Monash University Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) what’s on June – September 2016

June 14th, 2016



Monash University Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) presents Wood Metal and Vibrating Air – an up close piano series featuring Andrea Keller

  • 21 June 2016 at 7.30pm  ANDREA KELLER  Solo Piano & Loops  
  • 14 July 2016 – SIMON TEDESCHI  Tedeschi plays Gershwin
  • 9 August 2016 –  LISA MOORE Soft/Loud
  • 1 September 2016  – TAMARA SMOLYAR Premieres

Multi award winning pianist and composer, Andrea Keller presents a recital of original music and improvisations for solo piano and loop pedal as part of Monash University Academy of Performing Arts’ Wood, Metal & Vibrating Air.  This exquisitely intimate concert series, spotlighting the piano and featuring lauded Australian pianists, is an acoustic treat with the audience seated on stage close to the artist.Andrea Keller’s recital Solo Piano & Loops includes music from her 2013 release Family Portraits, which is an aural family tree dedicated to her ancestors and loved ones, capturing the love, humour and sadness of a small and geographically disparate family.The program also features music from her impressive body of work, which includes twelve albums including two for solo piano.Wood, Metal & Vibrating Air runs until September with performances by Simon Tedeschi whose Rhythm Music of Gershwin recital features Gershwin favourites I Got Rhythm, Summertime, ‘S Wonderful, The Man I Love and Rhapsody in Blue as well as works from composers of his generation and those who inspired him including Rachmaninov, Debussy, Grainger and Fats Waller.New York-based, Australian pianist Lisa Moore presents Soft/Loud, an eclectic program featuring the world premiere of Australian composer Kate Moore’s new work as well as compositions from Leoš Janá?ek, Claude Debussy, Martin Bresnick, J.S. Bach, Philip Glass, Frederic Rzewski and Monash’s own and much loved, Paul Grabowsky.In the final performance of the season, internationally renowned pianist and pedagogue, Tamara Smolyar presents a unique program of music by outstanding pianists who combine the arts of performance and composition.The evening is crowned by Tamara Smolyar and Anthony Halliday new arrangement of Rachmaninov’s Trio Élégiaque No.2, in a new interpretation for solo piano as well as the world premiere of a new work by Kenji Fujimura and the Australian premiere of Anatoly Documentov’s Preludes.MAPA Executive Director, Prof Paul Grabowsky AO says of this series “One of the joys of music making is the closeness, the intimacy that can be shared between performers and audiences.  The artists have responded to this opportunity by choosing fascinating and diverse programmes, in some cases world premieres, in others repertoire works rarely heard, or simply music that inspires them and that they are excited to share. Certainly the listeners will experience something to be treasured not simply a recital, but a conversation, a communion, the very spirit of music.”
Tues 21 June 7.30pm   ANDREA KELLER Solo Piano & Loops
Thur 14 July 7.30pm    SIMON TEDESCHI  Tedeschi plays Gershwin
Tues 9 Aug 7.30pm      LISA MOORE Soft/Loud
Thur 1 Sept 7.30pm     TAMARA SMOLYAR PremieresWhere: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, ClaytonTickets: Adults – $25.00, Concession – $20.00, Student – $15 for single performance
Discounts apply for ticket purchases to multiple performances.Bookings: To reserve a seat call MAPA Box office 9905 1111 and online –

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