‘Alice in Antarctica’ at the Musica Viva Festival

alice-on-mawson-ice-1-1 SMALLOne of the ‘coolest’ concerts at this year’s Musica Viva Festival is likely to be the late night special ‘Alice in Antarctica’.

Acclaimed harpist Alice Giles received an Australian Antarctic Division Arts Fellowship in 2011 to travel on the ‘Aurora’ to the Mawson Base, accompanied by 2 harps and audio-visual recording equipment. This concert features Alice presenting images, music and spoken word in a multi-media performance commemorating the Centenary of the First Australasian Antartic Expedition of 1911-1914, of which her grandfather Dr Cecil T. Madigan was a member. Works include sentimental favourites mentioned by Madigan in his diaries, and music by Australian composers Larry Sitsky, Martin Wesley-Smith, Nigel Westlake, Jim Cotter and Joshua McHugh, as well as sounds of the wind through the harp in Antarctica, woven together with words and song into a seamless, full-length program.

In this video, Alice talks about the challenges of playing the harp in Antarctica, the program she’ll be performing at the Musica Viva Festival, and the joys of outdoor concerts.


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