A fusion of visual art and classical music with the ASQ


Transient states – which will be presented over two 50-minute performances this Saturday – will see visual artists Max Brading, Simon Kither and Orlando Mee wrap ASQ musicians Dale Barltrop, Francesca Hiew, Christopher Cartlidge and Michael Dahlenburg with digital images that respond to their live music.

Making full use of Light ADL’s The Lab’s 50m² LED screens, the shows will give audiences the opportunity to experience another side of the Adelaide-based quartet.

Violinist Hiew explains that the ASQ has chosen five evocative pieces to play, from Beethoven to contemporary works, including that of Sydney composer Harry Sdraulig. Tourbillon and British composer Thomas Adès Arcadian.

Brading, Kither and Mee created visuals for each piece of music by mixing 3D scans and video.

“None of us know what the end result is yet,” Hiew said. Review earlier this week. “A few weeks ago we got together for a day of creative development and played all the music live – the three visual artists were playing with their ideas [on the displays] surrounding us.

“They explained their approach…it will be pretty amazing. It was some pretty crazy stuff they presented to us.

Light artistic director Anne Wiberg says Transient states is the culmination of a year of collaboration between the artists.

“After the success of ASQ’s sold-out performances in 2021, we wanted to take our relationship with the quartet to the next level and expand the possibilities for multi-genre live performances,” she says.

“The Lab’s world-class technological capabilities open up endless possibilities and our long-standing relationships with many of Australia’s leading musicians and visual artists make a project of this caliber possible.

“These Lab performances are a real highlight and a highlight of our programming this year.”

Hiew says it’s been a very different collaboration process for ASQ members, who normally collaborate with other musicians: “When we collaborate with another of the arts, it’s always a very interesting experience for all of us. because we learn so much from them, and I hope they learn something from us.

Transient states will be presented at Light ADL’s The Lab on Saturday, November 5, at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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