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Etica Ensemble

Thursday 26 May, Octagon Theatre, UWA

Event Program

  • John Adams Chamber Symphony
  • Brett Dean Demons
  • Sofia Gubaidulina Hommage T.S Eliot
  • Conductor Jon Tooby
  • Soprano Penelope Reynolds

What do you get when you cross Arnold Schoenberg at his thorniest with the soundtrack to a vintage Warner Brothers cartoon? With emotional atmosphere that is both disquieting and funny, like the movie Pulp Fiction, John Adams’ Chamber Symphony is “shockingly difficult to play”.

Brett Dean’s Demons is a feisty work for solo flute, typifying his genius for idiomatic writing for solo instrument. “… a voice of fertile imagination, originality and expressive subtlety.” Chicago Tribune.

Gubaidulina’s Homage T.S Eliot for Octet and Soprano uses the text from the poet’s spiritual masterpiece Four Quartets. It is described as “mystical with backbone,” perfectly complementing the texts. The music itself is haunting and rhythmically alive.

Under the direction of founder and conductor, Jon Tooby, Etica tackle new music with intellectual rigour, technical command and interpretive confidence

… glittering with fine detail and tonal colour” The West Australian.

Artist Bios

Semra Lee Violin Concertmaster | Shaun Lee-Chen Violin | Alex Brogan Viola | Eve Silver Cello | Joan Wright Double Bass | Andrew Nicholson Flute | Leanne Glover Oboe | Catherine Cahill Clarinet | Philip Everall Bass Clarinet | Adam Mikulicz Bassoon | Simone Walters Contra Bassoon | Malcolm Stewart Horn | Jenny Coleman Trumpet | Bruce Thompson Trombone | Paul Tanner Percussion | Louise Devenish Percussion | Emily Green-Armytage Piano/Keyboard | Penelope Reynolds Guest Soprano.

Etica is supported by the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts and operates under the auspices of Tura New Music.