The Brook of No Return
Sep
20
to Sep 21

The Brook of No Return

The Sydney Sacred Music Festival and the Wollongong Art Gallery present The Shadow Theatre of Anaphoria.
The Brook of No Return is a shadow performance that immerses the audience in a tale of comedy, myth, politics, and spirits. It follows the plight of an orphaned log trying to reach a safe place beyond hostile borders.
Original shadows puppets are supported by music performed on custom-made and recycled instruments modified to a just harmonic tuning. After the show, audience members are invited backstage to see close up the puppets, the musical instruments and meet the cast. The Brook of No Return starring Jariss Shead, Terumi Narushima, Hayley Carrick, Josh Mills, Jess Boyle, and Kraig Grady (Director).

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SydneyMicroFest3
Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30

SydneyMicroFest3

SydneyMicroFest uses non-standard pitches (microtones) to express as nuanced and varied musical views as deeply as we can imagine.
Music by Donald Bousted, Peter Bowman, Larry Polansky, Peter Thoegersen
Performed by Kathryn Bennetts (1/4 tone recorder); Michael H Dixon and Gergely Mályusz (just intonation French horns)

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LIVE Performance | Fluctuating Space
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

LIVE Performance | Fluctuating Space

Fluctuating Space is a new media art exhibition at 107 Projects from 18 to 29 September that discusses the relationship between human and machine in the current artificial intelligence and cyborg era.
The Exhibition will present an experimental audiovisual live performance night by the exhibited artists.
Featuring Artists:
pink;money (CHN) http://pinkmoney.studio/
Kynan Tan (SYD) www.kynantan.com
Time: 8.00pm 21 Sept 2019
Free Entry

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MicroFest at the Wollongong Con
Sep
22
3:00 PM15:00

MicroFest at the Wollongong Con

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Concert of music by Donald Bousted, Peter Bowman, Larry Polansky, Peter Thoegersen including the World Premiere of 'Melancholia' for 2 horns in just intonation. Special guest Kathryn Bennetts from England (microtonal recorder). Michael H Dixon and Gergely Mályusz (just intonation French horns)
SydneyMicroFest uses non-standard pitches (microtones) to express as nuanced and varied musical views as deeply as we can imagine.

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Dream Slash Nightmare
Sep
27
to Sep 28

Dream Slash Nightmare

Dream Slash Nightmare is a musical meditation and response by musicans John Shand (percussion), Jo Truman (voice) and Tim Cunningham (guitar) to living in the age of the Anthropocene, with all its dreams, shattered dreams and nightmares, and vestiges of hope. Singer/voice artist Jo Truman crosses species boundaries in her expertise with microtonal extended vocal techniques inspired by bird calls and range of 3 + octaves.
Dates and Times: 27 and 28 September, 2 shows a day 7:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Tickets: $15 - $25

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SS2: Lucy Phelan, Ben Carey, Alexandra Spence + more
Sep
28
6:30 PM18:30

SS2: Lucy Phelan, Ben Carey, Alexandra Spence + more

Announcing SS2: Depths, the second instalment of Surfacing Series, a new series for abstract, experimental and outsider composition.

The program features new works and experimentations, and a special collaboration. SS2 is co-curated by Megan Alice Clune.

LUCY PHELAN, BEN CAREY, JONATHAN WILSON + MATTHEW MCGUIGAN, ALEXANDRA SPENCE, MEGAN ALICE CLUNE

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Humming Grotto #2
Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

Humming Grotto #2

Humming Grotto #2
An evening of eclectic experimentalism downstairs at the PBC with Couch, Club Sound Witches, Clare Cooper & Jai Pyne
Sunday September 29th | 3 - 6pm [NOTE THE CRUISY TIME 😎] | $10
Humming Grotto is new monthly series of sound and listening, taking place on the last Sunday of the month, downstairs at the PBC 💥

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Noel Meek(NZ)/Jim Denley/Laura Altman and Peter Blamey
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Noel Meek(NZ)/Jim Denley/Laura Altman and Peter Blamey

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A little pre-season show at Alpha House!
The New Zealand Noise artist Noel Meek has been engaging with the Sydney scene for a few years. In the last 2 years he’s been playing regularly with Jim Denley, and when he’s been in Sydney he’s been deeply impressed with Laura Altman’s cloud tones that use clarinet and feedback. Of course Laura and Jim have played together for some years – but this will be the first time they play as a trio.
Peter Blamey is a Sydney-based artist. His practice is often sound-focussed and accomplished with a minimum of means, and includes performances, videos, recordings and installations. Broadly speaking, his work explores (amongst other things) the interconnected themes of energies and residues, often through reimagining our everyday encounters with mundane materials and technologies and the physical world, and our experiences of energy generation, use and wastage.

