Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

Squawk n' Ork

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Two local orchestras will take to the stage at Lebowskis showcasing music from local composers and performers.  

5:15pm - Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde

Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde is an inclusive world music ensemble based in Northcote. We support Darebin-based musicians in developing musicianship and performance skills, and promote increased cultural awareness in the community through performances of music from different regions with particular emphasis on the Balkans, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. We support local composers and performers by providing opportunities for the development and public performance of new works.

6:15pm - Squakestra

Squawkestra, a Northcote based orchestra, will be playing music they have learned through a recent workshops series with local composer Luke Serrano. Squawkestra's performance at Lebowskis includes Serrano's original and arranged works as well as music they have learned while working with other Melbourne based composers throughout 2018. 

Squawkestra is an orchestra where glorious sounds and harmonious playing is strongly encouraged but squawks are welcome. The name, Squawkestra, encourages open membership to all players, especially beginning and returning players but as an ensemble we do not shy away from artistry and creative ambition! By contrast, every performance is an exciting journey of learning for every player. The lower the expectation, the higher the potential. We look forward to sharing the stage with fellow Northcote orchestra members from The Ork AKA Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde!

This performance will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation, and we pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

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Nov
4
5:00 PM17:00

O'Brien/Trigg/Bakker/Finch // The Salt

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5:15pm - O’Brien/Trigg/Bakker/Finch

Matt O'Brien - trombone
Joel Trigg - piano
Atienne Bakker - guitar
Robbie Finch - bass

O'Brien/Trigg/Bakker/Finch present a set of stripped back original compositions. These compositions are simple and cyclic in nature, allowing the band members to focus on interaction and sound exploration.

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6:15pm - The Salt

Chris Bevens - saxophone
Craig Mattingley - piano
Chris Gordon - drums

Formed in 2015, and following a receptive debut performance and CD launch in Melbourne, The Salt unleashes a panorama of soundscapes. Pianist Craig Mattingley pushes the sublime boundaries of free jazz, quoting in any given musical moment Art Tatum, or Shostakovich. Drummer Chris Gordon brings decades of experience and creativity. Described in live performance as emotionally charged, surreal, and on the cutting edge of rubato, listeners can expect improvised music on a very high level that is both technically accomplished and meaningful.

This event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation, and we pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

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Oct
28
5:00 PM17:00

DEV RES V: Sirens // Mick Meagher

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The DEV(elopment) RES(idency) program is an initiative from Lebowskis, designed and presented in the spirit of fostering creative growth in new and established ensembles and individual artists. Now in its sixth series, this residency is available to two applicants and comprises three performances over a six-month season. The intent of the program is to allow ensembles to develop a creative concept and showcase its growth with a performance every two months.

The recipients of DEV RES VI are Loz Irwin-Ray and Mel O'Neill with 'Sirens', and Mick Meagher. These projects were selected by a panel comprised of previous residency recipients Emily Bennett and Shaun Rammers, and Lebowskis director Joel Trigg.

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5:15pm - Sirens

Lauren Irwin-Ray - vocals, percussion, bass and electronic manipulation
Mel O'Neill - vocals, percussion, guitar and electronics
with collaborators Livv Bishop (performance movements artist), Immy Ch (writer) and TBC (visual artist)

Sirens is the brainchild of two improvising musicians, taking inspiration from anything and everything. Voices, electronic manipulation, loops, bass, guitar and percussion. Their aim during the residency is to expand their conversational improvisation through engaging with artists of other disciplines.

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT: Sirens wants to explore cross-medium-improvisation with artists from alternative fields (other than sound/music), to create a multi-disciplinary exploration of conversation. Each performance would involve collaborating with an artist of a different medium, allowing us to discover a new dimension of improvisation, whilst realising the variance, limitations and possibilities each art form presents when engaging in a multi-sensory way. Our intention is for the collaborating artists to have their own creative input into their performance concept, therefore current concepts are subject to potential alteration or expansion.

Second performance; collaboration with writer, Immy Ch
Materials: musical instruments, laptop for typing or whiteboard marker, projector and/or whiteboard (allowing musicians and audience a comfortable view of the written improvised words).
Concept: we have chosen the method of writing/reading words in a silent mode, to eliminate the sonic presence of spoken language in this performance. The audience would observe Immy’s writing in real-time on a large projection (e.g. from laptop via projector) whilst hearing and seeing the musicians react and vise-versa. This leaves space for the musicians to translate the written text into improvised music and sound, with the writer subsequently reacting to their musical interpretation, creating an organic space where both mediums are leading but also following the other in conversation. This would be a big exploration of limitation in improvisation in terms of lyrical expression and the writer’s inability to communicate her words vocally.

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6:15pm - Mick Meagher

Mick Meagher - electric bass, electronic manipulation

Mick Meagher is a graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts Improvisation degree (Bachelor of Music 2005, with Honours 2016), and is currently undertaking a Master of Arts (Music performance) degree at Monash University, under the supervision of Professor Cat Hope. As a working musician, on the electric and double bass, Mick has enjoyed a diverse and active career. He currently works with notable groups and artists, including, Emma Donovan, The Putbacks, The Eugene Ball 4tet, Andrea Keller’s 5 Below, Jenny Barnes, as well as a new pursuit in solo electric bass performance, which coincides with his current Masters Research.

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT: My concept for this creative development opportunity is to perform a series of three solo electric bass concerts. Each concert I will present a single, improvised piece of music that draws from textural approaches of electric bass playing that I have been developing over the past five years, which involve drone, low frequency resonance, feedback, slow tempi and minimalism. Although my performance will be largely improvised, I will include pre-composed material to enhance textural elements and guide the structure. 

My performance set up will include: electric bass, 2 x bass amplifiers, effects pedals, and sampler.

