Seymour Centre Presents

Vivid Music: Gothic

Vivid Music At Seymour

27 - 29 May

"Gothic is the shadow of the everyday, whereby we feed on the bones of the past and the blood of the future”

Maryanne Lynch, 2014



Gothic is a music concert featuring songs by award-winning Sydney composer, Andrée Greenwell (Dreaming Transportation, The Hanging of Jean Lee, Venus and Adonis), who inventively merges contemporary classical, folk and post-punk music styles.

This concert brings to life ideas of ‘gothic’ in song, from times new and old. Greenwell has originally scored poems by Edgar Allan Poe, alongside a bunch of new songs she has composed to lyrics by Australian writers Alison Croggon, Felicity Plunkett, Hilary Bell, Maryanne Lynch and Hugo Race (founding member of the Bad Seeds with Nick Cave).

Award winning Sydney writer Hilary Bell has written a lyric inspired by Du Maurier’s ‘The Birds’; Hugo Race has delivered a chilling lyric about the death of painter Brett Whitely, in a seaside motel; and Maryanne Lynch has worked with Andrée on ‘Chosen’ – a song concerning the detainment of Elizabeth Fritzl by her father, with the children she bore him. Covers of songs across history also appear. The music styles reach across folktronica, post-minimalist, post-punk and the cinematic, accompanied by evocative motion-graphics by London-based artist, Michaela French (Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin, Circa).

Andrée is bringing together a group of talented musicians for this special concert: soprano Julia County, with Greenwell on vocals; violinists Stephanie Zarka and Ewan Foster; James Eccles on viola and fx pedals, and cellist Geoffrey Gartner. Greenwell is collaborating on a cinematic/electro sound design with sought after music producer David Trumpmanis, whose credits include with composer Mark Bradshaw on Jane Campion’s screen productions Bright Star and Top of the Lake, the score for the film Ruben Guthrie with Sarah Blasko, and the recent album release by The Church.

Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts NSW, and auspiced new music network.

A Green Room Music production.

Gothic is part of Vivid Music @ Seymour