Known for her exceptional programming, Gabriella Smart presents Of Broken Trees and Elephant Ivories, a performance project inspired by the legacy of the colonial piano. Gabriella has invited fourteen composers to create new works for her, informed by the historical narrative of seven Australian pianos. Each instrument presents a unique glimpse into our colonial history embracing famous artists, Aboriginal history and the harshness of remote locations: featured are works by Elena Kats-Chernin, James Rushford, Jon Rose, and a new piece by Catherine Milliken inspired by the piano of Robert Louis Stevenson.
‘the fearless Gabriella Smart pounding, caressing and cajoling beautiful and extraordinary sounds from the piano’ The Australian
After the music, Gabriella will be heard in conversation with Stephen Adams of ABC radio. The evenings will be recorded, becoming a New Waves podcast on the ABC website.
Evenings@ Peggy's begin promptly at 7pm (doors open at 6.30, so plan to arrive early for a chat and a drink) and finish by 9pm. These are free events, but seating is limited to 40 punters, and they require early e-mail booking registration:
So if you wish to be part of this, please send Jon Rose an e-mail to register. (If you register and then don't turn up, somebody will probably have been turned away who could have taken your place; if you don't know his address, there are plenty in Sydney who do.)
Or you can email us! at...
emus.contact AT gmail DOT com
Donations are encouraged in the form of buying CDs of the featured artist or by bringing some wine and nibbles.