Those who have journeyed out to Harrigans Lane for previous Easter Piano Mills will be pleased to here it's back on again, after a hiatus last year due to COVID. Limited tickets are now on sale at Eventbrite.
The fantastical tower of 16 pianos in the forest is back bigger than ever,as a featured event in the program of the new Tenterfield Autumn Festival.
The Piano Mill, presented by Harrigans Lane Collective andClocked Out, is billed as an Easter Sunday 'sonic treasure hunt' combining music, art, architecture, environment and cultural histories.
It's a unique experience which invites listeners to wander through the property among various concert stages and venues, choosing their own listening adventure. The event culminates in a performance of the sixteen-piano-powered Piano Mill.
This year performances include the Boundary Riders (trombone, flutes, bass, saxophone, percussion and movement), solo piano performances by Australian piano superstars, art installations and the all-star line-up of pianists performing in the Piano Mill plus prime-mover Jan Baker-Finch.
The Piano Mill repertoire this year boasts the second-ever complete performance of Erik Griswold's All's grist that comes to the mill, the piece that launched the building.
The installation has received many accolades. It won the 2018 World Architecture Festival Award in the category of Cultural Buildings. In 2017, it received a national APRA AMCOS Award for Excellence in Experimental Music, a state award for Small Project Architecture in the Queensland Architecture Awards, and a Commendation for Small Project Architecture in the National Architecture Awards.
Wine, beer, limited soft drinks, coffee available for purchase on site, along with refreshments from Our Place, Tenterfield and merchandise.
Gates are open from 3pm to 6.30 pm. Visitors needs to bring good walking shoes, wet or dry weather gear, a picnic (if desired), insect repellent and sunscreen and excellent ears. As it is a Covid-safe event, check-in will be required by all attendees.
General admission is $40 but there's a $10 discount for 'locals' (within 100k). Concession is $20 and children five years and under are free.