Forget the bombast and propriety of a traditional organ recital. Lie down in the spectacular Centennial Hall as sound artist Robert Curgenven immerses you in his awe-worthy colours and sonic textures through the Sydney Town Hall organ – built in 1890 and still the greatest instrument of its kind.
In Bronze Lands (Tailte Cré-Umha) Curgenven takes inspiration from Bronze Age sea navigation, drawing on his heritage (his name is Cornish) and the history of Ireland’s relations with Cornwall and Europe. 5000 years ago, Ireland’s copper and Cornwall’s tin traversed the continent to make bronze. This historical reference point underpins the structure for a composition that reflects navigational routes across land and sea, by the stars, sun and moon.
Luminous and meditative, Curgenven’s music exploits the possibilities of the organ: from delicate, whistling tones to subterranean depths. It’s a 50-minute modern musical journey designed for pipe organ, decibel-boosting sound system and the physical space of the hall, creating a sound experience that’s aural, architectural and physical.
This performance is an immersive, multi-sensory production best experienced lying on the floor of Centennial Hall (cushioned mats are provided).
Tickets are available in the balcony at a reduced rate. Audience members seated in the balcony will still be able to enjoy the musical aspects of the performance.
Licensed Venue – under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult
Complete Lockout – latecomers will not be admitted
Warning – this performance contains haze & sustained loud volume.
Recommended for ages 12+
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