"The impulse and reason for my journey to Antarctica was my grandfather Cecil T. Madigan. When I discovered that my cousin Julia Butler was in the process of editing his AAE diaries it was natural to wish to incorporate excerpts, especially those that mention the music he loved and experienced on his expedition one hundred years ago. The program came about by gradually pulling those elements together, along with the new works especially written by Australian composers. These pieces had their first performance at Mawson Station Red Shed, Antarctica, Monday February 28th, 11pm. We need stories and dreams powered by music to keep our attention and imagination engaged with the icy continent, since human activity - scientific and political - is going on there constantly."
- Alice Giles
Alice in Antarctica went to air on Sunday 26 June 2011, and featured images, sounds and stories from Alice Giles' journey to Antarctica in 2011. The concert included a performance piece Alice created for a live concert at Mawson Station earlier this year as a tribute to her grandfather C.T. Madigan and his role in the Mawson expedition. Also featured were readings from Madigan’s diaries and music he referred to while in Antarctica; the Australian premiere of works for electro-acoustic harp by Australian composers Prof. Larry Sitsky, Jim Cotter, Martin Wesley-Smith and Joshua McHugh; and a new transcription by Nigel Westlake.
To watch the full Alice in Antarctica broadcast, go to vimeo.com/anusom/aliceinantarctica
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