The title of this concert quotes from King Lear, a play reflecting on the recent introduction of Nothing into European thought – an idea then imposed on Australia as terra nullius. Rhyan Clapham (Dobby) raps into life the consequences of Nothing on Indigenous identity and history. Beethoven’s Archduke, imbued with a redemptive power exemplified by Murakami, captures the miraculous moment of transcendence as the composer descends into aural oblivion.
Performed by Satu Vänskä, Li-Wei Qin, Konstantin Shamray, Katherine Tonkin & DOBBY (Rhyan Clapham).
Satie/Shakespeare Things Seen Right-to-Left (Without Glasses), interspersed with readings and reflections on King Lear
DOBBY (Rhyan Clapham) Solo set
Beethoven Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op.97, Archduke
This event is part of the Nothing: Chamber Landscapes program. See the full program here.
Generously supported by Leading Patron Ulrike Klein AO.
Event additional information
Satu Vänskä, Violin Li-Wei Qin, Cello Konstantin Shamray, Piano Katherine Tonkin, Actor DOBBY (Rhyan Clapham), Vocals
Satu Vänskä | Violin
Born to a Finnish family in Japan, violinist Satu Vänskä has developed an international profile through her role as Principal Violin with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, a position that she has held for the past twenty years. Satu is also successfully developing solo violin projects reflecting her desire to continually evolve as a musician and to courageously embrace new musical challenges. This season, she will appear with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras in addition to recitals at Melbourne Recital and UKARIA Cultural Centre amongst other highlights.
Li-Wei Qin | Cello
Chinese-Australian cellist Li-Wei Qin appears world-wide as a soloist and chamber musician, and has appeared with all the BBC symphony orchestras, the LA, London, Hong Kong, Osaka, China and NDR Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestras, Berlin Radio Symphony and Konzerthaus Orchestra, La Verdi Orchestra Milan, ORF Vienna Radio Orchestra, Prague Symphony, the major Australian symphony orchestras and the Munich, Manchester, Zurich and Australian Chamber Orchestras.Li-Wei’s recordings include Beethoven Sonatas, Rachmaninov with Albert Tiu, and the Dvořàk, Elgar and Walton cello concertos.
Konstantin Shamray | Piano
Australian based pianist Konstantin Shamray has garnered a reputation as an exhilarating performer with faultless technique and fearless command of the piano. Here in Australia Konstantin enjoys working with its leading orchestras and at the most prestigious concert halls. Season highlights include concerto performances with the Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, recitals at Sydney Opera House Utzon Room, Melbourne Recital Centre and the UKARIA Cultural Centre amongst many other engagements. Konstantin looks forward to his return to Chamber Landscapes as part of the Adelaide Festival enormously.
Katherine Tonkin | Actor
Katherine Tonkin has worked as a writer, creator, and performer with a number of Australia’s leading mainstage and independent theatre companies including Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Griffin, Bell Shakespeare and Black Swan State Theatre Company. With many screen credits to her name, Katherine is known for working across a diverse range of mediums, having appeared in live works for the ACO, Lucy Guerin Inc, Chamber Made Opera, as well as large scale immersive works. Her collaborations have taken her to Arts Festivals across Australia and overseas, and she is delighted to be returning to her home town of Adelaide for the Festival.
DOBBY (Rhyan Clapham) | Vocals
DOBBY is a true force of nature, with his electrifying live performances leaving audiences spellbound. As a rapper, drummer, composer and producer, he brings a dynamic and powerful energy to his live shows delivering an experience like no other. Proudly identifying as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician, DOBBY's roots run deep in the Murrawarri and Ngemba lands of Weilmoringle and Brewarrina, NSW. He has performed at major festivals across Australia and international events. DOBBY has composed soundscapes for PARRTJIMA 2021 & 2022 in Alice Springs and his music was the driving force behind Elevate Sydney 2022 & 2023. His song "I CAN'T BREATHE" won Best Video at the FBi SMAC Awards in 2020 and has been used in schools to educate students on the struggles faced by marginalised communities. DOBBY was awarded the 2022 NIMA Archie Roach Foundation Award.