Melbourne Festival and MPavilion present

Laila Engle and Daniel Richardson

Acclaimed musicians Laila Engle and Dan Richardson present a virtuosic recital of music for flutes, marimba and assorted percussion, reflecting the diversity of Melbourne’s vibrant culture. For this intimate lunchtime recital the pair will perform a suite of duo works influenced by Balinese gamelan, South Indian raga, and the energetic minimalism of Britain and America - including David Lang’s lend/lease, Graham Fitkin’s Frame and Payton MacDonald’s Devil Dance.


Lou Harrison - First Concerto 8'
Gareth Farr - Kembang Suling 11'
David Lang - Lend/lease 4'30" 
Graham Fitkin - Frame 10'
Payton McDonald - Devil Dance 3'10"

Melbourne based flautist Laila Engle maintains a busy performance and touring schedule as musician in the Royal Australian Air Force and has travelled extensively throughout Australia and abroad, performing regularly for dignitaries and official ceremonies. A passionate advocate of contemporary Australian music, Laila champions this repertoire through her work as artistic director of the award winning chamber music group Syzygy Ensemble and has collaborated with many leading Australian composers. Outside of her performing schedule Laila co-presents the Australian Sounds program on 3MBS-FM.

Dan Richardson is a versatile freelance percussionist, born and raised in Melbourne. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, he is now a regular guest of Orchestra Victoria in their accompaniment of the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia. In a given week, you might also see him performing as a guest of Syzygy Ensemble, Speak Percussion, 3 Shades Black, or Gamelan DanAnda. On a more permanent basis, Dan is the drummer/percussionist for the Serbian folk ensemble Anja and Zlatna, the exotica chamber orchestra Slide Night, and the experimental pop trio Comfort Creature.