Extended Play 2019

Extended Play is back in 2019 after last year’s inaugural event last year was hailed as “the best new classical music initiative Sydney has seen in years” (The Australian).

In 2019 Tura and The Naomi Milgrom Foundation partner with City Recital Hall and Lyle Chan to once again create a 12-hour program of eclectic, contemporary, challenging and dynamic new music across the entire four floors of the City Recital Hall.
This years program features artists from around Australia and around the World. Toy piano virtuoso Margaret Leng Tan performs a world premiere by George Crumb, Emily Granger and Tim Bridgen explore soundscapes of the tangible and Intangible, Nonsemble bring their emotive, rhythmically charged music to Sydney for the first time, Zephyr Quartet presents a program of works written by its members inspired by poetry, current affairs and mythical creatures and percussionist Thea Rossen and composer Michael Sollis present a world premiere of an original Australian work, The Milk Carton Confessions, a live solo performance which asks the question ‘how does our relationship to the world (and its cycle of birth, death, and rebirth) reflect our individual motives for recycling?’. Also in the mix in 2019 are Western Australian ensembles, Decibel and Intercurrent who will present concerts as part of this jam-packed day of new music.

More information about Extended Play at City Recital Hall in Sydney

Saturday 31 August 2019 | Midday – Midnight

Decibel New Music Ensemble | Image by Rachael Barrett


With special guest Lionel Marchetti (France)

Auditorium / 10pm – 11pm
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The Talking Board
Decibel are commissioning new works for their Talking Board score reader – an innovative way of to reading graphic scores within their Decibel ScorePlayer. A series of commissioned new ‘boards’ will be presented alongside earlier works composed within the ensemble, and performed in front of projections of the boards. Expect a range of guided improvisations and compositions that combine electronic and acoustic sounds in this exciting program.


Cat Hope
Artistic Director, flutes

Lindsay Vickery

Stuart James
Electronics, keyboards

Aaron Wyatt

Tristen Parr

Louise Devenish

Lionel Marchetti


Based in Western Australia, Decibel are world leaders in the integration of acoustic instruments and electronics, the interpretation of graphic notations and pioneering digital score formats for composition and performance. Decibel have commissioned over 60 new works since their foundation in 2009, have toured Europe and Australia, recorded for ABC Classic FM and SWR German Radio, and released five albums to date on Australian and international labels. 2019 celebrates their tenth year.


Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Decibel 10 At 10 is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Australian Cultural Fund
Commissions for The Talking Board were supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.

Level 1 / 6.30pm – 7.30pm
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Simulacra explores a world of musical doubles; real, imagined and imperfect. Centred around the twisting patterns of Lachlan Skipworth’s palindromic reverse-canon Intercurrent, the program explores the unique sonic formation of bass clarinet, percussion and piano. American composer John Supko’s This Window Makes Me Feel conjures a unique and touching portrait of humanity by compiling hundreds of answers to the title phrase through repeated google searches. Olivia Davies’ Intimate Distance floats between states of familiarity and detachment as the ensemble shadow an evocative electronic track built from a single marimba sample. Ripples of sound peel out in overlapping permutations at the opening of Hannah Lash’s C, a brief yet electrifying duo for vibraphone and piano.


John Supko
This Window Makes Me Feel
Hannah Lash
Olivia Davies
Intimate Distance
Lachlan Skipworth


Ashley William Smith
Emily Green-Armytage
Louise Devenish
Lachlan Skipworth


Established in 2016, Intercurrent is a new music performance project curated by leading WA-based musicians Louise Devenish, Lachlan Skipworth, Emily Green- Armytage and Ashley Smith, with a goal to present contemporary chamber music highlighting cutting-edge musicianship and works of compelling artistic vision.

Intercurrent’s programming is rooted in minimalist and post-minimalist acoustic and electronic sound-worlds, in combination with an active program of commissioning and presenting new works by leading composers of the current generation.


Simulacra @ Extended Play is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Extended Play is presented by City Recital Hall, co-produced with Lyle Chan and Vexations840. Tura is an event partner.