Date: Saturday 13 May 2017
Time: 8pm – 10pm
Cost: $15 / $12
Polyphonic Social is an annual project of Liquid Architecture, an Australian organisation for artists working with sound. The project is based on the proposition that artists think about polyphony in a vastly expanded way.
What is polyphony?
Polyphony is a state in which we hear many different voices, in their full texture, simultaneously. Musically, it is different to harmony, which is a system for organising pitch relationships. Polyphony in music refers to a texture containing many independent melodies or voices within a given framework as practised throughout the world. Polyphony needn’t, but can still “have harmony”.
Polyphonics have much artistic and social potential: to make difference audible, to ‘sound’ disobedience, choreograph dissonance, and explore the harmonies possible when we bring voices together (and apart) in a shared space.
Polyphonic Social at the Chapel
Continuing the practice of turning historic sites themselves into instruments, Aine O'Dwyer will perform on the pipe organ at the Good Shepherd Chapel as the special guest at the concert. Áine O’Dwyer makes multi-layered works that celebrate chance choreographies, acoustic phenomena, acts of listening and the search for alternative scorings through instruments, drawings, space, time, memory and the body. In recent years she has developed a unique specialisation for improvisation with pipe organs, culminating in the albums ‘Locusts’ and ‘Gegenschein’ which follow her acclaimed ‘Music for Church Cleaners’. O’Dwyer’s works beg questions of historicism and the social proximities of the everyday, exploring sacred, found and forgotten spaces, and the animism of instruments: “As to the church organ itself, it seemed almost like a sample machine, like it could tap into sounds from different eras.”
Melbourne Georgian Choir (MGC) will also perform, led by celebrated Georgian-Australian ethnomusicologists Dr Nino Tsitsishvili and Dr Joseph Jordania. The choir features 20 vocalists singing together in the rich Georgian polyphonic tradition which dates back to at least the 4th century CE. In challenging works from its repertoire, the choir will demonstrate the outré scales and clashing dissonances characteristic of Georgian polyphony.
Erkki Veltheim, Rohan Drape and Alex Garsden (of Inland Concert Series) will present a new fifteen-minute antiphonal work for instruments and computers of fragments of sonic things created independently.
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