The NOW now festival exhibition, 19-22 Jan

The NOW now 2017
The 16th annual festival of improvised, spontaneous and experimental music features a remarkable national and international line up of creative humans. Over four nights (and a few days) in Redfern, musicians, dancers, sound artists, and other inspired creative do-ers will make their mark on our lives, one set at a time.

Installations by
Alexandra Spence
Mimi Kind
Peter Blamey
Bronwen Williams and Karam Hussein
Cor Fuhler

Upstairs Gallery
107 Projects
19-22 January
Open from 5:00pm-10:00pm

Avantwhatever Festival, 13-17 July

Avantwhatever Festival is a five day showcase of contemporary experimental music at Triple R FM’s Performance Space in Brunswick, Melbourne from July 13-17 this year, featuring:

Robin Fox
Joel Stern
Rosalind Hall
Gabi Losoncy (US)
Thembi Soddell
Half High
Martin Kay
Jason Lescalleet (US)
Peter Blamey
Smash Tennis
Carolyn Connors
Anthony Magen
Manfred Werder (CH)
Arek Gulbenkoglu
Simon Charles
Shani Mohini-Holmes
Jim Denley

Visit Avantwhatever for details

Cementa 13, 1-4 February, Kandos NSW

A celebration of contemporary art set within the rural industrial history of Kandos NSW

Cementa_13 is a biennial contemporary arts festival taking place in the post-industrial town of Kandos NSW. Over forty artists will exhibit video, installation, sound, 2d and 3d artworks in venues and locations across the town. Venues will include shop fronts, vacant lots, a disused school, scout hall, local pub, the local museum, golf-course, people’s homes, the surrounding bushlands, etc. The work will address the identity, history, and current social, environmental and economic context of the town. Both walking and cycling tours will be given every day of the festival, introducing audiences to the town, along a route that will incorporate all of the major exhibitions, emphasizing environmentally sound modes of transport. In addition, there will be specialised tours including an edible weed tour of the surrounding country, a bicycle tour by ARTcycle inc. of local bushland, an escarpment hike and a winery tour.

40+ artists over 4 days

Warren Armstrong – Alison Clouston and Boyd – Lisa Andrew – Cigdem Aydemir – Connie Anthes – Liam Benson and the Motel Sisters – Peter Blamey – Diego Bonetto – Linden Braye – Sarah Breen Lovett – Darryl Brown – Jenny Brown & Dan Kojta – Kat Brown – Mark Brown – David Capra – Collective Monochrome – Fiona Davies – Ben Denham – John A. Douglas – Jacqueline Drinkall – Gilbert Grace – Paul Greedy – Sarah Goffman – Virginia Hilyard – David Haines & Joyce Hinterding – Amanda Hills – Hobart Hughes – Robin Hungerford – Tom Isaacs – Bronia Iwanzcak – Fiona Kemp – Zio Ledeux – Ruark Lewis – Francesca Mataraga – Fiona MacDonald – Peter McGuiness – Kate Mackay – Christine McMillan – Ian Millis – Ro Murray – Sarah Nolan – Lena Obergfell – Vaughan O’Connor – Vincent O’Connor – Vienna Parreno – Sue Pedley – Madeleine Preston – Margaret Roberts – Bill Seeto – Kurt Sorensen – Phil Spark, Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski – Dan Stocks – The Stoked – George Tillianakis – Pia Van Gelder – Leanne Wicks – Susannah Williams – Peter Williamson

NOWnow Festival, 9-13 January

The 12th annual NOWnow festival of exploratory music is happening January 9th-13th, 2013.

Running over five massive days, the festival presents music, sound and art without borders. Featuring a huge array of local, interstate, and international artists, expect an enormous presentation of exploratory/spontaneous/experimental/improvised/outsider/other music.

6 Faversham St Marrickville
Doors open @ 6

SHOEB AHMAD (guitar & electronics) *Canberra*
PHILLIP PETIT (turntables) *France*

3 LANES *Melbourne*
Andrea Keller (piano)
Genevieve Lacy (recorders)
Joe Talia (revox & percussion)


MAYU KANAMORI (photography & projections)
SATSUKI ODAMURA (koto & bass koto)

CRYS COLE (electronics) *Canada*
GOH LEE KWANG (electronics) *Malaysia*
JOHN WILTON (drums & percussion)

PETER BLAMEY (guitar & electronics)

THE NOW now GROUP SHOW opens Monday 16th January

16th January – 22nd January

@ Hardware Gallery
263 Enmore Road

Featuring Sound Focused Art and Installations from:

ROD COOPER *Melbourne*

Monday 16th January

Performances by:

ROD COOPER (Vessel) *Melbourne* &
VIJAY THILLAMUTHU (Electronics) *Melbourne*

What is Music? 2011 – Cockatoo Island, Sydney 8th October

Good news. What Is Music? Festival returns!

Here’s the spiel from the website:

“The What Is Music? Festival is back for its 13th year of existence with something a little different given its infamous penchance for speaker-shredding noise – a festival with no PA systems! Set to take place on beautiful Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour on the 8th of October, the festival will focus on the installation-based sound work that has been so widely lauded in the past few instalments of the festival, as well as showcasing the world-class improvised and experimental music that has been the aspiration of the festival since its inception.

“Ever keen to acknowledge and exhibit the roots of experimental music, the festival is thrilled and honoured to host legendary double-bassist Barre Phillips on his first tour of Sydney. With over 40 years of experience, and having paved the way for free improvised music in his collaborations with Ornette Coleman, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, Keiji Haino, John Surman and Evan Parker, the man is a true living legend.

“If one hears the terms ‘living legend’ and ‘Australian improvised music’ in the same breath, there’s a very good chance that the man in reference is none other than Jon Rose, who after his jaw-dropping performances at 2009′s festival is back with an entirely new concept with OCTOPUS. Featuring Robbie Avenaim on his own invention S.A.R.P.S. (see festival website for details) and local percussionists Alex Masso, Finn Ryan, James Waples and Alon Ilsar on bass drums, Rose’s tendency towards the bizarre, conceptual and sonically eloquent ensure this will be another unforgettable piece.

“Naturally, What Is Music? continues its support of the plethora of local artists, from exciting newcomers like the blissed-out installation work of Melanie Herbert and the subsonic rumblings of Matt Chaumont, to scene stalwarts like madman-in-residence Brendan Walls and poet/vocal artist Amanda Stewart (who has been performing at the festival since the very beginning!). Sydney will also be offered the rare opportunity to see works by many of the city’s reclusive geniuses, including Peter Blamey and Emily Morandini, all among one of the most picturesque and architecturally/sonically interesting spaces the festival has had the pleasure of being hosted by.

“And whilst it’s said every year, it must once more be pointed out that this is a truly unmissable, not to be missed event and ultimately something you wouldn’t want to miss. Don’t miss it!”