Oct
20
5:00 PM17:00

Tom Allen-Graham Trio // Koi Kingdom

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

5:15pm - Tom Allen-Graham Trio

Tom Allen-Graham - guitar
Stephen Hornby - double bass
Lewis Pierre-Humbert - drums

Tom's music is an exploration of harmony and melody, and how these influence improvisation. We are heading into the Studio to record an album in early December, so come hear some of the tunes LIVE.


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6:15pm - Koi Kingdom

Marcos Villalta - guitar
Stephen Hornby - double bass
Cheryl Durongpisitkul - saxophone

Koi Kingdom is made up of Marcos Villalta (guitar) Cheryl Durongpisitkul (sax) and Stephen Hornby (double bass). With jazz as a starting point the band was formed in 2016 on a shared love of composing and performing original music as well as a mutual respect for each other’s craft. Koi Kingdom is a place where all three members can freely express themselves, composing music for each other and working together to make highly personal, collective music. Their diverse music encompasses many influences from jazz and classical music to folk music of Brazil and India. Koi Kingdoms distinctive sound is characterised by detailed composition, instrumental virtuosity and fearless exploration.


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


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Oct
27
5:00 PM17:00

The Yugoslav Attack // Finch, McKittrick & Cox

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


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5:15pm - The Yugoslav Attack

James Wiley - Guitar
Flora Carbo - Alto Saxophone
Mark Fitzgibbon - Piano
Robbie Finch - Double Bass
Hector Harley - Tenor Saxophone
Bede Ford-Gaddes - Trumpet
Ollie Cox - Drums

James Wiley combines his musical roots in emo, indie, and punk with his love for jazz with his new jazz project, The Yugoslav Attack. James has recruited some of the finest jazz musicians in Melbourne to showcase his compositions; this septet features:

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6:15pm - Finch, McKittrick & Cox

Robbie Finch - double bass
Hannah McKittrick - voice
Ollie Cox - drums

Finch/ McKittrick/ Cox are perfectly encapsulated in this photo. Robbie Finch; the charmer, Ollie Cox; the chaos, Hannah McKittrick; the enchanted. This describes both their personality and musical soul. However, Robbie Finch is a damn charlatan, because he is a materialist who doesn't believe in a soul. This will be a free improvisational performance transferring energy throughout the room. The target is %100 renewable energy by the end of the performance, because we're not monsters!


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


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Dec
15
5:00 PM17:00

DEV RES VIII - THRESHOLD / OTHER // The Pointillist Ensemble

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 and individual artists. 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 VIII are Sam Price with THRESHOLD / OTHER, and Zoltan Fecso and Joli.vision with The Pointillist Ensemble. The three performances of their residency will take place on the following dates:

  1. August 25th

  2. October 13th

  3. December 15th

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5:15pm - THRESHOLD / OTHER

Sam Price - drums and electronics

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT:

Building on my exploration of the Sublime in the western suburbs of Melbourne through my improvisatory practice and recent audio-visual release, THRESHOLD / OTHER (https://samprice.bandcamp.com/album/threshold-other), I wish to use this space and residency to go deep on the aspect of the Sublime that, nowadays, gets somewhat discarded.

That of terror, particularly in consideration of beauty.

We are dwarfed by things that are beyond our comprehension. Nature, technology and ‘our place in it all’ have consequently provided much impetus to art and music making. But I wish to explore the sub-cellular, the micro, for there too lies an infinity beyond our ken. An uncomfortable commonality between us as the arrow of time flies unidirectionally.

Technically, this requires polyphonic granular synthesis; building sound up from its smallest blocks with its commensurate referents and access to many voices in performance. This technique was, until recently, best served by the use of a laptop, something I discarded on stage long ago. However, I have recently acquired new equipment that brings this sound world, with its visceral possibilities, back into my practice, whilst maintaining the required gestural transparency between performer and audience.

The three dates will involve increasingly complex combinations of synthesis equipment as I further integrate and engage with the new technology:

1. August 25th: drums & GR1; the first date will be explore drums and Granular Synthesis only, simultaneous manipulation of both with hand and feet controls.
2. October 13th: drums, GR1 & FM; adding to the rig with FM synthesis & live sequencing capability.
3. December 15th: drums & full synth rig; further adding analog, wavetable, DSP and mixer to rig.

