GIG PREVIEW: Saturday 25 August, 8pm, The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne sextet Collider will tonight perform Solo in Red, a new work by Kynan Robinson which utilises words, music and images to explore the sparseness and fragility of Cormac McCarthy’s writing.
Collider — Robinson, Adam Simmons, Anita Hustas, Jason Bunn, Ronny Ferella and Andrea Keeble — was formed in 2006 to perform as part of the Adam Simmons
Retrospective and adds the texture of strings to brass, woodwind and drums.
Presented as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, the work focuses on McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian, but is also inspired by Suttree and The Border Trilogy.
Solo in Red has been described as “textured and dynamically complex” and “a hauntingly beautiful work”.
Robinson says, “McCarthy’s writing and the atmosphere he creates has a sparseness, detachment and tension and is always touched with a dry wit. He presents both the absolute beauty and absolute ugliness of existence, often within the same sentence.”
Tickets ($40, $30 concession) can be purchased online from the Melbourne Recital Centre.
The Age previewed Solo in Red in an article on 18 August, 2012.
And Miriam Zolin’s Jazz Planet did a couple of detailed interviews with Kynan Robinson and Melbourne Writers Festival Director Steve Grimwade
And we did a couple of detailed interviews on jazz-planet.com with Kynan and MWF Director Steve Grimwade if you’d like more context.