Neither a classical concert or a club gig, Dots+Loops explores the spaces in between. Centred around two nights this September, the inaugural Companions festival features cutting-edge international talent meeting with Australia’s new generation of local stars, as well as a bunch of Australian premieres, and two brand new works written just for the festival!
Friday 8 sees internationally acclaimed Bang on a Can all-star cellist Ashley Bathgate presenting the Australian premiere of her Bach Unwound project, featuring a riveting post-genre reinterpretation of J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites by the Sleeping Giant composer collective, before the evening is wrapped up with DJ set of electronica and techno conceptually following the rest of the program from Airport.
Saturday 9 features the Rosa Guitar Trio premiering two new works specially commissioned by Dots+Loops: a piece from Dutch composer Brechtje, and an audio-visual work from Brisbane’s own Chris Perren. Australian new music group Kupka’s Piano continues with music from another great Dutch composer, Louis Andriessen, before local post-rock/jazz group Big Dead premiere its latest EP in full. Again, the evening closes with an in-venue afterparty, where composers, performers and audiences alike are encouraged to chat and mingle, with a bar open all night, and a DJ set of music following on from the rest of the program from Kite String Tangle and Pigeon saxophonist Luke Cuerel.
The festival is hosted in the relaxed, beautifully converted warehouse space at Cupo, in the middle of Brisbane’s nightlife precinct Fortitude Valley.
Dots+Loops Companions Festival
Cupo,17 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley
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Content courtesy Kieran Welch, Dots+Loops.