Following their beautifully assured debut at the 2020 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, the Wattleseed Ensemble will bring their particular brand of magic to The Edge at Federation Square in 2022.
Comprised of violist Katie Yap, violinist Natalia Harvey, and cellist Anna Pokorny, the Baroque string trio was founded with the goal of bringing together diverse audiences to reflect on climate change and our shared Australian landscape through music. Performing repertoire that ranges from the middle ages to the high Baroque, and also dipping into folk music and contemporary Australian works, the Wattleseed Ensemble demonstrates just how versatile period instruments can be.
For this concert, they’ll present a program spanning nearly ten centuries, from Hildegard von Bingen’s Processional of Embodied Souls to Bach’s The Art of Fugue, through to a highly anticipated world premiere performance by Musica Viva FutureMaker Matt Laing, titled From Home. Rounding out the program are two Scandinavian songs, a traditional waltz and a contemporary jig.
Event partner: Fed Square
Download the program guide here, or view it below.
NATALIA HARVEY BAROQUE VIOLIN
VON BINGEN Processional of Embodied Souls
*World premiere performance
Matt Laing has been writing music since he started university, sketching ideas whilst training to be a viola player, and completing a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne. Following successful participation in the Flinders Quartet’s 2017 composer workshop, his first big commission, Out of Hibernation, was premiered by the Quartet in 2019, leading to an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant to work on the quartet with mentoring from Brett Dean in London and Berlin.
Having participated in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Young Composer program, he was subsequently selected as the Orchestra’s Young Composer in Residence for 2021. Matt is a recipient of a 2021 Prelude Residency through the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer House Trust, and is a Musica Viva Australia FutureMaker for 2021–3.
Matt’s first work, Portrait of Blood, premiered overseas, performed in London on a tour by Affinity Quartet and Lotte Betts-Dean in February 2020