The Interstices Of These Epidemics is my brand new album with Barnaby Oliver, released digitally today on Shame File Music. It will also be available as a glass-mastered CD housed in a full colour 4-panel wallet in mid-August (you can pre-order now from Shame File Music for a special price).
In April 2017, Barnaby Oliver and I started recording with the aim of improvising long-form pieces made up of a restricted palette of gestures and sound sources. Throughout the next two years we came together sporadically as we continued this quest, working through various ideas and changing instrumentation. Our work was gradually refined done to what you hear on this album: a combination of harmonics arising from bowed metal bowls and violin (or piano), coalescing into other-worldly music that at first appears static, yet constantly shifts and re-grounds itself.
Vigil is a new video I made for Make It Up Club’s online concert series, where it premiered last night.
Two of the drums featured were generously given to me by Nat Grant, and the coral chimes were made by Ernie Althoff.
“Perform your duties in an unselfish spirit…without desiring any result” – Sri Ramakrishna “Advice to householders”
CURRENT is a communal inter-disciplinary event that has taken place for several years on a roughly-annual basis. Initially forming as celebration of music improvisation from trios who had never played together before, CURRENT evolved to welcome a range of disciplines, including variously focussing on dance, visual art, and domestic ritual. CURRENT as a live performance event cannot take place under the current COVID-19 situation, but rather than see this as a restriction, CURRENT 2020 will be an opportunity to break those barriers previously imposed by being present at a particularly venue on a particular date. The 2020 theme is ‘Householders’: how can we relate, create, collaborate in new ways whilst largely confined to our homes. As in the past new ensembles will be formed to create a new work, but instead of a live performance, the new work will be conveyed via a video on a dedicated YouTube channel. Stay tuned as the results appear online over coming weeks and months.
All the way back from 1994…
This is a free/pay-what-you-feel download, but as Bandcamp a waiving all revenue for 24 hours from midnight on Friday 1 May (that’s from 5pm AEST time Australia), do check out my other Bandcamp releases, as funds from all purchases during this period will go 100% to artists.
QUIET NOISE IX HAS BEEN POSTPONED:
“After some thought and discussion with family, I regret we’ve decided to postpone Saturday’s event. This a conservative response to the Corona virus pandemic that will soon be upon us. It seems to me that these sort of events/gatherings will be discouraged or even banned within a number of weeks, so I have concluded that there is no point waiting for that and to take some prudent action now. Quiet Noise is such a special annual event for me, I’d be devastated if anyone got sick as a result. At worst, this is a silly overreaction; if so, I can live with that. We will have tarab and Chun-Liang Liu again sometime in future (note: this decision has nothing to do with them).”