I will use the August 26 and October 28 performances to trial, test and navigate technical set ups. These concerts will be recorded (using my own personal Zoom recorder, as well as GoPro to capture visual footage), allowing me to reflect and prepare the delivery of a focused conceptual performance for the December 16 date. I would accept the opportunity to record the December 16 concert, and I envisage to release this recording on my personal Bandcamp page as a digital release, adding to my discography of solo bass records. I have released two solo electric bass albums, Droning Bells (2016), and Shudder (2017), which reflect my growing interest and explorations in low frequency sound, drone, solo improvised performance, and long form improvisation. 

In addition to the sound-art elements of my performance, I will use this platform as an opportunity to experiment with staging and set design, by devising concepts for lighting, added visuals and props to enhance the performance space. I am driven to deliver appealing and engaging performances of improvised music, and I see the consideration of stage craft and stage design as a key factor in manipulating the performance space to maximize the full potential of the soloist’s impact.

I am excited to pursue this opportunity with Dev Res to broaden my scope and experience as a solo performing musician who works with improvisation and contemporary approaches to instrumental playing.

This event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation, and we pay our respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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Oct
21
5:00 PM17:00

Line 3

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5:15pm - Line 3

an evening of words and sound

with

performances from:

Bridget Chappell
Romy Fox
Lei Lei Kung
Sarah McCauley
Brennan Olver
Campbell Rothnie

Line is a podcast series that seeks to document live events, improvisations and cross-disciplinary collaborations across a variety of mediums.

Line has been curated by Ben Sendy-Smithers, Ruben Stoney and Daniel Ward.

We acknowledge that this event takes place on stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, and pay our respects to elders past and present.

The venue is fully accessible and offers non-gendered bathrooms.

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Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

James McLean // Ornette Jones

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5:15pm - James McLean

James McLean - drumset

James McLean is a drummer from Melbourne, who works equally as a solo artist, bandleader, and ensemble member.  He is fast establishing himself as a leading voice in Australian jazz and improvised music, as recognised by being awarded the 2016 Freedman Jazz Fellowship - becoming the first drummer to receive the award.

In early 2018, James completed his PhD research at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying the application of embodied cognition to the development of solo drumset repertoire.  In addition to an academic thesis, this research has produced two solo drumset recordings: Counter Clockwork (2015), and Oscillator (2018).   For tonight's performance, James will be performing works from these releases.

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6:15pm - Ornette Jones

Shaun Rammers - saxophone and clarinet
Joe O’Connor - piano
Hugh Harvey - drums

Ornette Jones is a trio featuring Shaun Rammers on saxophone and clarinet, Joe O’Connor on piano and Hugh Harvey on drums. Though the name may suggest otherwise, the band is not a tribute to someone called Ornette Jones, but is just a good old generic name leaving space for interpretation. This idea continues into the music, with the trio playing music based on a collection of pre-composed motifs which are used as a launch pad into improvisation, leaving plenty of space for the listener and themselves to interpret and explore these musical landscapes.

Lebowskis acknowledges that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation, and pays respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

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Oct
7
5:00 PM17:00

Coursed Waters // Liam & CO

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5:15pm - Coursed Waters

Sam Gill - alto saxophone
Novak Manojlovic - piano
Jacques Emery - double bass
James McLean - drums

Coursed Waters is a Sydney/Melbourne collaboration that has been honing its craft over the past three years. Led by saxophonist Sam Gill, their music features expanses of open improvisation within provocative multi-sectional compositions, moving between moments of extreme density through to whispering calm. The band is in Melbourne to make their debut album which they'll be recording the day after their Lebowskis set. They'll be playing all of the music that will appear on the album, so come down for a sneak preview!

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6:15pm - Liam & CO

Liam O'Leary - drums
Cheryl Durongpisitkul - saxophone
Lachlan Mitchell - guitar
Isaac Gunnoo - double bass

Expect to hear some original and improvised compositions at this week’s performance, featuring Lachlan Mitchell on guitar and Cheryl Durongpisitkul on saxophone. We're happy to keep this one open for who knows what!

Lebowskis acknowledges that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation and pays its respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

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Sep
30
5:00 PM17:00

Blue Poles Trio // Martin Pang Quartet

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5:15pm - Blue Poles Trio

Mark Jenkinson - hang drum, congas and guitar
Erik Adams - violin and guitar
Wony Choi - modern and early flutes

The Blue Poles Trio formed in mid 2017 to work on the idea of improvised global music ambience using the haunting sound of the hang drum as a foundation for dialogues with flute and violin. 

This idea grew to include acoustic guitars and congas, broadening the trio’s soundscapes from quasi classical meditations to a fusion of extended rhythmic explorations drawing on the collective musicians backgrounds in a variety of folkloric styles.

The trio is made up of experienced musicians who perform and record in the classical, folk and rock contexts.

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6:15pm - Martin Pang Quartet

Martin Pang - piano
Hector Harley - tenor saxophone
Charlie Rank - double bass
Dominic Stitt - drums

Hong Kong pianist Martin Pang will be joining by his VCA friends Hector Harley (tenor saxophone), Dominic Stitt (drums) and Charlie Rank (double bass) to perform original music written by Martin. The quartet will be a medium to present Martin's music, which reflects his own imaginings and emotions.

Lebowskis acknowledges that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation and pays its respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

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Sep
23
5:00 PM17:00

Tripataka //

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5:15pm + 6:15pm - Tripataka

Adrian Sherriff - bass trombone
Jonathan Dimond - electric bass guitar
Adam King - drums

Tripataka performs original compositions by the band members and unique arrangements of jazz repertoire. The trio finds endless inspiration in the music of North and South India, Bali, Brazil, Cuba and many other musics from around the world. Trained in these intercultural forms as well as jazz and European classical music, the breadth of the band's combined experience and instrumental resources far surpasses that of a typical contemporary jazz trio.

