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31.8.2018  |  6pm

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

Kupka’s Piano takes on the elemental forces of five newly commissioned works by some of the most dynamic and distinctive young composers in Australia. 

From the haunting, alien world of Samantha Wolf’s ‘At the mercy of the elements’ for bowed electric guitar and two bass flutes to the dynamic and virtuosic ‘Dust, dew’ for clarinet at percussion by Jakob Bragg, Elemental is contemporary Australian music at its most captivating. Come experience the strangely suspended harmonies of Lisa Illean’s ‘Lightsense, no. 2’, the eerie heterophonies of Hannah Reardon-Smith’s ‘Mantis’ and the intricate instrumental interplay of Samuel Smith’s ‘endings, (anti)ending’.

- At the mercy of the elements (rev. 2018) || for two bass flutes, bowed e. guitar || Samantha Wolf
- Mantis || for two flutes + trio || Hannah Reardon-Smith
- Dust, dew || for clarinet and percussion || Jakob Bragg
- Lightsense, no. 2 || for two flutes, clarinet, percussion and e. guitar || Lisa Illean
- endings, (anti)ending || for flute, violin, percussion and e. guitar || Samuel Smith


Kupka's Piano continues its focus on commissioning, premiering and documenting new music by Australian composers in 2018. 

The major project in 2018 is commissioning and recording six new works by emerging Australian composers. Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the ensemble is delighted to commission works by Holly Harrison, Samantha Wolf, Samuel Smith, Lisa Illean, Jakob Bragg, and member Hannah Reardon-Smith. These works will be 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.

As typical for the ensemble, Kupka's Piano will also present performances of smaller instrumental formation at the University of Queensland and Lagavulin (at the Piano Mill, Wilson's Downfall NSW). 


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)