Performance dates & times

Friday 9 Apr
7:30 PM

Running Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Price range

$40.00 - $95.00
$35.00 - $90.00

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It’s jumpy, angry, and lyrical all at once!

Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Blood on the Floor is a striking, melancholy mix of genres that uses classical, jazz and modern expression to enormous impact. The MSO and some of Australia’s finest soloists present this work not seen in Melbourne for more than 10 years.

Five jazz masters in Carl Mackey, James Sherlock, Sam Anning, Theo Carbo and Dave Beck join forces for MSO’s 2021 Metropolis.

Named for the Francis Bacon painting, Blood on the Floor is one of English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage’s most celebrated works. It doesn’t conform to musical stereotypes, resulting in a piece that’s utterly imaginative, compelling and emotionally sincere. Exploring aspects of alienation and addiction, one of the work’s nine movements is a lament for the composer’s brother who died of a drug overdose. Ambitious contemporary ensembles around the world have performed Blood on the Floor since its premiere in 1996.


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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Fabian Russell
Carl Mackey
James Sherlock
Theo Carbo
Sam Anning
Jazz Bass
Dave Beck
*Please note that Ben Vanderwal has been replaced by Dave Beck


Mark-Anthony Turnage
Blood on the Floor

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