Lebowskis acknowledges that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation and pays its respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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Sep
9
5:00 PM17:00

Dragon Fruit // Jane Cameron Band

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5:15pm - Dragon Fruit

Theo Carbo - guitar
Noah Hutchinson - bass
Oliver Cox - percussion
David Quested - drums

“Dragon fruit may sound strange, but it’s a real fruit with real benefits that can make a great addition to any smoothie, in addition to eating on its own. Dragon fruit benefits include boosting the immune system, aiding digestion, treating and preventing diabetes, improving heart health, anti-aging, and even potential cancer prevention.” -https://draxe.com/dragon-fruit-benefits/

On Sunday the 9th of September 2018, Dragon Fruit will debut at Lebowskis and show the physical health benefits of a rhythmic rhythm section, exploring the the outcomes of improvisation within different duo configurations.

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6:15 - Jane Cameron

Jane Cameron - vocals
Agus Batara - piano
George Borthwick - bass
Sebastien Jego - drums

Jane and her band (Agus Batara-keys, George Borthwick-bass, Sebastien Jego-drums) blend folk, blues and jazz influences to create a sound that is as captivating as it is hard to categorise. Her songs are rich in narrative, building  characters and stories that are both familiar and fresh, humorous and heart-breaking.  

In August 2015, Jane and her band launched her debut album, The Mercy of the Tide which featured a wider palette of instrumentation courtesy of some extremely talented musicians - Julian Swinnerton (cello), Xani Kolac (violin), Ingrid Homburg (violin), Andrew McClean (harmonica), Matthew Alford (guitar), Nick Evangelou (slide & weissenborn), Chris Weber (trumpet) and Greg Steps (backing vocals).  This was followed with a successful tour of The Mercy of the Tide through the Eastern states of Australia in 2016.

The addition of Agus Batara to the band on keys in 2018 has marked the next stage in the evolution of Jane's music towards jazz fusion.

Lebowskis acknowledges that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation and pays its respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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Aug
26
5:00 PM17:00

DEV RES: Sirens // Mick Meagher

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The DEV(elopment) RES(idency) program is an initiative from Lebowskis, designed and presented in the spirit of fostering creative growth in new and established ensembles and individual artists. Now in its sixth series, this residency is available to two applicants and comprises three performances over a six-month season. The intent of the program is to allow ensembles to develop a creative concept and showcase its growth with a performance every two months.

The recipients of DEV RES VI are Loz Irwin-Ray and Mel O'Neill with 'Sirens', and Mick Meagher. These projects were selected by a panel comprised of previous residency recipients Emily Bennett and Shaun Rammers, and Lebowskis director Joel Trigg.

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5:15pm - Sirens

Loz Irwin-Ray - vocals, percussion, bass and electronic manipulation
Mel O'Neill - vocals, percussion, guitar and electronics
with collaborator Livv Bishop - movements

Sirens is the brainchild of two improvising musicians, taking inspiration from anything and everything. Voices, electronic manipulation, loops, bass, guitar and percussion. Their aim during the residency is to expand their conversational improvisation through engaging with artists of other disciplines.

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT: Sirens wants to explore cross-medium-improvisation with artists from alternative fields (other than sound/music), to create a multi-disciplinary exploration of conversation. Each performance would involve collaborating with an artist of a different medium, allowing us to discover a new dimension of improvisation, whilst realising the variance, limitations and possibilities each art form presents when engaging in a multi-sensory way. Our intention is for the collaborating artists to have their own creative input into their performance concept, therefore current concepts are subject to potential alteration or expansion.

First performance; collaboration with performance movement artist, Livv Bishop
Materials: musical instruments, potentially objects to incorporate into movement, rug to delineate individual's performance space.
Concept: the collaborating performer and musicians would begin and end their collective improvisation together as a unit. Livv would be designated a floor space in which to express herself through physical movement (soundless). The audience would experience human movement and vocal sound, the most natural forms of expression, accompanied by improvised music. We would strive for a conversation which is full circle, having both movement and sonic ideas affecting each other concurrently. We hope to create a space where both mediums develop a reactionary language to each other, with an aim to achieve one or more climactic moments where both physical and visual movement combine with sound to say the same thing and develop a shared idea.

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6:15pm - Mick Meagher

Mick Meagher - electric bass, electronic manipulation

Mick Meagher is a graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts Improvisation degree (Bachelor of Music 2005, with Honours 2016), and is currently undertaking a Master of Arts (Music performance) degree at Monash University, under the supervision of Professor Cat Hope. As a working musician, on the electric and double bass, Mick has enjoyed a diverse and active career. He currently works with notable groups and artists, including, Emma Donovan, The Putbacks, The Eugene Ball 4tet, Andrea Keller’s 5 Below, Jenny Barnes, as well as a new pursuit in solo electric bass performance, which coincides with his current Masters Research.

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT: My concept for this creative development opportunity is to perform a series of three solo electric bass concerts. Each concert I will present a single, improvised piece of music that draws from textural approaches of electric bass playing that I have been developing over the past five years, which involve drone, low frequency resonance, feedback, slow tempi and minimalism. Although my performance will be largely improvised, I will include pre-composed material to enhance textural elements and guide the structure.

 

Lebowskis acknowledges that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation, and pays respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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Aug
19
5:00 PM17:00

Line 1

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5:15pm - Line 1

An evening of words and sounds

with

words from:

Katherine Botten
Natalie Briggs
Katerina Capel
Spencer Lai
Aya Sato

sounds from:

Red Herring (Agnes Whalan)

Line is a podcast series that seeks to document live events, improvisations and cross-disciplinary collaborations across a variety of mediums. 

Line has been curated by Ben Sendy-Smithers, Ruben Stoney and Daniel Ward.

