Opera Queensland Studios
13 August 2017 | 7pm

Merlyn Quaife, Monica Curro, Stefan Cassomenos + Connor D'Netto

distant, detached, ethereal, other-worldly :: void beckons you forth on passage from
darkness to light

In partnership with Opera Queensland, Argo gives you a rare opportunity to see behind-the-scenes into
the bowels of Opera Q’s Studios. Dark and surreal, their rehearsal spaces are the perfect blank canvas to
create this dreamlike experience, featuring three of Australia’s most alluring soloists, Merlyn Quaife,
Monica Curro, and Stefan Cassomenos. Underpinning the whole night are ambient electronics in surround sound by Connor D’Netto, and glitchy video art by Slato (aka Benjamin Fitzpatrick).

Undulating drones, ambient electronics, live-manipulated instruments, and virtuosic performances equally
plaintive, lyrical and acrobatic, combine in this spellbinding event. The program includes George Crumb’s
elegiac settings of poetry by Walt Whitman, Apparition, Ben Heim’s haunting Black Light Songs,
contrasted by Nico Mulhy’s beautiful yet slightly unhinged Drones & Violin, and John Adams
rollicking Road Movies, all brought together with a new work by Connor D’Netto.

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$30 General Admission

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Doors 6pm • Concert 7pm


Nico Muhly Drones & Violin
Ben Heim Black Light Songs
George Crumb Apparition
John Adams Road Movies
Connor D'Netto new commission*
Slato (aka Benjamin Fitzpatrick) live visuals

* World premiere, commissioned by argo in 2017

About argo 2017 Concert Series

About argo

Argo is a contemporary classical music concert series + collective from Brisbane Australia. Founded in 2015 by Connor D’Netto, its artistic director and producer, alongside fellow composer/performer Ben Heim, Argo draws upon a background in classical music and contemporary influences to create new works, performances and experiences which bend the boundaries of genre and art form, and to challenge the norms of musical performance and staging with immersive art music events. Our focus is on creating experiential and concept driven events that fuse classical instruments and ensembles with contemporary influences and new modes of musical expression.

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The VIP treatment:


Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at each concert in Argo’s 2017 Concert Season, where you'll have the chance to rub shoulders with the artists, hear all about what goes into creating these events, and even some extra off-program content, all in a series of intimate pre-concert meet-the-artists events throughout the season!!

$50 for access to all 5 meet-the-artist events

* PLEASE NOTE: the VIP treatment does not include general admission tickets to the concerts. Concert tickets must be purchased separately.

Connor D’Netto: artistic director // producer // co-founder

Connor D'Netto (b. 1994) is a Brisbane based composer of contemporary classical music, described as "the
model contemporary Australian composer" by ABC Classic FM.

Throughout his works, Connor balances the quasi-neoclassical with post-minimal influences, combining them with contemporary performance practices, unique one-off concerts and performances, and the delicate incorporation of electronic music elements and production techniques. His music combines driving post-minimal rhythmic elements with heartfelt lyrical expression drawn from his extensive performance experience as a classically trained bass baritone, contrasted with textural devices that push the expectations of an instrument’s capabilities without confronting the audience. Connor’s music has been commissioned and performed across Australia and abroad, including commissions from ensembles such the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland's Camerata and new music specialists PLEXUS, and performers such as Katie Noonan, Karin Schaupp and Claire Edwards.

In 2017, Connor has been selected as a fellow of Bang On A Can. As part, his music will be featured at Bang On A Can's Summer Music Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (MASS MoCA) in July, and will travel to the USA to take part in a three-week residency with the ensemble.

In 2015, Connor was named winner of Chamber Music Australia’s Australian New Works Award. His winning work, String Quartet No. 2 in E minor, became the set work for the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and received premieres by three internationally chosen finalist ensembles at the Melbourne Recital Centre. He was also awarded the Donald Tugby Musicology Prize and Scholarship by the University of Queensland for exceptional contribution to the field of research in music, and the Percy Brier Memorial Composition Prize for his Texture No. 1 for Orchestra.

As a performer, Connor is a trained classical bass baritone, having previously studied with Shaun Brown. Connor is also a talented photographer, videographer and visual-artist, creating and shooting not only material for his music, but also for a number of other local artists and musicians. Currently Connor is working on his PhD through the University of Queensland, having completed a Bachelor of Music(Honours) at the University of Queensland, graduating with First-Class Honours in 2016. In September, Connor moves to London, where (while continuing his PhD) he will study his Masters of Music at the Royal College of Music.

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