Chris Cody and Quartet: Astrolabe – Suite for La Perouse

Sat 30 Nov 2019 - Sat 30 Nov 2019

1.30 pm - 3 pm

The Instrument Room La Perouse Museum
1542 Anzac Parade, La Perouse

Chris Cody's Astrolabe – Suite for Lapérouse, is a music-and-text performance inspired by the extraordinary three year voyage of French navigator Lapérouse.

$20 per person bookings essential

International pianist and composer Chris Cody returns with his all-star quartet featuring some of Australia's finest jazz musicians (Paul Cutlan, clarinet, sax, flute, Fabian Hevia, percussion, Lloyd Swanton, bass, Chris Cody piano and direction) to perform this major work. Astrolabe, Suite for Lapérouse is inspired by the extraordinary three year voyage of French navigator Lapérouse who arrived here just six days after the First Fleet in 1788. After Lapérouse left these shores a few weeks later he was never seen again, his two ships being shipwrecked near the Solomon Islands.

The incredible voyage and disappearance at sea of this French navigator has been a big inspiration for Cody to write this work with differently imagined times, cultures and places.

The powerful and moving music draws upon jazz, classical and diverse world music influences inspired by the voyage. There is plenty of space for the musicians to open up and improvise over the different moods, textures and styles, ranging from calm meditation to exuberant joy.

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