The Unutterable
May
22
6:00 PM18:00

The Unutterable

'The Unutterable' is a new showcase of Sydney artists and performers investigating the power of images in media to impact consciousness and thinking.

After party FT.
Neurotic Bandit, The PEN Club, Stieble Eltron

Exhibition 6-8pm
Music from 9pm
$5 after 8pm

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Kay Kay Dee
May
23
8:00 PM20:00

Kay Kay Dee

Kay Kay Dee is an improvising trio which features Adrian Lim-Klumpes on piano and electronics, Jim Denley on Saxophone and Chloe Kim on drums.

Formed through the recent SIMA's 'Sonic Futures' Series (2019), the band seeks dynamic language and energy interchange in their musical journey.

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Pop+Up II 2019
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Pop+Up II 2019

On May 25th we're hosting a very special edition of our pop+up series in the Archies space at Jubilee Park.
We are extremely proud of this curation, and we invite you to join us for what will be an exciting, entertaining and informative night of music in a brand new space.

DNKA + ZIL
HANNAH KIM AND OSCAR SMITH
EMMA HARLOCK
HANNAH AND CHLOE KIM DUO
The Listening Tent - Alexis Weaver

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Club 4A: Rui Ho, Rainbow Chan x Marcus Whale, Del Lumanta x Milkffish, Corin, Ptwiggs, Yumgod, Wytchings
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Club 4A: Rui Ho, Rainbow Chan x Marcus Whale, Del Lumanta x Milkffish, Corin, Ptwiggs, Yumgod, Wytchings

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Liquid Architecture present the second edition of Club 4A, leaving the confines of the white cube and taking performance art back to the club.

Curated by Mathew Spisbah and Rainbow Chan, Club 4A will host an evening of adventurous sonic performance and audio visual art at Dynasty Karaoke, Chinatown. As part of collaborative project between the two organisations, this performance will showcase the avant-garde club sounds of headlining Chinese artist Rui Ho.

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Konzertprojekt presents: Saturation
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Konzertprojekt presents: Saturation

The first concert, ‘Saturation’ (which refers to the intensity of a colour in an image) will start the mini-festival with a bang – immersing the audience in music that has just been developed. The concert will showcase a diverse range of pieces written by and performed by Konzertprojekt musicians. From improvised music to accompany visuals and poetry by Gabrielle Cadenhead and Liam Mulligan, to a haunting solo euphonium and tape piece by Rhys Little, there is something for everyone.

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The Sticks return to Sydney's 505
May
26
6:30 PM18:30

The Sticks return to Sydney's 505

'The Sticks are a three piece band from Sydney. They meld the immediacy, spontaneity and physicality of live performance with a palette of sound more associated with produced or electronic music.

Made up of Daniel Pliner, Josh Ahearn and Alon Ilsar, the Sticks are currently developing material for a new album due out next year, which promises to further push the boundaries of the sound the band has developed. The Sticks feature a unique instrument designed by Alon in collaboration with Mark Havryliv, called the AirSticks. It is a ‘multi-timbrel, gestural electronic instrument’ capable of creating fat beats, pulsating soundscapes, and modulating and remixing external sound sources in real time.

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Opus Now #13 Beethoven (Geist Quartet) | Grisey | Kurdish Folk Music
May
26
7:00 PM19:00

Opus Now #13 Beethoven (Geist Quartet) | Grisey | Kurdish Folk Music

A concert series exploring relationships between the music of today and Beethoven's sixteen String Quartets

Majid Amani (Persian dota)
Kurdish Folk Music

The Geist String Quartet
Ludwig Van Beethoven | String Quartet No. 13 in Bb major Opus 130 (Grosse Fuge)

Grisey Ensemble conducted by Leonard Weiss
J.S Bach | BWV 106: Actus Tragicus
Gerard Grisey | Vortex Temporum II

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Open Frequencies #5 - Electronic Music Open Mic night
May
29
7:00 PM19:00

Open Frequencies #5 - Electronic Music Open Mic night

Seeking all forms of electronic music, including dance, ambient, noise, electro, techno, glitch, space rock, soundscape, modular, synth, electronica, chiptune, hip hop, loopers, improvised, live coding, experimental, breakcore, trance...!

This is a free night to turn up and show (or try out) your electronic creations in a 15-minute slot. Open to everyone of all ages, genders, and genres of electronic music - at any level of expertise. It's also a forum to meet and share with others how you do what you do.

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Sydney Con International Jazz Festival 2019
Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Sydney Con International Jazz Festival 2019

International stars and Australian jazz heavyweights descend upon Sydney for our third annual International Jazz Festival on Sunday 2 June.