Staging the performances and the technology used in this way allows for a full exploration of each part of the technology, giving each performance a unique sound and feel.

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6:15pm - The Pointillist Ensemble

Zoltan Fecso - augmented guitar
Joli.vision - visuals
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ensemble

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT:

The Pointillist Ensemble is a shifting mixed ensemble of musicians and non-musicians, exploring improvisation, site specific performance, audio-visual feedback loops, acoustic and electronic spatialisation through the adaptation of graphic scores.

Pointillism is a technique of music composition used by Zoltan Fecso, inspired by the post-impressionist painting technique of using individually coloured dots to form an image. The ensemble will interpret graphic scores by using single sounds of varying lengths to create changing sound relationships, explore dynamics, spatialisation, density and structure. 

The aim of this collaboration between musician and visual artist is to expand on the relationships between the audible and the visual. Graphic notation was pioneered by composers in the 1950s to expand on the traditional language of staff notation, affording performers the freedom of interpretation and introducing chance elements into their work. With technology available now, the possibilities for visual and sonic interaction are much greater.


Over the series of 3 events the Pointillism Ensemble will create three separate pieces of interaction:

1. Visual and light representations reacting and responding to sound.
2. Sound reacting and responding to light
3. Light and Audio responding to Performers and audience participation.

1. Light responding to audio: 
The ensemble will perform from a graphic score. The score will be interpreted by an ensemble of musicians and non-musicians, using instruments and other sound making objects. Groups of performers will be placed around the room, to spatialise the sound. As the piece progresses, so too will the projection, using audio-reactive and midi-controlled software. 
A picture becomes more discernible over time, through points of colour slowly revealing the entire scene. Dots ripple and evolve as texture builds, light intensifies as volume increases, the evening will be a synaesthetic experience.

2. A camera will face a wall of projected light, as beams and points of light are added, the ensemble will interpret them as a graphic score, being driven by parameters in the visual scene. Again the performers will be placed around the room, encouraged to move around the space if they feel the need to. The performance will be driven by the visual cues for the ensemble, who will react to size, brightness, position on the X/Y axis, and colour. 

3. A feedback loop of sound and light is completed. Light feeds off of sounds, and the sounds off of light, performers can add elements to the loop and see and hear how it cycles through. Incorporation of a depth camera, light sensors and microphone invite the audience to participate in the feedback loop and create music and sound through interaction.

Lebowskis acknowledges that these performances will take place on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.


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Oct
13
5:00 PM17:00

DEV RES VIII - THRESHOLD / OTHER // The Pointillist Ensemble

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 and individual artists. 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 VIII are Sam Price with THRESHOLD / OTHER, and Zoltan Fecso and Joli.vision with The Pointillist Ensemble. The three performances of their residency will take place on the following dates:

  1. August 25th

  2. October 13th

  3. December 15th

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5:15pm - THRESHOLD / OTHER

Sam Price - drums and electronics

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT:

Building on my exploration of the Sublime in the western suburbs of Melbourne through my improvisatory practice and recent audio-visual release, THRESHOLD / OTHER (https://samprice.bandcamp.com/album/threshold-other), I wish to use this space and residency to go deep on the aspect of the Sublime that, nowadays, gets somewhat discarded.

That of terror, particularly in consideration of beauty.

We are dwarfed by things that are beyond our comprehension. Nature, technology and ‘our place in it all’ have consequently provided much impetus to art and music making. But I wish to explore the sub-cellular, the micro, for there too lies an infinity beyond our ken. An uncomfortable commonality between us as the arrow of time flies unidirectionally.

Technically, this requires polyphonic granular synthesis; building sound up from its smallest blocks with its commensurate referents and access to many voices in performance. This technique was, until recently, best served by the use of a laptop, something I discarded on stage long ago. However, I have recently acquired new equipment that brings this sound world, with its visceral possibilities, back into my practice, whilst maintaining the required gestural transparency between performer and audience.

The three dates will involve increasingly complex combinations of synthesis equipment as I further integrate and engage with the new technology:

1. August 25th: drums & GR1; the first date will be explore drums and Granular Synthesis only, simultaneous manipulation of both with hand and feet controls.
2. October 13th: drums, GR1 & FM; adding to the rig with FM synthesis & live sequencing capability.
3. December 15th: drums & full synth rig; further adding analog, wavetable, DSP and mixer to rig.

