Queer Notions – A Soirée of Queer Music & Literature

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Queer Notions – A Soirée of Queer Music & Literature

12 September 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In August 1933, American Jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins recorded his piece Queer Notions, with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. Although the title was probably a reference to the weird-sounding whole-tone melody of the piece, for homosexual bandleader and pianist Sun Ra the title probably had a different meaning too, and he put it on the repertoire of his Arkestra.

For the creative team — a group of queer composers and musicians — it sounds like a good title for a programme of music by LGBTQI composers and musicians. Queer is not only a reference to our identity; it also refers to the diversity of musical styles and genres that they are presenting. They concentrate on music, composed by three of the musicians that are members of the group: Tom Armitage, Guy Harries and Luc Houtkamp. All three have composed music featuring queer themes, based on texts and poems by Gertrude Stein, Arthur Rimbaud and Theognis of Megara, and on the life of Alan Turing.

With this programme, they pay homage to the “other” queer music: jazz, classical and contemporary music.

The music is written and performed by the POW Ensemble, consisting of:
Luc Houtkamp (saxophone, electronics)
Tom Armitage (piano, vocals)
Guy Harries (vocals, flute)
Clare Ghigo (mezzo-soprano)
Laura Cioffi (flute)
Idea and compositions by: Tom Armitage, Guy Harries and Luc Houtkamp

The texts are written and performed by Maltese authors and poets:
Sara Caruana
Francesco Grech
Tyrone Grima
Noah Fabri
Mina Jack Tolu


The project forms part of the EuroPride 2023 programme.

Ticket Information

Free of charge against booking
Free of charge against booking
Cinema Club Members
Concession tickets include students, senior citizens and Special ID Holders (SID).

Venue Information


St James Cavalier
Castille Place, Valletta VLT1060 Malta

Additional Information

1hr 30mins
English and Maltese