Following the success of Meditations, the first concert of their 2016 concert season, Brisbane Contemporary Classical / Electronic duo Argo (composer/performers Ben Heim and Connor D’Netto) present their next major offering, a sonic descent into an underground world in Spring Hill Reservoir: Flow.
“I anticipate that, much like last year’s events, it will be an offering that demands your being there,” Lachlan Snow said, Queensland manager of Musica Viva.
“I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing what Argo will present for our immersive pleasure… the seeds of the future of chamber music are presented by Argo for your enjoyment.”
Spring Hill Reservoir becomes the scene for the audience to completely lose themselves, stepping into an underground world transformed by floating acoustic atmospheres, music shifting through the space, and soundscapes emanating from its depths.
The program features original works for classical and contemporary guitars, strings and electronics, reconfigured in surround sound and dispersed throughout the many maze-like chambers of this iconic heritage site, encouraging the audience to explore the site throughout.
“Spring Hill Reservoir is a venue like no other – it is both beautiful yet slightly spine-chilling. You’re underground, completely cut off from the outside world. We want the audience to fall down the rabbit hole with us, to create a surreal experience and a concert like no other, to escape real life with us for an evening.” Connor said.
The event not only features works written by two local composers, but also a collection of some of the best up-and-coming musicians from Brisbane to present a program that evades categorisation by genre. By combining influences from popular and electronic music with the traditional forms of classical music, these events breaks down the barriers between musical genres as a means of introducing new audiences to new music. Filmic atmospheres meet electronics and contemporary classical music in this one-off conceptual event.
• Flow, Friday 6 May, 7:30pm, Spring Hill Reservoir
• All works are world premieres by Connor D’Netto and Ben Heim
• Tickets: $20, including catered post concert function
• Presented as part of Anywhere Festival, with post concert function supported by Musica Viva
• More information and buy tickets at www.argosound.com/flow
Current UQ music student Connor D’Netto and recent graduate Ben Heim have been long time friends, and in 2015 joined forces as Argo to organise, produce and perform in a series of concerts of original works.
“We formed Argo to further collaborate on pushing the boundaries of genre and art form,” Connor said.
“We are committed to producing immersive events featuring our original compositions and finding innovative ways in which classical music can be experienced.”
UQ School of Music Performance Studies Director Professor Patricia Pollett said Ben and Connor were “gifted and exceptionally talented”.
“Not only are they talented, writing quality music with originality and flair, they are also innovative with their programming and presentation,” she said.
In 2016 Argo has launched an entire concert series including events as part of Queensland Music Festival, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s QSOCurrent festival, as well as this show as part of Anywhere
Festival. The series features contemporary classical and electronic music, combining traditional acoustic instruments with surround sound environments. These immersive concert events, each tailored to its unique venue, also intersect with other artforms, featuring live visuals and projections.
Ben and Connor are both available for interviews and can provide promotional photographs as well as a full press kit.