Staging the performances and the technology used in this way allows for a full exploration of each part of the technology, giving each performance a unique sound and feel.

The Pointillist Ensemble.jpg

6:15pm - The Pointillist Ensemble

Zoltan Fecso - augmented guitar
Joli.vision - visuals
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ensemble

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT:

The Pointillist Ensemble is a shifting mixed ensemble of musicians and non-musicians, exploring improvisation, site specific performance, audio-visual feedback loops, acoustic and electronic spatialisation through the adaptation of graphic scores.

Pointillism is a technique of music composition used by Zoltan Fecso, inspired by the post-impressionist painting technique of using individually coloured dots to form an image. The ensemble will interpret graphic scores by using single sounds of varying lengths to create changing sound relationships, explore dynamics, spatialisation, density and structure. 

The aim of this collaboration between musician and visual artist is to expand on the relationships between the audible and the visual. Graphic notation was pioneered by composers in the 1950s to expand on the traditional language of staff notation, affording performers the freedom of interpretation and introducing chance elements into their work. With technology available now, the possibilities for visual and sonic interaction are much greater.


Over the series of 3 events the Pointillism Ensemble will create three separate pieces of interaction:

1. Visual and light representations reacting and responding to sound.
2. Sound reacting and responding to light
3. Light and Audio responding to Performers and audience participation.

1. Light responding to audio: 
The ensemble will perform from a graphic score. The score will be interpreted by an ensemble of musicians and non-musicians, using instruments and other sound making objects. Groups of performers will be placed around the room, to spatialise the sound. As the piece progresses, so too will the projection, using audio-reactive and midi-controlled software. 
A picture becomes more discernible over time, through points of colour slowly revealing the entire scene. Dots ripple and evolve as texture builds, light intensifies as volume increases, the evening will be a synaesthetic experience.

2. A camera will face a wall of projected light, as beams and points of light are added, the ensemble will interpret them as a graphic score, being driven by parameters in the visual scene. Again the performers will be placed around the room, encouraged to move around the space if they feel the need to. The performance will be driven by the visual cues for the ensemble, who will react to size, brightness, position on the X/Y axis, and colour. 

3. A feedback loop of sound and light is completed. Light feeds off of sounds, and the sounds off of light, performers can add elements to the loop and see and hear how it cycles through. Incorporation of a depth camera, light sensors and microphone invite the audience to participate in the feedback loop and create music and sound through interaction.

Lebowskis acknowledges that these performances will take place on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.


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Oct
6
5:00 PM17:00

Delay45 // The Pen Club (double album launch)

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

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5:15pm - Delay45

Tom Avgenicos - trumpet
Roshan Kumarage - piano
Dave Quinn - bass
Ashley Stoneham - drums

Delay45 create contrasting sound worlds through songs, loops and colours that are weaved and morphed together through improvisation. Being mentored by some of the world's leading improvising musicians and many years of playing together has culminated in their shared improvisational language. Their debut album 'big ears' is the product of this process.

"One of the most gifted young musician/composers on Sydney’s creative music scene, trumpeter Tom Avgenicos’ quartet, with pianist Roshan Kumarage, bassist Dave Quinn and drummer Ashley Stoneham, is a very welcome fresh and exciting addition to Sydney’s current live music scene. A band to watch!" - Mike Nock.

“This is your playground. You are a beast in this cesspool of filth. Your concept oozes dirt and accumulates grit, filling the underworld with a stench so foul even the undead reconsider their obedience to your necromancy” - Mike Rivett

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6:15pm - The Pen Club

Jack Stoneham – saxophone (Pen 1)
Matt Harris – piano (Pen 4)
Ashley Stoneham – drums (Pen 3)

The Pen Club is a Sydney based improvising band that experiments with form, rhythm and writing implements. Long-form free improvisation is punctured sporadically by pre-composed, rhythmic loops in a location and order that is also improvised.

