In this video: Syzygy Ensemble is one of the finest new music ensembles in Australia, lauded for its virtuoso precision, innovative programming and the ability to connect viscerally with audiences. In this concert, the ensemble invites you to reflect on an age of political and environmental turmoil – and dare to hope.

Inspired by the poetry of Yeats, Irish composer Greg Cafferey conjures serene, bucolic landscapes reminding us of the precious greenery of the natural world. This atmosphere of hope is equally visible in the sublime intimacy of Caerwen Martin’s The Beauty of Now. Combined with John Psathas’s exuberant Island Songs and Ka Nin Chan’s monumental work Our Finest Hour, these soaring works are a vibrant source of inspiration.


GREG CAFFREY (b. 1963) 00:15:17
… for peace comes dropping slow (2017) – Australian premiere

JOHN PSATHAS (b. 1966) 00:07:37
Island Songs (1995)
Driving Stately With extreme energy

CAERWEN MARTIN (b. 1973) 00:22:02
The Beauty of Now (2016, rev. 2019)
Spacious and expressive

CHAN KA NIN (b.1949) 00:31:24
Our Finest Hour (1999)
Joy of creation – Humanity – Scientific discoveries – Inhumanity – Our finest hour

This concert was recorded live in the Primrose Potter Salon at Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday 12 March 2020.

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