Soundstream’s Executive Producer Mark Patterson is producing a major VR work, having its World Premiere in a 360 degree projection dome at the historic Queens Theatre as part of Illuminate Adelaide.
Square Circles is an immersive virtual reality work that draws upon William Barton’s Country, culture and dreaming. It uses emergent digital storytelling to create breathtaking visual landscapes, featuring Barton’s visceral music, along with friend and collaborator violist Stephen King and the Australian String Quartet (ASQ).
Set to a score performed and recorded by Barton and the ASQ on Peramangk Country at Ukaria Cultural Centre, Square Circles is a stunning blend of music and visual artistry from Go Patterson Films and Jumpgate VR.
View the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/571529787
Bookings here: https://www.illuminateadelaide.com/events/square-circles-vr
PRIMORDIAL” – For Piano and Diverse Media
Commissioned by the Hon. Christopher Schacht and Soundstream
A world premiere SA regional tour as part of South Australia’s History Festival in May 2021. BOOK TICKETS FOR:
Piano: Gabriella Smart
Music: Constantine Koukias
Tape Sound Design: Mischa Duncan te Pas
Lighting Design: Jason James
Sound Technician: Daniel Pitman
Photography: Jack Tanner
A musical soundscape that condenses several million years of shifting Tectonic forces as the first complex life form on earth emerged. This is Primordial, a unique merging of science and sound.
A collaboration between composer Constantine Koukias (AUS/NETH) and pianist Gabriella Smart, Primordial conception is inspired by the discovery in Australia of one of the oldest life forms on the planet, the Ediacara, which lived over 550 million years ago. Primordial is a visceral listening experience that can be performed indoors with staged lighting, or outdoors against chosen dramatic backdrops. The work commences with the the eruption of Tectonic plates that formed the Flinders Ranges and then travels through time to first appearance of the Ediacaran fossils, the first animals of life; when smothered by sand, they were fossilised as mineral ‘death-mask imprints’. The piano as we know it is reinvented, its resonance reflecting a haunting, fragile primal sound world over 50 minutes.
Koukias is critically acclaimed for his striking operatic visual design. His compositions have earned acclaim for their mesmerising, atmospheric qualities. The intimate sounds of the piano are juxtaposed against the re-imagined primordial Ediacara soundscape. This is visceral, immersive art.
Reviews of the Athens preview showing:
“Koukias’ sharp and at times fragile music miraculously reflected this vast landscape on the edge of the Australian desert” Thomas Tamvakos, ARCHIVE OF GREEK CLASSICAL COMPOSERS
“Gabriella Smart was ravishing and mystical… with a conquered technique”. Panagiotis Andriopoulos Athens 2020
“Ancient sounds stream from the piano and make us sit up and listen”. Sofia Theofanous, Association of theatrical and musical reviews – Estia Athens 2020
A musical work inspired by the painter Clarice Beckett, composed by Gabriella Smart with sound artist Daniel Pitman.
Commissioned by the Art Gallery of South Australia.
TWO REMAINING PERFORMANCES Friday 7 May 6.30pm. Saturday 15 May at 12.30pm
You can now watch and listen to Soundstreams hit of the 2020 RCC Festival.
A short film of the concert by Lilian Chau Sutherland and Anna Markou can be watched HERE.
And the full audio recording of the concert can be listened to HERE.
Steve Reich’s seminal work Music For 18 Musician was one of the standout concerts of the 2020 festival season. Performed on the 13 March to a sold out house in Adelaide’s Elder Hall, it was the last major event before COVID changed everything.
Producer: Gabriella Smart/Artistic director
Music Director: Vanessa Tomlinson
Vanessa Tomlinson: Xylophone 2
Amanda Grigg: Marimba 1
Peter Overall: Marimba 2
Ryan Grunwald: Maracas
Henry Millar: Marimba 3
Thomas Chalker: Vibraphone
Ciara Ferguson: Xylophone 1
Piano 1: Michael Ierace
Piano 2: Ting Yun
Piano 3: Yundi Yuan
Piano 4: Simon Pazos
Violin: Simone Slattery
Cello: Anthony Albrecht
Associate Producer: Paris Williams
RCC Producer: Neil Jensen
Recording/Amplification: Daniel Pitman
Video editor/producers: Lilian Chau Sutherland Anna Markou
From isolation to inspiration, EMERGE is a concert featuring new works by South Australia’s exciting new generation of composers, curated by Dylan Crismani and presented by Soundstream.
