2pm Sunday 21st November 2021
About this event
Suite Magica pairs the extraordinary combination of guitar and harp with a selection of works that display the energy, versatility and beauty of these much-loved instruments – delivered by two of Australia’s most captivating performers.
Rarely seen together, this instrumental pairing is at once both fresh and familiar. Side by side on stage, the instruments face each other like an enchanted reflection – with striking visual and aural similarities. In this way, the sound world created by these two plucked string instruments is not dissimilar to that of a guitar duo – the harp, with its 47 resonant strings and a collection of extended techniques, providing an expanded range of expressive possibilities to the more common two-guitar pairing.
Andrew Blanch and Emily Granger fell in love with the expressive potential of this ensemble while on the other side of the world in late 2019. Both were in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and working on material for their own solo recording projects. Despite both living in Sydney, the two had not previously crossed paths and were excited to find a like-minded collaborator. They quickly set to work exploring the existing repertoire, commissioning new works and arrangements, and have since been invited to perform widely, including concerts at the Sydney Opera House, Ukaria and Four Winds.
In Suite Magica, Andrew and Emily share some of the finest music from their explorations, including an exciting new commission by Australia’s reigning composition queen, Elena Kats-Chernin, arrangements of popular favourites by Granados and Ravel, and more.
This concert is made possible by a CASP ( Country Area Support Grant) from NSW Govt.