3 Jul 2019

Giving those in the margins a voice

From Upbeat, 1:00 pm on 3 July 2019

A concert on Friday night at Third Eye Brewery in Wellington features viols, baroque violins and voices performing new works focussing on individuals at the margins of society.

Chavela Vargas

Chavela Vargas Photo: Facebook - Chavela Vargas official

The programme includes works by Brooke Green, Elena Kats-Chernin, Ross Edwards and Andrea Pandolfo.

Those being given a “voice” include medieval “thigh-fencing” lesbians; Eugenia Falleni, one of Australia’s earliest known trans-men who was accused of murdering her wife; Mexico’s first out-lesbian ranchero singer Chavela Vargas, along with settings of Dorothy Porter’s dark and transgressive love poems.

Several works highlight the plight of refugees in Australia’s offshore detention centres, including a graphic depiction of the murder of Reza Barati and the heart-rending plea of Hamed Shamshiripour to be released.

It’s the first time these pieces have been performed on New Zealand soil.

Brooke Green and Imogen Granwal join David Morriss in the studio to chat about instruments and the importance of giving these people voices through music.