7:30pm Wednesday 31 May
Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA
Villa-Lobos Sexteto Mistico  sextet
Eduardo Cossio New Work  for for guitar, bass clarinet and alto flute
Alexander Turley Nocturnal  sextet
Pedro Alvarez Instead  clarinet
Sam Gillies A door to a place, to something ongoing  sextet and electronics
Ellie Cumming New Work  sextet
Felipe Lara Parábolas na Caverna  flute & electronics
Lindsay Vickery Liminario  sextet and electronics
A hundred years ago musical modernism burst onto the scene of Rio de Janeiro, already one of the biggest cities in the world with a population over a million. In February 1917 French Neo-Classicist Darius Milhaud arrived in Rio de Janeiro as part of a diplomatic entourage and quickly developed an enduring friendship with young Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Milhaud brought with him scores of early Modernist works including Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, which provoked the a major shift in the music of Villa-Lobos.
Rio 1917 is a celebration of Latin American Modernist and new music and its local connections. The concert feature recent and new works by Contemporary Brazilian composer Felipe Lara, Chilean/Australian Pedro Alvarez and Peruvian/Australian Eduardo Cossio and four responses to Villa-Lobos’ seminal Sexteto Mistico by West Australian composers Ellie Cumming, Sam Gillies, Alexander Turley and Lindsay Vickery.