Libra Ensemble and the Melbourne International Arts Festival presents


A song cycle in seven parts by composer David Young

“complex, subtly nuanced and infinitesimally crafted” – RealTime

At once epic, subtle and witty, this fascinating song cycle features twelve instrumentalists and soprano Deborah Kayser, who consistently delights audiences worldwide with the rare sonic purity of her voice.

Thousands of Bundled Straw is a major work by Australian composer David Young inspired by an ancient myth of the Temple of the Healing Eyes in far west Japan. After a decade of development in collaboration with the Libra Ensemble, Thousands of Bundled Straw received its first complete performance. Libra’s artistic directors Mark Knoop and Carl Rosman returned to Melbourne to lead this ensemble of Australia’s foremost interpreters of contemporary music.


Composer – David Young
Producer – Rosemary Joy
Make up – Rose Walsh

Soprano – Deborah Kayser
Recorder – Natasha Anderson
Oboe – Matthew Tighe
Clarinets –Carl Rosman
Trumpet –Tristram Williams
Trombone – Ben Marks
Percussion – Peter Neville
Piano – Mark Kruger
Guitar – Geoffrey Morris
Violin – Elizabeth Sellars
Viola – Jason Bunn
Violoncello – Rosanne Hunt
contrabass Dorit Herskovits
Conductor – Mark Knoop

Supported by Arts Victoria and MadFish Fine Wine.

Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre
120 Southbank Boulevard
8pm 18 October

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