Photo by Ben D Woods

PRIMORDIAL

for Piano and Diverse Media

Piano: Gabriella Smart
Music: Constantine Koukias
Tape Sound Design: Mischa Duncan te Pas
Lighting Design: Jason James

Commissioned by The Hon. Christopher Schacht & Soundstream

 

A soundscape that condenses several million years of shifting Tectonic forces as the first complex life form on earth emerged. This is Primordial, a unique merging of science and sound.

 

PRIMORDIAL is a visceral listening experience that re-enacts the shifting of tectonic plates to form the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, a journey through time to the first sign of life on earth with the appearance of the Ediacara fossils. The sonic world of PRIMORDIAL reflects the immense landscape of the Ediacara Fossil field on the edge of the Australian desert. Composer Constantine Koukias imagines the sound of shifting tectonic plates through manipulated piano preparations and electronics to create cascading waves of sound. The piano as we know it is reinvented, its resonance reflecting a haunting, fragile sound world. Gabriella Smart pounds and caresses the piano, cajoling beautiful and extraordinary prepared sounds that are symbiotic with Koukias’ electronic score.

“Koukias’ sharp and at times fragile music miraculously reflected this vast landscape on the edge of the Australian desert”

— Thomas Tamvakos, Archive of Greek Composers, 2020

Outdoor Performance May 2021 in Blinman, outback South Australia

May 20 Burra, South Australia
May 21 Melrose, South Australia
May 22 Blinman, South Australia
May 23 Warooka, South Australia
May 28 Port Augusta, South Australia
May 29 Whyalla, South Australia
May 30 Port Lincoln, South Australia
July 31 Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre Adelaide, Illuminate Festival

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Friday 26 November, 7:30pm Hackett Hall, WA Museum Boola Bardip, Presented by TURA

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