Chamber-pop aficionados Melbourne Amplified Strings (MAS) are bringing an exciting new performance showcasing electronic effects, live looping and string instruments to Kew Court House on Friday 2 July, which will be the first time Boroondara Arts will welcome audiences back to the venue since before the pandemic.
Utilising a fusion of technologies, audiences will experience an energised exploration of amplified music for a night of stunning sounds.Co-founded by violinist Xani Kolac and cellist Anita Quayle, Melbourne Amplified Strings was created to celebrate and explore the versatility of their instruments, with an open invitation for other contemporary musicians to join them.
This performance will feature special guest collaborators Mindy Meng Wang on guzheng and Sarita McHarg on sitar.
Xani Kolac Is a widely celebrated violinist, best known for her visionary collaborations and genre-breaking musical compositions. She’s performed at Hamer Hall, Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, ABC’s RocKwiz, and her theatre credits include the multi-award-winning Come From Away.
Anita Quayle is a contemporary cellist and composer. Driven by a love for improvisation and collaboration, she’s had a varied career composing across theatre and film, and collaborating on projects with prominent Australian performers.
Mindy Meng Wang is Chinese/Australian composer and guzheng player, working to redefine traditional Chinese music by combining traditional and contemporary practices. She’s brought the guzheng to a variety of western music genres, with collaborators including Gorillaz and Regurgitator.
Sarita McHarg is a classical sitarist and light classical folk musician. Aiming to promote spiritual folk music to a wider audience, she blends contemporary Eastern and Western sounds, as well as classical and improvisational styles. Sarita has performed at the International Jazz Festival in Melbourne, and Sydney’s Fringe Festival.
Audiences can expect to be invigorated by an evening of contemporary music at Kew Court House with Melbourne Amplified Strings’ innovative performance.
Once a police station and court house, Kew Court House is a charming heritage building that has been redeveloped into a thriving contemporary cultural centre. The venue now provides a unique, intimate performance space with extraordinary ambience, where some of Australia’s most exciting artists perform.
Melbourne Amplified Strings
8pm Friday 2 July 2021
Kew Court House
188 High Street Kew