Concert guide: 30 October–5 November

A curated list of upcoming concerts. See also the Australian Music Centre concert calendar and the New Music Network concert series.

Wednesday 30 October. The Melbourne Art Song Collective perform Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel alongside the new cycle Sojourn by Dermot Tully. Melbourne Recital Centre, 6pm.

Thursday 31 October. The Australia Quartet celebrates Halloween 2013 with Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night in a new arrangement by Sydney-based composer, Barton Staggs, and a world premiere and performance by Elena Kats-Chernin of her Scherzino arranged for four hands.

James Rushford and Joe Talia perform at Long Play, Fitzroy, VIC, at 8pm with Yuko Kono.

Friday 1 November. David Lockeridge performs the new marimba concerto “Scenes from the Caucasus” Gerard Brophy at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, NSW, 2:30pm.

Synergy Percussion present their new program Bespoke for Air: New Thoughts in Sound for Radio at the Bon Marche Studio at the University of Sydney, 7:30pm. James Humberstone, Kate Moore, Julian Day and Evan Mannell have responded to the brief by Synergy, APRA and ABC Classic FM for pieces “that go to record fluently but look striking live.”

Saturday 2 November. Portland Upwelling Festival Artist in Residence, Vincent Giles, presents a multi-speaker sound installation on the Portland foreshore during the festival in response to the marine phenomenon called the Bonney Upwelling. The sound installation runs most of the day.

The Aether Instrumental Quintet première a new work by Gerard Brophy at Sandgate Town Hall, Brisbane, QLD, at 7:30pm.

Chronology Arts commissioned five composers (Leah Barclay, Hayden Woolf, Chris Williams, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh and Tristan Coelh)  to respond to the eighteenth-century Sanskrit poem Bodhasara by Narahari in a translation by Grahame and Jennifer Cover. Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre, NSW, 8pm. Repeat Saturday 2 November.

Or, you could hear saxophonist and composer Sandy Evans collaborate with tabla player Bobby Singh in The Sound Lounge of the Seymour Centre, NSW, at 8:30pm.

The Arcko Symphonic Ensemble perform Caerwen Martin’s new piece X-Ray Baby alongside works by Kate Neal, Annie Hsieh and Felipe d’Aguiar. Northcote Town Hall, 7:30pm.

Sunday 3 November. Students from ANAM perform works by J.S. Bach and Australian composers Hughes, Smith, Sitsky and Goldmann at Stones of the Yarra Valley, Coldstream, VIC (approximately one hour from Melbourne), 11am.

Heartswin, Donna Hewitt, Tony Osborne and Gail Priest perform at the last Pretty Gritty of the year—a celebration of contemporary vocal music at 107 Projects, Redfern, NSW.

Ros Bandt presents her new sound work based on twelve months working with a box-ironbark with the permission of Uncle Brien Nelson, Jaara Jaara Elder. Her radiophonic work will be spread through the bush and include sound recordings from underwater, in the air and the sounds of multi-cultural musicians. Meet at Fryerstown School, Fryerstown, VIC, at 3:30pm to walk to the installation site.

Monday 4 November. Adelaide’s The Firm presents Leigh Harrold performing minimalism-inflected solo piano works by Phillip Glass, Quentin Grant and Raymond Chapman-Smith. Elder Hall, SA, 9:30pm.

Partial Durations is a Matthew Lorenzon/RealTime project.

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