INTRODUCTION

“… so delighted to meet Celia and to listen to her original idea that resonated so strongly with the story of the Barossa where immigrants from Silesia came to settle here and brought with them their food and music and meshed it with their new landscape. I could see why Celia was undertaking this project to tap into a tradition of Australian settlers and re-evaluating its meaning in this new setting …” – Maggie Beer

“Professional musicians of this calibre all perform with perfect tone, time, intonation and discipline. But it is the rare qualities that move the listener – the power of the expression, and the ability to call on it with a consistency that is frightening. These qualities distinguish a virtuoso from a professional, and these qualities Celia has in abundance. Artaria is a reflection of Celia’s artistic and creative integrity. It is also a collection of talents that when combined, produce more than the sum of the contributors. That’s why I consider Artaria to be one of the finest ensembles I have heard …”Rod Tamlyn, Executive Producer, Creative Director, Composer/Arranger

“We have been swept away by Celia’s energy and enthusiasm for a unique contribution to the South Australian musical scene” – Skye McGregor, music lover, and Norman Etherington, President of the National Trust of South Australia

“I’ve worked with Celia Craig over many years … she is passionate and committed and, on top of that, a supremely fine player. This project is about bringing the best to Adelaide and creating something uniquely South Australian. I am particularly interested in the video component about the inner workings of a chamber ensemble. This could be a great resource for students …”Guy Noble, Conductor, ABC Presenter

“Celia Craig is a remarkable musician. Australia is fortunate to now claim her …. I have never heard her play anything any less than world class, and any project she embraces will be worthy of support.” Carl Vine AO, Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia

The composer must not shut himself up and think about art; he must live with his fellows and make his art an expression of the whole life of the community … if the roots of your art are firmly planted in your own soil and that soil has anything individual to give you, you may still gain the whole world and not lose your own souls – Ralph Vaughan Williams, Nationalism and other essays (1934)

Artaria’s unique approach aims to set the music within the backdrop of South Australia, inspired by the landscape, heritage, light and synaesthesia, for a visual age, eventually bringing together music and scenery in a sensory package for the twentieth century. Widening the appeal of a classical chamber concert to engage new audiences, young and old, with visual interest and stimulation. Filming performances to reveal the intimacy of chamber music collaboration and eventually producing a complete package for home cinema, DVD, or computer that engages all the senses.