Mirage was commissioned by the Canberra International Music Festival in 2012 for a concert celebrating the works of Manning Clark, performed by Kiri Sollis and Michael Askill. It featured in The Griffyn Ensemble’s Cloudy With A Chance of Rain, with the above introduction from former weatherman and geomorphologist Rob Gell. Mirage involves both musicians seemingly chasing each other – both musically, and physically – inspired by imagery from the Australian desert.
“In 2022, we continue to develop and shape the rich canon of Australian music. We present no fewer than 20 Australian works across our season, including composers Richard Meale, Margaret Sutherland, Deborah Cheetham and Malcolm Williamson – and a bold new composition for the mainstage by Leah Curtis.” – Jessica Cottis, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director
“Whooping-cough may be cured by tying a live hairyworm (caterpillar) into a small bag, which is hung around the neck of the patient, and as it decomposes, the cough will decrease (1851)” … Can you hear the Hairyworm?