Scale Variable 2017

Concert 2: Rio 1917 by GreyWing

7:30pm Wednesday 31 May
Main Auditorium, WAAPA

After a previous concert cancellation due to illness, Tura presents the second concert in the 2017 Scale Variable New Chamber Music Series, featuring GreyWing ensemble Saturday, 22 July, in the Main Auditorium, at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.


Catherine Ashley (harp)
Jameson Feakes (guitar)
Lindsay Vickery (clarinet/saxophone)
Kirsten Smith (flute)
Niamh Dell (oboe)
Stewart Smith (piano)


Villa-Lobos                   Sexteto Mistico [1917] sextet
Eduardo Cossio           Ghost [2017] for guitar, bass clarinet and alto flute
Alexander Turley           Nocturnal [2016] sextet
Pedro Alvarez               Instead [2013] clarinet
Sam Gillies                   A door to a place, to something ongoing [2017] sextet and
Ellie Cumming             Változó Évszakok [2017] sextet
Felipe Lara                   Parábolas na Caverna [2014] flute & electronics
Lindsay Vickery            Liminario [2017] sextet and electronics

A hundred years ago musical modernism burst onto the scene of Rio de Janeiro, already one of the biggest cities in the world with a population over a million. In February 1917 French Neo-Classicist Darius Milhaud arrived in Rio de Janeiro as part of a diplomatic entourage and quickly developed an enduring friendship with young Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Milhaud brought with him scores of early Modernist works including Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, which provoked the a major shift in the music of Villa-Lobos.

Rio 1917 is a celebration of Latin American modernist and new music, and its local connections. The concert features recent and new works by contemporary Brazilian composer Felipe Lara, Chilean/Australian Pedro Alvarez and Peruvian/Australian Eduardo Cossio, and four responses to Villa-Lobos’ seminal Sexteto Mistico by West Australian composers Ellie Cumming, Sam Gillies, Alexander Turley and Lindsay Vickery.