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Stroma: Spectral Electric

7:30pm, Thu 16 November



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Music from the frontiers of sound and technology.

New Zealand music ensemble, Stroma, present music of two of the main 'Spectralist' composers—Kaija Saariaho and Tristan Murail—who are fascinated by the way in which sound is created, transmitted and broken down, and how this information can be used to create organic, immersive structures.

Around these two works are four other works that explore sound, colour and form, in many ways inspired by the Spectralist models, including works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Annea Lockwood, Luigi Ceccarelli and a new concerto for throatsinger and ensemble by Michael Norris.


  • Hamish McKeich (conductor)
  • Jonny Marks (throat-singing)
  • Ed Allen (prepared horn)


  • Kaija Saariaho: Cendres for alto flute, cello and piano
  • Tristan Murail: Mémoire-Érosion for ensemble
  • Salvatore Sciarrino: Fauno che fischia a un Merlo for flute and harp
  • Annea Lockwood: Immersion for 3 percussion
  • Luigi Ceccarelli: Respiri for prepared horn and electronics
  • Michael Norris: Sygyt for ensemble and throat-singer