There are few areas where Elena Kats-Chernin fears to tread. Her Village Idiot, a 14-minute work for electric guitar, harpsichord, strings and percussion, continues her fascination with altered mental states and was composed to accompany an exhibition by schizophrenic artists. Golden Kitsch is simultaneously a post modern “toy symphony” using toy pianos and sleigh bells, an oblique tribute to the spirit of the Viennese waltz and a personal “take” on the morphing of the Viennese symbolist artist Gustav Klimt from avant garde icon to kitsch pop icon. John Adams, the guru of American minimalism described his Grand Pianola Music as a combination of “duelling pianos, sirens, Valhalla brass, thwacking bass drums, gospel triads…”.
Conductor Marc TaddeiPercussionists Claire Edwardes and David MontgomeryPiano Duo Liam Viney and Anna GrinbergSchwantner Percussion ConcertoKats-Chernin Village Idiot - Orchestral version premiereKats-Chernin Golden Kitsch – Australian State Orchestra premiereAdams Grand Pianola Music