, west and south of the city – to experience a wide range of styles “representing the diversity of artists and the cultural scene of ‘Adelaide”.
This weekend’s tours are already sold out but last time we looked there were still places available for June 22 and 23.
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