Winter in the Forgotten Valley celebrates the work of some of Australia’s leading composers who established and nurtured the quintessence of Australian guitar music. MGQ’s intention is to transcend what appears as a guitar-lovers paradise. This highly unique program is a rare opportunity to experience Australian guitar music and is well suited for admirers of not only Australian works but all chamber music enthusiasts.
From Nigel Westlake’s rhythmic and colourful Winter in the Forgotten Valley to Robert Davidson’s incredibly evocative River and Cliffs, MGQ explores a landscape of hypnotic interweaving textures, pulsating bass lines and rhythmic vitality; the blend of bass, baritone, standard and treble guitars in Phillip Houghton’s tour de force, News From Nowhere is pure enchantment. Revisiting their acclaimed arrangement of Westlake’s life affirming Omphalo Centric Lecture, MGQ is joined on stage with guest percussionist Steve Falk, culminating in a highly energetic and vibrant celebration of a pioneering all-Australian program set to inspire and thrill.