Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

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False Cognate Kupka's Piano Hero


Presented by Kupka’s Piano 

In a post-truth world, where words can no longer be trusted, can we instead say it with music?

Guest horn player Deepa Goonetilleke – Brisbane-born and Frankfurt-based – joins Kupka's Piano to present works that resolve to mutual outcomes despite their unlikely differences. With its title taken from Australian composer Dan Thorpe's 2016 work [ false cognate ] for amplified bass flute and electric guitar, the final concert in Kupka’s ‘Words Fail’ series explores the breakdown of verbal communication and comfort found in unfamiliar situations.

On the program is a mix of recent and new works from Australia and abroad. György Ligeti's Horn Trio, subtitled as an "Hommage à Brahms" after the old master’s work for the same unusual instrumentation (horn, violin, and piano). Ligeti’s Trio highlights a mix of influences that assisted the composer in emerging from a crippling writer's block, including ironic distorted motifs, rhythms influenced by polymetric African music, and the sonic challenges presented by matching the equal-tempered piano with the natural-tempered horn. The program will also feature an exciting world premiere by Australian composer Samantha Wolf for bowed electric guitar, as well as an interpretation of Richard Barrett's codex XII.

Do not miss your chance to see Brisbane's own Kupka’s Piano one last time for 2017 at the Judy!

Dan Thorpe | [ false cognate ]

Gyorgy Ligeti | Horn Trio

Samantha Wolf | New Work

Natacha Diels | Ether

Richard Barrett | codex XII


Event Details

Date & Time

Fri 15 Dec, 7.30pm

Duration: Approx 70mins, no interval


Unreserved Seating
Full: $28
Concession: $22

Conc: Full-time students, pensioners, unwaged and government senior cardholders ONLY


“Throughout the entire concert, the seamless blending of sound between instruments reveals a genuine strength of the ensemble. Whether in forming a vertical texture or in handing a phrase from one instrument to another, the sound glows with the musicality of the performers.”