Pieces by Rameau, Bach and Rachmaninoff are crashing onto the shores of Australia this summer with the debut of a new movie project that attempts to marry classical music and surfing.
"The Reef" features fast- and slow-motion images of extreme surfing with live accompaniment by the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO). Filmed near Perth, Australia, it is a collaboration between a few surf fanatics that include filmmaker Mick Sowry, ACO artistic director and violinist Richard Tognetti and photographer Jon Frank.
Part of the idea is to capture the parallels between surfing and classical music, with their emphases on daring and grace. Matthew Westwood, a music critic for The Australian, compared its effect with that of the Godfrey Reggio-Philip Glass collaboration “Koyaanisqatsi." This isn't the first of its sort; the ACO brought an earlier surfing film of Tognetti's called "The Glide" to Le Poisson Rouge in New York in 2010.
"The Reef" is currently touring Australia, and although there is no word on plans to take it abroad, an excerpt has been posted online: