Inner Cities

Gabriella Smart performs Inner Cities by Alvin Curran – a five-hour piano cycle

“vast and all-consuming” (Alex Ross, New Yorker)

We are delighted to offer our community the opportunity to experience the stunning five-hour solo piano work ‘Inner Cities’ by Alvin Curran, performed by Gabriella Smart in our Nexus Arts Venue.

“Open, unhurried, brutally lyrical, quiet, private and tonal as it is raucous, aggressively impolite and obsessively meticulous”, Inner Cities spans 12 pieces across a cycle exploring minimalism, improvisation, virtuosity and simplicity. It is a monumental work, rarely performed in its entirety.

For this performance, Gabriella donates her artistry to us to bring this epic work to life before she presents it as part of the Brisbane Festival on 20 September. Over the work’s duration, you are welcome to join us for an hour or two of deep listening and solace; for a briefer moment of respite; or for the work’s entirety for a wholly immersive experience.

Nexus and Gabriella are delighted to bring you this gift of art during these troubled times.


We welcome you to Nexus Arts Venue for a 3pm performance start on Friday 4 September 2020.

In accordance with social distancing measures, audience numbers are strictly limited. We will ask you to sign in upon entry and to provide your details for contact tracing (if necessary). Chairs will be spaced individually across the space and will be wiped down between entries. We ask that you do not move the chairs.

You are welcome to attend for any part of the 3-8pm performance duration. Our bar will be open, so you can enjoy a drink while you listen. Payments will be cashless.




One of Australia’s most accomplished advocates of new music, Gabriella Smart is a multi-award winning pianist with sustained contribution over 25 years through performance, improvisation, collaborative composition, commissioning and curation. Gabriella has performed extensively in Australia and internationally, premiering over forty new works for solo piano by Australian and international composers in Australia, Europe and China, and collaborating with musicians as diverse as Brett Dean, Elena Kats Chernin, Erkki Veltheim, Jon Rose and Tamara Anna Cislowska.