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Performances Main Stage - 2019 / 2020

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Juno-nominated turntablist and composer Nicole Lizée with the Australian Art Orchestra
“Canadian composer Nicole Lizée leaves you wondering whether you have just witnessed pop culture being turned into high art or vice versa.” —Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
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What to Expect

Nicole Lizée will mash up famous pop hits from Australian and Canadian icons using an erratic karaoke machine, fragmented music videos, and electronic music alongside performances from the improv-fueled Australian Art Orchestra at the historic Great Hall, a venue that brings Victorian architecture into the 21st century.

The Australian Art Orchestra under Artistic Director and composer, Peter Knight, epitomises a 21st century approach to music making. Its musicians are as comfortable improvising as they are reading highlevel notation, they can play a burning rock or jazz groove, and are at home collaborating across cultures and disciplines.

Nicole Lizée has been called a “brilliant musical scientist” and lauded for “creating a stir with listeners for her breathless imagination and ability to capture Gen-X and beyond generation”. She creates new music from an eclectic mix of influences including the earliest MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, 1960s psychedelia and 1960s modernism. She is fascinated by the glitches made by outmoded and wellworn technology and captures these glitches, notates them and integrates them into live performance. She has been by an impressive range of ensembles including, the Kronos Quartet, BBC Proms, l’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, CBC, Radio-Canada, the San Francisco Symphony, NYC’s Kaufman Center, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, and So Percussion. Her music has been performed worldwide in renowned venues including Carnegie Hall (NYC), Royal Albert Hall (London), Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam) and Cité de la Musique (Paris) – and in festivals including the BBC Proms (UK), Huddersfield (UK), Bang On a Can (USA), All Tomorrow’s Parties (UK), X Avant (Canada), Luminato (Canada), C3 (Berlin), Ecstatic (NYC), Switchboard (San Francisco), Casalmaggiore (Italy), and Dark Music Days (Iceland).