Formed in 1979, Tinariwen have journeyed far and wide in recent years, expanding their audiences across five continents with hundreds of concerts honing their skills to a fine point. Hailing collectively from Adrar des Ifoghas, a Saharan mountain range that straddles the border between north-eastern Mali and southern Algeria, the band has throughout this time found themselves exiled from their home desert region due to increasing political instability. As a result of this, they are a musical phenomena of truly universal calibre.
In M’Hamid El Ghizlane – the oasis town in southern Morocco – Tinariwen are heroes for real. So much so that the youth of the area know how to sing their songs in the same way that people in other parts of the world know how to sing the Stones or Led Zep. It was there, in that oasis in southern Morocco, close by the … Read More »
“Like a vast sound-mass suspended in vibrating, seething stillness, its colour and luminosity changing slowly”
TELEGRAPH, (UK), 5* REVIEW OF LONDON CONCERT
“…Entirely new and entirely now…They produce a post-jazz, post-rock, post-everything sonic experience that has few parallels or rivals…. Their music is a thrilling, emotional journey into the unknown.”
THE GUARDIAN (UK)
After one of their busiest years yet in 2017 – which featured the release of their acclaimed double LP Unfold, opening for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on their Australian tour, a successful tour of the US, three European tours, and a huge feature article in the New York Times – The Necks, Australia’s legendary artists-in-resonance, return in February and March to perform a run of east coast dates and mix their new album which is scheduled for release later in the year.
Saturday 3 February
Music By The Sea
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Sunday 4 February
Riverside … Read More »
Two years after the birth of her son, Amanda Palmer returns to form with her first high-production video since her Kickstarter-record-smashing album Theatre is Evil was released in 2012. Scripted and conceived by Palmer and independently crowdfunded by her 11,000 subscribers on patreon.com, Palmer’s new song is a daring piece of art which is, in her words, “dedicated to the current administration”.
Shooting on location in upstate New York at the iconic sculpture park, Opus 40, Palmer collaborated with a female director (Jordan Rathus), cinematographer (Saro Varjabedian) and choreographer (Coco Karol), in addition to an all-female string quartet and two of her fellow mother-musicians (Zoë Keating and Melissa Auf der Maur, ex-bassist of Hole and Smashing Pumpkins).
In a reversal of the traditional process, Palmer’s idea for the video inspired the recording for the song, and she tapped long-time friend/composer Jherek Bischoff (Strung Out in Heaven, Purple Rain) to join her vision and supply a bittersweet and poignant string … Read More »
“The best rock’n’roll band in the world” – THE INDEPENDENT
“Album of the Year & African Artist of the Year” – BBC RADIO 3 AWARDS, 2008
9/10 “Ba Power feels like another dramatic leap forward and a further landmark in the integration of African tribal rhythms and western rock’n’roll” –UNCUT
Malian legend Bassekou Kouyaté and his band Ngoni Ba are one of the most exciting acts in African music today, and Top Shelf Productions is pleased to announce their return to Australia in 2018 with appearances at Sydney Festival and their first Victorian headline shows at Howler in Melbourne on Thursday 18 January with support from the Senegambian Jazz Band and the Meeniyan Town Hall on Saturday 20 January.
As one of the world’s best ngoni player (an ancient form of lute), Kouyaté’s no traditionalist: he plays as if it were a rock instrument, adding electric guitar effects like distortion and wah-wah pedals. Kouyaté’s band Ngoni Ba (in the Bambara language “ba” means both “strong” and “group”) is fronted … Read More »
Omara “Bombino” Moctar, whose given name is Goumour Almoctar, was born on January 1, 1980, in Tidene, Niger, an encampment of nomadic Tuaregs located about 80 kilometers to the northeast of Agadez. He is a member of the Ifoghas tribe, which belongs to the Kel Adagh Tuareg federation. His father is a car mechanic and his mother takes care of the home, as is the Tuareg tradition. Bombino was raised as a Muslim and taught to consider honor, dignity and generosity as principal tenets of life.
The Tuareg, known amongst themselves as the Kel Tamasheq, have long been recognized as warriors, traders and travelers of the Sahara Desert – as a people of grace and nobility as well as fighters of fierce reputation. They are a nomadic people descended from the Berbers of North Africa and for centuries have fought against … Read More »
Jeff Lang releases his brand new Album ‘Alone In Bad Company’ Out February 24th, 2017 and announces national tour March – June.
In a career spanning twenty- five years and at least as many recordings, Alone In Bad Company is Jeff Lang’s momentous new album which presents the most organic union of Lang’s talents and influences yet. Released through ABC Music on February 24th this year Alone In Bad Company is filled with exquisitely sung stories and melodies demonstrating that, Lang is nothing if not a lover of song.
The first single from the album is ‘Burnside’ which immediately highlights Lang’s proficiency as one of Australia’s best guitarists with rapid fingerpicking and guitar work. Each song on the album is rendered such that an alternative approach is unimaginable and each time Lang steps up to solo, his hard-won style is unmistakable – fluid but with an edge-of-the-seat recklessness.
Acoustic fingerpicking, slide … Read More »
We are very pleased and proud to announce that we have been invited to open for the legendary Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on five dates of their January Australian tour. What a blast this will be!
Dates are as follows:
Sun 15th – North Gardens, Ballarat
Fri 20th, Sat 21st – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney
Wed 25th: Riverstage, Brisbane
Fri 27th, Sat 28th: Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
As this is a very exclusive event, these will be the only Necks dates for this tour.
But the great news is that we will be back in Australia/NZ in June, when we will do a whole heap of different events to what we normally do in our new year antipodean touring period. More details soon.
VIEUX FARKA TOURE (MALI)
Australasian Tour 2016-2017
“The Hendrix of the Sahara…” All Music Guide
“Vieux Farka Toure’s group is the best fucking rock band in the world” – Don Was (Producer: Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan)
“Mali has a new guitar God, and his name is Vieux Farka Toure” – FADER
Vieux Farka Toure was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Toure, who died in 2006.
Fresh off opening the World Cup and bringing down houses on 4 continents last year, Vieux Farka Touré is poised to become Africa’s preeminent axe-man. Vieux Farka Touré’s career in music would never have happened if his illustrious parent, African blues legend Ali Farka Touré, had his way. Ali felt that the music business was a harsh place to work and preferred that Vieux enlist in the army. But young Vieux, destined for … Read More »
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS
A festival celebrating the art of graphic storytelling, illustration, comics, animation and music
Friday 4 November – Saturday 5 November 2016
As Graphic enters into it’s 6th edition, it continues to champion and draw light on the worlds leading (and underground) artists from the worlds of comics, music, animation and film. It’s a privilege to work on this unique event with my co-curator Ben Marshall and the Sydney Opera House team.
Every year when programming Graphic we are lucky enough to have multiple moments when we get the chills. Hair standing on end, adrenaline coursing through our system in the realisation that something very special is coming together. Something new and never before seen. A new act of artistic creation, an idea being brought to life or something that has been years in the making coming to fruition.
We’re very proud … Read More »
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 »