new music from dead horse

For their latest program of new music Dead Horse Productions have moved from the carparks, warehouses and Meat Market of previous outings to the old Forum cinema (formerly the 1929 State Theatre, more recently a Christian Revival Centre) on Flinders Street with its Moorish Revival exterior (a style resurgence rather than a religious one) and neo-classical interior. Dead Horse Productions, who brought Melbourne audiences the adventurously programmed Concave City and New Works for Music and Film, now present Ground Elastic Sound.

The Dead Horse Ensemble, conducted by the globe-trotting Ben Northey, will play compositions by David Chisholm (from his score for balletlab’s Origami, now out on Move Records), Biddy Connor (vocalist, instrumentalist and accomplished composer for film), Wally Gunn (composer for visual arts, theatre and film and instrumentalist commissions), Peter Knight (composer and trumpet player with his own jazz quartet) and Kate Neal (composer and artistic director of Dead Horse Productions), fresh from her artist-in-residence stint in the US working with acclaimed US composer Syd Hodkinson and writing material for Ground Elastic Sound.

Ground Elastic Sound promises “to appeal to fans of rock, jazz, electronica and classical music.” The ensemble, with elements of laptop and pre-recorded sound, will feature leading players in classical and jazz, including Tristram Williams (trumpet), Miki Tsonuda (violin), Adam Simmons (sax) and Anita Hustas (double bass). RT

The Forum Upstairs, Melbourne, Feb 23, 8pm

RealTime issue #77 Feb-March 2007 pg. 50

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1 February 2007