Play On Series Six

Fri 8th March, 2019 – Fri 22nd March, 2019
Collingwood Underground Car Park
44 Harmsworth Street, Collingwood
Price: $15–$30
Classical and contemporary co-exist in this groundbreaking music series that’s literally underground.

Play On is known for its ambitious genre-bending concert format pairing Australia’s leading classical musicians and electronic acts in unexpected spaces – most recently the Collingwood Underground Car Park.

Series six promises to be no less innovative – or memorable – than the previous five iterations. Over three consecutive Friday nights in March, classical and contemporary again meet in the car park, with violinist Kyla Matsuura-Miller to kick things off on March 8. Matsuura-Miller and her quartet will play a work by American minimalist composer Steve Reich then skip back 900 years to the music of a 12th-century composer, philosopher and mystic, Hildegard von Bingen. And dance-music selector Babicka (also an endearing term for a Czech grandma) will back it up with beats in set two.

March 15 will mark a Play On first when classical percussionist Thea Rossen and her ensemble, Ad Lib Collective, join forces with Melbourne dance-music royalty Sleep D for a world-premiere improvised collaboration. The duo will then perform a one-and-a-half-hour dance set, drawing on and departing from the sounds and ideas of the collab.

Wrapping up the series on March 22 is Chinese-Australian guzheng player Mindy Meng Wang. The guzheng is a 2500-year-old Chinese plucked string instrument, which Meng Wang uses to play traditional folk songs alongside her own contemporary compositions and improvisations. DJ Adriana, host of PBS FM Opalakia show, will close proceedings with a set promising boogie, disco and sounds from across the world.

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 six runs Fridays March 8, 15 and 22. Doors from 7.30pm.

More information here.