I Care If You Listen | Deep and Low: Australian ensembles meet in London tunnel shaft

Ruthless Jabiru and Decibel New Music Ensemble at the Brunel Museum © Billie Tün (Courtesy of Ruthless Jabiru)

CAROLINE POTTER on 08 December, 2022 (I Care If You Listen)

London has a seemingly inexhaustible supply of quirky venues. On 02 December a pair of Australian ensembles collaborated in a concert in Rotherhithe, in southeast London, on the banks of the River Thames. The performances took place at the Grand Entrance Hall, Brunel Museum — the former entrance shaft to the Thames Tunnel, designed by the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. First used as a concert venue as early as 1827, the tunnel is today used by trains, and the striking soot-blackened walls of the underground entrance hall make it look like an abstract artwork. The huge thundersheet in the percussion setup only enhanced this impression that the concert took place in an art installation.

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Planet Hugill | Swirling, static energy: Ruthless Jabiru & Decibel New Music Ensemble at Brunel Museum

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Ruthless Jabiru, Decibel New Music Ensemble, soloist Cat Hope and conductor Kelly Lovelady at the Brunel Museum © Billie Tün (Courtesy of Ruthless Jabiru)

Kaija Saariaho: Neiges, Lindsay Vickery & Ian Rawes (London Sound Survey): Bascule [2016] for ensemble and field recording (European premiere), Tansy Davies: Feather and Groove, Pedro Alvarez: Intersperso-Ultradiano (European premiere); Julius Eastman: The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc; Cat Hope: Never at Sea (World premiere); Decibel New Music Ensemble & Ruthless Jabiru at the Brunel Museum

Reviewed by Florence Anna Maunders, 02 December 2022 (Planet Hugill)

Two exciting ensembles of Australian musicians unite under the Thames

The exotically-monikered Ruthless Jabiru are a chamber orchestra of Australian musicians who live and work in London, under the leadership of their artistic director—Kelly Lovelady. In this London concert, held in the unique ambience of Brunel’s first tunnel under the Thames at the Brunel Museum (02 December 2022), they were joined by the Australian Decibel New Music Ensemble, in the UK as part of a European tour, to create a large, and intriguingly bass-heavy, musical group performing music by Kaija SaariahoLindsay VickeryTansy DaviesPedro Alvarez, Julius Eastman and Cat Hope.

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Decibel Journal | The Holy Presence of

CAT HOPE AND KELLY LOVELADY ON THE DECIBEL/RUTHLESS JABIRU COLLABORATION IN LONDON ON 2ND DECEMBER 2022

Artistic Director of Decibel Cat Hope is working with Kelly Lovelady the conductor and founding Artistic Director of London chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru on a new program, The Holy Presence of as part of Decibel’s tour to the UK underway right now. Here, they discuss the program and the rationale behind it.

Cat Hope © Karl Ockelford
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The Voice of Cassandre Mixtape | Kelly Lovelady: The Unholy Presence of Climate Emergency

This guest mix for The Voice of Cassandre is inspired by a performance I’m conducting next month below the River Thames in London: music for low frequencies by Cat Hope, Tansy Davies, Kaija Saariaho, Lindsay Vickery, Pedro Alvarez and Julius Eastman meditating upon our inevitable consumption by the seas. Buy tickets →

  • AMBER FRESH / CAT HOPE COVER – MY OWN PRIVATE
  • DANIEL STANIFORTH – EX NIHILO FOR 3 DOUBLE BASSES
  • JANE SHELDON & RAINER MARIA RILKE – MY LIFE IS NOT THIS STEEP HOUR
  • TANSY DAVIES / CRASH ENSEMBLE – ANTENOUX 
  • JOY GUIDRY – VOICES OF THE ANCESTORS
  • JEAN-LUC PONTHIEUX – TWO BASS BEAT
  • KAIJA SAARIAHO / KIVIE CAHN-LIPMAN – NEIGES: ÉTOILE DE NEIGE II
  • CAT HOPE – FETISH #10
  • DOMINY CLEMENTS – EXTANT-EXTINCT: ULTRABASS EDITION
  • TANSY DAVIES / MIRA CALIX REMIX – GREENHOUSES
  • EDUARDO FELENBOK & PATRICIA MARTINEZ – TRANSDUCCIONES, SOBRE ESCULTURAS SONORAS DE LEON FERRARI (EXCERPT)
  • JOHN LUTHER ADAMS / SYNERGY VOCALS – ARCTIC DREAMS: WHERE THE WAVES SPLASH HITTING AGAIN AND AGAIN
  • FREDERIC RZEWSKI / BOBBY MITCHELL – THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED (EXCERPT)
  • LINDSAY VICKERY – DELICIOUS IRONIES (NOIR)  
  • JULIUS EASTMAN / LOOKING GLASS ARTS – THE HOLY PRESENCE OF JOAN D’ARC (EXCERPT) 
  • ERROLLYN WALLEN – GURU

Bass orchestra to perform in Brunel’s Thames Tunnel shaft

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Now the beating heart of the Brunel Museum and with a chamber half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe, the Grand Entrance Hall of the historic Thames Tunnel will host its first ever bass orchestra performance as part of the UK/Australia Season.

The amassed musicians of London chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru and Australia’s Decibel New Music Ensemble will come together on 02 December 2022 for an all-low programme by contemporary composers of Australia, UK, Finland/France, Chile and the US.

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