Sydney Festival Headline Performances + Music Co-Curator 2024
SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2024
“TEMPERAMENT” Music Co-Curator
+ 2 HEADLINE SHOWS
“PRAELUDIUM y FUGA REMIXED”
27 – 28 JAN (6pm + 5pm)
$89 + bf
ACO, The Neilson (The Thirsty Mile)
Pier 2/3 Suite 3, 13A Hickson Rd
Dawes Point NSW 2000
BENJAMIN SKEPPER & CONTRAPUNTAL
Temperament co-curator Benjamin Skepper steps into the spotlight solo to present a site-specific live remix of his own composition, Praeludium y Fuga.
The title is a modern play on the “Prelude and Fugue” musical form popularised by Bach in the Baroque era; the prelude being a short introduction to a more complex piece, the fugue. Inspired by that structure, Skepper’s modern classical work composed for modular synthesiser, piano, electric cello and electronics takes you far afield. Recordings captured during decades of world travel are woven into the mix; the pulse of human heartbeats drives its rhythm.
Melbourne/Naarm-born, Skepper is a classically trained musician, an innovator fascinated by evolving technologies and our deepest corporeal connections to music. He’s no less fascinated by issues of identity, human rights and the many relationships between sound, medicine and healing.
Originally performed at Moscow State Conservatory in 2019, and revived at Melbourne Recital Centre in 2023, Praeludium y Fuga Remixed is a deep listening experience that takes its audience on a journey through time, space and into self-reflection.
“Embodying classical aesthetic, music and culture, Benjamin Skepper is a musician with an extraordinary sense of the contemporary.”
– Rolling Stone
CRITICAL REVIEWS + SELECTED PRESS ARCHIVE
LIMELIGHT ARTS REVIEW by Steve Moffat – “an emotional, spiritual and intellectual odyssey” ★★★★
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD REVIEW – by Peter McCallum “…hacking the strings with the bow like a bread knife” ★★★★
CLASSIKON REVIEW by Daniel Kaan “mesmerising and profound”
ABC TV FEATURE with Kathryn Robinson
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD NATIONAL ARTS FEATURE EDITORIAL (PDF)
THE AGE NATIONAL ARTS FEATURE EDITORIAL (PDF)
by Chantal Nguyen, Helen Pitt and Nick Galvain
ABOUT THE TEMPERAMENT SERIES
JS Bach is a true avant-gardist. Temperament – a week-long celebration and deconstruction of Bach – pays homage to the revolutionary advances his music enabled and its influence on modern composers.
This series features an exceptional group of local and international artists and ensembles including Bach Akademie Australia, Korkmaz Can Sağlam, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Bukenya, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Benjamin Skepper and Ensemble Apex.
Images courtesy of Sydney Festival.
Photo by Victor Frankowski