Date: 1st November 2020
Venue: Madley Rehearsal Studio, The University of Adelaide
Tickets: ($20 Adult | $15 Concession)
EMERGE combines acoustic instruments, electronics and live dance to create a unique artistic experience.
The composers are sound artist Jesse Budel, who has travelled the world working in the field of soundscape ecology; Dylan Crismani, whose musical style fuses American Minimalism with European Spectralism; Samantha Raftery, a passionate music educator whose music is inspired by Irish music and dance styles; and Iran Sanadzadeh, whose work explores our relationship with daily objects, actions and sound.
ACF Boost campaign: Soundstream’s donor dollar is now double the impact!
In 2019, you generously supported Soundstream through the ACF to create ‘Primordial’ by Constantine Koukias for piano and diverse media, inspired by one of the oldest life forms on the planet, the 550 million years old Ediacarans.
“Anyone who has seen these fossils can only be awestruck…. they are a thing of great beauty and have inspired internationally renowned musicians and artists.”
– Mary Lou Simpson, Chair, Flinders Ranges Ediacaran Foundation
We acknowledge that this is a difficult time for many people in our community. If you’re in a position to contribute, we need your ongoing support more than ever.
Regional SA has been battered by drought and bushfire and is now experiencing increased isolation and economic hardship wrought by COVID-19. This tour is an opportunity to safely bring communities together, in artistic and educational activities, through the work’s unique crossover between music, science and geography.
‘Primordial’ was performed by pianist Gabriella Smart as a work-in-progress in the Athens Concert Hall in February 2020, and will feature as a world premiere in the Totally Huge New Music Festival in Perth in April 2021.
Following its world premiere, we’re launching the SA tour of ‘Primordial’. Your donation to this tour is a precious contribution to Australia’s cultural legacy through education. Performances of the work in regional SA schools will use art to inform and connect children with South Australia’s unique geological and scientific context.
Reviews of the Athens work-in-progress:
“Koukias’ sharp and at times fragile music miraculously reﬂected this vast landscape on the edge of the Australian desert”
– Thomas Tamvakos, ARCHIVE OF GREEK CLASSICAL COMPOSERS
“Ancient sounds stream from the piano and make us sit up and listen”.
– Soﬁa Theofanous, Association of theatrical and musical reviews, Estia Athens 2020
Thanks to the generosity of Creative Partnerships Australia’s ACF Boost program, EVERY TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DOLLAR YOU CONTRIBUTE UNTIL MAY 31 WILL BE MATCHED up to our target of $4,600.
So your impact is doubled! Every dollar that you donate counts: $50 converts to $100, $200 to $400, $500 to $1000!
You will directly contribute to Australia’s artistic legacy, in locations where art is most needed.
Donations raised will be used to pay artists performance fees, travel and accommodation for the May 2021 tour, with no hidden administrative costs.
Soundstream’s Artistic Director Gabriella Smart is currently undertaking a residency in Paris until early March 2020.
Soundstream presents Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians, Elder Hall, March 13, 8pm, part of R.C.C. 2020. Presented by Soundstream in partnership with Recitals Australia. YOU CAN BOOK HERE.
In a South Australian first, Adelaide audiences will be able to hear Steve Reich’s minimalist masterpiece live in concert. Four pianists, seven percussionists and four singers feature in the line-up for this mesmerising work. Often regarded as Reich’s masterpiece, Music for 18 Musicians is generally regarded as one of the defining works of the 20th Century, and was included in David Bowie’s list of his 25 favourite albums of all time.
On release in 1978, the work’s impact on the new music scene was instant and overwhelming. Described by Alex Ross of The New Yorker as a ’40-year wonder’, Reich’s masterpiece continues to have an appeal and significance that transcends boundaries and defines timeless.