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That Which Resonates, That Which Decays

29 May, 2018



That Which Resonates, That Which Decays

Tuesday 29 May 2018

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‘Bianca’s composition…transports tradition into a modern context, allowing the audience to hear and learn of the past whilst experiencing thoughtful new music.’ Lewis Ingham, CutCommon Magazine

Bianca Gannon/Elliott Hughes Duo, fortyfivedownstairs, 2018

Bianca Gannon/Elliott Hughes Duo, fortyfivedownstairs, 2018


Tuesday 29 May 2018

duration: 90 minutes
time: 7pm
ticket price: $25 – $38
bookings: 03 9662 9966

Following ensemble Residencies with the Australian Art Orchestra and Lebowski’s DevRes programme, as well as performances at MONA, Tilde New Music Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne and Meat Market, instrumentalists Bianca Gannon and Elliott Hughes present an evening of new music exploring the spaces between the ancient and the modern, tradition and invention, and composition and improvisation. Their unique combination of gamelan, piano, and trumpet conjures a stunning sonic world, melding traditional Balinese timbres with classical European textures.


The Bianca Gannon/Elliott Hughes Duo will present a range of new works, as well as in trio and quartet formats with guests double bassist Josh Holt and gamelan musician Sophie Covey-Crump. They will also be joined by vocalist Jenny Barnes who will perform Gannon’s ‘I SAID NO!’, a bold, personal and timely statement piece.

The second set will see live electronics added to the mix, with the traditionally acoustic instruments re-imagined in the present day through looping and effects. Ethereal, magical, and occasionally unsettling – with such a broad range of colours it is near impossible to predict where the duo will begin and where they will arrive, but absolutely a journey worth taking.

Bianca Gannon is a musician-composer, Indonesian-music specialist and a curator. A keen multi-disciplinary collaborator, Bianca passionately creates immersive multi-sensory experiences and synaesthesias. ‘Light’ in various forms is a predominant theme in her work, as is the chiaroscuro of consonance and dissonance in her music. Her original music projects have been presented in MONA Hobart, Mosman Art Gallery Sydney, Meat Market Melbourne, Testing Grounds Melbourne as well as across Ireland, the UK, Indonesia, Berlin and Las Vegas. Most recently she has co-curated the Australian Art Orchestra’s inaugural Meeting Points series concert, curated her DIY pop-up series Listening Party, and is Artistic Director for new music festival I SAID NEON – GAMELAN RE-IMAGINED and The Sound of Shadows series which explores endangered Indonesian instruments and their cultural connotations through contemporary art music and shadow puppetry.


Elliott Hughes is a composer and trumpet player working across contemporary classical, jazz and electroacoustic music styles. His music has been performed around Australia, Asia and the USA, by ensembles including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Bennetts Lane Big Band, Syzygy Ensemble and Brad Linde’s Big Ol’ Ensemble. His electroacoustic music work has led to the creation of the ‘Augmented Trumpet’; an instrument that tracks the valve motions of the trumpet to control the transformation of the sound. Elliott has been Artist in Residence with the East Gippsland Shire, Testing Grounds, West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, and the Lebowskis Concert Series; has taken part in workshops with the Australian Art Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, the International Creative Music Program at the Banff Centre (CAN), and at the Arts, Letters and Numbers organisation (USA). He has also released a CD with his own ensemble Horizon Art Orchestra, and a digital EP of his solo trumpet works.

Ticket Prices:

Full: $38
Concession: $32
Student: $25


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Bianca Gannon/Elliott Hughes Duo
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