Bach &
The Artists

Artwork in real-time: a French painter, Brandenburg and Bach

27 – 28 JAN, 2024



Sydney $89 + BF 27 – 28 JAN, 2024

The Neilson, ACO Pier 2/3

Pier 2/3 Suite 3, 13A Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Dawes Point, NSW, 2000
Sat, 27 Jan, 2024 3:00 PM Sold Out
Sun, 28 Jan, 2024 2:00 PM SOLD OUT


Repertoire highlights to include

Bach Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 from The Well‑Tempered Clavier, Book 1
Bach Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
Bach Adagio from Violin Sonata in G major, BWV 1021
Bach Chorale ‘Jesus bleibet meine Freude' from Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147

Collaborating in real space and time, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and French artist Silvère Jarrosson will create a work of art before your eyes with the music of JS Bach – played live – as its inspiration.

Ideas of space, balance and symmetry are encoded into the melodies and harmonies Bach composed. So, too, is Bach’s interest in mathematics, physics and astronomy and his humble yet deep religious devotion. It is little wonder that when listening to Bach, we experience such profound emotional responses. 

Using dripping paint and improvised yet graceful movement, Jarrosson – a former ballet dancer with the Opéra National de Paris – will respond to the sonatas, partitas, suites and chorales over the course of an hour-long recital to create a unique work of art based on his instantaneous reactions to Bach’s sublime music. His mission? To unveil the essence of music, render it visible and engage in a conversation that transcends the limitations of words.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is Jarrosson’s ideal creative partner. Conducted by harpsichordist extraordinaire and Artistic Director Paul Dyer and performing exclusively on period instruments to more perfectly reflect the music Bach and his contemporaries actually heard, the Brandenburg is one of the jewels in Australia’s classical music scene. To hear them play some of Bach’s best-loved works is something on its own. To see that sound translated before your eyes, will be something else again. 


Bach & The Artists is part of Temperament, a week-long celebration and deconstruction of JS Bach that pays homage to the revolutionary advances his music enabled and its influence on modern composers. Explore the full program here.