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Spring Revolution- Xenia Hanusiak: The Sky Above the Roof

Saturday, March 3, 2018
at 7:00 PM

National Sawdust
80 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249


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Songlines for a New World: The Sky Above the Roof, created by Artistic Director Xenia Hanusiak, celebrates Australian female perspective.

Recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey presents an airy evening of poetic contemplation tp celebrate Australia’s mother earth. Hear the New York premieres of two tranquil, immersive experiences: “En Masse” and “Pleasure Garden.”

After sold out performances in the Melbourne and Adelaide Festivals, “En Masse” was presented in Beijing, and will travel to London next year. The work is a lush, layered soundscape, using both film and music, that envelops Genevieve as she plays live with her simple, wooden pipes. The piece evokes questions about environmental themes, migration, the impact of individualism, and tribal consumerism. The film’s soundtrack uses music from composers John Rodgers, Jim Atkins, Lawrence English, Steve Stelios Adam, Christian Fennesz, Nico Muhly, Ben Frost, dj olive, and Taylor Deupree.

“Pleasure Garden” is an aural retreat into an imagined garden of delights. Originally debuted to visitors in the Vaucluse House Gardens in Sydney, the lush tranquility transports you to the beautiful Lambley and Vaucluse House gardens in Australia. Inspired by the story and music of the 17th-century musician, composer, and nobleman Jacob van Eyck, Pleasure Garden combines excerpts from his work with newly composed music by Genevieve Lacey and Jan Bang, in collaboration with Jim Atkins, Robin Fox, Pete Brundle, Sera Davies and Stephen Goddard.

Participants: National Sawdust