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Aug
5
5:00 PM17:00

Morgan Heenan Quintet // Triya

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5:15pm - Morgan Heenan Quintet

Mitch Hand - tenor sax
Ashley Ballat - trumpet & flugelhorn
Jake Amy - piano
Morgan Heenan - electric bass
Conor Anderson-Vague - drums

Morgan Heenan is a Melbourne based composer and bassist, deeply rooted in the Australian jazz tradition and drawing great influence from contemporary classical and non-Western music. Utilizing the classic two horn quintet in modern and inventive ways the quintet features Mitch Hand, Ashly Ballat, Jake Amy, and Conor Anderson-Vague.

https://soundcloud.com/morganheenan/sets/morgan-heenan-quintet

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6:15pm - Triya

Ollie Rolfe - piano
Monty Shnier - bass
Conor Anderson-Vague - drums

Triya is a co-led ensemble exploring the idea of creative interplay, treating both standard and original material as musical playgrounds for collective improvisation. Inspired by the history of ingenuity and innovation that marks the history of the piano trio, the three draw from and apply a wide range of influences and experiences, with a focus primarily towards rhythmic development and collective melodic structures. The three also use this trio to dissect the influences of their musical heroes, exploring and reworking the arrangements and originals of artists such as Brad Mehldau, Miles Davis, and Bill Evans, as well as their local heroes.

Lebowskis acknowledges that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation, and pays respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

 

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Jul
29
5:00 PM17:00

SHOL //

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5:15 + 6:15pm - SHOL

Chris Pappas - tenor sax
Nashua Lee - guitar
John O'Hagan - double bass
Chris Lewis - drums

SHOL is a quintet from Melbourne that has been performing and recording since 2012. They are a contemporary jazz ensemble whose original compositions cover hard bop, free jazz, world and soul music. They have developed a personal and unique ensemble sound and are all composers in their own right.

All the members of SHOL have paid their musical dues over a period of many years performing, composing and collaborating with many of Australia’s finest jazz musicians. These musicians have come together forming a solid and highly experienced unit writing original compositions for their musical inspirations, paying homage to Coltrane, Coleman, Davis, Monk, Mingus, Taylor, Blakey etc. The music takes you on a journey exploring melodic themes, moods and rhythmic textures, building on compositions demanding freedom in improvisation.

www.sholmusic.com www.facebook.com/sholmusic

“Shol have certainly developed a most engaging sound and their original pieces reflect a commitment to thoughtful, intelligent composition.”

- Jack Beamish, Jazz Spectrum, October 2014

“Shol prove themselves to be fearless, and rightly so. As improvisers they are inventive, soulful and adventurous. Their interaction is exemplary, similar to supergroups such as the Cookers, to mention yet another band that looks to the spirit of post-bop for inspiration. By creating this delightful labor of love and devotion, Shol can affirm that it definitely pays to follow the straight and narrow path.”

- Nikos Fotakis, AustralianJazz.net, January 2015

Lebowskis acknowledges that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation, and pays respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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Jul
22
5:00 PM17:00

Sam Price // Tilde Joy + Mara Schwerdtfeger

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5:15pm - Sam Price

Sam Price - drums and electronics

Sam Price plays drums and improvises with electronic gizmos via a foot controller and drum triggering--sound worlds created and explored in real-time; an uncanny ritual.

His latest solo album can be found here: https://ventor.bandcamp.com/album/rubicon

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6:15pm - Tilde Joy + Mara Schwerdtfeger

Mara Schwerdtfeger - viola, electronics
Tilde Joy - guitars

Mara Schwerdtfeger and Tilde Joy make experimental folk music. Their sound is sullen, cloudy, dark and severe, utilising drones and sympathetic resonances to endear/alienate audiences. This event will be their public debut. Mara studies digital media at RMIT university. Tilde is a casual retail employee in Werribee.

Lebowskis acknowledges that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation, and pays respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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Jul
15
5:00 PM17:00

Sublation // Mick Meagher & Jenny Barnes

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5:15pm - Sublation

Pat Ryan - guitar
Monty Shnier - bass
Ollie Cox - drums

Drawing from Hegel’s philosophy of Combination without loss: Sublation is a trio of three voices, distinct both compositionally and within improvisation, combined to create cohesive ensemble statements. Sublation challenges the idea of the exclusive, playing music that is both rooted in the jazz idiom, and stylistically open, exploring collective improvisation and compositional development, aiming to be both creative and accessible. Sublation has it both ways.

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6:15pm - Mick Meagher & Jenny Barnes

Mick Meagher - electric bass
Jenny Barnes - voice

Electric bassist, Mick Meagher, and vocalist, Jenny Barnes, began improvising together in January 2016. The first public offering by this duo can be heard on their debut album Cluster recorded in July 2016. Cluster comprises of 4 improvisations, and is available through bandcamp.

Mick Meagher’s exploration into low frequency sound performance on the electric bass has been documented on two solo bass recordings - Droning Bells & Shudder, both available through bandcamp. An inherent darkness and heaviness is central to this sonic investigation of low frequency resonance, dissonance in low registers, and a minimalistic approach to improvisation.

Jenny Barnes’ current work is a rigorous investigation into sound as meaning and the absence of sound in meaning. Her work as an improvising vocalist embodies the spontaneity, expression and empathetic experience of language and language acquisition.

"Cluster is an outing of two of the most creative individual musicians on the scene today. Musically telepathic, Jenny and Mick flow with ease through these compositions, creating a journey of surprises and joy to the ears and mind. Music that truly can't be categorised, beyond being most excellent and beautiful." - Scott Tinkler

Lebowskis acknowledges that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation, and pays respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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Jul
8
5:00 PM17:00

Matt O'Brien Quartet // Callum Watson & Joel Hands-Otte

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5:15pm - Matt O'Brien Quartet

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Matt O'Brien - trombone
Theo Carbo - guitar
Hiroki Hoshino - bass
Lewis Pierre - drums

A new band from trombonist Matt O'Brien performing his latest compositions.

