Here’s a concert with a difference.
Wilson’s Downfall’s claim to cultural fame – its unique Piano Mill comprised of two tiers of 16 upright ‘pianos with a past’ – is mounting its third Easter @ Piano Mill and you could be part of it.
The cube/building/instrument is the centrepiece of the annual Easter event on the property of architect Bruce Wolfe and wife Jocelyn. The installation itself has won architecture awards, while the first year of Easter @ Piano Mill won the 2017 Art Music Award for Excellence in Experimental Music.
Now in its third rendition, this Easter will see the premier of three new compositions for The Piano Mill by Louise Denson, Lynette Lancini, and Vanessa Tomlinson.
Award-winner Clocked Out (composer-pianist Erik Griswold along with percussionist Ms Tomlinson) is also returning for what’s billed as a ‘sonic adventure combining music, architecture and the environment’. Mr Griswold’s composition Hollows out of time for prepared piano and string quartet will also be debuted, along with flute, trombone, percussion and vocal performances on the bush stages by Stephen Adams, Jodie Rottle, Brodie Macallister, Ms Tomlinson and others.
This unique experience allows listeners to wander among the various concert stages and venues, choosing their own listening adventure, with all roads leading to the 5pm sunset performance at the Piano Mill.
It all happens on Easter Sunday (April 1) from 2pm until sunset. (The property closes at 6pm.)
The event is free, but reservations are essential. To register and receive directions click here.
It’s a rare chance to experience The Piano Mill as it’s not open to the public.
Concertgoers are advised to bring food, good walking shoes, wet or dry weather gear, and excellent ears. Drinks will be available by gold coin donation.
Here’s a glimpse of what’s going on behind the scenes within the mill itself..