10:00pm – Tuesday, November 13 on ABC1
In May 2012, Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), led a band of musicians, surfers and cinematographers to the rugged surf coast and tough desert landscape of Ningaloo Reef in northern Western Australia. Their task – to create a new performance piece for the ACO called The Reef.
The Reef is to be a fusion of powerful live music featuring Richard Tognetti, Mark Atkins, Steve Pigram and members of the ACO, accompanied by breath taking ocean footage projected onto a big screen.
Leading the temporary artists’ camp on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef is creative director Mick Sowry. He has the task of delivering the film that will play as the backdrop to the ACO’s performance. He hopes to explore the idea of timelessness and the links between surfing, the ocean, landscape and music.
The mix of artists contributing to the project includes didgeridoo musician Mark Atkins, singer/songwriter Steve Pigram, composer Iain Grandage, cinematographer Jon Frank and finless surfer Derek Hynd.
LIQUID NOTES – THE MAKING OF THE REEF follows the process of a creative collaboration to discover what can grow out of a loosely defined, original inspiration.
“Unless you try to evolve and push yourself and others, I think you’re rotting,” says Tognetti. “We don’t know what the main purpose is, other than to take people out of their and our comfort zones.” Sunday 18 November at 10pm, ABC2 LIVE presents The Reef recorded at the Sydney Opera House.