 

 

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6:15pm - Callum Watson & Joel Hands-Otte

Callum Watson - piano
Joel Hands-Otte - clarinet

Callum Watson and Joel Hands-Otte together explore the possibilities of fusing their two vastly different musical backgrounds. Acclaimed pianist and composer Callum Watson comes from a commercial background, having played over the years in a number of mainstream rock and pop groups whilst also exploring his passion for art music styles such as jazz and classical. Commercialism and accessibility are consequently very present in his playing giving him good successes. Critics see Callum “emerging as one of Australia’s most exciting composers and pianists”. Bass clarinetist Joel Hands-Otte, on the other hand, comes from a far more academic background, having studied a BMus (Honours) specialising in new complexity music. Having played in ensembles such as the Monash Art Ensemble, Joel, while also highly fluent in jazz and classical performance, takes his improvisational vocabulary mainly from sound art and new complexity performance practice.

In this project, Callum and Joel will marry their commercial and new complexity approaches to jazz/classical improvisation with a unique freeform improvised performance. This will contain material that stems from a selection of Callum’s jazz/classical fusion compositions that were featured on a CD release called ‘Echoes of Earth’, a recording project featuring Callum, Joel and flautist Jessica Zuk. The two will start from these notated beginnings then delve further and further through improvisation into uncharted territory.

Lebowskis acknowledges that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation, and pays respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.

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Jul
1
5:00 PM17:00

ThRoDa // Beeche/Mamrot/McCoullough

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5:15pm - ThRoDa

Theo Carbo - guitar
Ross Anderson - bass
David Quested - drums

ThRoDa is a guitar trio that performs predominately improvised jazz music and is influenced by alternative artists such as Bon Iver and Explosions in the Sky. The group enjoys playing high energy music contrasted with low dynamic moments in improvisation. The band consists of Theo Carbo (guitar), Ross Anderson (bass) and David Quested (drums).

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6:15pm - Beeche/Mamrot McCoullough

Jack Beeche - saxophone
Dan Mamrot - guitar
Aaron McCoullough - drums

Formed to explore interactive improvisation, Beeche/Mamrot/McCoullough play music ranging from AlasNoAxis to Frank Sinatra to the American Songbook with a sound reminiscent of artists such as John Taylor, Paul Motian and Lee Konitz. With such a varied pallet, Beeche/Mamrot/McCoullough create music to make you feel things (and stuff).

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Jun
24
5:00 PM17:00

DEV RES V: Music is Sport // Dissolutions

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$10 full // $5 concession
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The DEV(elopment) RES(idency) program is an initiative from Lebowskis, designed and presented in the spirit of fostering creative growth in new and established ensembles. Now entering its fifth series, this residency is available to two applicants and comprises three performances over a six-month period. The intent of the program is to allow ensembles to develop a creative concept and showcase its growth with a performance every two months, culminating in a live recording at the final show.

The recipients of DEV RES V are Atienne Bakker and Timothy Franklin, and the third and final performance of their projects will take place on June 24th.

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5:15pm - Music Is Sport

Atienne Bakker - guitar and musical direction
Flora Carbo - alto sax
Matt O'Brian - trombone
Chris Maunders - harmonica
Hannes Lackmann - drums

This project is built on integrating several interdisciplinary and conceptual subjects in order to create a new and unique form of performance and experience. Firstly it combines the traditionally separate fields of sports and music, secondly it combines electronic improvisation with acoustic improvisation, and finally it aims to combine musical improvisation with visual improvisation. Throughout the residency these concepts will be combined with the aim of creating a cyclic performance method in the final concert. This cyclic performance works because the elements are designed to influence to each other in during the process of their creation.

Performance 1: Football
The first performance is most traditional performance of the three. Using acoustic instruments to improvise whilst reacting to visual cues from sporting events. The cues may initiate the playing of pre-composed material. If possible the video reactions will be limited to occurring from direct audio which will alter two potential clips to be blended with each other and altered based on sound. The first sport will be football.

Performance 2: Boxing
The second concert will use electronic instruments which will be more directly mapped to the visual component; the signals used to create sound will alter the video parameters such as RGB, image position, pixilation, etc. The second sport will be boxing.

Performance 3: Chess
The final performance will be using live footage of a chess game being performed in the room itself. Live footage will be altered by both electronic instruments and acoustic instruments. The influence of the music and visuals has potential to influence the game itself creating an entire loop of sport and sound.

 

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6:15pm - Dissolutions

Timothy Franklin - saxophone and musical direction
Joe O'Connor - piano
Isaac Gunnoo - double bass
Hugh Harvey - drums

This project aims to develop ground first broken by Keith Jarrett’s European quartet in the mid 1970’s. The ensemble aims to marry the thematic, harmonic, and melodic sensibilities of music of the European art music tradition with free improvisation and the rhythmic and textural approach of the jazz tradition.

Performance 1: ‘Chamber Jazz’ Quartet
This performance will present a number of short pieces utilising a modern jazz style and formal structures. Thematic material will draw on classical gestures and contemporary harmony. See Theme and Variations, and The Declaration within the accompanying playlist for early examples of this concept. 
The ensemble will consist of saxophone (likely the rarely heard tenor in C), piano, bass, and drums.

Performance 2: The Suite.
Performance 2 will further develop the concepts explored in performance 1, but will take a more formally ambitious approach. The performance will see the premiere of a new work written specifically for the occasion. This work will take the form of a longer suite consisting of several connected movements loosely grounded in the baroque suite, and utilising contemporary classical harmony. The heavy improvisatorial focus of the earlier performance will be retained, but the formal context will be further removed from those commonly used within the jazz tradition. ‘Echo’, within the accompanying playlist, provides some insight into what is intended.
Again the ensemble will consist of a saxophone-led quartet.

