Jóhann Jóhannsson (Iceland)
We are very happy to welcome Jóhann to Australian shores for the very first time. Jóhann has been making a SERIOUS stir in the composition world with his soundtrack to the film Sicario receiving an Oscar nomination, his second year in a row after last years nomination for his score to The Theory of Everything. As well as writing for film, Jóhann writes for dance and performs his own musical scores live.
Jóhann Jóhannsson’s stately, slow-building and hauntingly melodic music, which frequently combines electronics with classical orchestrations, has been quietly bewitching listeners since he released his first genre defining solo record Englabörn in 2002. Although mostly instrumental, Johann´s work often involves complex narratives, which often deal with man´s relationship with the world of machines and decaying and obsolete technology.
Jóhann joins us briefly in Australia, working with Adelaide’s Zephyr Quartet to present his score … Read More »
We are proud to present the return of Germay’s prodigiously talented master of the prepared piano, Hauschka.
Direct from Germany comes Hauschka, the worlds foremost exponent of the prepared piano. By placing tins, gaffa tape, bottlecaps, ping pong balls and more inside the piano and adding effects, Hauschka transforms the instrument into an electronic orchestra. Hauschka is currently co-composing the score for the US-production Lion together with Dustin O’Halloran. With numerous collaborations in the art and orchestral world and many new works prepared and underway, Haushcka never ceases to amaze with his beautifully crafted, multi-faceted artistic output.
See Hauschka’s prepared piano on NPR here:
And the press said….
Mesmerising” The Guardian
“Hauschka’s hauntological painting conjures up textured moodscapes and modernist collages. Inspired concept, superlative execution” Uncut 8/10
Wed 24th @ Chevron Festival Gardens, Perth with The Necks: http://bit.ly/1lfJhqZ
Thurs 25th @ Venue 505, Sydney with Chris Abrahams (The Necks): http://bit.ly/1PmRxxu
THE NECKS – AUSTRALIAN TOUR
The Necks – Australian Tour 2016
Legendary improvising trio The Necks mark thirty years of creating groundbreaking music with an Australian tour that includes Perth International Arts Festival (performing with German experimental pianist Hauschka), an intimate show at MONA, an improvised performance with the entire Adelaide Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Ilan Volkov at Adelaide Festival, a late morning gig at Golden Plains Festival as well as performances at The Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre (including a rare, up-close insight into their creative process via an ‘In Conversation’ event), Canberra, Brisbane and regional NSW shows in Newcastle and first time performances in Coffs Harbour and the Blue Mountains.
From unlikely beginnings as a band experimenting privately with no intention of ever performing in public, The Necks have gone on to achieve extraordinary worldwide acclaim for their unique way of making music. Masters … Read More »
Debashish Bhattacharya (India)
Debashish Bhattacharya is considered, by many, to be the most accomplished slide guitarist alive today. His guru, Brij Bhushan Khabra, is considered the father of Indian classical guitar, indeed he was the first artist to play Hindustani classical music on slide guitar. In 1933 slide guitar came from Hawaii to India (Kolkata ,hometown of Debashish). Debashish learned Hawaiian guitar in early childhood, creating his unique technique and was considered a genius when he was ten. His further studies with Pt Brij channeled his knowledge into a mastery of the instrument with a direct emotional connection.
Debashish Bhattacharya is considered, by many, to be the most accomplished slide guitarist alive today. His guru, Brij Bhushan Khabra, is considered the father of Indian classical guitar, indeed he was the person to introduce the guitar, via Hawaii, to India. Debashish is his direct disciple and has channeled his … Read More »
Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro (Japan)
Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro. Bit of a tongue-twister, yeah? But there’s nothing complicated about MMK’s super heavyweight funk. Combining the rawest, deepest soulful grooves, the fast and furious energy of rock and roll, and laying it all down in the classiest of funk manners, these six super-dapper gentlemen have been creating a storm around the world with their irresistible new take on how to make people dance.
Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro took Australia by storm on their debut tour in 2009/2010 supporting the release of their debut self-titled album, selling out every show on pre sales alone and earning rave reviews for their live performances through performing at Sydney Festival, Peats Ridge & Woodford Folk Festivals, and at their own headline shows along the East Coast, Melbourne and Adelaide.
They made a triumphant return to Australia in 2012 with the release … Read More »
After shows in South Africa, Spain and Scotland, this remarkable collaboration will be appearing at fine festivals and venues across Australia this summer.
By invitation of the RIFF Festival, Australian artists Jeff Lang & Bobby Singh traveled deep into the deserts of Rajasthan to meet Asin Langa & Bhungar Manginyar. A remarkable collaboration commenced which would span genres, continents and styles, titled Maru Tarang, by Divya Bhatia who initiated the project.
With this virtuosic musical conversation we are treated to ancient Rajasthani folk songs refreshed with new flavours via Australian roots, seminal blues by Robert Johnson enriched by Indian flavours; soulful expressions through deep, original and fiery improvisations and compositions…
These artists have developed their music to be all they need to converse, sans a common language… and the conversation is stunningly eloquent.
Their debut album is available for sale instores, online and most conveniently … Read More »
The pioneering German composer and experimental musician Hauschka is pleased to announce a five date AU tour for November, 2015 in support of his breathtaking new album Abandoned City. Volker Bertelmann – known best these days as HAUSCHKA – is one of the most recognisable 21st Century proponents of what is known as prepared piano (one whose sound is altered by the insertion of alien objects between or upon its strings, hammers and dampers).
HAUSCHKA studied classical piano from the age of nine and despite nine years of classical training, his interests were never as pure as the tutelage he received. With early public forays in the major label hip hop act “God’s Favourite Dog” and the Drum ‘n Bass quintet called Nonex, HAUSCHKA has always been both instinctive and fuelled by a love of rhythm.
At the turn of the century, HAUSCHAK’s interests … Read More »
Top Shelf, The Windish Agency, 380 Grad, Erased Tapes & Graphic @ Sydney Opera House are very proud to present the debut tour of Kiasmos in Australia and a one-off specially commissioned show of Ólafur Arnalds for the Graphic Festival.
Ólafur Arnalds debut performance in the Concert Hall of Sydney Opera House will feature new songs, rareities and seldom played works with new arrangements by Viktor Orri Árnason for chamber orchestra. To round out this special event we are proud to announce that this show will have a suite of new visuals by Icelands cutting edge video artist, Máni Sigfússon. DO NOT miss this one-off show.
Kiasmos & Ólafur Arnalds Australian tour dates:
Fri 25th Brisbane Festival http://bit.ly/1HPkGhq
Sat 26th Rosemount Hotel, Perth www.rosemounthotel.com.au
Sun 27th Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden www.waverockweekender.com.au
Thurs 8th Jive, Adelaide http://bit.ly/1KY9McS With Special Guests PINES
Fri 9th Melbourne Festival http://bit.ly/1IAK5fg
Sat 10th Ólafur Arnalds @ Sydney Opera House sydneyoperahouse.com/graphic
~One off concert of new works and rareities … Read More »
August 9th @ The Vanguard, Newtown
Tickets via – http://www.thevanguard.com.au/shows/2015/08/09/marc-ribot/13137
Marc Ribot (pronounced REE-bow) is one of the worlds leading guitarists, composers and collaborators. Well known for his work with the legendary Tom Waits “Guitarist Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985’s “Rain Dogs” (Rolling Stone). He has also worked with many highly regarded artists across the breadth of his career. From Wilson Pickett & Chuck Berry & Allen Ginsberg in his early days to the likes of Elvis Costello and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss more recently. He’s also been the “go-to” guy for a plethora of artists when recording. He’s graced albums by; Norah Jones, The Black Keys, Beth Orton, Neko Case, Laurie Anderson, Madeleine Peyroux and many many more. He regularly collaborates with T Bone Burnett and works constantly with John Zorn.
Marc has also released over 20 albums under his own name, spanning the genres of jazz, experimental, post-rock, Cuban son and punk. Working … Read More »