Upcoming Performances

Surface Tension

Kupka’s Piano kicks off their 2015 by making their Sydney debut in exciting triple-bill style as they join Canada’s adventurous Aventa Ensemble and the inimitable Ensemble Offspring.

7.00pm, Tuesday 3 March
Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford Street, Paddington
$20 / $15


Known world wide for their adventurous musical spirit and instrumental virtuosity, sister groups from opposite ends of the globe, Aventa Ensemble and Ensemble Offspring team up with us Brisbane newcomers Kupka’s Piano in a one time coming together of distinct new musical voices.

Combining to form a ‘super’ group in works by Erik Griswold and Jordan Nobles and featuring Australian premieres by Michael Finnissy alongside an array of Canadian and Australian works completely new to Sydney audiences, this concert will be an international feast of razor sharp rhythms and raucous fun.

The program features works by Kupka’s own Liam Flenady and Michael Mathieson-Sandars alongside works by Griswold, Nobles, Wubbels, Finnissy, Stanley, Magnanensi, Oesterle and Rolfe. The full program is available on the event website.

Join us for this marathon style event of raw musical abandon, featuring three sets by three innovative trans-pacific musical trend setters!


Kupka’s Piano 2015 at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

Madame Kupka between verticals – František Kupka (1910)

extramural (adj)

1. involving representatives of more than one school: extramural athletics.
2. outside the walls or boundaries, as of a city or town or a university: extramural teaching; an extramural church.

In 2015 Kupka’s Piano present another four part concert series at the Judy. In these concerts, Kupka’s steps outside the wall, to take a good look at themselves, their world, and their place in all of space and time. From the confines of ‘The Human Detained’ to the infinite expanse of ‘Outer Sounds’, the ensemble invites audiences to experience contemporary music from the outside in.

Shivering, Confined, Expiring
Friday April 10th,
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Tickets: $22/14. Make a booking.
To kick off their 2015 concert series at the Judith Wright Centre, we perform scintillating and fantastical works by young composers from Finland, America and France
In ‘Shivering, Confined, Expiring’. This concert also features the preview showing of a collaborative project with Makeshift Dance Collective that includes World Premieres of new works by young Brisbane composers Steve Newcomb, Michael Mathieson-Sandars and Samantha Wolf.

Performances of the works will be interspersed by conversations with the musicians, dancers and composers speaking about the evolution of this first stage of the project that is being generously supported by the Fresh Ground Space Program. This project in its final form, ‘the Human Detained’, will be presented on October 23rd.


Magnus Lindberg // Ablauf // 1983
Eric Wubbels // Shiverer // 2007 AP
Jérôme Combier // Feuilles des paupières // 2005 AP
Steve Newcomb // New Work // 2015 WP
Michael Mathieson-Sandars // New Work // 2015 WP
Samantha Wolf // New Work // 2015 WP

Outer Sounds
Friday June 26th
Kupka’s Piano steps into the beyond: interstellar, mystical, civilisational. Works by Hurel, Lim, and KP’s resident composers, orbit Beat Furrer’s kaleidoscopic septet, Gaspra: A poetic exploration of rhythmic structures and the otherworldly timbres of the asteroid from which it takes its name.

The Human Detained
Friday October 23rd
Having nothing to lose but their chains, Kupka’s Piano, Makeshift Dance and some of Brisbane’s most interesting composers unite to present a fully choreographed concert work exploring the ways we as subjects are contained and the ways we can break free.

Vortex Temporum
Friday November 27nd
Kupka’s Piano tackles the pinnacle work of the French spectralist canon, Gerard Grisey’s monumental sextet Vortex Temporum. Taking a swirling figure from Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé, Vortex pushes it to its limits, to its self-destruction, and then to its resurrection.


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