Wednesday, February 10, 2016


"After huge critical acclaim in 2012 and 2013 in Australia Richard Tognetti and crew have ‘revisited’ the original Reef project adding in exciting, new footage and re-invigorating the original score with new works to create an updated version of The Reef for 2016.

This performance is an illuminating and thrilling celebration of surfing, the ocean, landscape, film and music melded together."

This is a singular event. There will not be something like this happening for a long, long time and you'd best be on your toes to witness. Mick Sowry, Richard Tognetti, Jon Frank et al will be in New York showing this incredible sonic and visual collaboration at the 92nd Street Y on February 18th.

"The Reef is a celebration of surfing, film and live music by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

ACO artistic director and lead violin, Richard Tognetti, collaborated with producer/director Mick Sowry and director of photography Jon Frank, to create an evocation of an epic stretch of coastline in the north west of Western Australia. Using a mythic day to symbolise our lives in all their trials and glory, The Reef music consists of twenty one individual compositions, some original, some amongst the greatest works in the classical tradition.

This preview features Vocalise by Rachmaninov and explores heroic failure - a simple yet beautiful representation of the inescapable part of our lives where all does not go to plan, and the honour in trying again and again.

The ACO performs The Reef (Revisited) in Sydney on 12 February before taking off for an USA tour that includes performances in Los Angeles, New York and Richmond, from 16 to 20 February."

The Surfer's Journal have already plugged it, and it ought to be smack in the middle of your radar. I have three tickets for Wifey, Primero and myself (Segundo gets the baby sitter) and we are returning from our winter holiday the morning of, just to make it to the performance.

If you can't get to the New York performance/screening, get there in L.A. or Richmond.

Because this film matters.

"Later in the day a flight across the dunes. A discovery and a near dream, Hypnosis is a new composition by Richard Tognetti for The Reef, with vocals by Satu Vanska and technical assistance by Joseph Nizetti. In performance the entire Australian Chamber Orchestra will add many layers to this already beautiful piece."

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