A world premiere SA regional tour as part of South Australia’s History Festival in May 2021. BOOK TICKETS FOR:
PORT LINCOLN Sunday 30 May 5.30pm
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 is an immersive work for grand piano, electronics and lighting, inspired by the Ediacaran fossil beds in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. These fossil beds are among the most important sites in the world and record the earliest evidence of complex life on earth. Ediacaran animals were the first multicellular organisms, whose home was the inland ocean of Australia 550 million years ago. When smothered by sand, they were fossilised as mineral death-mask imprints.
The sonic world of Primordial reflects this vast landscape on the edge of the Australian desert. Koukias imagines the sound of shifting tectonic plates through manipulated piano preparations and electronics to create sounds in cascading waves. The piano as we know it is reinvented, its resonance reflecting a haunting, fragile sound world.
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.
Piano: Gabriella Smart
Music: Constantine Koukias
Sound Technician: Daniel Pitman Lighting Design & Media Design: Jason James
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
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.
That Which Remains
UnPiano Trio creates a unique sensory experience at sunset in Z Ward
Wednesday May 8, 6pm-7pm
Z Ward, 63 Conyngham St, Glenside, SA
Ticket price/s $20/$40
The Z Ward, with its generous musical acoustic, is as beautiful on the outside as it is chillingly grim within.” The Advertiser
UnPiano performs in Glenside’s notorious Z Ward, as part of the SA History Festival. Originally home to the criminally insane for 80 years, the empty cells and gardens of Z Ward are transformed into extraordinarily resonant performance spaces, taking the audience on a unique narrative journey. The trio will use the natural resonance and architecture of Z Ward to connect to its restless and turbulent past.
UnPiano is Derek Pascoe (saxophone) UK/Australia, Johannes S. Sistermanns (electronics, voice) Germany, and Gabriella Smart (synthesizer) Australia. The Trio was established in 2017 by three musicians from diverse backgrounds who are united by their love of freely improvised music. By exploring acoustic and manipulated sounds to create a narrative that explores emotional boundaries, they create an intimate connection to their immediate performance space. UnPiano have performed in Poland, Berlin and around Australia, including forthcoming performances at MONA.
Presented by Soundstream in partnership with the National Trust of South Australia as part of the History Festival of SA
Pianist Gabriella Smart is one of the leading advocates of new music in Australia – through performance, improvisation, collaborative composition, commissioning and curation. She is the recipient of two prestigious awards in 2019: The Australia Council for the Arts Paris Residency, and a South Australian Government Creative Fellowship. In she was awarded a Prelude Composer Residency and a UNESCO City of Music residency in Katowice, Poland. Gabriella received a Churchill Fellowship in 2010, and a Helpmann Award in 2009. As an improviser she has collaborated and performed with such luminaries as Lisa Gerrard, Brian Ritchie, Alvin Curran, Cat Hope, Derek Pascoe and Johannes Sistermanns as part of their Blue Touch Trio, and Paul Grabowsky. With a background as a multi-award winning pianist specialising in classical and new music, Gabriella has performed extensively in Australia and internationally, premiering over forty new works for solo piano by Australian and international composers in Australia, Europe and China, and collaborating with musicians as diverse as Brett Dean, Elena Kats Chernin, Erik Griswold, Erkki Veltheim, Jon Rose, and Tamara Anna Cislowska.
Gabriella’s performance of Alvin Curran’s solo For Cornelius on 9/8/17 was described as ‘meltingly beautiful’ and ‘mesmerising’ (The Australian). She has performed widely as a soloist throughout Australia, and internationally, promoting the works of Australian composers. Gabriella has performed in the Melbourne and Adelaide International Festivals, MONA MOFO, TURA (Perth) and in Europe and China. In 2010 she represented Australia at the World Expo in Shanghai. Gabriella has given numerous live and recorded broadcasts for ABC Classic FM.
Gabriella is Artistic Director of Soundstream Collective, the University of Adelaide’s New Music Ensemble-in-Residence, which received an SA Premier’s Award for Best Event in 2009, and was recognized nationally in 2013 through the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence by an Organisation. Soundstream established the Emerging Composers’ Forum in 2012, a national Forum creating opportunities for emerging composers through supporting the creation, workshopping, performance and recording of their works.
Derek Pascoe has been playing saxophone professionally for over 40 years including regular TV, radio broadcasts and studio recordings across a range of genres. He was a member of acclaimed pop group Flintlock, who produced 5 albums and were featured weekly on UK national television including Top of the Pops and Tomorrow’s People. Pascoe has played at many of London’s prestigious Jazz venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Bass Clef and the Jazz Cafe. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, Japan and most recently in Australia with The Commitments.