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Pop+Up III
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Pop+Up III

Come and enjoy a relaxed and incredibly diverse evening of music in the gorgeous upstairs garden of the Red Rattler Theatre. As usual, we'll be following our pop+up format of four 20 minute sets framed by short intervals (or as we call them, Cheese fetching opportunities). This is out last Pop+Up event for the year and we are going out with a bang! Come and celebrate another wonderful year of music with us over some nibbles.
LOCATION: Upstairs at the Red Rattler theatre. Come up the stairs, and when you've reached the greenery you'll know you're in the right place!
LINE+UP: Elizabeth Cheung + Alexandra Spence
2 MORE ACTS TO BE REVEALED IN THE COMING WEEKS!

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BackStage Thursdays #1: Radio Signals
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

BackStage Thursdays #1: Radio Signals

Backstage Music has your Thursdays covered this October with a triptych of musical offerings. It all kicks off on Oct 17 with RADIO SIGNALS:

Cathy Milliken + Jane Sheldon + Lamorna Nightingale + Fiona Hill

Lewis Mosley + Sam Weller + Charlie Sundborn

We don’t often take a retrospective look at music here at Backstage, but we’re pleased to be celebrating the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen and Luciano Berio alongside new works by Cathy Milliken and Fiona Hill in this program.

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Liveworks 2019 | Reshaping Sound: Conversation
Oct
19
12:00 PM12:00

Liveworks 2019 | Reshaping Sound: Conversation

Leading experimental artists
Gail Priest, Lauren Brincat and Alex Murray-Leslie all create work that sits at the forefront of sound, technology, experimental music and contemporary art. Moderated by Clare Cooper (Co-Founder of the NOW now festival, Splinter Orchestra, Splitter Orchestra and Frontyard Space) these Liveworks artists discuss their research interests and artistic practices, as well as what it means to create collaborative work that spans sound, installation and performance.

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Liveworks 2019 | Double Double
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Liveworks 2019 | Double Double

In Double Double, celebrated dancers and choreographers Jo Lloyd and Deanne Butterworth are joined by interdisciplinary artists Evelyn Ida Morris and Tina Havelock Stevens—each on drums—in an epic meeting of four performers where spontaneous compositions and formations emerge out of a physical and sonic mania. Over the course of two hours, the performers lap through time and space as their personas merge, separate and collide. Motion and noise slap against each other as tension escalates, making for a riveting sensory experience.

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Liveworks 2019 A continuous self-vibrating region of intensities
Oct
23
to Oct 26

Liveworks 2019 A continuous self-vibrating region of intensities

Experience an exquisite installation and performance where science, sound and sculpture meet. Inspired by the lesser-known work of pioneering vocalist Margaret Watts Hughes and her invention, the Eidophone (1885), Gail Priest and Thomas Burless have created a collection of sculptures and devices that convert the human voice into a mesmerising display of visual patterns and effects. Each night, vocalists Carolyn Connors and Sonya Holowell join Gail to sing these objects to life, enabling us to hear and see sound at the same time.

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Liveworks 2019 | Tricks of the Mouth: Liquid Architecture
Oct
23
to Oct 26

Liveworks 2019 | Tricks of the Mouth: Liquid Architecture

Sound art pioneers Liquid Architecture come to Liveworks for the first time with this curated program showcasing groundbreaking women artists from across the Asia Pacific. Immersing audiences in a series of interconnected performances, this program explores tricks of the mouth, chatter, translation, verbalism and linguistic re-coding. Featuring Yogyakarta-based speculative coder, designer, and horror-aficionado Natasha Tontey, legendary Japanese musician Phew—whose warped vocal exclamations over pulsating electronics have been described as ‘Yoko Ono meets Suicide’, Chinese Singaporean artist Zou Zhao will playfully dismantle proceedings through discursive intervention, Sage Pbbbt will explore the overtones produced as air travels from her lungs, past her vocal folds, and out of her lips into the room, and Sydney sound artist Alexandra Spence, recently returned from residency in Hong Kong, will present a new text-sound meditation on her experiences navigating the city through listening. Tricks of the Mouth is an unmissable sonic experience.

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Liveworks 2019 | Double Double
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Liveworks 2019 | Double Double

In Double Double, celebrated dancers and choreographers Jo Lloyd and Deanne Butterworth are joined by interdisciplinary artists Evelyn Ida Morris and Tina Havelock Stevens—each on drums—in an epic meeting of four performers where spontaneous compositions and formations emerge out of a physical and sonic mania. Over the course of two hours, the performers lap through time and space as their personas merge, separate and collide. Motion and noise slap against each other as tension escalates, making for a riveting sensory experience.

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BackStage Thursdays #2: Forbidden Things
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

BackStage Thursdays #2: Forbidden Things

Backstage Music has your Thursdays covered this October with a triptych of musical offerings. Join us on Oct 24 for our second event, FORBIDDEN THINGS.

Biliana Voutchkova + Clayton Thomas

Ensemble Offspring (Claire Edwardes + Jason Noble)

Henry Justo

Improvisation, at its best, is a living experience; a timbrel, textural, visceral approach to music making. With one foot in the past, and one foot in the future, the players give and take in equal measure, building a collective response to moment. This evening of ‘in-the-moment’ collaborations explores a global history of art music, folk music’s, and western classical music.

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Liveworks 2019 | Gail Priest & Thomas Burless: Vibraphonics WKSP
Oct
25
1:00 PM13:00

Liveworks 2019 | Gail Priest & Thomas Burless: Vibraphonics WKSP

Led by sound artist Gail Priest and designer Thomas Burless, this workshop will reveal some of the processes and research they explored while creating the performance installation.
"A continous self-vibrating region of intensities". Offering ear-opening and hands-on experiences, the workshop will explore some of the physical properties of acoustic and amplified sound by conducting non-empirical experiments into manifesting sound visually and tangibly. Participants are invited to bring acoustic (voice or instrument) or some digital sample material of their own to play with in conjunction with a number of kinetic installation objects. Open to all levels of experience: curiosity is the only pre-requisite.

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BackStage Thursdays #3: Barton and Serret
Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

BackStage Thursdays #3: Barton and Serret

Backstage Music has your Thursdays covered this October with a triptych of musical offerings. Join us on Oct 31 for the finale to our month of music!

William Barton + Veronique Serret

Niki Johnson

A fusion of musical landscapes encapsulating the very essence of art culture and history. Two instruments the didgeridoo and the violin hand crafted from the trees of the earth that together transcend upon a common musical ground creating a tonal and melodically grounding journey of rhythmic energy. Like the river flow of life the bird calls of ancient whispers call out from the great escarpment of the Australian landscape to the oceans of our earth and to the universe beyond.

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Ephemera Quartet
Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

Ephemera Quartet

Ephemera Quartet is led by Keyna Wilkins (piano/flute/compositions) with Elsen Price (double bass/loop pedal), Will Gilbert (trumpet) and Carl St Jacques (viola) and includes freely improvised pieces. The quartet is accompanied by a soundtrack of outer-space electromagnetic waves recorded by NASA and complied by astronomer Professor Paul Francis. The music is complimented by projections of space probe footage. Each member brings their own unique voice to the ensemble drawing from a multitude of musical backgrounds, combining to create a distinctive soundscape that organically reacts to stellar concepts. Universe and Universality.

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Sonic Moves XII
Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

Sonic Moves XII

With a wonderful line up of experimental sound and noise artists, and delivery of the spoken word, Sonic Moves XII is coming up at Halfback Books Dee Why. You are welcome to draw in response, or relax and immerse yourself in the sonicscapes.

Gold coin donation for artists at door

Line Up:
Defektro
Peter Blamey
rORSCHACH cLIMAX eNSEMBLE
Poet: Charlie Writes

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