Upcoming Performances

Moonlight and the Modernists

Kupka’s Piano throws the doors open in this free concert featuring contemporary works alongside some of the classical “greats” to prove we’re not so bad when it comes to old music too!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015
12:00-1:00pm, Tuesday March 24
Main Auditorium at Brisbane City Hall, King George Square


From Beethoven’s stunning ‘Moonlight Sonata’ to electric and luminous contemporary works, this concert features Kupka’s Piano, and especially their award-winning pianst Alex Raineri, as well as works by Brisbane composers Erik Griswold and Jakob Bragg

Alex Raineri appears both as pianist in Kupka’s Piano and as a soloist. In 2014 he was the winner of both the Australian National Piano Award and Kerikeri International Piano Competition. This concert promises to delight both lovers of the classics as well as those in thirst for the latest cutting-edge developments in classical music!


Krzysztof Penderecki // Three Miniatures
Johannes Brahms // Intermezzo in Eb Major, Op. 117 No. 1
Manuel de Falla // Ritual Fire Dance from El Amor Brujo
Gaspar Cassado // Danza Finale from Suite for Solo Cello
Erik Griswold // Action Music
Philippe Manoury // Solo de Vibraphone from Le Livre des Claviers
Jakob Bragg // Quartet for the End of July
Ludwig van Beethoven // Sonata No. 14 in C# minor, Op. 27, No. 2 ‘Quasi una Fantasia’



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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