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Con students get creative at 12-hour music festival

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Sydney Conservatorium of Music is Education Sponsor for Extended Play, a unique music festival to be held at the City Recital Hall. Students undertaking the Bachelor of Music (Composition) and postgraduate composition degrees will take part, providing them with an outstanding opportunity to connect with the industry and perform alongside some of the best musicians in the business.

Celebrating new music in every format imaginable, Extended Play brings together a dynamic and diverse line up of 20 local and international artists. From noon to midnight, audiences will be taken on a unique exploration of new music that challenges their ideas about music production and performance.

ConCreative, made up of four composition students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, will perform alongside leading musicians, including New York ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars. Performing at 4.30pm ConCreative’s live set is complimented with a digital sound-installation where audiences can sit back and immerse themselves in the sensory experience.

Each area of the City Recital Hall will be filled with exhilarating musical artists of the highest calibre. From rarely performed large scale works to improvised celestial soundscapes and uplifting improvisations. Transforming the City Recital Hall into a hub of brilliant musical creativity, the four works by ConCreative are standout features:

Solomon Frank presents D_ART_A-BOT – transmission-2118. Solomon receives compositional instruction from a databot in the year 2118 in a humorous dystopian take on the future of art.

Gabriella Cadenhead’s Echo is a solo flute performance. Composed around Gabriella’s poetry, Echo is a powerful piece that fills the space with sound.

Bree van Reyk, a Composing Women star, composed Six Scenes for string quartet and vibraphone with improvised sections which allow the performers a degree of freedom.

Ben Robinson mobilises some Gen-Z rage in a virtuosic video-score, We Call B.S. Inspired by Emma González powerful anti-gun speech. Taking the pitch and rhythm of Emma’s words, Ben notated them into a video-score accompanied by an ensemble of instruments which intensifies the powerful emotion of the message and demands young voices be heard.

Source: USYD

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