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Contemporary art music ensemble Rubiks presents the Australian premiere of Waves + Lines – a multimedia song cycle for soprano, electronics and chamber ensemble by Princeton-based composer Gemma Peacocke (NZ/USA), adapted from Eliza Griswold’s book, ‘I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan‘.
The ultraconservative regime of the Taliban has meant that the lives of Afghan women have been largely invisible to the outside world. Landays, poems comprised of a single rhyming couplet on subjects like love, grief, home and war, offer a surprising and vivid glimpse into this secret world. This evocative work explores the passion, desperation and humour of these women who are trapped in a seemingly veiled existence.
Rubiks are delighted to announce that Gemma Peacocke will be joining the ensemble in Melbourne for the Australian premiere of Waves + Lines. This performance will also feature projections by New York-based multidisciplinary artist Anchuli Felicia King (AU/USA).
This event is generously supported by the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Metropolis Festival and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Gemma Peacocke – Waves + Lines (2017) *
Keyboards – Jacob Abela
Percussion – Kaylie Melville
Guest Vocals – Georgie Darvidis
Guest Double Bass – Hamish Gullick