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The Usefulness of Art
24 August, 2017 - 27 August, 2017
“I call useful all that gives us happiness… Art shows man his raison d’être.” – Rodin
Concert 2: The Usefulness of Art
Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble
Composed by Adam Simmons
The second concert in Adam Simmons’ The Usefulness of Art series.
This suite celebrates the qualities that art helps engender, including acceptance, empathy, generosity, compassion and faith. “The Usefulness of Art” has previously been performed and recorded by Origami as a trio and as a solo work for MONA FOMA. Expanding the work for the much larger Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble builds upon the contemplative nature of the music, bringing in a more ecstatic experience as well.
Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble:
Adam Simmons – bass clarinet, leader
Samuel Boon – saxophone
Cara Taber – saxophone
Gideon Brazil – saxophone
Paul Simmons – saxophone
Gemma Horbury – trumpet
Gavin Cornish – trumpet
James Wilkinson – trombone
Bryn Hills – trombone
Howard Cairns – double bass
Miranda Hill – double bass
Niko Schauble – drums
Hugh Harvey – drums
Nat Grant – percussion
Carmen Chan – percussion
Diokno Pasilan – percussion
David Brown – guitar
Pete Lawler – space drums
Art & costume design – Christine Crawshaw, Diokno Pasilan
Concert 1: Concerto for Piano and Toy Band
Two iconoclasts come together to present a work that combines classical forms with jazz sensibility. Michael Kieran Harvey is an internationally recognised, classically trained pianist who has championed contemporary composition, while Adam Simmons’ work with his infamous Toy Band is acclaimed for its unique blend of jazz, art and entertainment. Not to mention a rubber chicken or two… Read more.
Concert 3: Travelling Tales
This will be the Melbourne premiere performance of Adam Simmons’ “Travelling Tales,” a suite composed and performed for the 2013 Piraeus Festival in Athens, Greece with Intrarti Orchestra. The music is influenced by a mix of Adam’s road trips around Australia, European travels, his love of Japanese shakuhachi music and his belief in the usefulness of art. The experiences, sounds and concepts come together to create musical landscapes and images, both panoramic and up close. Read more.
Child (under 12): Free
Subscriptions available across The Usefulness of Art series:
Full for 2 concerts: $60,
Concession for 2 concerts: $50,
NO BOOKING FEE SURCHARGE
Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members