Tura @ WA Museum Boola Bardip

Inner Cities performed by Gabriella Smart

Presented by Tura and WA Museum Boola Bardip
Saturday 22 January 2022, 10am to 3pm 
Hackett Hall, WA Museum Boola Bardip

  • A five hour piano cycle for solo piano composed by Alvin Curran and performed by Gabriella Smart.
    Program and timings
    Part 1 10:00am
  • Inner Cities 1 (1993) 30 mins
  • Inner Cities 2 (1994) 25 mins
  • Inner Cities 3 For Toy Piano: Light Flowers/Dark Flowers II (1999) 07 mins
  • Inner Cities 4 in memoriam Lou Harrison (2003) 16:30 mins
  • Inner Cities 5 (1999) 6 minsInterval 15’
    Part 2: Approx 11:40am
  • Inner Cities 6 and 7 (1999) 35 mins
  • Inner Cities 7.5 (2003) 03 mins
  • Inner Cities 8 (2000) 57 mins
  • Inner Cities 9 for Reinier van Houdt (2001) 30 minsInterval 15’
    Part 3 Approx 2pm
  • Inner Cities 10 (2003) 47 mins
  • Inner Cities 11 Aglio, Oglio, Peperoncino Blues (2003) 13 mins
    3:00pm END

Described by Alex Ross of the New Yorker as “vast and all-consuming”, Inner Cities celebrates the great cities Alvin Curran has inhabited through a series of pieces comprising the piano cycle.

During the performance people are free to wander, absorbing the different architectural and acoustic perspectives of the space. Audiences have been known to meditate, bring their yoga mat, or simply sit or lie down.

You are invited to stay for as long as you wish, or leave and return later; there’s no expectation to stay for the entire duration – allowing you to control your engagement with the artistic experience.

Expectation of the formalised tradition of concert-going is suspended, with a 5-hour celebration of space, light, meditation and transcendence of time beyond our normal conception. Performed in Hackett Hall within the walls of the new WA Museum Boola Bardip, audiences will be able to take time to listen and take in the buildings architecture.

Experience a slow listening experience where the music unfolds over a protracted time-frame, moving away from the formality and limitations of the condensed, static listening conventions implicit in the classical traditional concert experience.


Alvin Curran, liner notes 
Essay by Gabriella Smart
Listen to Inner Cities on Bandcamp [Room40]

Special thanks to the Australian Piano Warehouse









Gabriella Smart

Gabriella Smart is a leading advocate of new music in Australia – through performance, improvisation, collaborative composition, commissioning and curation. In 2018, she is a recipient of the prestigious Prelude Composer Residency in Australia and a UNESCO City of Music residency in Katowice, Poland. Gabriella received a Churchill Fellowship in 2010, and a Helpmann Award in 2009. As an improviser she has collaborated and performed with such luminaries as Lisa Gerrard, Brian Ritchie, Alvin Curran, Cat Hope, and Derek Pascoe and Johannes Sistermanns (Blue Touch Trio). With a background as a multi-award winning pianist specialising in classical and new music, Gabriella has performed extensively in Australia and internationally, premiering over 40 new works for solo piano by Australian and international composers in Australia, Europe and China. More info


Alvin Curran

Composer Alvin Curran studied with Elliot Carter (M.Mus, Yale, 1963). From 1975-80 he taught vocal improvisation at the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica (Rome) and from 1991 to 2006 was the Milhaud Professor of Composition at Mills College in Oakland, California. He now gives master classes, residencies, and lectures at Oberlin, Peabody, Brown, Berkeley, The Hague, Haifa, Bolzano, Northwestern, Yale, and Beijing and Rome. Curran has created sound installations in collaboration with visual artists including Paul Klerr, Melissa Gould, Kristin Jones, Pietro Fortuna, Umberto Bignardi, and Uli Sigg. More info