Ensemble Volante presents Regermination: a joyful and cathartic dedication to the boundless landscapes and iconic birdlife of Australia. Six glorious contemporary art songs and a solo piano piece celebrate the deep connection to nature and the restorative, consoling effect it has on the troubled mind.
Conceived in isolation, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the music seeks to find a remedy for loneliness through mindful observation of the natural world around us. It is Ensemble Volante’s intention to take the listener on a journey where they can find solace, calm, and most of all, heartfelt hope for the future within a turbulent, ever-changing world.
Program highlights include ‘Leaving the Nest’, a song cycle devoted to some of Australia’s most quintessential birdlife, and ‘Grand Ridge’, an ode to the famous road that winds its way through Gippsland. Each art song features the powerful poetic words of lyricist Grazia Marin, soaring melodies sung by rapturous soprano Piera Dennerstein, alongside the striking yet sensitive piano refrains from composer and pianist Alisha Redmond.
ENSEMBLE VOLANTE is Alisha Redmond (composer/pianist), Piera Dennerstein (soprano) and Grazia Marin (visual artist/lyricist.) They formed in 2018, fuelled by a deep appreciation of each other’s work and a desire to combine their art forms in new ways. Together they create new contemporary art music evoking a sense of wonder and immersion in the natural world through song.
Ensemble Volante acknowledges the Gunaikurnai clans and the Boonwurrung people of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land that inspired this music. We pay our respects to the Elders of these communities, past, present, and emerging. Always was, is & will be Aboriginal land.
Enjoy this concert online or be part of a live studio audience at Melbourne’s Athenaeum 2 upstairs. Tickets available via the MDCH website. All box office proceeds go straight to the artists.
Digital Tickets: $24
Live Studio Audience: $44 ($32 concession)
Alisha Redmond – Composer and Pianist
Piera Dennerstein – Soprano
Grazia Marin – Lyricist
Regermination: Songs of Solace and Renewal in the Australian Landscape
Prelude to Nostalgia
Song Cycle: Leaving the Nest
1. Silver Shrike
2. Aquila Audax
3. Jitter Cry
Emerge – solo piano work