Performance 3: Counterpoint
Performance 3  will explore textural and contrapuntal ideas within an interactive improvising ensemble. The new works to be played at this performance will attempt to weave a line between group improvisation, intricate counterpoint, and organic formal structures.

[ Photo credit: Cameron Jamieson Photography ]

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Jun
17
5:00 PM17:00

Gene Tree Project Trio // Moving Targets

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5:15pm - Gene Tree Project Trio

Adam Simmons - saxophones/shakuhachi
Gideon Brazil - saxophones/flute
Elissa Goodrich - vibraphone/compositions

Prior performances include: sold out premiere performance at the Melbourne Music Week festival 2016 and performances at New Moon Festival and Paris Cat Jazz Club 2017. These critically acclaimed artists play a selection of music from Elissa Goodrich’s current compositional project: The Gene Tree Project – improvised music inspired by evolutionary science, and from Elissa’s and Clare Shannon’s States of Play – Spanish, Andalusian inspired jazz. The Gene Tree Project music for this trio has come out of an artistic residency with Creative Spaces / Carlton Connect Lab14 and was supported by Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria.

‘Beautiful music…their music draws you in closer and closer’ - Julia Lester, ABC FM,
‘spine-tingling music’ - Emma Kathryn, Theatre People Review
‘Strong, forceful jazz-impacted.. and at the opposite end of the rhythmic spectrum, floating languidly’ - John McBeath , The Australian
‘Exquisite calm, torn by spiritual longing. … an ear-opening testimony ...in an exciting new format.’ - John Jenkins, The Australian

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6:15pm - Moving Targets

Claire Cross – bass
Harry Cook – piano
Tom Noonan – saxophone
Tommy Harrison - drums

Delving into the human experiences of stress, pain, loss, love and lust – Claire Cross’s latest compositions explore the fleeting nature of these states and the way they come to shape our choices.

Claire is a bass player, vocalist and composer who completed her Honours Degree in Jazz Performance and Composition at Monash University in 2014. In 2016 she was awarded a grant from Creative Victoria's Music Works program to undertake a mentorship with US-based trumpeter and composer Shane Endsley.

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Jun
10
5:00 PM17:00

No Lebowskis - Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Lebowskis will be taking a two week hiatus from regular programming on the 3rd and 10th of June so that its volunteers can attend events at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

For full program details on the festival, go to their website: http://www.melbournejazz.com/

Lebowskis will be back on June 17 with Elissa Goodrich and Claire Cross' Moving Targets.

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Jun
3
5:00 PM17:00

No Lebowskis - Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Lebowskis will be taking a two week hiatus from regular programming on the 3rd and 10th of June so that its volunteers can attend events at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

For full program details on the festival, go to their website: http://www.melbournejazz.com/

Lebowskis will be back on June 17 with Elissa Goodrich and Claire Cross' Moving Targets.

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May
27
5:00 PM17:00

Peon // Peon meets Fabric

Doors at 5pm
$10 full // $5 concession
{ CASH ONLY }

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5:15pm - Peon

Sam Price – drums, laptop, synths, voice
Ronny Ferella – drums, melodica, ngoni, analogue effects

Straddling the worlds of jazz, electronica and ritual music, Peon’s musical excursions utilise hi-tech gadgets and folkloric instruments creating an enthralling, transcendental experience of music made in the moment – a double drummer electro improv two man festival of exploratory sound. Peon came together in 2009 initially as a “research project” exploring the challenges of realtijme improvising between man and machine. Sam was at the time undertaking post-grad study in this field, at the Victorian College of the Arts and asked Ronny to play the skeptic and to find holes in his musicmaking theories.
 

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6:15pm - Peon meets Fabric

Fabric is ...
Shaun Rammers - tenor saxophone
Mick Meagher - bass
Ronny Ferella - drums
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Peon

Fabric is an improvised ensemble. Devised by drummer Ronny Ferella, saxophonist Shaun Rammers and bassist Mick Meagher, the group plays on the idea of stretching, bending, reshaping the practice of group improvisation- sometimes meditative, sometimes explosive but an always in motion real-time compositional unit.

Fabric were the recipients of DEV RES II in 2016.

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May
20
5:00 PM17:00

Elliot Hughes // Red Triangle

Doors at 5pm
$10 full // $5 concession
{ CASH ONLY }

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5:15pm - Elliot Hughes

Elliot Hughes - augmented trumpet

Elliott Hughes presents his Augmented Trumpet in a solo performance. The Augmented Trumpet uses a homemade sensor to track the valves, then applies the data collected to control the electronic effects on the trumpet sound. This performance will feature compositions and improvisations demonstrating this technology, which has been developed during residencies at Testing Grounds (Melb) and Arts, Letters and Numbers (NY).

Elliott Hughes is a Melbourne based composer & trumpet player, working in a broad range of disciplines from electroacoustic & improvised music performance, to contemporary classical & orchestral composition.

https://elliotthughes.bandcamp.com/album/space

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6:15pm - Red Triangle

Cheryl Durongpisitkul - alto saxophone
Stephen Hornby - double bass
Phil Collings - drums

Red Triangle is a band of three like-minded musicians who have played together in a number of different contexts. This collaborative project was formed on the basis of shared musical and conceptual interests. Influenced by Paul Motian, Happy Apple and Ornette Coleman among others, the band performs a range of original compositions with a focus on deep listening and group interaction.
 

