Sunday 9 August 2020  |  3PM


Be part of an exclusive studio audience for the Australian String Quartet's first foray into the world of live digital streaming. Hosted by Johanna Allen, the event features a live performance by the ASQ of a major work, bookended by pre-recorded content that is streamed in real time as you watch at UKARIA. Behind-the-scenes footage, post-concert Q&As, and a pre-recored interview with a prominent South Australian are all part of the experience. Due to COVID-19 venue restrictions and the presence of a film crew, just over thirty tickets to each event will be available.

Inspired by the Banuba people, their stories and their country in the remote Kimberley, Paul Stanhope's third quartet spins and spirals like a river, with deep pools of slow reflection.


Paul Stanhope (b. 1969)
String Quartet No. 3

I. Tracks and traces
II. Dirrari Lament
III. River-run

Dale Barltrop | Violin
Francesca Hiew | Violin
Stephen King | Viola
Sharon Grigoryan | Cello

This event will run for approximately forty-five minutes without interval, including a pre-concert interview and a post-concert Q&A hosted by Johanna Allen.


The wellbeing of our audience and artists is our first priority. We've implemented a number of measures to make your experience at UKARIA as safe as possible.


South Australia's COVID-19 regulations currently stipulate that venues are unable to exceed a maximum of one person per two square metres. Once we've reached our maximum audience capacity, a wait list will be set up. Extra tickets may be released should restrictions ease before the event. The majority of tickets for all concerts in this series will be seated in the upper gallery (behind the glass balustrade). A limited number of patrons will be seated in the lower gallery. These seats will be reserved for patrons requiring disabled access. Floor plans will be available in the foyer, upper and lower galleries.

Seating Preferences

All seating will be allocated during the week prior to each concert. Ticket holders will be contacted at least one week prior with the opportunity to request their seating preferences (including disabled access, if required).

Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser will be provided in the foyer and alfresco bar.

Entering the Auditorium

The doors of the auditorium will open fifteen minutes prior (2.45pm) to the start time of each event (3.00pm). Please see our front-of-house team in the foyer, who will check your ticket details and direct you to our Facilities Manager, who will help you find your allocated seats. As the seating has all been reserved prior to the concert, there will be no need to queue in the foyer to reserve your seat.

Tea and Coffee

In order to avoid congestion in the alfresco, a tea and coffee station will not be provided. Patrons can purchase barista coffee, tea, or a glass of wine to enjoy before the event from the alfresco bar. We encourage you to wander through the garden to help us maintain physical distancing. The bar will be open ninety minutes prior to each event (from 1.30pm).


The ASQ has engaged multi-award winning cinematographer Maxx Corkindale and sound engineer Jakub Gaudasinski (ABC Classic) to stream each event in a series of live/delayed 'webisodes'.

Viewers can subscribe to the ASQ Live + On Demand platform for just $40. Subscription includes access to the ASQ Live at UKARIA webseries, with the ability to re-watch past streams until the end of the year. Existing ASQ+ subscribers will get access to the platform free of charge.

My String Quartet No. 3 was inspired by the history and landscape of the central Kimberley region which I visited numerous times in recent years, and also by the story of the resistance hero and warrior, Jandamarra, who in the late nineteenth century fought for his people and warded off a whole army of troopers, ensuring the survival of his people.

The first movement, ‘Tracks and Traces’, was inspired by the dramatic manhunt of Jandamarra, where he uses his knowledge of landscape as an advantage to ward off capture. He is, however, injured. Slowly and inevitably he is corned, captured and killed. The images you will see are of an old prison in the middle of Windjana Gorge where local indigenous people were rounded up and incarcerated.

The second movement follows as a lament for the fallen hero. It incorporates a Banuba song called ‘Dirrari Lament’ which describes a mother Black Cockatoo grieving for the loss of her baby. This song is both a metaphor for Jandamarra’s mother grieving for her lost son and also an expression of loss for the recently departed. I am grateful to June Oscar and Patsy Bedford who are the custodians of this song who allowed me permission to use it here.

‘River-run’ is an energetic Finale which suggests the dance-like, burbling figures of surging water that is such a feature of the Kimberley landscape. The movement of water, for me, also suggests the flowing of time and with that, the potential for cleansing and healing. The music suggests a more optimistic tone after the violence and tears of the first two movements.

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