Last year’s QSOCurrent featured beatboxer Tom Thum performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO). This year, they’re back — and they’re bringing a few friends with them.
The 2016 QSOCurrent two-day program, which sees the classical and contemporary music worlds collide, will feature three world premieres performed by the flagbearers of genre-busting sound creation.
This year’s lineup will be headlined by artist-in-residence Tom Thum, performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and composer Gordon Hamilton. The program also features audio-visual artist Sampology, contemporary music ensemble Kupka’s Piano, saxophonist and composer Rafael Karlen, multi-disciplinary artists Argo and more.
“We believe in collaboration with contemporary artists from Australia and across the world,” says Richard Wenn, QSO director of artistic planning, “and where the experimental and innovative does not exist, we will create it or commission it ourselves.”
The three world premieres on the program are While We Forget & other works, an evening of classical and jazz-infused music with Rafael Karlen and QSO; Prints of the Pigeons, the unholy reunion of beatboxer Tom Thum, composer Gordon Hamilton and the QSO; and Natural Selections, an electrifying live performance of audio-visual artist Sampology’s new EP of the same name, featuring electronic montages of sound and vision from birdsong, nature, African and Latin percussion and more.
QSOCurrent will run from Friday 29 April to Saturday 30 April at the State Library of Queensland and Brisbane Powerhouse. For tickets, visit qso.com.au/current.
To celebrate this year’s program announcement, one of the most popular tracks from last year — Polish Your Brass, from the Thum Prints show — has been released as a free download at qso.com.au/tomthum.