In 1998 Pascoe moved to Australia from London. He completed a Master of Music at the Elder Conservatorium Adelaide in 2010, exploring performance and spontaneous improvisation techniques. Since 2000, he has lectured in Jazz theory and Improvisation across the Jazz, Classical and Contemporary disciplines at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide.
Pascoe has an extensive recording, arranging and composing history that includes the National Youth Jazz Orchestra UK, Jacqueline Dankworth UK, Shaolin Afronauts, the Zeitgeist Orchestra, John Aue and the Yearlings. His work in film includes improvised performance for the film documentary These Heathen Dreams, with music composed by Mike Darren and directed by Ann Tsoulis. In 2016 he composed and performed the music to accompany the silent masterpiece The Crowd as part of the APRA Silent Remasters series. In 2014, Pascoe composed music to Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, which received its world premiere in the Elder Hall Lunchtime Series in Adelaide. A subsequent CD recording was released in 2015 by Finepoets. Recent live performances include regular appearances at Creative Original Music Adelaide and Elder Hall Lunchtime Series concerts. Pascoe is currently composing music to the text from James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Johannes S Sistermanns
Dr. JOHANNES S. SISTERMANNS stages his compositions as electroacoustic, SoundPlastic exhibition, music theatre, urban environment, and radiophonic sound plays. He studied the “Tao of Voice” method with Stephen Cheng in New York and classical North Indian singing at the Banares Hindu University. From 1976 to 1984, he studied piano, Rhythmik, and new music theatre with Mauricio Kagel at the Cologne Conservatory of Music. Performances, exhibitions, teachings, and fellowships have taken him to Japan, China, Australia, and the USA. He has been a guest artist at many international festivals, including the Knitting Factory in New York (1995), Melbourne Festival (1997), EXPO 2000 in Hanover, Adelaide Festival (2000), Donaueschinger Musiktage (1996, 1999, 2005, 2016), Electroacoustic Music Festival in Shanghai (2006), ISCM World New Music Days Switzerland (2004)/Stuttgart (2006)/Sydney (2010), Experimental Intermedia in New York (2007), ZKM Karlsruhe Sound Dome (2010) Musicarama Hong Kong (2011)MONA MOFO Festival Tasmania 2015. Sistermanns lectured at the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt (2004, 2006), and worked as the Artistic Director of Experimental Music Theatre in Hellerau/Dresden (2010/11). He has received numerous prizes and awards including the 2015 FOREVER NOW Competition [Aphids, Melbourne]: the ‚Golden Record’ with 65 selected sound and audiovisual artworks shot in and spin through outer space, Prix PRESQUE RIEN/Luc Ferrari Paris 2015 and 1. Prize Leibniz Harmonies 2016 Hanover and the ‚GERMAN SOUNDART AWARD 2008’.
Grand Silence is an improvised response by UnPiano to the soundscape of the same name created by Sean Williams from the landmark recordings of Jonty Semper (UK), Kenotaphion (2001, Locus+). Semper collected all surviving recordings of the two-minute silences at the Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday ceremonies at the Cenotaph in London from 1929 to 2000. Grand Silence is an improvised threnody of this remarkable memorial.
UnPiano (Derek Pascoe, saxophone (UK/Aus), Johannes S. Sistermanns, exciter, voice, (GER), and Gabriella Smart, synthesizer, (AUS)) have performed Grand Silence in Poland and Berlin. It is a poignant commemoration to the people who have lost their lives in War.
Presented by Soundstream in partnership and the Samstag Museum of Art
Thursday April 25 at 6pm. 45 minutes duration, no interval
Samstag Museum of Art
University of South Australia
55 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Tickets: $15/$30 TRYBOOKING:
The Wire’s Top 50 for 2005,
hit of the 2018 Sacrum Profanum Festival Krakow
Performed by Cat Hope and Kasper T Toeplitz
Sunday March 17, 4pm. 90 minutes duration with interval
Ayers House, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
A student of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, Radigue’s is a unique musical voice of the 21st Century. Toeplitz’s performance was a hit of the 2018 Sacrum Profanum Festival, Krakow, and Hope’s acclaimed performance was premiered in 2018 at Carriageworks Sydney.
Occam XXIV for flute, written for Cat Hope by Éliane Radigue
Elemental 11 for bass guitar, written for Kasper T Toeplitz by Éliane Radigue
Presented by Soundstream in partnership with the National Trust of South Australia