Three of Australia’s most exciting young baroque musicians come together to present a captivating program of music across the ages. HOME is a regional touring concert for baroque string trio, with its debut tour in October 2020 through SA and VIC. It is designed to bring diverse people together in a harmonious, empathetic conversation about climate change.
At the center of this project is a commission from Matt Laing, an exceptional early-career composer. This 15 minute work will evoke the place he calls home—the Fleurieu Peninsula, from its ancient granite cliffs, to the beating of a young bird’s wings, and into imagined futures. Drawing on his fascination with the expressive and evocative possibilities of sound, his music is thought-provoking and unexpectedly beautiful. Through this work, creative programming for the exquisitely fragile sounds of baroque instruments, and intimate, informal venues, this project will bring communities together to explore their home and natural environment through music.
The concept for this project grew out of my deep concern about climate change, and of how polarising the rhetoric surrounding it in the media often is. The path to changing one’s mind is complicated, but always begins with the opportunity to see through someone else’s eyes—something that storytelling through music can achieve in a uniquely personal way.
The debut nine-concert tour of HOME features Simone Slattery (violin), Katie Yap (viola) and Lucy Price (cello). It is scheduled for October 2020, or as soon as COVID restrictions allow! We’ll travel through SA and VIC with as light a carbon footprint as possible, carbon offsetting through the Australian Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund, which uses local native species to restore cleared land.
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Funds raised will go towards Matt’s commission and tour costs, including artist fees, accommodation, marketing, and travel. I believe that good music should be accessible to all, so not only will ticket prices be kept as low as possible, but a portion of funds raised will go towards providing discounted or free tickets for those who are struggling.
Many artists are currently addressing climate change, but I believe HOME is unique in its raison d’etre—to bring people together to discuss climate change through the unifying lens of home. With the echo-chamber of the internet and utter condemnation of ‘the other’, providing an opportunity for communities to gather in shared humanity is something timely and urgent.
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