Archive for January, 2009

the NOW now Festival 2009

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

the NOW now Festival of Spontaneous Music, now in its 8 year, will be held in 16-18 January  2009. After its formative years in Sydney’s inner suburbs, the festival relocated  successfully to the Blue Mountains in 2008, and it seemed inevitable that the festival  should return to the Mountains again.

As always, this festival highlights the strength of improvised music in Australia, covering  electronic music, audio/visual projects, improvised acoustic music and various  uncategorised musical forms. Botborg, from Brisbane, will introduce the audience to the  music of the Photosonicneurokineasthograph, while Blue Mountains-based The Spiders  use a unique blend of broken, hacked, modified and recycled guitars, keyboards,  effectors, mixers, etc all played simultaneously. The Prophets, who open the festival,  have a saxophone and percussion culture all of their own.

The festival is now well established as one of Australia’s important annual contemporary  music festivals, and a magnet for overseas musicians. This year’s festival features Eugene  Chadbourne, a unique American musician with a long history blending country and experimental music. The way he challenges conventional musical taste once prompted a bizarre statement by the White House spokesman for President Reagan, that Chadbourne is ‘a direct threat to the American way of life.”

Pursuit is a chamber orchestra of mobile, bicycle-powered acoustic musical instruments with wireless transmission technology that will inhabit the vast foyer of CarriageWorks.

Using everything from horns on handlebars, to complex constructions with wind, string, or piano actions, Pursuit is a choreographed spectacle of sound, speed and light based on pedal power. This unique one-day free event will be developed by internationally acclaimed composer and violinist Jon Rose and media artist Robin Fox during their residency at Performance Space.

FEBRUARY 14, 2009 7:30 - 10:30pm

Performance Space at Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh

this event is FREE

Montreal’s Deadbeat (Scott Monteith) is renowned for an ability to craft impossibly heavy dub. Over the better part of the past decade, he’s been a central player in exploring the outer reaches of experimental dub, echo-laden dancehall and other curiously rhythmic forms of electronics. With a collection of releases on some of the most respected labels in the world, including Pole’s ~scape, Deadbeat’s explorations have received widespread praise. For his show in Brisbane, Monteith is poised to deliver a unique set that is equal parts low-end density and texture, all housed within a pulsing mass of sound.

Deadbeat will be joined by Klumpes Ahmad featuring Adrian Klumpes, formerly of Triosk and solo pianist in his own right, with experimental guitar and electronics player, Shoeb Ahmad, in an improvising duo that takes on melodic exploration tempered by found sound and live electronics.

Presented byRoom 40 + The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts