Thursday, February 11th, 2010
Brisbane music lovers will get the chance to experience internationally acclaimed music at the Queensland Centre for Photography on February 19 when The Australian Voices (TAV) bring to life heroes and history through a series of performances entitled The Ones with Blood of Stone.

The Ones with Blood of Stone is a celebration of heroes, ancestors and myth which have inspired history, including musicians.

TAV’s Artistic Director, Gordon Hamilton, said those with ‘blood of stone’ are found in national heroes, ancestors, religious figures and mythical characters that live on in stories and music.

“Pieces that deal with a strong personality, or inspirational past, are made from this metaphorical blood of stone. They live on in music and have power in their narrative to bring even non-music lovers together,” he said.

Details of the concert are:
What The Ones with Blood of Stone, musical performance
When Friday, February 19, 2010 at 8pm
Where Qld Centre for Photography, Cnr Cordelia & Russell Streets, South Brisbane
Cost Adults $25; Concession $20 and Students $10

The evening will include a piece by Brisbane-based composer, Gerardo Dirie who is Head of Music Studies and Composition at the Queensland Conservatorium. The piece, called Esik Esö, is about a Hungarian political hero and is based on a folk-song fragment collected by the famous Hungarian composer Béla Bartók.

Dirie has extended this fragment into a new composition just for female voices.

The concert will also feature a new arrangement inspired by a traditional Tibetan song about the “enlightened ones” by acclaimed Tibetan singer Tenzin Choegyal.

Pushing the theme of ancestors comes a piece from Stephen Leek who is accredited with having made a significant contribution to the development of Australian choral composition and performance both at home and abroad.

Entitled Uluru, Leek’s piece reflects the tension between traditional site owners and curious tourists.

Hamilton said Uluru is a significant composition that “highlights the beginning of a new wave of Australian choral music dealing with the land”.

Hamilton’s original composition, Under the Shadow of Kiley’s Hill, will also be performed on the night – exactly ten years to the day after he wrote the last note.

Over the last 17 years TAV has pioneered a new style of vocal music, vividly describing the colours and energy of Australia and its people and through the Blood of Stone series it hopes to bring to life the heroes of everyday Australians.

TAV will be performing in Brisbane, Sydney, Munich, Berlin and Bremen this year.

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The Australian Voices has championed new Australian choral music around the world since 1993. Internationally respected, The Australian Voices have performed new Australian music at high-profile international events around the world for over fourteen years. The Australian Voices has criss-crossed the globe many times participating in major events throughout Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Malaysia, Hungary, The United Kingdom on many occasions, Poland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Austria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Canada, Belgium, China, Central America, Spain, Taiwan, Korea, The Czech Republic, and in the United States of America also on several occasions.
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