Lee Ranaldo, Mike Patton, Ensemble Offspring XL and The Song Company, conducted by Roland Peelman | USA/Australia
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Two genre-defying artists come together for a phenomenal evening of electrifying sound.

Sonic Youth co-founder and revered guitarist Lee Ranaldo presents the Australian premiere of his new work Hurricane Transcriptions (Last Night on Earth), a piece composed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which blew through New York in 2012. Sydney’s acclaimed classical innovators Ensemble Offspring grow to 15-strong to join Ranaldo, delivering an atmospheric soundtrack to the storm as it batters the city with howling winds and torrential rain.

Man of many guises and patron of the bizarre, Mike Patton tackles Luciano Berio’s 1965 composition Laborintus II, a montage of spoken word, instrumentation and electronics. Written to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the birth of Italian poet Dante Alighieri, this uncompromising piece incorporates avant garde jazz, eerie arrangements and chaotic noise. Patton, last at Sydney Festival with Mondo Cane, is joined by Ensemble Offspring and The Song Company to present this remarkable work.


Hurricane Transcriptions was commissioned by Sydney Festival, Holland Festival and Stargaze.

Photo: Cara Stricker



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