Liquid Architecture and Inland join to present South Korean musician and artist Okkyung Lee in Melbourne as part of her first ever Australian tour with a special concert at The Oratory, Abbotsford Convent alongside a host of Australian and international artists.
NOTHING BUT DISASTER FOLLOWS FROM APPLAUSE
Okkyung Lee, Crys Cole & Oren Ambarchi, James Rushford & Joe Talia, True Strength
Okkyung Lee, New York-based and South Korea native, has created a body of work blurring genre boundaries through collaborations and compositions while pushing the limitation of contemporary cello performance techniques. Her music draws from noise and extended techniques, jazz, Western classical, and Korean traditional and popular music.
She has released more than 20 albums on labels such as EditionsMego/Ideologic Organ and Tzadik and collaborated with artists incuding Laurie Anderson, David Behrman, Mark Fell, Douglas Gordon, Jenny Hval, Vijay Iyer, Christian Marclay, Ikue Mori, “Butch” Morris, Marina Rosenfeld, Jim O’Rourke, Evan Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, C Spencer Yeh and John Zorn.
At NOTHING BUT DISASTER FOLLOWS FROM APPLAUSE Okkyung will perform an extended solo for Cello which she describes as ‘heavy’.
James Rushford & Joe Talia began collaborating in Melbourne in 2008 and have continued ever since. Rushford is now based in Los Angeles and Talia in Tokyo, making this a rare opportunity to see and hear their duet. Performing with viola, piano, synthesizer, tape machine, drums and percussion, the duo create ecstatic and confronting environments that press against the limits of their respective capabilities. At times static, at times fragmented, their work fluidly leaps and lingers between the cracks of classical spectralism, avant-garde improvisation and musique concrète.
Crys Cole is a Canadian artist and performer whose approach to sound emphasizes subtlety and discretion, guided by a fascination with microsonics that test the limits of audibility and intentionality. By drawing attention to the texture and delicacy of minimal sonic environments, Cole aims to create a heightened awareness not only of the sounds she creates, but of the environmental sounds that arise during listening – and ideally, of the listener’s own self-consciousness as a perceptual body and agent.
Oren Ambarchi is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, “re-routing the instrument into a zone of alien abstraction where it’s no longer easily identifiable as itself. Instead, it’s a laboratory for extended sonic investigation”. (The Wire, UK).
In duo, Crys and Oren’s performances are marked by a play between the manipulation of materials and the attempt to “harness things that are chaotic and things that happen by chance.“
True Strength is the collaboration of Danish artist Ida Duelund-Hansen and Alexander Garsden from Melbourne. Their work together straddles two spoken languages and multiple musical disciplines, interweaving songwriting in the revivalist folk tradition, early music, electro-acoustic practice, and free improvisation.
Liquid Architecture is an Australian organisation for artists working with sound. LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas communicated about, and the meaning of, sound. http://www.liquidarchitecture.org.au/
Inland is a concert series of australian exploratory music, featuring artists whose work spans notated, improvised, electro-acoustic, popular and interdisciplinary practices. http://www.inlandconcertseries.netdocumentation partners