Play On: where classical meets electro in underground Collingwood

Each of the shows in the Play On series melds classical music with electonica and follows the project’s signature format: a set of classical chamber music followed by a set by an electronic musician / DJ. What’s not to love?

Friday 8 March  – Kyla Matsuura-Miller (Violin) / Babicka (DJ set)
Doors 7:30pm
Opening the series on 8 March magnetic violinist Kyla Matsuura-Miller leads her string quartet in a program beginning with a selection of other-worldly drone-based works by the 12th Century philosopher, composer and saint Hildegard von Bingen. The quartet then turn to American composer Steve Reich, performing his iconic 1988 work for string quartet and tape, ‘Different Trains.’ Taking his cue from Matsuura-Miller’s program, DJ Babicka plays the second set; a dance-floor ready selection inspired by the opening performance.

Play On 1 - photo by Alan Weedon

Friday 15 March – Thea Rossen (Percussion) / Sleep D (LIVE)
Doors 7:30pm
The second show in the series sees something entirely new for Play On – a world premiere live improvised collaboration between mesmerizing classical percussionist Thea Rossen and feted electronic duo Sleep D. First up Rossen and her ensemble, the Ad Lib Collective, play works including ‘Postludes’ for bowed vibraphone by contemporary American composer Elliot Cole, and the breathtaking ‘Ming Qi’ by celebrated Melbourne composer Liza Lim. Sleep D then join Rossen and her group on stage for a genre-bending live collaborative improvisation before taking over to go on a deep electronic journey using ideas inspired by and departed from the collaboration.

Friday 22 March – Mindy Meng Wang (Guzheng) / Adriana (DJ set)
Doors 7:30pm
Enjoy a classical performance is from Chinese Australian Guzheng player Mindy Meng Wang who plays traditional Chinese folk songs alongside her own compositions and improvisations for Guzheng and electronics – celebrating Chinese classical music, and highlighting the versatility and beauty of her 2500 year old instrument. To close out the night and the series, DJ Adrianasteps up to the decks. Host of PBS FM’s Opalakia, Adriana is one of the most respected selectors in the game and her set is guaranteed to deliver everything from global sounds to boogie and everything in between.


Collingwood Underground Car Park, 44 Harmsworth Street, Collingwood

For full details of each of the three performances in Series Six visit Play On’s


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