The Drum

Davidson, Robert (2012) The Drum. Conservatorium Theatre, Southbank, QLD, Australia, Griffith University.

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Author Davidson, Robert
Title The Drum
Place of publication Conservatorium Theatre, Southbank, QLD, Australia
Publisher Griffith University
Publication date 2012-05-13
Series Encounters India Festival
Total pages 1 curated event
Language eng
Subject 410101 Music
Curated or Produced Substantial Public Exhibition/Event - Exhibition/Event
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Drumming from India, Australia and European traditions, all animated by an Indian pulse. Transplanted to California’s flower-power heyday in the 1960s, a tribute to the founding spirit of American minimalism, Terry Riley, who joins us in video conference from Italy. 45 years after its creation, the mesmeric patterns of Riley’s Rainbow pulsate through the body and entrance the spirit. Berio’s dazzling final Sequenza is played by its inspirational dedicatee, Rohan de Saram, alongside two contrasting Indian-inspired excursions from Brisbane composer Robert Davidson, a student of Riley and inheritor of his Indian impulses.

Robert Davidson curated and directed this performance of cross-cultural music combining Indian and Western approaches, with special tribute to his composition teacher Terry Riley, a key figure in cross-cultural music making between India and the West. Featuring two extended compositions by Davidson, the concert also included Davidson's orchestration of Riley's "A Rainbow in Curved Air", cellist Rohan de Saram performing Berio's Sequenza for solo cello and improvisations by Dheeraj Shrestha (tabla) and Ashwini Raj (vocal).
Keyword Music -- Australia
Music -- India
Crosscultural music
Contemporary art music

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