Melbourne pianist/composer Nat Bartsch presents her ARIA-nominated album Hope in an unprecedented natural setting. Released in 2021, Hope is an abbreviation of hopefulness and hopelessness, with the music responding to events including the Black Summer bushfires and Covid-19 lockdowns. Hearing Hope live is a deeply cathartic musical experience, creating the space for us to acknowledge all we have been through. But it also intends for the listener to ultimately leave with a sense of optimism and hope.
For this special performance for the Burrinja Biennale, Nat will perform the work under the canopy of the Dandenongs bushland, where she grew up, with a string quartet and keyboard/electronics.