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City Recital Hall

  • City Recital Hall 2-12 Angel Place Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)





Extended Play is a 12-hour micro-festival that explores and celebrates new music in every format imaginable. From noon to midnight, a dynamic line-up of 20 local and international artists will transform City Recital Hall into a rich hub of sonic exploration and musical landscapes. Be prepared to discard your preconceived ideas about music production and performance, and embrace the new, in all its raw, exhilarating, and immersive brilliance.

Headlining the main stage is New York ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars, who play “a central role in fostering a new kind of audience that doesn’t concern itself with boundaries” (The New York Times). They are recognised worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances, freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music to forge a distinct category-defying identity. Also appearing on the main stage are Sydney’s musical mavericks, Ensemble Offspring, presenting rarely-performed large scale works by Steve Reich, plus ARIA-nominated group Topology, virtuosic ELISION Ensemble, and drummer and instrument designer Alon Ilsar.

In every nook and cranny of the venue you will find musicians of the highest calibre, challenging and exploring the farthest realms of sound creation and instrumental possibility. Explore improvised celestial soundscapes, daredevil piano antics, twinkling electronica, uplifting melodic improvisations and so much more. See below for a full listing of all 20 artists.

Come for the music, but not just to listen. See, feel, explore and play.




Alon Ilsar
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Elision Ensemble
Ensemble Offspring
Topology and Karin Schaupp





Acacia Quartet
Anna McMichael
Brett Dean and Zubin Kanga
ConCreative (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
Ephemera Trio
Gabriella Smart
Lisa Moore
Mark Isaacs
Nexas Quartet
Plait Ensemble and Eishan Ensemble
Raven (Peter Hollo)
Rubiks Collective
Stereogamous (Paul Mac and Jonny Seymour)
We Are Breathing (Connor D’Netto and Ben Baker)

Event Duration: 12 hours, noon to midnight


Earlier Event: August 18
National Arboretum Canberra
Later Event: September 2
Independent Theatre