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WORDS FAIL

Series 2017

In a post-truth world, where words can no longer be trusted, can we instead say it with music? 

In 2017, Kupka's Piano explores communication when words fail. Censorship, darkness, silence, and misinterpretation are examined as a current reflection of society. Communication by nature involves two parties. When are we limited by something out of our control, and when are we limited by ourselves? 

Join Kupka's Piano and acclaimed guests Jessica Aszodi (soprano), Helen Howard (actress) and Deepa Goonetilleke (french horn) in the performance of works by Australian and international composers exploring these topics at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. 

 
 
 
 
artwork by Inkaoots

artwork by Inkaoots

Aria

Concert #1

The magnificent voice of Australian soprano Jessica Azodi (Chicago-based) joins Kupka’s Piano for a concert of barely uttered phonemes, quietly violent separations, and dramatic arcs of sound, featuring the Australian premiere of Beat Furrer's Aria.

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artwork by Inkaoots

artwork by Inkaoots

Words and Music

Concert #2

All dark no begging / No giving no words / No sense no need...

Queensland Music Festival presents Kupka's Piano in the Australian premiere of Samuel Beckett's enigmatic Words and Music, featuring a score by Morton Feldman and his work Why Patterns as a postlude. 

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artwork by Inkahoots

artwork by Inkahoots

False Cognate

Concert #3

Guest horn player Deepa Goonetillike joins Kupka's Piano to present works that resolve to mutual outcomes despite their unlikely differences. The final concert in Kupka’s ‘Words Fail’ series explores the breakdown of verbal communication and the odd comfort found in unfamiliar situations.

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Sometimes reviewing a concert can be a drag—maybe the work is just not that interesting, or the performances not that good and it is hard to think of anything to say. But sometimes reviewing is difficult because the concert is such a pleasure that I really don’t want to be listening-to-write, I just want to sit back and enjoy the unfolding moment. This was that sort of concert.
— Greg Hooper, RealTime Arts (2016)