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February 23 @ 7:00 pm
The Song Company, Australia’s premier vocal ensemble, begins 2017 with a program highlighting the extraordinary life and accidental death of Cornelius Cardew in graphic scores and communal improvisation, with guest artist Adrian Self.
Following his journey from bourgeois artistic revolutionary to post-Marxist populist, and finally his untimely demise at the age of 45 in suspicious circumstances (having upset significant parts of the Establishment), this operetta-esque happening gives some hindsight to his turbulent times and upside-down thinking and brings together diverse and significant sounds from the third quarter of the 20th century.
Threads in the story created with guest artist designer and writer Adrian Self include Cardew’s Forrest Gump-like involvement with major developments in 20th-century music, the trajectory of radical left-wing politics cotemporaneous with the march of Reagonomics and the neocons, and the question of whether music and culture can still change the world today.
Guest artist Adrian Self is a multimedia designer, artist, and writer practising for more than 25 years, whose work has been collected by many museums, including Tate Britain, MOMA New York, Peggy Guggenheim LA, and The V&A London.