Atlas of the Sky is a new work of dramatic and ritualistic power by award-winning and internationally acclaimed Australian composer Liza Lim. It combines driving rhythms with swarming percussion and vocal sounds from a ‘crowd’ of performers.
Featuring Speak Percussion’s virtuosic instrumentalism and Jessica Aszodi’s vast palette of vocal colour, Atlas of the Sky tells stories about the stars, the power of crowds and changing constellations of memory.
The ‘crowd’ of performers consists of a group twenty trained and untrained musicians plus young people from Speak Percussion’s Sounds Unheard program, who will create large-scale patterns that counterpoint the turbulent rhythms of our contemporary world. Using purpose-built instruments, the work demonstrates the expressive elemental power of string drums, stones, wood blocks made of Australian timber and the semantron — a resonant plank of wood that is used like a bell in Greek and Eastern European Christian Orthodox ritual.
The music is expressive, lyrical, textural, percussive, playful, dynamic and conceptually rich. Liza Lim is one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary classical composers, and has strong affinities with Asian and indigenous Australian cultural practices.
Liza Lim Composer
Eugene Ughetti Musical Director | Percussion
Jessica Aszodi Soprano
Jo Lloyd Movement Director
Matthias Shack-Arnott Percussion
Kaylie Melville Percussion
Tilman Robinson Sound Designer
Keith Tucker Lighting Designer
Shio Otani Costuming
Michaela Coventry/Sheah Sutton Producers
Chris Ardley, Melisand Box, Debbie Brady, Kay Cooper, David Cramond, Kris Eira, Jonathan Griffiths, Perri Hammond, Jim Hill, Lee Zelda Hunt, Alexandra Lovejoy, Journey Lu-Spencer, Alexander Meagher, Mungo Moje-O’Brien, Zela Papageorgiou, Zoe Petch, Madison Petherick, Gillian Tang, Katherine Walsh, Emily Wans
Special thanks to 'Crowd' development participants
Owen Bomford, Simon Aubor, Elisabeth Bodey, John Cheong-Holdaway, Madi Chwasta.
World Premiere, Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, 18 June 2018