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Rediscovered & Reimagined

Music is typically composed in a specific style, with a particular set of instruments in mind. Music can also transcend genres, reimagined to be experienced in new and exciting ways. This is the thinking behind Arafura Collective’s performance this month, held in the acoustic setting of the NT Supreme Court.

By Tierney Seccull

Experience the music of Karl Jenkins, a renowned jazz-rock composer, who reconsiders early music into contemporary masterpieces and film scores, while Ottoman Empire classical songs are reimagined for Baroque instruments. Crowded House classic ‘You Better Be Home Soon’, penned by Tim Finn, is given a rework for flute, tuba and keyboard.

Arafura Music Collective Coordinator and Creative Director Claire Kilgariff says the ensemble is always looking for innovative ways to engage audiences.

“We want to engage our wonderful audience in the intimate beauty of chamber music, and to share the rich musical heritage that is part of the chamber music tradition,” she says.

“Reconsidering and presenting music in another style offers opportunities for exploration, reaching new audiences, revitalisation, creativity, and cultural exchange as musicians learn about music from diverse cultures. It encourages artistic growth, stimulates innovation, and contributes to the evolving nature of music as a universal language, especially in such a diverse and multicultural community such as Darwin.”

One of the works presented in the program unites the artistic dexterity of cellist Michael Bardon, also Principal Cellist in the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, with an important work that was all but lost.

“We wanted to take advantage of the wonderful artistry of Michael Bardon, who mentioned the Haydn cello concerto in C had been lost for 200 years and was only rediscovered in 1961. It seemed that the theme of rediscovery and reimagining was a great one for this performance.”

Head along to this exciting performance, and experience musical works, new and old, carefully crafted in never-before-heard ways.

Rediscovered and Reimagined Chamber Music
COST $40.50 | $35 CONC | $10 YOUTH (12-17) | FREE (U12)

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