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2006 Media Releases - Events - CODA

Issued Wednesday, 16 August 2006


Music for the eyes - A tribute to Norman Lindsay

“Bring no expectations, as CODA can present anything from impassioned strings, exotic backdrops and subtle electronics to rainbow-clad expression dancers threatening to knock the speaker over.” - Sydney Morning Herald

Water nymphs, saucy sculptures and the magic pudding get naughty on stage in CODA’s new music-theatre work.

Following the sell out success of CODA's 2005 Studio season, the CODA collective return with the second instalment of ‘Music for the Eyes’ in a new event that delves deep into the mystique of the vast Australian landscape and the magical realm it evokes.

In a weekend of camp aural and visual treats at Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s Bundanon, the CODA collective developed a new show inspired by the life and work of iconic Australian artist Norman Lindsay.

Norman Lindsay was outrageously talented, outrageously intelligent, outrageously prolific, outrageously bohemian. In fact, many regarded him, and still do, as just plain outrageous.

In a revival of the bohemian and hedonistic soirées at which Lindsay created much of his work, CODA will harness the mythology of this much-loved artist and channel through music, dance, puppets, visual art and flying trapeze, the art and life of Lindsay.

“The magical themes in Lindsay’s paintings and etchings often contain mythical creatures and characters,” said CODA’s Nick Wales. “Satyrs, Nymphs, Mermaids, Sphinxes, Halflings, Goblins and Magicians. In the often cynical and scientific landscape of 2006, these characters are the stuff of fantasy and Hollywood is our new magic and television the crystal ball. CODA much prefers the magical realm in Lindsay’s paintings to the fantasy of television and hope to bring to life Lindsay’s paintings on stage in the form of Tableau and performance”

Musically, the evening will include CODA’s globally inspired rockin’ grooves along with the premieres of new compositions by Amanda Cole, Nick Wales and Naomi Radom, which have been influenced by the music of the time and the philosophies of Australian composer Percy Grainger and his contemporaries.

The CODA collective; Nick Wales - viola, electronics; Naomi Radom - violin, melodica; Jared Underwood – Drum, Octapad; Olivier Smith – Bass; Bree Van Reyk – vibraphone, percussion; will be joined by aerialist Imogen Kelly, performance artist Lull singing siren, Carla Werner and the CODApendant dancers.

Since forming in 1994, CODA have created a buzz among music audiences nationally and abroad.This string and keyboard four-piece are stalwarts of both the Australian classical and contemporary music scene. Borrowing much of their sound from traditional folk music, CODA produce music sitting at the edge of electronica. Fusing together strings, grooves and gypsy influences, they have delighted a broad range of audiences - from the Sydney Festival to school children with Musica Viva to the Big Day Out, with their innovative compositions. CODA have also recorded soundtracks for the Bell Shakespeare Company and provided string arrangements for rock outfits, Leonardo’s Bride, Died Pretty and Big Heavy Stuff.

Director: Anatoly Frusin, Designer: Kim Scott, Lighting Designer: Luiz Pampolha
Date: Wed 21 June - Sat 24 June
Venue: The Studio, Sydney Opera House.
Price: Wed -Thur; $25/$20; Fri - Sat; $28/$23

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