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In a series of intimate concerts, Meeting Points brings together unexpected music styles to create electrifying collaborations. Featuring an incredible line-up of artists accompanied by Australia’s leading contemporary music ensemble, the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO).
In December’s concert, avant-garde sounds fuse with Chinese and Japanese instruments and traditions.
Renowned Chinese zither (guzheng) virtuoso, Mindy Meng Wang, redefines Chinese musical traditions while at the same time reinvigorating them.
And the Half Light includes a work written by Mindy for the AAO that traces her passage from her home in north-western China to the UK and eventually Melbourne, where she now calls home. Cocoon integrates traditional Chinese instruments with the sounds Mindy encountered in the London avant-garde scene.
Composed for a chamber formation, including violin, double bass, trumpet, trombone, percussion and electronics – Cocoon expresses both a yearning for home and a restlessness to travel and discover.
In a rare meeting of musical traditions Mindy will also perform a duo with Tokyo-based, Miyama McQueen-Tokita, a Japanese zither (koto) virtuoso and leading figure in Japan’s contemporary music scene.
The Australian Art Orchestra have commissioned Mindy to compose a new work that premiered at OzAsia Festival in September 2017.
Fancy some wine and cheese with your concert?
Bombini Buzz, Arts Centre Melbourne’s newest café and bar at Hamer Hall, are offering And the Half Light audience members a cheese platter with two glasses of Banks Road Pinot Noir for $40. Enjoy this offer alongside the beautiful Yarra River pre/post show.
Simply show your concert ticket to Bombini Buzz staff on the day to redeem this offer.
As part of Mapping Melbourne.
The Australian Art Orchestra is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.