Rob Ulitski - 27th July 2020

Gabriel Gasparinatos directs a blend of performance and art in the video for the Sydney-based youth orchestra Ensemble Apex.  

The film Shostakovich Made Me Hardcore is a preview to a new digital season that Ensemble Apex will launch in August – a response to the Covid-19-related cancellations of their 2020 run of shows. Led by artistic director and conductor Sam Weller, the group brings young people into the fold of classical music, breaking down cost and cultural barriers to give audiences access to high-quality, edgy orchestral performances.

Director Gabriel Gasparinatos says: "In the video, we wanted to create an orchestral performance, art tour and architectural exploration in one go – and spin it with streetwear, club lighting and a contemporary classical score. It takes influence from a variety of inspirations – young and old."

Utilising frenetic club lights contrasted with traditional architectural lighting, the aesthetic is built on dichotomy and the push and pull of clashing themes and concepts - and brilliantly weaves a tapestry of unfamiliar imagery and tradition together with flair.


DirectorGabriel Gasparinatos
ProducerErin Moy
Production CompanyEntropico
Executive ProducerJudith Neilson
Production ManagerChloe Hayman
1st ADSimon Jackman
Director of PhotographyGregoire Liere
Focus PullerLouis Lau
GafferMat Wilson
WardrobeAlice Mcconnell
Make-upCeleste Gubb
EditorAndrea Chen
ColouristYanni Kronenberg
Post ProducerErin Moy
Lead actorEnsemble Apex
CommissionerJn Projects
Other creditsEnsemble Apex Led By Sam Weller Music Composed By Lewis Mosley Co-Executive Producer: David Roche Artistic Director, Phoenix Central Park: Nena Beretin

Rob Ulitski - 27th July 2020

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