Sonic Objects

13.09.19 | 6pm

Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University | Ian Hanger Recital Hall | $15/10 at the door

KP member Jodie Rottle has enlisted the ensemble to help her explore new chamber works related to her PhD topic: everyday objects. Sonic Objects is a showcase of the different ways that objects have appeared in new music, including prepared instruments, the ‘object-as-instrument’, objects alongside instruments, and silent objects. Balloons, almonds, and game pieces all become sound-making instruments as they are explored in theatrical, visual, and aural ways. Prepare to be surprised.



Rei Munakata | Buckle in the Air (2011)
Malin Bang | Hyperoxic (2011)
Jodie Rottle | Board (2019/World Premiere)
Michaela Davies | Obstruction Recital
Meaghan Burke | MD-PhD (2018)
Tomi Räisänen | Balloon Work (2011)

60 minutes, no interval. Tickets available at the door.

This concert is supported by the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.


15.12.2018  |  7pm

Seven Hills Theatre, 7 Clearview Tce, Seven Hills Q  |  $20/10 via Eventbrite

Kupka's Piano are joined by acclaimed Melbourne-based uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes) virtuoso Matthew Horsley and experimental composer and erhu (Chinese two-stringed fiddle) performer Jasmin Leung to present MIGRATIONS, a unique double-bill concert of new and recently composed works by Australian, New Zealand and European composers. 

View our MIGRATIONS video art by  Amelia Hine , featuring music from Liam Flenady’s  A Book of Migrations .

View our MIGRATIONS video art by Amelia Hine, featuring music from Liam Flenady’s A Book of Migrations.

The first act features A Book of Migrations – a 45-minute work for solo uilleann pipes, spoken text and electronics by Kupka’s own composer Liam Flenady based on the medieval Irish myth of the mad king Sweeney and on Rebecca Solnit’s writings of the same title (premiered at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music in 2017 and performed at the Metropolis Festival at the Melbourne Recital Centre in April 2018). The second act will present recent works for duo, trio and sextet by leading English composer Rebecca Saunders and New Zealand composer Alex Taylor, and world premiere performances of new works by emerging Australian composers Jasmin Leung and Sarah Thompson.

Join us at 7pm, Saturday 15 December, at an exciting new Brisbane arts venue – the Seven Hills Theatre, only 18 minutes drive from the CBD! Tickets available now via Eventbrite, with limited tickets also available at the door.

- A Book of Migrations (2017) for uilleann pipes and electronics | Liam Flenady
Resistance Study (2017) for two flutes | Alex Taylor
Molly's Song 3 – Shades of Crimson (1996) for viola, alto flute, and steel-string guitar | Rebecca Saunders
Tiny Little Specs (rev. 2018, WP) for flute and electric guitar | Sarah Thompson
- New work (2018, WP) for two flutes, viola, erhu, uilleann pipes, and electric guitar | Jasmin Leung

New Waves Podcast

Kupka’s Piano recording in the ABC studios on South Bank for Classic FM’s New Waves podcast.

Kupka’s Piano recording in the ABC studios on South Bank for Classic FM’s New Waves podcast.

Kupka’s major project in 2018 was commissioning and recording five new works by emerging Australian composers. Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the ensemble has been delighted to commission works by Samantha Wolf, Samuel Smith, Lisa Illean, Jakob Bragg, and KP member Hannah Reardon-Smith. These works were premiered in August at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and recorded shortly after in a studio session by ABC Classic FM for release on a New Waves podcast – now available here!



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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)