Little Operations with The Letter String Quartet

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Photo credit: Dave Williams

Our 2019 Little Operations features elements from a new work in development, All that you hear is all that is heard, a site specific work composed and presented by The Letter String Quartet and curated by emerging curator Rachael Paintin.

Set within the Nicholas Building, All that you hear is all that is heard is an experiment in sound and storytelling. Since the 1920s, the Nicholas building has been a vibrant hub for creative practitioners, makers and designers. Playing with audio and musical illusions and allusions The Letter String Quartet will present interwoven stories and recordings collected from tenants of the building, past and present, in an intimate storytelling circle.

Working towards a performative work that seeks to bring people together in an act of listening, All that you hear is all that is heard aims to reinforce the importance of storytelling, connecting and sharing while asserting the need to preserve space for inner city studios.

The Letter String Quartet is Steph O’Hara and Lizzy Welsh (violin), Biddy Connor (viola, Artistic Director) and Zoë Barry (cello).

TLSQ present programs of new music for strings and voices through commissions and collaborations with innovative Australian and international composers, pushing the sonic possibilities of the string quartet. Multi-instrumentalists, composers and sound designers, TLSQ members all play, sing and compose for the ensemble.

TLSQ have presented annual concert series at Melbourne Recital Centre and Abbotsford Convent, and appeared at Next Wave Festival, Festival Of Live Art, Metropolis New Music Festival, Inland Concert Series and Supersense Festival. They have performed with John Cale, toured with Laura Jean, recorded with Augie March and regularly perform with The Orbweavers.

TLSQ have presented world premieres of commissions by composers including Mick Harvey, Bree van Reyk, Ned Colette, Yana Alana, Wally Gunn and Eric DeLuka. They have twice been chosen to present the world premiere of new pieces by the winners of the Melbourne Recital Centre’, Composers Competition, Alice Humphries and Andrew Batterham.