Canberra-born Lisa Moore has been referred to as
Canberra-born Lisa Moore has been referred to as "New York's queen of avant-garde piano" by the New Yorker.

Tyalgum Festival hits right key for 'New York's queen'

CROWNED "New York's queen of avant-garde piano" by the New Yorker, Canberrra-born tour-de-force Lisa Moore will be one of the main headliners at this year's Tyalgum Festival, from September 7-9.

Moore, 58, has released nine solo albums on the way to carving out an unconventional career which has seen her perform with a large and diverse range of musicians and artists throughout the globe.

She has performed in some of the world's greatest concert halls - La Scala, the Musikverein, the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall and worked with everyone from the London Sinfonietta, New York City Ballet and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to Bargemusic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, TwoSense and the Steve Reich Ensemble.

And now Tyalgum - much to the delight to the event's co-artistic directors Anna McMichael and Vanessa Tomlinson.

The duo said Moore would be one of artists featured in the seven concerts of the Main Series to be held in the town's historic town hall. It was the hall's amazing acoustics that inspired the festival in the first place and that continues to attract top-line acts from around the world.

"The seven concerts of the Main Series will feature ensembles including Orava Quartet, the Australian Haydn Ensemble and the Riverside Guitar Ensemble, and artists such as Moore, Karin Schaupp (guitar), Paul Dean (clarinet), Trish O'Brien (cello) and David Greco (voice), among others," Vanessa Tomlinson said.

"Also special to this year's festival is a collection of free musical encounters around the village that will compliment the seven concerts held in the hall.

"Audiences can discover new sounds and experiences through Cory Hills' (USA) Percussive Storytelling, the Voices of Biralee (Brisbane), real-time musical interpretation of visual art in Art and Improvisation, and a special valley sounding of the Melbourne Museum's Federation handbells by Super Critical Mass (Sydney). 

"Hidden Sounds Everywhere will also be sprinkled throughout the village, and participants can locate these unique sound sculptures at any time using a treasure hunt-like map."

McMichael and Tomlinson join forces this year for the first time as Co-Artistic Directors although this is by no means their first meeting.

"Anna and I both grew up in Adelaide, and we met through music during our high school years," Tomlinson explained.

"I don't think we ever imagined that we would one day curate a festival together".

McMichael, a Sydney-based violinist, and Tomlinson, a Brisbane-based percussionist, will also be performing at the collection of events throughout the festival.

"Tyalgum Music Festival has grown over the last few years into one of the most diverse and immersive festival experiences, with a strong classical focus that really brings the whole village alive with music making," McMichael said.

"This year we bring the Australian Haydn Ensemble as well as a spectacular array of artists while building on our vibrant outdoor music making activities between the ticketed concerts".

For further information and bookings go to or (07) 3847 1717.

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