“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.
CURRENT has been a significant event in the Melbourne improvised music and performance calendar for several years now, and this year I’ve been humbled in being asked by founder Ren Walters to guest curate it along with Michael McNab.
Michael and I have spent that past few months planning a two day structure that will see a ragtag bunch of 30 performers (musicians, poets, dancers, visual artists, performance artists, and ‘in-betweeners’) divided up into new ensembles to improvise. Each performer will perform twice, once on Saturday and then again on Sunday in a completely different ensemble. We were on PBS-FM’s The Sound Barrier last night discussing it – listen here.
Juana Beltran Georgia Bettens Jennifer Callaway Mick Douglas Matt Faisander Simon Fisher Susan Frykberg Cor Fuhler
Erin K Taylor
Samuel Harnett Welk
Here’s some video of the first-time improvising trios that played at CURRENT 2015, last December at Cross Street. CURRENT is a roughly annual event organised by Ren Walters, built around new trios of improvisers. This instalment’s theme was young drummers matched with more…ahem…experienced players.
I joined Myfanwy Hunter and Zeke Ruckman for my trio, which is the last trio in the video from about 10:25.
I have performed at many CURRENT events since it began in 2012, and I’m pleased to be a part of this year’s iteration, taking place next Friday (16 December 2016, from 6pm) at Moreland City Band Hall. CURRENT began with the basic premise of creating new trios of improvisers who had never played together previously, and has developed over the years to also include dancers and visual artists. This year, CURRENT returns to its musical roots featuring only instrumentalists, with each trio based around a young up-and-coming drummer. None of us know who we will be playing with, until Ren Walters tells us on the night.