Alvin Curran Residency

Alvin Curran (USA, Rome) is resident composer at the University of Adelaide from 19-24 August. He is a ‘people’s composer’ who creates large-scale events in extraordinary, inspiring contexts that serve to break down perceived barriers of new music. Curran has realized a long and fruitful career as a composer/performer/installation artist, writer, and teacher in the American experimental music tradition.


Oh Man Oh Mankind Oh Yeah
Alvin Curran

Friday 23 August, 7 – 8pm
Bonython Hall, North Terrace

A massed choir of 80 singers perform this unique Australian premiere within the extraordinary surrounds of Bonython Hall, conducted by its creator, Alvin Curran. Curran also performs the ram’s horn, generating with the horn’s “voice” endless unisons and random overlapping chorales of long tones with which the choruses enter into counterpoint.

Tickets: $15 Adult & Concession. Children 14 and under free ($0.30 service fee applies)



Rose of Beans

Friday 23 August, 8.30-10.30pm
Madley Performance Space, University of Adelaide, Kintore Avenue

Join us for a glass of mulled wine in the intimate surrounds of Madley Space following Oh Man Oh Mankind Oh Yeah,  for an extraordinary chamber concert performed by Soundstream Collective and friends, and Alvin Curran himself.

Rose of Beans by Alvin Curran, for chamber ensemble

Unusual Word by Melody Eötvös, winner of the Soundstream Young Composers’ Award, for chamber ensemble

Fake Book by Alvin Curran for piano solo, performed by Curran

Tickets: $15 Adult & Concession. Children 14 and under free ($0.30 service fee applies)



Inner Cities (Alvin Curran)

“…vast and all-consuming”- the New Yorker

Saturday 24 August
Bonython Hall, North Tce

As part of the Great Music in Great Spaces series, Soundstream Collective, the Australian Institute of Architects SA Chapter, and the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice present the Australian premiere of Inner Cities by Alvin Curran and an Open Forum discussing the transformation of space in music performance.

2-3pm: Forum with Composer in residence Alvin Curran, Brian Ritchie, Artistic Director, MONA FOMA (Hobart) and Rachel Hurst, architectural writer and critic.

3-9pm: Performance of Inner Cities

Gabriella Smart performs this monumental six hour piano cycle in one of Adelaide’s most magnificent buildings, with an art installation by Joe Felber. Bring a yoga mat and meditate, walk through the surrounds, enjoy a glass of mulled wine or simply sit and listen … The audience is free to stay as long as they wish. The live performance of Inner Cities challenges the formalised tradition of concert going. Inner Cities is a six-hour celebration of space, light, meditation and transcendence of time as we usually conceive of it. The music inspires the listener to a new listening experience, where the unfolding of music over a protracted time-frame dissembles the formality of traditional listening conventions.

“Vast desert spaces…a rich and powerful trip” – Robert Carl

Tickets: $15 Adult & Concession. Children 14 and under free ($0.30 service fee applies)



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