Stay tuned in 2020
Ashley Hribar plays Dr Caligari: Musical Rebirth of a Silent Film Legend
selected for the "Special Projects" series by agency KD Schmid
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Wiene, 1920), one of cinema’s most influential Expressionist silent horror films, celebrates its 100th year. Australian pianist/composer Ashley Hribar performs on an amplified piano (inside and out) plus electronics, Moog DFAM drum machine, bells, eggs shakers and even a toilet brush! Witnessing Hribar is indeed a spectacle in itself. Our hero, Francis, grapples with the deranged Caligari in a world that is not quite what it seems. Who is responsible for the mysteriously coincidental crimes that take place? Only the audience is left to decide. Watch and listen to Ashley luring his audience into the dark depths of this quirky story, creating colourful landscapes of sound, funnier, scarier and more hauntingly bizarre than ever imaginable.
Feb 26 Adelaide Fringe, Mercury Cinema (AUS)
Feb 27 Adelaide Fringe, Mercury Cinema (AUS)
Feb 28 Adelaide Fringe, Mercury Cinema (AUS)
April 30 Einbeck "Die Tangobrücke" (GER)
May 15 Coriole Festival (AUS)
Aug 8 Newcastle Festival (AUS)
Nov 29 Göppingen Theatre (GER)
*more performances to be announced soon
Excellent times - premiere performance of "Wodunga" for piano, didgeridoo and Moog Dfam by Ashley Hribar/william barton
Excited to share this 2 min trailer of music i wrote for The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1921) for piano, keyboard, bits of metal, rubber and a toilet brush. One of the cleverest films of the silent era!
This documentary includes highlights from the 2017 European Tour "Sound and Colour in Scriabin's Piano Sonatas", in a series of 7 concerts given at Universities across Germany, Austria and Luxembourg. It includes introductory speeches, Q&As and master classes featuring pianists Konstantin Shamray, Mekhla Kumar, Stefan Ammer and myself. The performances explore Scriabin's synaethsesia together with highly individual interpretations of his 10 piano sonatas, each subtly enhanced by unique videos of Australian opals projected onto the interiors walls of each venue. This project gratefully acknowledges the generous support from the University of Adelaide, The Ukaria Foundation, Recitals Australia, Jacqueline Wander and Maria Sbizzirri (project Coordinator) and countless donations from private sponsors.
In collaboration with my dear colleagues and friends, Mekhla Kumar, Konstantin Shamray and Stefan Ammer, this multi-media project involved the performance of Scriabin's 10 piano sonatas enhanced with projected opal visualisations. Inspired by my lifelong fascination for this national Australian gemstone, the beautiful changing colours that accompanied each sonata were intended to emulate Scriabin's Synaesthetic ability, with the aim to create, much like his vision for 'The Mysterium', a fully immersive experience. The seven performances, which included masterclasses, lessons and public Q & A discussions, were given at the music Universities of Karlsruhe, Freiburg and Rostock (Germany ); The Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Music University in Graz, the Bösendorfersaal in Vienna (Austria) and at the Conservatorium in Luxembourg. We gratefully acknowledge the kind generosity of our sponsors; The University of Adelaide; The Ukaria Foundation; Jacqueline Wander; Maria Spizziri; Recitals Australia (auspicing body); and the many private donors who contributed to help make this project possible.
Stay tuned for the 2017 Scriabin Tour documentary...!
An intensely inspirational collaborative project with Judith Buchanan for Silents Now in the creation of an interactive dance and film score to one of the oldest existing films Richard III (1910). Here is a short 'making of' documentary ..
tiny excerpt of an improvised score to 'Hamlet' (1921) with Lenka Zupkova (vl + electronics and Ashley Hribar (p + keyboard)
Upcoming improvised soundtrack to 'Hamlet' (1921) with Lenka Zupkova (Ensemble Megaphon) Hannover 15.01.17
exploring the Stuart & Sons piano in Journey to Damascus...
Recent performance of Frederic Rzewski's "Marriage" (Mile 58 of The Road) in Potsdam on 26 June 2016.
performed on 21 March at the Capri Theatre in co-operation with ' Silents Now'
Excerpts from 'I am GOD'- the complete piano sonatas by Alexander Scriabin performed by Ashley Hribar, Mekhla Kumar, Konstantin Shamray and Stefan Ammer with visual projection of natural free form opals.
An improvised score to the silent film Hamlet (1920) starring Asta Nielson with Julian Ferraretto (violin), Rachel Johnston (cello)
Performing with the wonderful cellist Rachel Johnston in Canberra for the Griffyn Ensemble 27/2 &28/2 at the National Art Gallery of Australia. More info here
To give more people the chance to experience the unique world of Scriabin, we are taking "I am GOD" concert on tour across Australia. You are welcome to give a tax-free donation to support our crowd funding campaign. More details visit The Scriabin Project Concert Series.
In Adelaide and just 9 days away, will be the next performance of “I am GOD”
The 10 piano sonatas by Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915).
I'm honoured to be performing together with fellow artists,
Konstantin Shamray, Mekhla Kumar and Stefan Ammer.
Exploring Scriabin’s synaesthesia, this concert will be enhanced
using video imagery of opals making this an immersive and transformative experience.
Mystical, heady, erotic and colourful.
Finishing a monumental week at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Melbourne... With the sound tech Dylan who saved my life with my piano looping demo! Very fun week here....