My latest work Flash Point received its premiere over the weekend by shakuhachi master Riley Lee and Enigma Quartet. The piece was commissioned as part of the ‘5 Elements’ project, which is based on the belief in many ancient cultures that the universe was made of five fundamental elements: Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Ether.

Riley and Enigma performed eight new works for shakuhachi and string quartet by Ross Edwards, Anne Boyd, Gerard Brophy, Stuart Greenbaum, Katy Abbott, David Hirschfelder, Andrew Howes, and myself, alongside existing works by Lachlan Skipworth and Elena Kats-Chernin. Each composer drew inspiration from one of the five elements - mine is based on fire, hence the title!

Stay tuned for a studio recording  next year!

(I also thoroughly enjoyed a slice of delicious lemon meringue pie as part of North Sydney’s Independent Theatre Prelude in Tea series. Highly recommend!)

 Riley Lee & Enigma Quartet with fire lighting!

Riley Lee & Enigma Quartet with fire lighting!

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AuthorHolly Harrison