In a first for Play On, the Ad Lib Collective and Ben Opie, join forces with Melbourne dance music royalty Sleep D for a world premiere live improvised collaboration.
To begin, Ad Lib and Opie present a program for mixed ensemble specially curated to take advantage of the unique concrete resonance and long natural reverb of the underground car park. Featuring works by Andy Akiho and the breathtaking ‘Ming Qi’ by beloved Melbourne composer Liza Lim, the program is unified by the haunting and fragile ‘Postludes’ for bowed vibraphone by contemporary American composer Elliot Cole.
Following this program, Sleep D join the group on stage for a 15-minute live improvised collaboration before taking over and going on a deep electronic journey, performing a 1.5hr dance set using sounds and ideas developed in and departed from the collaboration.
Play On Series Six - Featuring Thea Rossen, Ben Opie, Ad Lib Collective and Sleep D
Metropolis Festival - Music For Our Changing Climate
An immersive performance experience designed and performed by the Ad Lib Collective that asks the listener to consider what climate change sounds and feels like.
Recently workshopped on a residency at the Banff Centre in Canada, the program features a collaboration with the Penny Quartet in a brand new work for soprano, strings and percussion and is framed by an ice installation that permeates the performance.
Elliot Cole’s Postludes for four players on one vibraphone frame the program presented by the Ad Lib Collective and guest artist oboist Ben Opie.
With a re-imagined version of Appelbaum’s Aphasia for gesture, ancient plainchant, and the pulsating grooves of Andy Akiho and Jan Menu, the audience will be moved and surprised by this fresh, dynamic program.
Drip drop! Drip drop! What kind of music can you make with water? What sort of sounds does ice make?
Join artists Thea Rossen and Jesse Deane to discover a sensory experience that encourages you to play among the drips and drops, and help inform an immersive, sensory experience for children which will premiere at ArtPlay in January 2018.
This project is part of ArtPlay's New Ideas Lab program, where artists are supported to create new work with children and families.
Junk Orchestra in Benalla
Presented by the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Tomorrow Today Foundation, The Ad Lib Collective designed and facilitated workshops at Benalla College as part of the Hands On Learning Program in Term 3 2017.
Benalla Junk Orchestra
Castlemaine State Festival 2017
Hamish Upton and Thea Rossen from the Ad Lib Collective collaborated with Castlemaine State Festival and students at the Castlemaine Secondary College to present the opening of the 2017 Festival.
In february 2017 Thea and Jared from the Collective attended a residency course at the Banff Centre in Alberta Canada