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Opus Now - Concert Series #7

  • Alpha Gallery 226 Union Street Newtown, NSW, 2042 Australia (map)

Opus Now ~

A concert series exploring relationships between the music of today and Beethoven's sixteen String Quartets

Concert Series 7
December 5th, Alpha Gallery, 226 Union St, Newtown

Doors Open 7pm
Music Starts 7:30pm

Erkki Veltheim - violin
'Turing Test' for improvised violin and live automated processing


Opus Now String Quartet
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Opus 59
"Razumovsky" No. 2

Alex Pozniak
Cloud Sketch for string quartet (2008)


Matthias Schack-Arnott - cyclic percussion
Jim Denley - wind instruments

Improvisational languages using metals and wind

Tickets online from $15 , $30 at the door
Beer and Wine available between sets for cash purchase ($5)

***** Starring *****

Erkki Velthiem (violin) 

Opus Now Quartet- Anička Skálová and Benjamin Smith (violin), James Eccles (viola), Chris Pidcock (cello)

Matthias Schack-Arnott (cyclic percussion) and Jim Denley (wind instruments)

Artist Details

Erkki Veltheim is a composer, improviser and performer. He has been commissioned by the Adelaide Festival, Australian Art Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Musica nova Helsinki, and his pieces have been performed by groups such as the London Sinfonietta, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Australian Art Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Elision, Ensemble musikFabrik and Ensemble Modern. He has long-standing collaborations with the late indigenous musician Dr G Yunupingu, improvising trumpet virtuoso Scott Tinkler and composer-pianist Anthony Pateras, and has also performed with renowned improvisers Han Bennink, Wadada Leo Smith and Jon Rose.


Jim Denley - wind instruments.
He feels that if there is to be a relevant new music for our time/space it must start with a deep listening to the world – not imposing anthropocentric constructions on it. To this end he's emphasized spontaneity, site-specific work and collaboration in his work - he makes no distinctions between his roles as instrumentalist, improviser and composer. 

'This is music at it's most primal, enhancing the beauty of creation.' (John Shand - Sydney Morning Herald).


‘virtuosic’ – The Wire
‘a consummate musician’ – ABC

Matthias Schack-Arnott is a Melbourne based percussive artist working in contemporary classical and experimental music as a performer, composer and improvisor.
At the age of 21 Schack-Arnott was invited to be the Artistic Associate of Speak Percussion, Australia’s leading percussive arts organisation. Matthias is a key artist in the creative team and a performer in most of Speak’s projects nationally & internationally.
Described by The Guardian as ‘visually and sonically exquisite’, Schack-Arnott’s solo work explores unique and ambitious approaches to percussive performance, often involving the development of new instrumental set-ups built in collaboration with architects, engineers and technicians. 

He has won numerous awards, including the 2016 Melbourne Prize for Music ‘Development’ Award, the 2014 Green Room Awards ‘Outstanding Work by an Emerging Artist’ and multiple Australian Art Music Awards for his work with Speak Percussion, including the 2017 award for ‘Excellence by an Organisation’.
As a guest artist Matthias appears with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, ELISION, Australian Art Orchestra and with many leading musicians including Steve Reich, John Zorn, Kimbra, Spiritualized, Steven Schick, Tony Buck, The Necks, Stephen O’Malley, Michael Pisaro, Robin Fox and Oren Ambarchi.
Performance highlights include Berliner Festspiele (Germany), Roullette (New York), CONNECT Festival (Sweden), Batteries IV Festival (Geneva), Barbican (UK), Café Oto (UK), Melbourne Festival, MONA FOMA & Dark Mofo.


Featured Musician from Opus Now Quartet:

The Czech violinist Anna Skálová, joined the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2012. She has appeared in several chamber music concerts in the San Diego area, including performances with Art of Élan, Camera Lucida and Luscious Noise. Before joining the SDSO, Ms. Skálová graduated with a Performer Diploma from Indiana University in 2012 under the tutelage of Jaime Laredo and with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 2011, where she studied with Stephen Shipps. Upon graduation from the University of Michigan she was awarded the prestigious Augustus Stanley Award for distinguished work in music.

Ms. Skálová has earned the Grand Prize in the Michigan American String Teachers Association Competition and First Prize at the ASTA Competition. She was a winner of the concerto competitions of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra (Michigan) and the University of Michigan. She appeared as a soloist with the University of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra (Brazil) and in the Eighth Emirates International Peace Music Festival in Dubai. She has performed recitals in the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, the United States and Singapore. Ms. Skálová is the newest member to the violins of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.


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