Presented by our Open Academy in association with SIMA, we are thrilled to present legendary US guitarist Bill Frisell, the Billy Childs Quartet and Italian pianist Vittorio Mezza in a unique collaboration with the Mark Ginsberg Ensemble. Some of the best Australian bands are also appearing including the Australian National Jazz Orchestra with Judy Bailey, the Jamie Oehlers Quintet, the Hannah James Trio and Marc Issacs with Loretta Palmeiro. The program ranges from the trad jazz of the Craig Scott Quintet or Hammerhead to free improvisation from Laura Altman and Melanie Herbert and the quirky modern takes from Ben Vanderwal’s Riffzs 2000.

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Delay45 / Simon Barker & Sam Gill / Sandy Evans Trio
Jun
4
7:30 PM19:30

Delay45 / Simon Barker & Sam Gill / Sandy Evans Trio

Featuring a few of the leading forces in contemporary jazz and improvisation in Sydney, this is set to be an exhilarating night of original music...
Delay45 create contrasting sound worlds though songs, loops and colours that are weaved and morphed together through improvisation. ft, Thomas Avgenicos - Trumpet, Roshan Kumarage - Piano, Dave Quinn - Bass, Ashley Stoneham - Drums
Simon Barker & Sam Gill:
Sam Gill (alto saxophone) and Simon Barker (drums) will join forces for an improvised set drawing on their shared interest in rhythmic and textural explorations.
Sandy Evans Trio:
Led by saxophonist Sandy Evans, this ensemble features leading Australian jazz musicians Brett Hirst (bass) and Toby Hall (drums). They explore intersections between diverse expressive and musical concepts in a contemporary jazz context. Prepare to be awestruck with modern mastery, soaring saxophone lines and transcendental rhythms.

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The Sounds Unsound Presents #27
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

The Sounds Unsound Presents #27

Number 27 in the improvised, experimental or just plain weird yet beautiful music series. Blending the acoustic with the electric, the subtle with the bombastic.
7.30pm JWPaton (Jwptn)
8.30pm Sister Ursuline
9.30pm Dr Sugar
10.30pm Throat Pleats (Niki Johnson & Solomon Frank)
Visuals by LIVING SCIENCE Dept. (Colum Skeleton)
Soundscape interludes by Matthew Syres

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SONIC MOVES XI - Ethernet Orchestra + Female Laptop Orchestra
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

SONIC MOVES XI - Ethernet Orchestra + Female Laptop Orchestra

Sonic Moves X presents the internet music ensembles Ethernet Orchestra and Female Laptop Orchestra (FLO), in a live telematic improvised concert at Halfback Books, Dee Why.

The concert will feature FLO founder Nela Brown, Sydney based sound artist and vocalist Donna Hewitt, performing live in the bookshop with Dee Why local Ethernet Orchestra founder trumpeter and sound artist, Roger Mills.

Roger Mills will also talk about the growing field of online music making in his new book Tele-Improvisation: Intercultural Interaction in the Online Global Jam Session published by Springer in March 2019.

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Aac//Lzybnz: Instrumental (adj.), Tangents, Ben Marston & Foshe
Jun
6
6:30 PM18:30

Aac//Lzybnz: Instrumental (adj.), Tangents, Ben Marston & Foshe

AAC//LZYBNZ celebrates progressive local music from Sydney's underground. This month we are featuring:
- Instrumental, adj.: forward-thinking progressive music, featuring members of Plini.
- Tangents: a hypnotic and improvised fusion of post-rock, jazz and electronica.
- Ben Marston & Hugh Barrett: a delicate interplay of ambient soundscapes and minimalist jazz.
- Foshe: improvised explorations of future-jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul.

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Konzertprojekt presents: Contrast
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Konzertprojekt presents: Contrast

The third concert, ‘Contrast’ (the difference between the lightest and darkest tones) will take listeners into the realm of solo, electroacoustic and improvised music. There will be a variety of works written and performed by members of the Konzertprojekt collective, as well as guest composers Ben Robinson and Maddy Briggs. The concert, consisting of saxophones, euphoniums, poetry, live electroacoustic sounds and audiovisual works, will provide an exciting and varied program for audiences to enjoy.

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KAZUO IMAI at the Republic
Jun
12
7:30 PM19:30

KAZUO IMAI at the Republic

Sometimes we're asked to host a performance so rare and by an artist so iconic that we feel even more privileged than usual, and in June we are thrilled to bring you just such an event with a legend of the Japanese underground...

KAZUO IMAI [Solo Guitar]

On WEDNESDAY 12th June
Commencing at 7.30 p.m. [doors at 7]

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Marginal Consort
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

Marginal Consort

Marginal Consort is a legendary Japanese free music quartet. Building on the experimental music traditions of Japan, they create enormous and evolving musical environments during three-hour performances. Their concerts are entirely site specific and happen just once a year.

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Intense Nest w/ Tim Coster, Steam Vent and Megan Alice Clune
Jun
16
2:00 PM14:00

Intense Nest w/ Tim Coster, Steam Vent and Megan Alice Clune

Intense Nest has sporadically hosted events over the last 12 years curating nights of loosely experimental sounds that might be abstracted, weird, improvised, deconstructed, uneasy or maybe just a little too easy and loose.

