Restrung New Chamber Festival : Bridging the Gap Between High Art Music and Popular Sensibilities

Bentley, Danielle S. (2009) Restrung New Chamber Festival : Bridging the Gap Between High Art Music and Popular Sensibilities. In Strong, Catherine (Ed.) Proceedings of the IASPM-ANZ 2008 Conference, Brisbane Queensland, December 2008, IASPM-ANZ, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, pp. 22-31.

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The Restrung New Chamber Festival was a practice-led research project which explored the intricacies of musical relationships. Specifically, it investigated the relationships between new music ensembles and pop-oriented bands inspired by the new music genre. The festival, held at the Brisbane Powerhouse (28 February-2 March 2009) comprised 17 diverse groups including the Brodsky Quartet, Topology, Wood, Fourplay and CODA. Restrung used a new and distinctive model which presented new music and syncretic musical genres within an immersive environment. Restrung brought together approaches used in both contemporary classical and popular music festivals, using musical, visual and spatial aspects to engage audiences. Interactivity was encouraged through video and sound installations, workshops and forums. This paper will investigate some of the issues surrounding the conception and design of the Restrung model, within the context of an overview of European new music trends. It includes a discussion of curating such an event in a musically sensitive and effective way, and approaches to identifying new and receptive audiences. As a guide to programming Restrung, I formulated a working definition of new music, further developed by interviews with specialists in Australia and Europe, and this will be outlined below.

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ID Code: 29805
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: practice-led, new music, festivals, curation
ISBN: 9780958149716
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Music & Sound
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Please consult the author.
Deposited On: 19 Jan 2010 05:46
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 14:18

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