A musical journey

building 20 sydney sacred music festival Ria Soemardjo

Saturday 9 September 7.30pm building 20 Newington Armory

Building 20 - a musical journey

The Sydney Sacred Music Festival and Sydney Olympic Park Authority deliver one of the most unique music events ever seen in Sydney. Three world class music performances from diverse cultures and faiths coming together to transform the inner state of the audience at Building 20 (the original Powder Magazine) the Armory. 

Featuring the unique sounds of the Chambers and:
Matthew Wilkie (Bassoon Sydney Symphony Orchestra) playing:
Telemann: Fantasy for solo bassoon; 
Ross Edwards: Water Spirit Song; 
C.P.E. Bach: Solo sonata for bassoon

Kim Cunio and Heather Lee (Soprano):
Look at a number of works they have written over the last decade including a new setting of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which was made by transcribing vanishing Bagdad and Yemenite Jewish song, the music of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), and newly composed music for the Khalili collection of Islamic art, and the Maharajah of Jodhpur’s Sacred Art collection, both composed for the Art Gallery of NSW.

Ria Soemardjo:
'Meditations on flying' - a contemporary ritual for reflection. A series of short meditative solos for voice and percussion.  Ria's unique and soulful vocal style is influenced by her strong connection to her Javanese cultural heritage.

Building 20 is a decommissioned ammunition building that was built to withstand strong vibrations from the outside. This unique construction now gives us the opportunity to engage and play with the reverberant nature of the three Chambers. Each Chamber produces a unique amazing sound!







Kim Cunio and Heather Lee
Kim Cunio and Heather Lee have spent 20 years exploring sacred music in its many forms, and the intersection between medieval Islam, Judaism and Christianity. With a vocal range of 4 octaves and an array of forgotten instruments this is a rare opportunity hear spectacular commissioned works such as The Music of The Dead Sea Scrolls (Israeli Department of Antiquities and Art Gallery of NSW, The Temple Project (Melbourne Int. Arts Festival and Australian Jewish Museum), and The Sacred Fire, Music of Hildegard of Bingen (ABC Classics).

Matthew Wilkie
After studying in Germany, Matthew stayed in Europe to pursue a career with the world-renowned Chamber Orchestra of Europe, where he is still an active member, travelling to Europe 5 times a year. 
Matthew joined the Sydney Symphony in 2000 as their principal bassoon. He has often performed as soloist both here and overseas and was a prize winner in the International Music Competition in Geneva.
Matthew is also well known as a chamber musician and teacher. He has been a guest at several music festivals and has given master classes all over the world.

Ria Soemarjdo
Born in Melbourne of Australian/Indonesian descent, Ria Soemardjo has established herself in Australia as a skilled and sensitive performer of songs in the highly refined and soulful Javanese classical tradition. Ria draws on a deep respect for this tradition in her songwriting and collaborative projects. Her distinctive vocal style and ability to absorb a diverse range of musical influences have led to regular collaborations with other highly respected 'world' music performers and composers such as Anne Norman, Adrian Sheriff, Tony Haynes (Grand Union project), Shannon-Goodrich Project, Chris Sprague and Glen Kniebeiss. Ria performs traditional and original repertoire with various ensembles around Australia as well as occasional solo accapella  appearances. 

 Kim Cunio and Heather Lee

Kim Cunio and Heather Lee