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From East To West - Music For The Bamboo Cafe, Nepal

Sat 23 Feb
Time : 7pm
Where : Mueller Performing Arts Centre Rothwell
Plato once said ‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything’.

This quote speaks to what ‘From East to West — Music for the Bamboo Cafe, Nepal’  will deliver at the upcoming musical event at Mueller College.

A special feature of the evening will be the Australian premiere performance of ‘A Himalaya Concerto’, a concerto for clarinet, written for and performed by renowned Queensland-based clarinetist, Idris Harries. The work was composed by English composer Stuart Brown in response to the disastrous earthquake that devastated parts of Nepal on 25 April, 2015.

Idris said that while the piece was in standard concerto format, there was nothing standard about it.

“It accompanies a video, so it works as a kind of soundtrack. The music is filmic, written for an orchestra, but performed using a computer instead of an orchestra,” Idris said.

“Performing this beautiful music brings home how lucky we all are here... not to have to live in fear of avalanche or earthquake. Despite this, the local (Nepali) people are joyful and full of hope. They just need a hand up to get onto the next stage of their country’s development.”

This event will help raise funds to build a chain of Bamboo Cafes in Nepal — to provide employment for marginalised girls and women, hospitality training, and great coffee and food for local Nepali people and tourists. The whole of the proceeds of this concert, after paying only the costs of its staging, will go directly to Transform the Nations’ Bamboo Cafe project.

People can expect an interesting evening of music from around the world. Idris will be joined by Uzbeki-born Renat and Hila Yusupov — renowned performers (cellist and pianist respectively) who are based in Queensland.

“We have selected a wonderful variety of many beautiful pieces. We like to share the stories of the music, so we will be taking time to introduce the music so that audiences have an opportunity to get into the message and character of each piece,” Idris said.

From East to West —
Music for the Bamboo Cafe, Nepal
Mueller Performing Arts Centre
Saturday 23 February, 7pm
Tickets via Eventbrite: $45