Atlas of the Sky, 2018

A genre-crossing work: part-opera, part-collective ritual for soprano, 3 percussionists and community participants staging the potency and mercurial power of crowds.

Atlas of the Sky (2018)

For soprano, 3 percussionists and ‘crowd’ of community participants
Texts by Bei Dao and Eliot Weinberger

Duration: 75 minutes
Publisher: Ricordi Berlin

Commissioned by Speak Percussion with the generous assistance of the Creative Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts

Premiere: 18 June 2018, Melbourne Recital Centre
Jessica Aszodi (soprano), Eugene Ughetti, Matthias Schack-Arnott, Kaylie Melville (percussion) and a ‘crowd’ of community musicians ranging in ages from 13-70. Production team: Jo Lloyd (choreographer), Keith Tucker (lighting design), Tilman Robinson (sound design), Shio Otani (costumes), Michaela Coventry & Sheah Sutton (producers).

Download program here

A 2nd performance was given on 19 July 2018 at the Darmstadt Summer Course

 

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Trailer

Atlas of the Sky – Trailer from Speak Percussion on Vimeo.

Video of full performance

Atlas of the Sky – World Premiere from Speak Percussion on Vimeo.

ListenNew Waves Podcast, ABC Classic FM, produced by Stephen Adams
(recording of premiere with commentary by Liza Lim, Jessica Aszodi, Eugene Ughetti and Stephen Adams)

Press, interviews
Interview with soprano Jessica Azsodi in Cut-Common by Stephanie Eslake
Interview with Katherine Walsh, one of the crowd performers
The Music Show, radio interview between myself, Eugene Ughetti & Andrew Ford
Review by Ben Wilkie, Limelight Magazine, 22.6.2018