I am performing with a new trio "Ghost Gum Reverb" with Ben Greene (drums) and Jameson Feakes (guitar) on Friday, July 16 at Goolugatup Heathcote. 7pm sharp. Influenced by (but sounds nothing like) Lesotho music, Gamelan, brutal free jazz and Philip Glass. Seacrest Gardens are also playing - the "dark MIDIeval noise" project of Lana Rothnie and Ian Apau Maino Walker, which is highly recommended seeing/hearing!
Free & family-friendly event w/ woodfired pizza & exhibition openings! Check the website or the Facebook event for more details and info on access etc.
I will be making sound in a showing of a creative development by Joshua Pether, Janine Oxenham and Helah Milroy on Saturday, July 17. The event runs from 10am til 4pm; I'll be around for the first half at least. It begins with a silent walk in the Perth Cultural Centre and the remainder of the performance is in the wheelchair accessible PICA Performance Space.
The piece is a work-in-progress outcome of the team's development of a First Nations performance methodology for processing intergenerational trauma and the collective amnesia surrounding the colonisation of Australia. It's quite heavy - but you're welcome to come and go as you need throughout the day.
Some info on the residency here, otherwise the online info for this event is quite scarce, but pretty sure you can just be there on the day at PICA and all shall be well.
Two folks I met through giving improvisation workshops at King St Arts Centre and Subiaco Arts Centre have started their own initiative and have invited me to kick it off with a workshop. It's at Sullivan Hall (2 Nannine Ave., White Gum Valley, WA) on August 15 at 2pm. If you would like to come or know anyone who would, get in touch.
Here is a saxophone solo I did at the Outcome Unknown concert series in Perth on the banks of the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River), if you'd like to listen to it. I was booked to replace someone who pulled out about an hour before the show - felt like that gave it a good spontaneous energy.
I also uploaded this solo from Bagdad in lutruwita for download, which is an older one but I like it.
The Lion Never Sleeps, with Noémie Huttner-Koros
The walking tour of the buried queer history of Yandilup/Northbridge that Noémie Huttner-Koros devised and that I was the sound recordist/designer for was nominated in four categories at the Performing Arts WA Awards. It received nominations for Best Independent Production and Best New Work, whilst Noémie was nominated for Best Director (Independent) and I was nominated for Best Sound Design. I was really excited to be involved in this piece. Hopefully we will re-stage it, or make an online accessible version of it, one day.
(We didn't win any of the categories, though! Lol.)
Catch youse soon I hope!
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Of Cloven Hoof in Honey
I am extremely excited to play drums (and clarinet and voice) on the new Nika Mo album which I think is a triumph. Beautiful music which really draws out the best in an amazing team of Boorloo-based musicians. The below photo is from the launch show as part of the Audible Edge festival at The Rechabite Hall, with costumes made by Volim.
Stream/purchase it on the Tone List BandCamp.
The Audible Edge festival itself was curated by myself and Annika. SeeSaw magazine made a bunch of reviews of it - you can read them here, here, here and here. It was undoubtedly our most succesful year yet, and also a massive fluke in many ways in terms of being actually able to do it - but I hugely thank the Western Australian government via the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries, the City of Perth, and all of our partners - Liquid Architecture, Cool Change Contemporary, Tura New Music, The Bird, The Rechabite and the Perth Jazz Society - for helping us make it happen.
If you missed it, you can peruse the program here and check out some of the online elements.
Where and how to gather
I've curated a new collection of pandemic creations, which is up now on Disclaimer journal. It features videos, essays, audio, installations and poetic contributions. You can read it here.
We also threw a great launch show thanks to astounding performances from Myriad Sun, Aisyah Sumito, Noemie Huttner-Koros & Merino Chute (Michael Terren).
As part of Disclaimer, Tone List released a collection of written works in tandem with this pair of audio pieces from the Sounding Together workshop. You can read the collection here or download the album at this link.