Play On Series Five
After four iterations, Play On’s genre-bending concert format is familiar, but the series five line-up is no less unconventional – or impressive – than its predecessors'. Over three consecutive Friday nights in October and November, classical will again meet contemporary in the Collingwood Underground Car Park.
Play On pairs Australia’s up-and-coming classical musicians with its most innovative electronic acts and DJs, and this series kicks off with the premiere of a commissioned electro-acoustic work, Madonna, by Melbourne composer Jeanette Little (host of online radio show Slime on NTS). It is being presented alongside works by Iannis Xenakis and Aleksandr Scriabin, performed by pianist Peter de Jager and award-winning percussionist Matthias Schack-Arnott. DJs Moopie and Bayu, of forward-thinking Melbourne and Berlin-based record label A Colourful Storm, will follow.
Week two will open with a performance of Feliz Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No.2 – completed when the composer was just 18 – by the Affinity Collective ensemble, followed by local selector Tim Heaney, whose diverse sets have been moving Melburnians for more than a decade.
The series ends with celebrated didgeridoo player William Barton, who has played with some of world’s best classical ensembles, including the London and Berlin philharmonic orchestras, and a set from local electronic-scene stalwart Merve.
Play On is about creating inclusive, unexpected musical experiences. Tickets range from $15 to $30 and residents of the Collingwood Public Housing Estate, above the car park, are invited to attend free.
Series five runs Fridays October 19 and 26, and November 2, from 8pm.