Online Masterclass 13: Liza Lim on ‘Tree of Codes’

 

Australian composer Liza Lim is internationally renowned for her music’s visceral energy and vibrant colours. In her Online Masterclass series for Sounds Unheard Liza will explore the sonic possibilities of the humble woodblock, taking us along on a journey from one of her earliest compositions to her most recent opera.

In part three, Liza discusses the role of the woodblock in her most recent opera Tree of Codes. This simple instrument becomes a fully blown dramatic character in the opera, suggesting the sounds of marching feet, the menacing voices of an angry mob, and the insect world of a man transformed into a cockroach. In this final masterclass, we see how our initial catalogue of sounds from Liza’s first masterclass has become a rich source of musical inspiration.


Thanks to Liza for her wonderful Online Masterclass series, and to Oper Köln, the National Gallery of Australia, and the City of Darebin for their support. To learn more about Liza and to hear more of her music, please visit her website or Soundcloud.

 

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