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BackStage Music – Ashley Bathgate (USA) + The Music Box Project

28 August 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST

$25 – $90.00


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Doors open 6:30pm | Concert starts at 7pm


General – $35
Concession – $25
Student rush – $15 to be sold from 6.45pm on the night of the gig if any tickets are available.
Subscription – $90 for this concert and the remaining 2 BackStage Music concerts of 2017:

October Symbioses IV + Elia Bossard
November ASQ Close Quarters + Will Hansen

BackStage Music is an artist-run series of concerts in the inner city of Sydney. At each concert, BackStage Music presents an early career artist alongside an established artist or ensemble in back to back sets of innovative, challenging and exciting music. Join us in the hidden laneways of Darlinghurst @ creative space 99 for our inaugural 2017 BackStage Series.

In her BackStage program, “eloquent new music interpreter” Ashley Bathgate (USA) explores uncharted ares of sounds and techniques, breaking the mould of a cello’s traditional voice, performing works by Ashley’s frequent collaborator and friend Kate Moore alongside new works by US based composers. Opening the night, local creative cohort the music box project share music shaped by the visual and visceral – including the premiere of a diptych inspired by “OPERA + ORNAMENTS” currently on display at Conny Dietzschold Gallery.

the music box project:

  • Natalie Williams – Vignettes of Paul Klee (Naomi Johson, piccolo and Peter Leung, soprano saxophone ) 10′
  • Jane Aubourg/Elizabeth Jigalin – ORNAMENTS 4′ WP
  • Joseph Franklin/Joseph Lisk – OPERA 4′ WP
  • Cathy Milliken – Memorial/Traces (12 card pieces for 1-5 instruments) 10 AP


  • Ashley Bathgate (cello)
  • Kate Moore – Whoever You are Come Forth 5′
  • Kate Moore – Stories For Ocean Shells 6′
  • Fjola Evans – Augun 5′
  • Emily Cooley – Assemble 10′
  • Pamela Madsen – Why Women Weep: IT IS THE QUICKEST WAY TO REJOIN THE OCEAN 11′
  • Kate Moore – Velvet 12′
  • Fay Wang – The Eighth House 9′

Ashley Bathgate

American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter” (New York Times) and “a rising star of her instrument” (Albany Times Union) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops” (New York Magazine). The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate’s philosophy. Her affinity to dynamism drives Bathgate to venture into previously uncharted areas of sounds and techniques, breaking the mold of a cello’s traditional voice. Collaborators and fans alike describe her vitality as remarkable and magical. She is a member of the award winning, internationally acclaimed sextet, Bang on a Can All-Stars.

the music box project
Open the music box…who knows what you might find. the music box project is an exploratory collective of early career composers and performers presenting unique, creative and collaborative musical experiences whilst having plenty of fun along the way. Increasingly recognised as keen collaborators and instigators of creative music making, the ensemble has premiered works of local, national and international emerging composers whilst continuing to reinvent established works in a new light. Kickstarting 2017, the music box project participated in an open workshop/performance with ‘eighth blackbird’ and launched three innovative concert programs/projects in addition to a casual performance residency at the Australian Youth Hotel, Ultimo.

* entrance to CreativeSpace99 is via Crown Lane which is at the rear of 99 Crown St Darlinghurst

Presented on behalf of Backstage Music



28 August 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$25 – $90.00
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Creative Space 99
99 Crown Street
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010 Australia