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DeClassified Music in 2014 presents an innovative season of six stunning concerts in Brisbane embracing everything from Mozart to New Music, classical to jazz, and solos to septets in innovative & collaborative performances.


Meaning: declassified – the past tense of declassify – “to officially declare to be no longer secret” 




TRANSFIGURED NIGHT with Australia Quartet

Saturday March 8th, 7pm @ Theme & Variations Piano Services, 60 Commercial Road, Newstead 


TRIVIUM with Syzygy Ensemble

Saturday June 7th, 7pm @ Blue Sky Coffee, 32 Commercial Road, Newstead


THE LONG WEEKENDER @ FireWorks Gallery, 52a Doggett Street, Newstead

Thursday July 10th, 7pm CLASSICS AND A TWIST

Friday July 11th, 7pm PLEKTO with Ensemble Offspring


Sunday July 13th, 1 to 4pm – Sunday Masterclass: Piano, Percussion, Violin


A STATE OF CHANGE with Trichotomy & String Quartet

Friday October 10th, 7pm @ Theme & Variations Piano Services, 60 Commercial Road, Newstead  





Full Price $30              Under30/Pensioner-$20                      FullTimeStudent-$10

Bookings and Payment available online at


Eftpos and cash at the concert door – All tickets include a complimentary glass of wine

Masterclass is entry with gold coin donation


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Australian and World Premieres will feature in dynamic concerts by Australia Quartet, Syzergy Ensemble, Trichotomy (previously Misinterprotato) as well as featured and collaborative programs by leading Australian musicians including Brendan Joyce (Camerata of St. John), Vanessa Tomlinson (Clocked Out Duo), Rachel Johnston (previously of Australian String Quartet), Sean Foran, Brieley Cutting, Claire Edwards, Rafael Karlen, John Parker and many more.


Artistic Director, Brieley Cutting, said “We like to steer away from ‘classing’ and ‘categorising’ the music being presented and instead concentrate on taking the music out of ‘hidden’, ‘secret’ and ‘classified’ university halls and concert spaces, presenting performances in captivating, intimate and colourful local settings.”


Three unique and inspiring venues will be used during the season. The season centrepiece, The Long Weekender will be held in July at Fireworks Gallery in Doggett Street, Newstead; a visually engaging warehouse filled with contemporary works from established and emerging artists, Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. 


In March & October, venue host will be Theme & Variations Piano Services – Queensland distributor of the exclusive Steinway & Sons Pianos, their showroom offers wonderful acoustics as the audience is seated amongst the exquisite displays of the worlds’ most sought after musical instrument. 


And in June, Blue Sky Coffee – another spectacular warehouse home to the commercial operations of award winning boutique coffee merchants, Blue Sky Coffee.  In Commercial Road Newstead, the warehouse features a fantastic espresso bar plus an eclectic array of artworks and mean machines including a Silver Lotus Elise and a 1952 Jaguar Convertible.


Ms Cutting also spoke about the extraordinary opportunity afforded by funding from Arts Queensland and Australia Council for the Arts, “To be able to give life to our ideals of featuring extraordinary Australian musicians and bringing their music-making to fantastic spaces, as opposed to asking people to come to the traditional concert halls, has been greatly improved by the incredible support of the Queensland and Federal Governments,” she said.


“The 2014 program is reflective of our vision to present wonderful and exciting music in places where the audience can feel and almost touch the musicians.  During our Long Weekender in July, there will also be an Afternoon Masterclass where students of music and music lovers alike can learn from the wonderful musicians we will be showcasing – all for the price of a gold coin donation!”





Full Price $30              Under30/Pensioner-$20                      FullTimeStudent-$10

Bookings and Payment available online at

Eftpos and cash at the concert door – All tickets include a complimentary glass of wine

Masterclass is entry with gold coin donation


MARCH: Saturday 8th, 7pm @Brisbane Steinway Piano Showroom

TRANSFIGURED NIGHT with Australia Quartet

Featuring Mozart, Schoenberg and the World Premiere of New Commission by Jack Symonds.


Australia Quartet comprises four of Australia’s most passionate and innovative chamber musicians – Evgeny Ukhanov (piano), Rebecca Chan (violin), James Wannan (viola) and Thomas Rann (cello). The AQ musicians have all been recipients of numerous national and international prizes including from the ABC Young Performers Awards, Sydney International Piano Competition and Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.  Since forming in 2011, AQ has given acclaimed performances at venues including Melbourne Recital Centre, Elder Hall (Adelaide), Sydney Opera House and Independent Theatre (Sydney), as well as two ABC Classic FM Sunday Live broadcasts.  In April 2015 AQ will make its London debut at the Barbican Centre’s much anticipated new Milton Court Concert Hall.



