Invisible, as Music is a two-part work: Part I is an invitational installation performance/seance for audience (anonymous performers); Part II is a minimalist-noise-band made up of five equally-voiced musicians playing chunks of wood, string instruments and singing.
The title is taken from an Emily Dickinson poem.
The central concept is an exploration of Virginia Woolf’s quote: “I would venture to guess that Anon, who penned so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”
The work pays deep homage to 16th Century Italian Composer, Leonora d’Este, who has been attributed, by Professor Laurie Stras, as the likely composer of the Anonymously published Musica quinque vocum: motteta materna lingua vocata voci pari motets.
Amplifying authorship (signing the score), re-writing patriarchal books and other protest/musical actions create an audience-led seance calling to Leonora and the untold millions of other creative women rendered invisible through the Western canon.
Currently in development for premiere in 2020/2021.
Pilot version (pictured) premiered at Day for Night (12 hour Queer performance party) for Performance Space’s Liveworks festival, October 27th, 2018 at Carriageworks, Sydney.
Photos: Alex Davies