World Saxophone Congress

Zargareb, Croatia

Nexas will be performing Matthew Hindson's 'Romeo & Juliet' Suite at the 2018 World Saxophone Congress in Zargareb, Croatia. Details coming soon.

Extended Play

City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney, NSW

CO-PRODUCED WITH LYLE CHAN AND VEXATIONS840 Extended Play is a 12-hour micro-festival that explores and celebrates new music in every format imaginable. From noon to midnight, a dynamic line-up of 20 local and international artists will transform City Recital Hall into a rich hub of sonic exploration and musical landscapes. Be prepared to discard your preconceived ideas about music production and performance, and embrace the new, in all its raw, exhilarating, and immersive brilliance.

Headlining the main stage is New York ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars, who play “a central role in fostering a new kind of audience that doesn’t concern itself with boundaries” (The New York Times). They are recognised worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances, freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music to forge a distinct category-defying identity. Also appearing on the main stage are Sydney’s musical mavericks, Ensemble Offspring, presenting rarely-performed large scale works by Steve Reich, plus ARIA-nominated group Topology, virtuosic ELISION Ensemble, and drummer and instrument designer Alon Ilsar.

In every nook and cranny of the venue you will find musicians of the highest calibre, challenging and exploring the farthest realms of sound creation and instrumental possibility. Explore improvised celestial soundscapes, daredevil piano antics, twinkling electronica, uplifting melodic improvisations and so much more. See below for a full listing of all 20 artists.

Come for the music, but not just to listen. See, feel, explore and play.

ARTISTS AUDITORIUM Alon Ilsar Bang on a Can All-Stars Elision Ensemble Ensemble Offspring Topology and Karin Schaupp

FOYERS Acacia Quartet Anna McMichael Brett Dean and Zubin Kanga ConCreative (Sydney Conservatorium of Music) Ephemera Trio Gabriella Smart Lisa Moore Mark Isaacs Nexas Quartet Plait Ensemble and Eishan Ensemble Raven (Peter Hollo) Rubiks Collective Stereogamous (Paul Mac and Jonny Seymour) We Are Breathing (Connor D’Netto and Ben Baker)

Event Duration: 12 hours, noon to midnight

Composers in Exile - The Concourse

The Concourse, Chatswood, NSW

Opera Star, Australian Baritone Peter Coleman-Wright & the Nexas Saxophone Quartet join Jane Rutter onstage to perform Composers in Exile, featuring thrilling adaptations of cabaret works by composers from the Weimar Era to WWII.

Dressed as composers Weill, Eisler, Schreker, Korngold, Stolz, with Jane as Lotte Lenya, the musicians talk and play in character about life during these turbulent times.

Recognised as a major lunchtime musical event, the 2018 Live at Lunch Season will include mesmerising Gregorian Chant to Romantic Masterpieces by Schumann, Schubert and Brahms, exciting new World Chamber music, works by exiled WWII Composers, an homage to the Unsent ‘Love Letters’ of Erik Satie and a feast of Sacred Songs including ‘Ave Maria’s by different composers.

Season Subscriptions are available in 4, 5, 6 and 7 concert packages. To view the full 2018 Season, please click here

LUNCH: Join Jane and her guest artists for lunch after each concert. Purchase a lunch package with your concert ticket or Season Subscription.

Composers in Exile - Street Theatre

Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, City West ACT 2601

Composers In Exile

World renowned baritone, Peter Coleman-Wright AO, the fabulous Nexas Saxophone Quartet and stellar flutist Jane Rutter, bring their universally acclaimed musical-theatre piece to Street Theatre.

Dressed in period costume as composers Weill, Eisler, Schreker, Korngold, Stolz, with Jane Rutter as Lotte Lenya, the musicians talk and play in character in a thrilling program which features adaptations of Cabaret works by composers from the Weimar Era until World War, when many of the Weimar composers, like Weill, were forced into exile in the USA.

Following a hugely successful season at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the show portrays the musical journeys of renowned German composers escaping Nazi tyranny with music and songs that capture the spirit of the times. Don’t miss this exciting performance which completely brings to life the music of Germany's Weimar Republic and the war period immediately following.

“...the performers, their easy charm and obvious affection and enthusiasm for the material, proved a seductive combination” Advertiser Adelaide

“A musically rich and entertaining step back into the Weimar Era…Well worth checking out. 4.5 out of 5 stars" Limelight Magazine

“Words can't adequately sum up quite how marvellous it sounds...Quite magical: I challenge anyone not to be bowled over.” The Arts Desk, UK

The show features political songs from the turbulent times prior to World War II as well as showcasing the musical theatre of Weill, and cabaret of Stolz, Eisler and Korngold. The musical palate is varied and evokes the Weimar period with great energy. During the show, the musicians assume the roles of the various composers and give voice to their feelings and frustrations. The performance is further enhanced by images projected onto screens.

Peter Coleman-Wright AO has enjoyed a stellar opera career and has sung lead roles in the world’s leading opera houses including Covent Garden, The Met, La Scala and La Fenice to name a few. He finds the perfect foil for this music in Nexas Quartet.

The arrangements of the songs for baritone, flute and saxophone quartet were created especially for this show and reflect a combination that would have been familiar to the clubs and bars where much of this music was first performed.

©Nexas 2017