Now Intense Nest is back for a special show hosting three musicians making music on the more ambient end of the spectrum- Tim Coster, Steam Vent and Megan Clune.

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The Pen Club (album launch)
Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Pen Club (album launch)

The Pen Club are an improvising band that experiments with form, rhythm and writing implements. 
The Pen Club are launching their debut album Data Retrieval at Venue 505. The music is brutal rhythmic improvisations that coalesce at various moments into short moments of cyclical complex rhythmic movement in ways that references the music of Marc Hannaford, Matt Mitchell and Phil Slater. 
This music is produced in collaboration with the bands endorsers, ‘BIC’, the world leader in stationary. In celebration of the release, Peter Dalsberg, BIC board member and head of stationary will be introducing the band and discussing the music in relation to the now longstanding BIC relationship.

The album is released with Eupcaccia Records and will be for sale on the night for $15.00. 

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Ensemble Muse 'Anthropocene' presented by Bohemian Grove (Lamps)
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Ensemble Muse 'Anthropocene' presented by Bohemian Grove (Lamps)

Ensemble MUSE is a 7-piece, all-female modern music group based in Sydney. Known for their eclectic programs and exciting performances, the group leaves audiences in a stir. Striving to perform classically contemporary works of all kinds, the group challenges the gender norm through music and beyond.

Doors at 7pm, music starts at 7:30pm. $10 donation. BYO.

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Melanie Oxley and Chris Abraham
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Melanie Oxley and Chris Abraham

The music of Melanie Oxley and Chris Abrahams gently unfolds before you as classic. Lyrically thoughtful, playful and clever, musically deceptively simple.
Abrahams extraordinary talent reveals itself in every facet of every song while Oxley's voice continues to uplift and beguile. Extraordinary.
Mel and Chris are currently recording a new album to be released later this year….so be ready for lots of new music from these two amazing musicians.

$20 + booking online or $20 at the door

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Kontiki Racket 2019
Jun
21
5:00 PM17:00

Kontiki Racket 2019

A visceral world of living and breathing new sounds, sinuous, sculptural and sizzling, in the form of a two-day festival event at Paddington Town Hall. Kontiki Racket counterpoints Ensemble Offspring with Adelaide’s celebrated string ensemble Zephyr Quartet, and throws in Hatched Academy artists past and current as well as a live installation of our latest line up of Offspring Bites videos. An immersive event showcasing the latest new music from around the globe in an expedition of invention.

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Kontiki Racket 2019
Jun
22
3:00 PM15:00

Kontiki Racket 2019

A visceral world of living and breathing new sounds, sinuous, sculptural and sizzling, in the form of a two-day festival event at Paddington Town Hall. Kontiki Racket counterpoints Ensemble Offspring with Adelaide’s celebrated string ensemble Zephyr Quartet, and throws in Hatched Academy artists past and current as well as a live installation of our latest line up of Offspring Bites videos. An immersive event showcasing the latest new music from around the globe in an expedition of invention.

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Room40: Open Frame 2019
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Room40: Open Frame 2019

An annual festival of transgressive sound, Open Frame 2019 is a project of contrast and aural spectra, explored by two lineups over two nights. This year features Merzbow (JPN) celebrating 40 years of transgressive noise, iconic experimental artist Stephen O’Malley (USA) and the Australian debut of Loscil (CAN). See the full lineup below. Tickets on sale Wed 17 Apr, 9am.

Fri 28 Jun
Stephen O'Malley (USA)
Eiko Ishibashi + Joe Talia (JPN)
Loscil (CAN)
Vanessa Tomlinson Performs Harold Budd's Lirio
Ears Have Ears DJs

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Room40: Open Frame 2019
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Room40: Open Frame 2019

An annual festival of transgressive sound, Open Frame 2019 is a project of contrast and aural spectra, explored by two lineups over two nights. This year features Merzbow (JPN) celebrating 40 years of transgressive noise, iconic experimental artist Stephen O’Malley (USA) and the Australian debut of Loscil (CAN). See the full lineup below. Tickets on sale Wed 17 Apr, 9am.

Sat 29 Jun
Merzbow (JPN)
Rafael Anton Irisarri(USA)
Fia Fiell
Sandra Selig
Ears Have Ears DJs

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The Beauty of Living Sound…
Aug
8
8:00 PM20:00

The Beauty of Living Sound…

Line up of Artists:Miroslav Bukovsky (trumpet) & Simone de Haan (trombone)

…the beauty of living sound…
This night of spontaneous music making brings together two of Australia’s iconic Australian musicians and brass players, Miroslav Bukovsky and Simone de Haan. Both, through their individual creative work, have always demonstrated a love for sound itself, as it emerges from silence, and is actualised in the moment of performance. Inspired by each other’s playing for many years now, their mutual desire to explore and discover new and exquisite sound worlds together (as expressed over a coffee in Canberra 18 months ago) has led to the formation of this unique brass duo.

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