The Reef - Australian Chamber Orchestra

The Reef

22 February - 4 March 2013



TOGNETTI (real. Grandage) Heart of the Black Beast
TOGNETTI (orch. Grandage/Tognetti) Bathymetry
RAMEAU Les Boréades: Entr’acte, Suite des Vents 
LIGETI Ramifications 
CRUMB Black Angel: Night of the Electric Insects
BACH (arr. Tognetti) Sonata No 1, BWV1001: Fugue in G minor
PIGRAM (arr. Grandage) Being
A PIGRAM / S PIGRAM / WASILIEV (arr. Grandage) Mimi
KILAR Orawa 
ALICE IN CHAINS (arr. Tognetti) Them Bones
CRUMB Black Angels: God- Music 
DEAN Electric Preludes: Peripeteia 
SHOSTAKOVICH (arr. Barshai) Chamber Symphony, Op 110a: Allegro molto 
SEEGER (arr. Tognetti) Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in B flat Major, Op 130: Cavatina 

Arrangements by Tognetti and Grandage

Footage by Mick Sowry and Jon Frank projected onto a big screen on stage.
Concept by Richard Tognetti.


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin 
Mick Sowry Director & Producer
Jon Frank Director of Photography
Derek Hynd Director of Surfing
Mark Atkins Didgeridoo
Stephen Pigram Voice & Guitar
Satu Vänskä Violin & Voice
Julian Thompson Cello
Craig Johnston Voice
Brian Ritchie Acoustic Bass Guitar

In May 2012, Richard Tognetti took a crew of surfers, musicians and film makers to Ningaloo Reef, where the desert meets the sea. They spent two unforgettable weeks surfing, making music and filming and the result is The Reef.

Immerse yourself in Jon Frank's images of the ocean, the world's best fin-free surfers, the arid desert landscape and the starry sky, as an incredible array of music swirls around you. It alters your perception of a classical music concert through the prism of a transcendental surf film. You'll never forget it.
Read notes from Richard Tognetti, Jon Frank, Iain Grandage, Mick Sowry and Derek Hynd in the program for the 2012 performances of The Reef
Read The Reef program

The Age, Melbourne

"This project continues Tognetti’s evolving interest in combining film and music offering “the possibility of hearing more in images and seeing further into music”.

We are much the richer."

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 "The ACO and Tognetti deserve all the plaudits they get for sheer inventiveness in programming, as well as the accomplished way in which it was realised."

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Audience feedback

"Just wanted to drop ACO a line to say that The Reef (attended in Brisbane this evening) was totally brilliant. Truly genius all round. And special thanks to Julian Thompson for the Crumb … oh … my …." - L. Keough (subscriber)

"The Reef, was a brilliant metaphor inspiring a naturalistic dream-response to adventurous surfing and ecological discovery." - M. T. Low
"Still in a dream after The Reef concert on Monday evening. Exquisite match of music moods and imagery. I took an expat Australian living in Austria to the "concert". He said that after the stolidness of conservative Europe, this was a breath of fresh air, and could only happen in Australia!" - ACO Subscriber

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