“this duo (we are breathing) displayed exactly what was promised; richness, tenderness, and virtuosity. Most exciting was the connection and communication between both performers – they seemed to react to each other in a way that was organic and spontaneous, unifying a disparate set of sounds”
Reviewed by Lily Bryant for Cut Common
So what does it look like when we separate music from sets of arbitrary rules, and focus on creating music that is completely true to our own imagination? Cue Connor D’Netto and Ben Baker, the two musicians behind cello and electronics duo we are breathing. They are both classically trained, and have their own impressive lists of individual achievements. But together, their expertise allows them to create music that is uniquely their own – music that doesn’t fit into any box. We spoke to the duo about their debut Australian tour, and how they create a sound that is so innovative and individual.
This week, four new Australian works will be premiered by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Brett Kelly will take to the stage for the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Concert. The four composers come together to tell CutCommon readers what their works are all about, and the personal exploration they’ve taken through their music.
Con Fuoco, CutCommon’s interview series with emerging artists in Australia.
Interview by Stephanie Eslake
"Ever wondered what another universe would sound like? Brisbane classical/electronic duo Argo will show you this month when they set best-selling sci-fi novel Illuminae to music for the Brisbane Writers Festival.
The duo is made up of young composers Connor D’Netto and Ben Heim, and together they’ve created a cinematic, “surround sound” experience that’s set to place audiences in the centre of this explosive book from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Think artificial intelligence and star cruiser battles against a backdrop of live strings and electronics.
Sounds pretty cool, huh?"
by Stephanie Eslake, CutCommon
Connor's work is being featured on CutCommon's new online music store. Scores, such as his award winning String Quartet No. 2 and Chamber Symphony No. 1, and recordings, including his String Quartet No. 1, are available to purchase and download.