ACO’s ‘The Reef’


In May 2012, Richard Tognetti took a crew of surfers, musicians and film makers to Ningaloo Reef, where the desert meets the sea to realise. They spent two unforgettable weeks surfing, making music and filming and the result is The Reef.

Conceived by Tognetti, The Reef  lets you immerse yourself in Jon Frank’s images of the ocean, the world’s best fin-free surfers, the arid desert landscape  and the starry sky, as an incredible array of music swirls around you. It alters your perception of a classical music concert through the prism of a transcendental surf film. You’ll never forget it.
Read notes from Richard Tognetti, Jon Frank, Iain Grandage, Mick Sowry and Derek Hynd in the program for the 2012 performances of The Reef.
TOGNETTI (real. Grandage) Heart of the Black Beast
TOGNETTI (orch. Grandage/Tognetti) Bathymetry
RAMEAU Les Boréades: Entr’acte, Suite des Vents
LIGETI Ramifications
CRUMB Black Angel: Night of the Electric Insects
BACH (arr. Tognetti) Sonata No 1, BWV1001: Fugue in G minor
PIGRAM (arr. Grandage) Being
A PIGRAM / S PIGRAM / WASILIEV (arr. Grandage) Mimi
ALICE IN CHAINS (arr. Tognetti) Them Bones
CRUMB Black Angels: God- Music
DEAN Electric Preludes: Peripeteia
SHOSTAKOVICH (arr. Barshai) Chamber Symphony, Op 110a: Allegro molto
SEEGER (arr. Tognetti) Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in B flat Major, Op 130: Cavatina
Footage by Mick Sowry (Director and Producer) and Jon Frank (Director of Photography) projected onto a big screen on stage.


Richard Tognetti Director & Violin

Mick Sowry Director & Producer

Derek Hynd Director of Surfing

Mark Atkins Didgeridoo

Stephen Pigram Voice & Guitar

Satu Vänskä Violin & Voice

Julian Thompson Cello

Craig Johnston Voice

Brian Ritchie Acoustic Bass Guitar

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