Strings in the Salon: Winter

Shortlist+ Remove
(1 of 1) The Salon at Monster kitchen and bar. Shot by Ross Honeysett.

Strings in the Salon: Winter

Hotel Hotel Projects, Music

Barbara Jane Gilby, playing violin, and Meriel Owen, playing harp, from the Canberra Symphony play us some beautiful music in the Monster Salon and Dining rooms. On the set list was:

Saint-Saëns, ‘Fantaisie’, Op. 124
Faure, ‘Impromptu’, Op. 86
Massenet, ‘Méditation’ from ‘Thaïs’
Shostakovich, ‘Romance’ from ‘The Gadfly’.

Salon Gatherings

The Monster Salon and Dining rooms at Hotel Hotel were a reinterpretation of the suburban family rooms of immigrants in Australia post WWII. It was a domestic place. At once a parlour for receiving guests, for talking art and politics, a living room for lolling around by the fire with friends, a place for listening to music, and a room for sharing meals. At times, we gathered old and new friends here to exchange ideas and we host conversations, poetry readings and performances. Fittingly, we often shared stories about immigration, about how immigration increases the textures and layers of a place’s cultural fabric. These are important stories. Especially in a time when the number of people displaced by conflict is at its highest since the aftermath of WWII.