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May
13
5:00 PM17:00

World on Fire // CLV

Doors at 5pm
$10 full // $5 concession
{ CASH ONLY }

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5:15pm - World on Fire

Oscar E. Villagrana - trumpet
James Webster - guitar
Jorden Griggs - bass
Al Kerr - drums

World on Fire performs the music of Hermeto Pascoal, a Legendary Brazilian musician, arranger, composer and multi-instrumentalist described by Miles Davis as one of the most important musicians on the planet. Bandleader Oscar E. has spent years performing in Melbourne, Wellington, San Francisco and Amsterdam to bring only his favourite collection of music and influences. Oscar E. presents this music as he prepares to continue studies with Jovino in San Francisco in June and Hermeto in Sao Paulo in March, 2019.

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6:15pm - CLV

Ashley Cross - electric guitar
Hannes Lackmann - drums and spoken word
Robert Vincs - saxophones

The music for this work arises from improvisational processes that CLV has been working with from a concept they are developing called “The Poetics of Gesture.”

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Apr
29
5:00 PM17:00

DEV RES V: Music Is Sport // Dissolutions

Doors at 5pm
$10 full // $5 concession
{ CASH ONLY }

The DEV(elopment) RES(idency) program is an initiative from Lebowskis, designed and presented in the spirit of fostering creative growth in new and established ensembles. Now entering its fifth series, this residency is available to two applicants and comprises three performances over a six-month period. The intent of the program is to allow ensembles to develop a creative concept and showcase its growth with a performance every two months, culminating in a live recording at the final show.

The recipients of DEV RES V are Atienne Bakker and Timothy Franklin, and the second performance of their projects will take place on April 29th.

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5:15pm - Music Is Sport

Atienne Bakker - guitar and musical direction
Joel Trigg - keyboard
Cameron Sexton - drums

This project is built on integrating several interdisciplinary and conceptual subjects in order to create a new and unique form of performance and experience. Firstly it combines the traditionally separate fields of sports and music, secondly it combines electronic improvisation with acoustic improvisation, and finally it aims to combine musical improvisation with visual improvisation. Throughout the residency these concepts will be combined with the aim of creating a cyclic performance method in the final concert. This cyclic performance works because the elements are designed to influence to each other in during the process of their creation.

Performance 1: Football
The first performance is most traditional performance of the three. Using acoustic instruments to improvise whilst reacting to visual cues from sporting events. The cues may initiate the playing of pre-composed material. If possible the video reactions will be limited to occurring from direct audio which will alter two potential clips to be blended with each other and altered based on sound. The first sport will be football.

Performance 2: Boxing
The second concert will use electronic instruments which will be more directly mapped to the visual component; the signals used to create sound will alter the video parameters such as RGB, image position, pixilation, etc. The second sport will be boxing.

Performance 3: Chess
The final performance will be using live footage of a chess game being performed in the room itself. Live footage will be altered by both electronic instruments and acoustic instruments. The influence of the music and visuals has potential to influence the game itself creating an entire loop of sport and sound.

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6:15pm - Dissolutions

Timothy Franklin - saxophone and musical direction
Joe O'Connor - piano
Isaac Gunnoo - double bass
Hugh Harvey - drums

This project aims to develop ground first broken by Keith Jarrett’s European quartet in the mid 1970’s. The ensemble aims to marry the thematic, harmonic, and melodic sensibilities of music of the European art music tradition with free improvisation and the rhythmic and textural approach of the jazz tradition.

Performance 1: ‘Chamber Jazz’ Quartet
This performance will present a number of short pieces utilising a modern jazz style and formal structures. Thematic material will draw on classical gestures and contemporary harmony. See Theme and Variations, and The Declaration within the accompanying playlist for early examples of this concept. 
The ensemble will consist of saxophone (likely the rarely heard tenor in C), piano, bass, and drums.

Performance 2: The Suite.
Performance 2 will further develop the concepts explored in performance 1, but will take a more formally ambitious approach. The performance will see the premiere of a new work written specifically for the occasion. This work will take the form of a longer suite consisting of several connected movements loosely grounded in the baroque suite, and utilising contemporary classical harmony. The heavy improvisatorial focus of the earlier performance will be retained, but the formal context will be further removed from those commonly used within the jazz tradition. ‘Echo’, within the accompanying playlist, provides some insight into what is intended.
Again the ensemble will consist of a saxophone-led quartet.

Performance 3: Counterpoint
Performance 3 will utilise the larger and somewhat unconventional ensemble of saxophone, bass clarinet, alto flute, viola, cello, and rhythm section. This ensemble will enable exploration of textural and contrapuntal ideas within an interactive improvising ensemble. The new works to be played at this performance will attempt to weave a line between group improvisation, intricate counterpoint, and organic formal structures, and will showcase the unusual textures possible with this diverse and flexible instrumentation.

[ Photo credit: Cameron Jamieson Photography ]

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Apr
22
5:00 PM17:00

Mike Cooper

Doors at 5pm
$10 full // $5 concession
{ CASH ONLY }

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5:15pm - 7:00pm - Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper - guitar & electronics
Gary Butler - guitar & miscellaneous stuff
Houston Dunleavy - clarinet
Rafal Kaczmarek - drums
Rod Cooper - homemade instrument/sound sculpture

“Cooper was forging connections between folk and experimental musics long before America got New or Weird…”
- The Wire

English guitarist Mike Cooper has been a musical explorer for over 40 years, in various genres. Initially a folk-blues guitarist and singer songwriter his work has diversified to include improvised and electronic music, live music for silent films, radio art and sound installations. He may be the only guitarist who has performed with both John Lee Hooker and Keith Rowe (not at the same time, that would be weird!).

His 1969 l.p. “Oh Really!?” on Pye records is widely acclaimed as one of the best acoustic blues albums of the period. In the late 1970’s he began to develop a parallel career and establish himself on the avant-garde and free-improvised music scene, forming The Recedents with saxophonist Lol Coxhill and drummer Roger Turner- a free improvising trio now in its third decade. In 2007 he released Hipshot Guitars – a 3CD compilation of 37 avant garde guitarists which opens with Melbourne based guitar torturer Gary Butler.

