London-based all-Australian chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru will perform Michael Cryne‘s ‘Slipstream’ in its world premiere this Sunday, 9 April 2017, as part of the closing performance of Joy & Dissent: a new festival of cultural Activism at Hackney Showroom. The programme, curated and conducted by the orchestra’s artistic director Kelly Lovelady, aims to call for London’s cultural organisations to go fossil funds free, and point out at the topic of fuel dependency and its ramifications for the soul of our world.
The orchestra’s programmes are devised around existing and commissioned repertoire by today’s composers with a view to promoting sustainability and ethical dialogue, and are dedicated to humanitarian stories. Other works include Julia Wolfeś Fuel, Cat Hope’s Pure, Lamentation: Homage to Supply Belcher (1750-1836) from Symphony No.14 “Symphony in Microtones” by Gloria Coates, and Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round.
‘Slipstream’ was written for all-Australian String Orchestra Ruthless Jabiru as part of Sound and Music’s Portfolio Scheme. The piece is based on the sculpture created by Richard Wilson for Heathrow Airport in 2014. ‘Slipstream’ is inspired by the exhilarating potential of flight, coupled with the physical aesthetics of aircraft. “Constructed in aluminium, the piece aimed to solidify the twisting velocity of a stunt plane manoeuvring through the volume of the new terminal. I aimed to capture this dynamism musically; energetic lines twist and turn with a constant sense of energy,”
says the composer.
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