shallow listening had its second and third performances recently by the music box project in Sydney. A year and a half after the premiere at
BIFEM 2019, the fact that the ensemble were still excited about the program made me so grateful. The now award-winning performance, having recieved
the Excellence in Experimental Music Award at the prestigious APRA AMC Awards in 2020, drew a new crowd in NSW. I was excited to see the ensemble
perform my piece and the others in the unhinged program with even more energy and conviction and enhanced staging and lighting at Australian Hall.
Thank you to Steve Moffatt at Limelight for the rave review.
In contrast to the Zen-like calmness of that pillar, the other two works on the program were far more theatrical and demanding of both performers and audience. Shallow Listening features a terrific duet between Stefanou’s prodigious mezzo-soprano vocals and Jigalin’s theremin with some Cathy Berberian-style spoken and sung passages, heavy on dark humour with references to robodebt and the need to smile at all costs.