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The first of "The Usefulness of Art" concert series 2017-2018

Composed in 2008, with the support of Australia Council Funding, this work was originally to be performed by the original Adam Simmons Toy Band. It was finally premiered in 2015 at the Festival of Slow Music by Michael and the Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble.

Starting with the classic concerto form, with the contrast between soloist and ensemble, the music was innformed by a mix of Confucius’ quote, films by Werner Herzog, John Zorn’s Arcana collections, and paczki and coffee at the Wye River General Store. This work was Adam’s first long form composition. Aspects of the composition crystallised during the writing have since been developed in later works such as will be heard in the subsequent concerts for The Usefulness of Art.

Concerto for Piano and Toy Band
Prologue – ”When talking to the Grand Master of Lu about the Ancients Music, the master said:”

Part 1

Interlude 1 – “Their music began with a strict unison.“

Part 2

Interlude 2 – ”Soon the musicians were given more liberty…”

Part 3

Epilogue – “but the tone remained harmonious, brilliant, consistent, right on till the close" - Confucius



released July 1, 2017

Composed by Adam Simmons

Performed by

Michael Kieran Harvey - piano

Adam Simmons Creative Music Ensemble
Adam Simmons – sopranino/baritone saxophones, shakuhachi
Cara Taber – alto saxophone
Gideon Brazil – tenor saxophone
Gemma Horbury – trumpet
Gavin Cornish – trumpet
Bryn Hills – trombone
Howard Cairns – double bass
Hugh Harvey – drums

Recorded by Myles Mumford at fortyfivedownstairs, March 4-5, 2017
Graphic Design by Celsius Design

Special thanks to
- Mary Lou and all of the wonderful staff at fortyfivedownstairs, including Andy Turner, Kris Chainey, Bridget McWilliams
- Diana Wolfe (Wolfe Words) for publicity
- Troy Reilly (The Piano Tuna) for piano tuning
- Brian Ritchie, David Jones, Ian Pidd and Owen McKern for support of this endeavour and many others
- Sarah Walker (photography) and Libby Chow (video)
- Hayden Cairns for jumping in to help

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.



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