Winter Moon Secrets

Date: 4 September 2015
Venue: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Presented in collaboration with the New Music Network

Asian culture has captivated the artistic mind for centuries; the elegance and concise restraint of Oriental visual art, music and writing have been an ongoing inspiration for composers around the globe. Winter Moon Secrets brings together chamber music inspired by a world behind closed doors, where courtly life, love and secrets form the centrepiece of existence, a place where inner thoughts remain concealed, whispered only to the night air or written on a page in a private room.

In Andrew Schultz's I am writing in this book (2011), fragments of 10th century writer Sei Shonagon's The Pillow Book have been threaded together to trace the life of a young woman from naive youth to old age. Sohmon III (1988), by eminent Japanese composer Minoru Miki, sets poetry from the oldest anthology of Japanese poetry, the Man'Yoshi (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves) dated from the seventh and eight centuries. Miki believes that music and culture are deeply intertwined and that peace between nations can be achieved through the blending of diverse cultures. Larry Sitsky's newly penned work A Feast of Lanterns II (2015) draws texts from a collection of ancient Chinese poets and writers, employing voice and instruments to render delicate brushstrokes of colour. Joining Halcyon for this program is koto virtuoso Satsuki Odamura, performing solo works composed for her by Australians Ross Edwards and Rosalind Page. 


Ross Edwards  Interlude from Koto Dreaming (2003)
Minoru Miki     Sohmon III (1988)
Larry Sitsky     A Feast of Lanterns II: 7 Songs from Chinese Sources (2015) (WP)
Rosalind Page Garden  (2006)
Andrew Schultz    I am writing in this book Op. 88 (2011)



Luke Spicer  conductor  Alison Morgan  soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong  mezzo soprano  Ewan Foster  violin  Anna Martin-Scrase  cello  Jenny Druery  double bass Rowan Phemister  harp  Sally Whitwell  piano  William Jackson  percussion  Satsuki Odamura  koto