QSOCurrent: A Feast of Classical and Contemporary Sounds
Cecile Blackmore | On 07, Mar 2015
Music-lovers of all kinds can get excited about the latest offering from the QSO, in a world-first festival featuring contemporary and classical sounds this May.
May 2015 will see a revolutionary series of performances take to the Brisbane stage in the form of QSOCurrent. Announced on Monday, the program, running from May 15-16, will feature a series of world-first performances as celebrated Australian performers and composers team up with the beloved Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
The festival will stretch itself down the river into several of Brisbane’s favourite performance spaces – full details are available from the QSOCurrent website, but several are free.
The list of performers is a something of a role-call for Australian musical talent – the list includes captivating Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra, electronic musician and major Gotye collaborator Tim Shiel, world-renowned Brisbane jazz trio Trichotomy, Brisbane beatboxer Tom Thum, and the Rafael Karlen Quartet.
“QSO is passionate about creating extraordinary musical experiences for people of all ages and all walks of life. We want to share the exhilaration of live music – everything from baroque to beatbox,” said QSO CEO Sophi Galaise.
In a press event on Monday, Tom Thum gave us a preview of what was to come and held the room silent with his charismatic one-man soundscape, conjuring up sounds from the Australian outback, Indian markets, the 90s “doof clubs” of Europe before morphing into his smooth jazz alter ego Peeping Tom.
“I think I got spit all over your iPhones down there, sorry about that,” he grins down to the press midway through the recital.
Tom, whose performance at TEDxSydney (above) has attracted over 33 million hits on Youtube described the collaborative process as “invigorating”.
“I don’t think it’s a project that anyone would’ve done to this extent before, playing with a lot of live manipulation with the orchestra…so for me to take my ideas and my background and bring them to Gordon, and for him to actualise them with a full orchestra, it’s really exciting.”
Tom – who admits to being unable to read music – will be closing the QSOCurrent festival alongside the QSO at the Brisbane Powerhouse with Thum Prints: A concerto contradiction for beatbox and orchestra on Saturday 16 May. This performance is the result of creative collaboration between Tom and Artistic Director of The Australian Voices Gordon Hamilton.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents QSOCurrent
Friday 15 – Saturday 16 May
Wheel of Brisbane, QSO Studio South Bank, The Edge, Powerhouse Theatre
Varies by event – some events are free, a QSOCurrent 4-Concert Pass also available
Visit the QSOCurrent website for event-by-event and booking information
Image Credit: Leonardo Manzo