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Menzies Australia Public Engagement Programme: Who Are You?

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Online world premiere of Australian vocalist Amber Evans performing Who Are You?, a poem by British writer Zsuzsanna Ardó, set to music by American composer Hayes Biggs. Followed by an online panel discussion with the artists who reflect on their collaboration and their creative piece.

Overview

Australian vocalist Amber Evans performs Who Are You?, a poem by British writer Zsuzsanna Ardó, set to music by American composer Hayes Biggs. The Menzies Australia Institute at King’s College London hosts an online world premiere of the multi-track recording of this contemporary choral work.

This performance will be followed by an online panel discussion with the writer, the vocalist and the composer who explain the story of their collaboration. They will also reflect on the creative process of the work and its meditation on the nature of identity, and how we think and speak about it.

About the artist

The Menzies Australia Institute was initially established in 1982 as the Australian Studies Centre at the University of London. It is now part of the School of Global Affairs at King’s College. Funded by the Menzies Memorial Trust and the Australian Government, the Institute’s aim is to promote Australian studies in British and European universities and to act as an Australian base in London, providing a forum for the discussion of Australian issues through its cultural program.

In 2019, the Institute launched King’s Indigenous, an Indigenous-led research and service project in the heart of London.

In 2019, the Institute signed a partnership with the Australian National University. This allows senior scholars from Canberra to reside in London and lead the Institute. The current co-directors, historian Martin Thomas and literary scholar Béatrice Bijon, have previously worked together as documentary filmmakers. Dr Bijon is the Institute’s first woman director.

Speakers

  • Writer: Zsuzsanna Ardó

    Vocalist: Amber Evans

    Composer: Hayes Biggs

    Editing: Brian Daurelle

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