Insanely gorgeous and stunning instruments used in work of Liza Lim

The instruments, created by David Murphy, were an absolute joy to work with.  Heroes of the Piston Cretino,  Ben Marks and guest Christine Chapman, erupted riotously across the stage and cavorted into the audience. Yes, the Gods are cowboys and in this concert  Liza Lim’s Ronda-The Spinning World gavalnised the energies and spirit of the Brazilian streetscape, of Capoeira, and the torque of the Ronda into something quite sonically magical.

Christine Chapman manipulates the Piston Cretino
Christine Chapman manipulates the Piston Cretino watched by bemused conductor Carl Rosman in a rehearsal of Ronda-The Spinning World composed by Liza Lim
Benjamin Marks plays the Piston Cretin
Chaos on stage as Benjamin Marks plays the Piston Cretino with guest Christine Chapman

And what about these invented string instruments!

Graeme Jennings and Phoebe Green, ELISION strings
At last Graeme Jennings gets a decent violin. He and Phoebe Green perform upon string instruments created by the singularly inventive David Murphy
Phoebe Green performing upon a viola of sorts!
Phoebe Green performing upon a viola constructed of surprising materials also made by David Murphy

AND lets not forget the Rotary Weather Harp with new virtuoso exponent Marshall McGuire.

ELISION rehearsing Ronda-The Spinning World
ELISION rehearsing ‘Ronda-The Spinning World’ for Metropolis 2018


This concert was a lot of fun.  Thank you Metropolis and MRC and all of the composers and performers.  And a lucky last- also intensely energetic, jaw-droppingly precise and ballistic- the music of Unsuk Chin.

Peter Neville and James Townsend, percussion
Peter Neville and James Townsend go ballistic performing Unsuk Chin for Metropolis