presents an afternoon of exploratory Music
SUNDAY 9 July 3pm
O/F Duo : Tony Osbourne & Andrew Fedorovich
Shoeb Ahmed & Andrew Fedorovitch Duo
Fungi Duo : Rhys Butler & Richard Johnson
4TET: Andrew Drury, Amelia Watson, Richard Johnson & Tony Osbourne
O/F Duo of Tony Osbourne and Andrew Fedorovich use the imperfect means of voice and saxophone respectively to explore the acoustic phenomena produced by 2 instruments making 2 pitches in a space at minimal volume. Basic structures, who’s duration is often dictated by breath, are used to bring maximum attention to the constructive properties of the harmonic series ,( ie. difference tones), beating and resonance (of pitches/space). The interdependence of low volume; focus on the harmonic and acoustic space beyond that of the fundamental pitches; and an attempt to make the instruments sound indistinct from one another creates an idiosyncratic and particular sound that evades notions of consonance and dissonance. Breath remains present and natural, a fundamental part of the aesthetic and mechanics of this project. O/F have been working together for 4 years. And have performed at the Whipit series in 2013, the 2014 NOW now festival, untitled series SYD, Saturdays@Sedition and the sacred realism series in Berlin.
Andrew Fedorovich: alto saxophone
Sydney based experimental saxophonist leans towards the minimal in his approach to sounds allowing the interplay of the music to sculpt his response. Having graduated from the ANU School of Music a few years ago he has established himself there where he is a regular member in the Splinter Orchestra and in the Duo O/F as well as in a trio with Alister Spense and Evan Dorrian.
Amelia Watson: toy piano and selected percussion
Millie is a classically trained pianist from the ANU School of Music and a member of the Canberra Experimental Music Studio. She performs around Canberra, composing sets comprising of found sound recordings that in turn inspire live improvisation. Inspired by Feldman and Cage, Amelia’s style draws upon classical forms yet is rooted in a desire to explore the quality of sound and Improvise. She performs regularly around Canberra.
Benjamin Drury: double bass
Ben is a Canberra-based composer, improviser and sound artist. His practice deals with experimental, popular and classical music, in performance and composition. His work as a composer is concerned with acoustics, noise and quiet sounds. He is a member of the ANU Experimental Music Studio and New Music Ensemble as a performer and composer and has worked with Ensemble Offspring, The NOISE and the ANU Chamber Orchestra as a composer. His work is beginning to move outside of traditional forms and venues, focusing more on alternative and experimental ways of presenting new music, including the site-specific installation ‘Pieces for Cars Tunnel and Hexagonal vents’ as part of the You Are Here Festival in May of 2016 and some generative and interactive electroacoustic works. He has also performed in the Canberra International Music Festival, the SoundOut festival, the International Conference of Auditory Design, Electrofringe and Art Not Apart. His first album Sentence Fragment Consider Revising is coming out in 2017.
Rhys Butler: alto sax
Rhys has come to know the cities he has lived in through improvised and noise music. The trio Dinner Sock (Stephen Roach (drums), David Keyton (feedback), and Rhys Butler (saxophones)) formed from the weekly Fugue State Sessions in Guanzhou. The group performed with local experimenters such as Yan Jun, Feng Hao and Li Zenghui and collaborated with musicians transiting China such as Uwe Bastiansen (Faust) and Lucas Abela. Despite living in different corners of the world, Dinner Sock has continued to participate in China’s experimental music scene and played Beijing’s Sally Can’t Dance festival and NOIShanghai in 2012. In Santiago, Chile, Rhys participated in events run by Productura Mutante and played in the free-for-all Collective Improvisation NO. Now residing in Canberra, Rhys has been working in a duo with Reuben Ingall (live processing) and more recently in a reeds trio Psithurism with John Porter and Richard Johnson.
Richard Johnson: wind instruments
Richard performs with the texture of sound on soprano/baritone saxophone and bass clarinet and is experimenting with use of a bass drum with soprano saxophone to create a language of microtonal textural resonance. Also he has been making instruments from conical gourds from PNG, which allow the stripping back of the wind instruments to their most visceral and most sensuous form and allow for the exploration of extended techniques. He has performed at the SoundOut 2010 – 2017 festivals; What is Music Festival, Nownow Festival; the Make it Now performances; also performances with the Brice Glace Ensemble and the 102 Club Orkestra in Grenoble France; “Whip it“ series in Sydney; various Precipice annual Improv workshops hosted by Tony Osbourne as well as hosting local, interstate, and international improvisation nights in Canberra. He is the Director, Curator, Producer and Administrator at the SoundOut festivals. As a sound artist he worked with renowned visual Artist Savanhdary Vongpoothorn for the Australia Exhibition at The Casula Power House as well collaborated with conceptual-visual artist Denise Higgins on soundscapes. He has performed with the likes of Jaap Blonk, Jon Rose, Hans Koch, Guylaine Cosseron, Jim Denley, Kim Myhr, Annette Giesreigl, Rodrigo Motoya, Antonio Panda Gianfratti, Thomas Rohrer, Luc Houtkamp, Clayton Thomas, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Yan Jun, Laura Altman, Michael Norris, Evan Dorian, etc. Currently performs in a wind trio with John Porter and Rhys Butler called Psithurism and here is in the duo called Fungi with Rhys Butler.
Shoeb Ahmed: Guitar/electronics
HellosQuare label producer/ performer Shoeb grew up on a diet of indie rock gods that loved to experiment – from the eclectic sounds of Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground to the feedback cacophony of nineties slackers Sonic Youth. Immersion in the dance music genre followed, which led to a love of collecting sounds via field recordings on a humble Dictaphone. The ambient noise on his debut solo record Watch/Illuminate come from as far afield as Asia to the backyard of his Belconnen home, including the sounds of cars, birds and anything else that catches his ear. Unusual instruments also fascinate Shoeb, with regular trips to family in Bangladesh resulting in some interesting acquisitions. “You can get Indian instruments in electronic form – one looks like a car battery! They’re really fun to manipulate” says Shoeb. “The funny thing is they are used in traditional folk bands as they are really portable”. This tendency to reimagine also translates to his numerous and diverse musical projects. His collaborations currently include the band Spartak with long time friend Evan Dorrian and as a member of experimental jazz outfit ‘Tangents.
TONY OSBORNE: performer & vocalist
Tony has collaborated with many visual, sound, theatre and dance artists. Since 2002 his music collaborators include Cameron Deyell, Clayton Thomas, Clare Cooper, Sam Pettigrew, Gail Priest, Amanda Stewart & Rishin Singh and appeared in numerous NowNow Festivals in Sydney. As MADHEAD (solo vocal/electronics) he has performed in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Soundout 2012 (with Rishin Singh), Canberra. His ongoing duet project as vocalist with sax player Andrew Fedorovitch has also been heard in Sydney(Nownow Festival) & Berlin (Studio 8). He is also a bass singer with Sydney University Graduate Choir and Splinter Orchestra (both since 2009). He performs and teaches performance improvisation around Australia and his 30 years of theatre and dance practice has, in the last three years taken him to perform in Basel, Shanghai & New York. He also writes on music and dance for Real Time arts.