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The Sound Barrier: Sunday, 13 May 2018

Artist | Track/Song Name | Album Title | Label/Distributor | Comments

All of tonight's music is by Liza Lim. The name of the piece is listed first, followed by the performers, and then the recording details, including the name of the album and label (where there is one), and finally the duration of the piece.

An Elemental Thing (2017) | Eugene Ughetti (solo woodblock) | private recording courtesy Speak Percussion | 14:30

Interview with Liza Lim and Eugene Ughetti, talking about the upcoming word premiere of Atlas of the Sky at Melbourne Recital Centre on 18 June.

The Compass (2006) | Carin Levine (flutes); William Barton (didgeridoo); Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Christoph Poppen (conductor) | Liza Lim: Orchestral Works | hat [now] art | 21:10

Encircling its Towers with a Silver Coronet of Song (7th Movement of Tongue of the Invisible) (2011) | Uri Caine (piano); Omar Ebrahim (baritone); MusikFabrik; André de Ridder (conductor) | Tongue of the Invisible | Wergo | 14:16

Our Embraces are a Banquet of Revolving Time (8th Movement of Tongue of the Invisible) (2011) | Uri Caine (piano); Omar Ebrahim (baritone); MusikFabrik; André de Ridder (conductor) | Tongue of the Invisible | Wergo | 5:36

The Su Song Star Map (2017) | Ashot Sarkissjan (solo violin) | private recording courtesy Boston University | 12:00

Inguz (1996) | Hansruedi Bissegger (clarinet); Samuel Brunner (cello) | Liza Lim: The Heart's Ear | hat [now] art | 6:12

Don't forget to check out the blog for some thoughts about tonight's show, and Liza Lim's music!

The Sound Barrier for Sunday, 13 May 2018

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Liza Lim and Eugene Ughetti talk about Atlas of the Sky on The Sound Barrier!

Undoubtedly one of Australia's most important composers is Liza Lim and surely one of her most important works, due to have its world premiere at the Melbourne Recital Centre's Elizabeth Murdoch Hall on Monday 18 June, is Atlas of the Sky, a new work for soprano, percussion ensemble, and a large crowd of community performers, trained and untrained musically.

It is already being talked about widely and excitedly – a work that engages stories of the stars from across cultures and history, a work that grew from the seed of an idea for solo woodblock, conceptualised by Liza with Eugene Ughetti of Speak Percussion.

Liza and Eugene will be joining me live in the studio this Sunday night on The Sound Barrier to talk about this extraordinary, deeply engaging project, which is already under rehearsal and will feature one of Australia's most talented and exploratory vocal artists, soprano Jessica Aszodi.

As well as talking with Liza and Eugene, this weekend's program will showcase Liza's work more broadly, celebrating her sense of musical adventure, and of connection to community and land, which continues to generate works that navigate new ideas about culture and humanity through new musical terain.

Atlas of the Sky will be one of those works that for years to come people will want to claim that they were there to hear its world premiere, and it's an enormous thrill to me to be able to talk about it with its composer and with its music director.

I hope you can join me this Sunday night at 10 PM (AEST) for this opportunity to hear about this sensational new work that will mark out such innovative territory in the skyscape of new music!

You can tune in locally on 106.7 PBS FM or on PBS Digital, as well as listen live anywhere in the world on the PBS app or online. The show will also be available to listen back to, here on the PBS website, shortly after it has gone to air.

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