NOVA - Unique contemporary music for the heart, mind & feet!

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  • Location: Nambour, Nambour 4560 Queensland


Nova Ensemble is a West Australian contemporary music ensemble consisting of WA's leading composer / performers: Mark Cain, Amanda Dean, David Pye and Paul Tanner.

With instruments specially designed and constructed from scrap plastic and other industrial materials, Nova performs a vibrant interplay of rhythm, melody and humour.  Their performances are a celebration of diversity and inventiveness.  Their repertoire consists of original and arranged compositions from various pockets of the world - Irish jigs, African street music, Indian vocal percussion and Cuban dance rhythms.

For over ten years the members of Nova have been designing and building new instruments from a range of scrap plastic and metals. Nova's early work in the area of creative instrument design and performance was with the PVC instruments developed by AC\PVC in the late 1980's.  A project exploring the use of scrap metal led to Junkelan and critical acclaim.   Recent work has seen the development and refinement of the instruments built during the early 1990's and a gradual realisation of the potential of the instruments in works written for the collection.

Nova's range of activities encompass composition, commissioning, performance, touring, recording original Australian music, running workshops and building instruments.  Through its annual program of events, Nova reaches out to people of all ages and backgrounds.  In particular, its informal concert performances, work with school children, collaborative improvisation and exploration of the music of other cultures, ensures that the ensemble appeals to a wide audience.

Wherever the music has been performed it has proved accessible to the general public, sparking imaginations and an enthusiasm for creative music making.

NOVA has included Nambour Civic Centre in their 2005 tour and will be performing at the Centre on Friday 24th June at 8pm. 

Tickets are available from the Box Office or phone 5475 7777.


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Nambour, Nambour

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