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Southside Sundays: Aawa White & Joy Lee present 'Scenes'

  • Classic Southside 9 Gordon Street Elsternwick Australia (map)

: the place of an occurrence or action
: representation, or imaginary prospect
: a situation, a unit of dialogue

Whether seeking to evoke something beyond itself, looking inwards to explore sound, or investigating the very act of music-making, all music can be thought of as a scene. These scenes are in turn framed within another, larger one; the setting of performance itself, where disparate pieces of music are often heard side by side and audiences and performers negotiate certain rituals. Taking another step back, the scene of a concert occurs within the broader scene of the 'real life' happening outside of the performance space. Though, what is real and what is artifice can be less than clear.

: MAKE A SCENE // an exhibition of disruptive or indecorous behavior
: A BAD SCENE // an undesirable situation
: BEHIND THE SCENES // in secret; in a position to see the hidden workings

The music in this concert for flute and piano represents many styles and spans 106 years, from 1908 - 2014. Written almost exactly between the earliest work (Debussy’s The Snow is Dancing) and most recent piece (Füting’s Ist-Mensch-Geworden), Jolivet’s Ascèses forms the axis of the program, with its 5 movements interspersed throughout the other 6 pieces. History is scrambled and new connections made by this dialogue; the pieces seem to extend or disrupt each others logic and cast light on how they relate to the world around them.

six-four acknowledge that we work on stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to elders past present and emerging and acknowledge sovereignty was never ceded.

Claude Debussy: The Snow is Dancing from Children’s Corner (1908)
Reiko Füting: Ist-Mensch-Geworden (2014)
Helen Gifford: Shiva (2012)
André Jolivet: Ascèses (1967)
Bruno Mantovani: Früh (2001)
Allan Walker: Six Scenes (1992)
Stefan Wolpe: Complaint from Zemach Suite (1939)