Cooper and Butler get together with Warren Burt, Houston Dunleavy, Rod Cooper and Rafal Kaczmarek for two nights of musical exploration, improvisation and miscellaneous noisemaking. It will be weird – but interesting.

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Apr
15
5:00 PM17:00

Scandinavia's Greatest Hits // Bianca Gannon & Elliot Hughes

Doors at 5pm.
$10 full // $5 concession.
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5:15pm - Scandinavia's Greatest Hits

Holy Moore - saxophone
Jarrod Chase - piano & electronics

Scandinavia’s Greatest Hits is a collaboration between alto saxophonist Holly Moore and pianist Jarrod Chase. They draw inspiration from the popular European record label ECM and ambient electronic music. Melding the sounds and ideas from these influences the two play freely and lyrically over original compositions and those of some of their favourite musicians.

Scandinavia's Greatest Hits were the recipients of Dev Res III in 2017.

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6:15pm - Bianca Gannon & Elliot Hughes

Bianca Gannon - piano, gamelan, & electronics
Elliott Hughes -trumpet & electronics

Having met at the Australian Art Orchestra’s 2016 Creative Music Intensive, Gannon and Hughes have continued working together, developing a language around their mutual interest in traditional Korean Hohup rhythms and Pansori. The duo aims to combine this language with their individual electro-acoustic projects. The imagined aesthetic is one of broad and resonant textures, with an ancient or ritualistic feel generated by the gamelan instruments and cyclical rhythmic cells. Although only a duo, the possibilities of timbre and colour are vast, with the electronics used to elongate sounds, repeat phrases from the past, or add depth and complexity to the live instrument.

Bianca Gannon & Elliot Hughes were the recipients of Dev Res IV in 2017.

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Apr
8
5:00 PM17:00

Andy Sugg Trio // Jonathan Cooper Quartet

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5:15pm - Andy Sugg Trio

Andy Sugg - saxophone
Charlie Rank - bass
Ronny Ferella - drums

A new trio performing some of Andy's tunes alongside some standards. High energy jazz-afro grooves and stuff in between.

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6:15pm - Jonathan Cooper Quartet

Jonathan Cooper - saxophone
Patrick Jaffe - piano
Angus Radley - bass
Miles Henry - drums

The Jonathan Cooper Quartet was formed to explore the through-composed modal compositions of its leader, which seek to encourage intense drama, interaction and risk-taking in a modern jazz context. The group will also explore the music of saxophonists Joe Lovano and Winston Ngozi. We will be taking no prisoners!

 

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Apr
1
5:00 AM05:00

I Hold The Lion's Paw // I Hold The Great Rack

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5:15pm - I Hold The Lion's Paw

Reuben Lewis - trumpet/electronics
David Brown - electric bass
Ronny Ferella - drums

Led by trumpeter-composer Reuben Lewis, I Hold the Lion’s Paw (IHTLP) is an eight-piece collective that features some of Melbourne’s most exciting musicians. The music is born out of an organic cross-over of afro-beat, jazz and outré electronics. Expect to hear as much as electro-acoustic noise, slowly evolving soundtracks, afro-beat inspired grooves and psychedelic free jazz.

The band was formed in 2016 and was the first recipient of the Lebowskis' DEV(elopment) RES(idency) program. They continue to perform regularly, locally and nationally, and this year released their first LP, 'Abstract Playgrounds'.

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6:15pm - I Hold The Great Rack

Emily Bennett - voice and Kord multi-effects rack
Reuben Lewis - trumpet and electronics

"Reuben Lewis, I think we were flirting or maybe it was just me flirting with you?  Ah well, ah well, ah well.  Ah well it’s all for the promotion of my band.  And, you know, any press is good press and any mess is good stress.  It’s all good.  No worries.  I’ve forgotten already what you even said.  Nah. It’s in the past, it’s whatever.  Oh, don’t even worry about it."

Reuben Lewis, from the popping psychedelic jazz collective I Hold the Lion’s Paw, and Emily Bennett, from the landscaping surrealist improvised trio Great rack and an empty club reverb, clash in the meta-named duo, I Hold The Great Rack.  Lewis hustles on trumpet through an outboard of effect pedals as Bennett speaks her mind via an outdated Korg multi-effects rack.

Bennett's project Great rack and empty club an reverb received DEV RES II in the second half of the 2016.

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Mar
25
5:00 PM17:00

Tash Weatherill Quartet // Matt O'Brien Octet

5:15pm - Natasha Weatherill Quartet

Natasha Weatherill - voice
Nick Kyritsis - guitar
Paddy Fitzgerald - bass
Alex Spicer - drums

Natasha Weatherill is one of Melbourne’s newest up and coming Jazz Vocalists. Having just completed her jazz studies at Monash University, Weatherill is already making regular appearances across popular Melbourne venues including Lido Jazz Room, The Lui Bar, and The Mayfair. A 6-time vocal scholarship finalist at the Generations in Jazz Festival, Weatherill boasts performances with some of Australia’s finest musicians including James Morrison and Tony Gould. The group will perform a collection of original music and some personal favourites from 21st century musicians and the standard Jazz repertoire. 

“A rare mix of class and guts,” Steve Sedergreen.

6:15pm - Matt O’Brien Octet

Matt O'Brien - trombone
Reuben Lewis - trumpet
Zac O'Connell - alto sax
Jonathan Cooper - tenor sax
Theo Carbo - guitar
Kade Brown - piano
Hiroki Hoshino - bass
Luke Andresen - drums

Melbourne newcomer Matt O'Brien presents a set of original compositions, supported by a large(ish) ensemble featuring some of Melbourne's most talented young musicians. 

 

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