Pop filtered through twisted musical minds
In celebration of our 20th anniversary, we’ve released our 14th full-length album. In Tortured Remixes, popular melodies are filtered through the creative minds of our composers, John Babbage, Robert Davidson and Bernard Hoey. The result: iconic tunes stretched, bent and scrambled (almost) beyond recognition, then reassembled into adventurous new works.
Featuring tortured reconstructions of The Saints, MC Hammer, The Beatles, Stevie Wright, Beyonce, Cold Chisel and many more, it’s the 60’s to the present like you’ve never heard them before.
RANDWICK – RANDWICK TWILIGHT SERIES
Fri 8 Sep, 7pm
Prince Henry Centre
2 Coast Hospital Rd Little Bay, NSW
BYRON BAY – BYRON THEATRE
Fri 20 Oct, 7:30pm
Byron Theatre, Byron Bay Community Centre
69 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
THE SINGING POLITICIAN
Prime Ministerial speeches set to music
Topology and The Australian Voices bring iconic speeches and exceptional musicianship together to celebrate pivotal moments in Australian history.
Composed by Topology’s masterminds Robert Davidson and John Babbage, plus musical powerhouse Gordon Hamilton, the performance traverses pivotal moments that have shaped our nation. The Singing Politician takes the words right out of our Prime Ministers’ mouths – from Robert Menzies to Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser to Paul Keating, Bob Hawke to Tony Abbott – and marries them seamlessly to an overlay of stirring music and choral work.
(Canberra International Music Festival)
Sun 7 May, 2pm
Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia (NGA)
(Festival of Voices)
Fri 14 July, 8pm
Nolan Gallery, Museum of Old & New Art (MONA)
(Unashamedly Original Festival)
Sun 23 July, 5pm
City Recital Hall, Angel Place
Fri 15 September, 7.30pm
ABC Studio 420, ABC Bldg 114 Grey St South Bank
Two Evenings Celebrating Two Decades of Musical Adventures
14 albums, hundreds of original works, countless national/international tours and far-reaching acclaim – Topology has had quite the adventure since their DIY beginnings in the Brisbane underground scene in 1997. Their distinct combination of piano, strings and saxophone, with influences from chamber music, pop, jazz, electronica, orchestral and progressive rock, has enchanted audiences for 20 years, and they show no sign of slowing down.
In TOPOLOGY@TWENTY they reflect on their creative journey thus far – from cross-genre experimentation to innovation in speech melody, composing for dance, puppetry and theatre to developing their own theatrical performance modes. Topology celebrates this milestone over two evenings with two very different programs, each night presenting highlights from each decade of original repertoire and a few surprise appearances by some their favourite collaborators.
Sat 2 December, 7.30pm (Program: 1997-2007)
Sat 9 December, 7.30pm (Program: 2008-2017)
The Old Museum, 480 Gregory Tce Bowen Hills
Tickets: Single show $20-30 | Season Pass: $40-55
Early Bird tickets available till 31 October only.
PROGRAM FOR 2 DEC: 1997-2007
Topology gets back to what brought them together, featuring composers whose work was instrumental in shaping the Topology sound: Michael Nyman, Arvo Pärt, John Adams, Tim Brady and John Rodgers. They will also revisit the very first compositions Robert Davidson, John Babbage and Bernard Hoey ever created for the quintet.
PROGRAM FOR 9 DEC: 2008-2017
In addition to being their most prolific era, it is in this decade where Topology began to branch out into cross-artform experimentation, with many works commissioned for dance and theatre. This evening will feature music created for Expressions Dance Company’s “R&J”, Queensland Ballet’s “Live Attitude”, and Topology’s own venture into theatrical storytelling, their “Ten Hands” and ARIA-nominated “Share House”.