Jack Symonds: New Commission for Australia Quartet (World Premiere)

Mozart: Piano Quartet in E flat K493

Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night) Op.4 (1899)

arr. for Piano Quartet by Barton Staggs


JUNE: Saturday 7th, 7pm @Blue Sky Coffee

TRIVIUM: The Art of Logic, Rhetoric and Grammar with Syzygy Ensemble (Melbourne)


The musicians of Syzygy Ensemble – Leigh Harrold (piano), Blair Harris (cello), Robin Henry (clarinet), Laila Engle (flute) and Jenny Khafagi (violin) – share a deep empathy with music of our own time as well as an unbridled desire to share this enthusiasm with audiences in a way that may stretch your ears but never slap you in the face! Since winning first prize in the chamber music section of the Australian Concerto and Vocal competition in 2010, Syzygy has gone on to tour, perform, mentor, educate all around the country, unearthing the best and most exciting music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The ensemble has performed at the Gaudeamus Interpreter’s Award in Holland, the 2012 Brisbane DeClassified Music Festival, the Mildura Arts Festival, and is about to enter its 4th year as an ensemble-in-residence at the Melbourne Recital Centre.



Fausto Romitelli: Domeniche alla periferia dell’impero (Sundays at the edge of the empire)

Charles Ives: Sonata No.4 for violin and piano

Elliot Hughes: *new work*

Toshio Hosokwa: Stunden Blumen (Hours, Flowers)

David Dzubay: Kukulkan II


JULY: Thurs-Sun, 10-13th – The Long Weekender @FireWorks Gallery


Come and experience a musical long weekend. Featuring three concerts on consecutive nights, followed by an afternoon of Masterclasses, The Long Weekender is the centre piece for DeClassified Music 2014. Especially for the event, Theme & Variations Piano Services will be providing a selection of Steinway pianos. In the gallery, your eyes will be greeted by a colourful array of Australian art, both indigenous and non-indigenous, and your ears will hear an acoustic created by rustic wooden floorboards and a corrugated iron roof. Relish the mesmerising and diverse performances. Let your ears and eyes feast when some of Australia’s most exciting musicians perform small ensemble repertoire from Beethoven to Xenakis to jazz in this welcoming and intimate setting.


Thursday July 10th, 7pm CLASSICS AND A TWIST

Brieley Cutting (piano), Brendan Joyce (violin), Rachel Johnston (cello), Stephen Emmerson (piano), Andrew Brown (music technology)



Piano Trio in C minor Op.1 No.3 – Beethoven

Creative arrangements of music by Bach, Bartok and Strauss for Piano fitted with a Piano Disc System


Friday July 11th, 7pm PLEKTO with Ensemble Offspring

Lamorna Nightingale (flutes), Jason Noble (clarinet), Zubin Kanga (piano), Claire Edwardes (percussion), James Cuddeford (violin), Judith Hamann  (cello)



Ensemble Offspring traces the avant-garde legacy of Iannis Xenakis in their programme Plekto. A virtuosic and adventurous selection of seldom heard chamber music for sextet from around the globe.

Charisma – Iannis Xenakis

Broken then Fixed then Broken – Anthony Pateras

Oi Kuu – Kaija Saariaho!

Lied – Beat Furrer (Australian Premiere)

The Riot – Jonathan Harvey (Australian Premiere)

*new work* – Juan Felipe Waller (World Premiere)

Appendice Alla Perfezione – Salvatore Sciarrino

Plekto – Iannis Xenakis



Rafael Karlen (jazz saxophonist/composer), Kristin Berardi (jazz vocals), Sean Foran (jazz piano), Viney & Grinberg Piano Duo – Brisbane, Vanessa Tomlinson (percussion), Claire Edwards (percussion)



Kristin, Rafael and Sean will present original material exploring the unusual combination of voice, saxophone and piano. The performance will feature the exciting interaction between the ensemble members and will include a newly commissioned work for DeClassified Music 2014 from Rafael Karlen inspired by an artwork from FireWorks Gallery.

Stravinsky – Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) arr. for duo pianos & percussionists


Sunday July 13th 1 to 4pm – Sunday Masterclass: Piano, Percussion, Violin

with Claire Edwardes (percussion), Vanessa Tomlinson (percussion), Brendan Joyce (violin), Anna Grinberg (piano), Zhubin Kanga (piano).

Gold Coin Donation


OCTOBER; Friday 10th, 7pm @Brisbane Steinway Piano Showroom

A STATE OF CHANGE with Trichotomy & String Quartet


Trichotomy are one of Australia’s most inventive contemporary music ensembles. So much more than a traditional jazz trio, this group expands the capacities of the classic piano/ bass/drums combination by skillfully blending dense, exciting improvisations and delicate atmospherics, conjuring up sounds of modern jazz, ambient music, avant-garde rock, free improvisation and contemporary classical music.  Wonderfully unpredictable and absorbing, dramatic and always distinctive, for the past 12 years, this trio was known as Misinterprotato,and have forged a clear place amongst the contemporary music landscape in Australia. “Quite a brilliant trio of stellar originality” The Australian.



Celebrated Brisbane contemporary jazz trio Trichotomy present their suite of works for piano/bass/drums and String Quartet. Featuring the trio’s signature intensely rhythmic and dynamic style merging with cutting edge string parts, this concert also includes a new work written specifically for DeClassified Music 2014. Following this will be a performance of the jazz-influenced string quartet “Facing Death” by Dutch composer Andriesson.


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DeClassified Music is supported by Theme & Variations Piano Services, Blue Sky Coffee and Fireworks Gallery.


DeClassified Music is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.


DeClassified Music has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory board.




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