Technology breaking down barriers.
City Recital Hall and the University of Technology Sydney present Blink! – a ground-breaking, multidisciplinary collaboration enabling Jess Irwin, a renowned photographer with cerebral palsy, to join the Australia Piano Quartet (APQ) as guest artist.
The star of this show is the brilliant Jess Irwin, who has had a dream to be a rock star. Born with severe cerebral palsy which affects her movements, she is non-verbal, but her deep love for music, incredible drive to succeed and unique flair for performance left her wanting more than just a listening experience.
In the creative hot-house of UTS, the APQ has collaborated with Dr Jordan Nguyen, Nick Temple and Jess Irwin on technology that brings out her musical creativity. Jordan and Nick's start-up social business Psykinetic is aimed at creating futuristic, inclusive and empowering technologies to improve independence and quality of life for people with disabilities.
Using eye-tracking technology, Jess can manipulate a computer screen and play instruments, creating melodies, rhythms and stunning aural effects. She has devoted herself to becoming a musician – lessons, frustrations, hours of practice every day.
In this performance her electronic instrument will blend, sing and dance with the acoustic instruments of the quartet to create a magical experience. Come and enjoy her profound talent and creativity – to see her perform is to feel one's heart soar.
Australian Composer, Jane Sheldon, fresh from a decade at the forefront of new music in New York, has written a piece with Jess Irwin in mind and commissioned by UTS.
The program will also feature two other works performed by the Australia Piano Quartet and featuring its outstanding work as ensemble in residence at UTS: a 2016 commission by Perth based composer Lachlan Skipworth; and Fauré's impassioned French jewel, the Piano Quartet in C minor.
Duration: approximately 1 hour, no interval