They are the first and perhaps only improvising band to be endorsed by BIC, the world leader in stationary. In collaboration with BIC, The Pen Club have just released their debut album ‘Data Retrieval’, the latest in a long run of incredibly successful BIC products. As with all great BIC products (think The BIC Cristal Pen and the BIC 4-in-1 Colour Pen), the album honours the BIC tradition of providing high-quality, simple, inventive and reliable products for everyone, everywhere, every time. Come to the Melbourne launch and experience the latest and greatest BIC product first-hand!

 The Pen Club are BIC endorsed artists.

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

 

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Sep
8
5:00 PM17:00

Harry Cook //

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

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5:15pm - Harry Cook

Harry Cook - piano

Pianist and composer Harry Cook plays a set of solo piano musicDrawing from diverse musical sources, Harry will play original tunes that seek to blur the lines between the improvised and the written.

This performance will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

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Sep
1
5:00 PM17:00

Mosaic //

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

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5:15pm - Mosaic

Lewis Pierre - drums
Angus Radley - bass
Matt Steele - piano
Harry Tinney - guitar
Merinda Dias-Jayasinha - voice

Mosaic explores colour, improvisation, and song — inspired by past luminaries and present visionaries.

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

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Aug
25
5:00 PM17:00

DEV RES VIII - THRESHOLD / OTHER // The Pointillist Ensemble

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 and individual artists. 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 VIII are Sam Price with THRESHOLD / OTHER, and Zoltan Fecso and Joli.vision with The Pointillist Ensemble. The three performances of their residency will take place on the following dates:

  1. August 25th

  2. October 13th

  3. December 15th

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5:15pm - THRESHOLD / OTHER

Sam Price - drums and electronics

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT:

Building on my exploration of the Sublime in the western suburbs of Melbourne through my improvisatory practice and recent audio-visual release, THRESHOLD / OTHER (https://samprice.bandcamp.com/album/threshold-other), I wish to use this space and residency to go deep on the aspect of the Sublime that, nowadays, gets somewhat discarded.

That of terror, particularly in consideration of beauty.

We are dwarfed by things that are beyond our comprehension. Nature, technology and ‘our place in it all’ have consequently provided much impetus to art and music making. But I wish to explore the sub-cellular, the micro, for there too lies an infinity beyond our ken. An uncomfortable commonality between us as the arrow of time flies unidirectionally.

Technically, this requires polyphonic granular synthesis; building sound up from its smallest blocks with its commensurate referents and access to many voices in performance. This technique was, until recently, best served by the use of a laptop, something I discarded on stage long ago. However, I have recently acquired new equipment that brings this sound world, with its visceral possibilities, back into my practice, whilst maintaining the required gestural transparency between performer and audience.

The three dates will involve increasingly complex combinations of synthesis equipment as I further integrate and engage with the new technology:

1. August 25th: drums & GR1; the first date will be explore drums and Granular Synthesis only, simultaneous manipulation of both with hand and feet controls.
2. October 13th: drums, GR1 & FM; adding to the rig with FM synthesis & live sequencing capability.
3. December 15th: drums & full synth rig; further adding analog, wavetable, DSP and mixer to rig.

Staging the performances and the technology used in this way allows for a full exploration of each part of the technology, giving each performance a unique sound and feel.

The Pointillist Ensemble.jpg

6:15pm - The Pointillist Ensemble

Zoltan Fecso - augmented guitar
Joli.vision - visuals
+
ensemble

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT:

The Pointillist Ensemble is a shifting mixed ensemble of musicians and non-musicians, exploring improvisation, site specific performance, audio-visual feedback loops, acoustic and electronic spatialisation through the adaptation of graphic scores.

Pointillism is a technique of music composition used by Zoltan Fecso, inspired by the post-impressionist painting technique of using individually coloured dots to form an image. The ensemble will interpret graphic scores by using single sounds of varying lengths to create changing sound relationships, explore dynamics, spatialisation, density and structure. 

The aim of this collaboration between musician and visual artist is to expand on the relationships between the audible and the visual. Graphic notation was pioneered by composers in the 1950s to expand on the traditional language of staff notation, affording performers the freedom of interpretation and introducing chance elements into their work. With technology available now, the possibilities for visual and sonic interaction are much greater.


Over the series of 3 events the Pointillism Ensemble will create three separate pieces of interaction:

1. Visual and light representations reacting and responding to sound.
2. Sound reacting and responding to light
3. Light and Audio responding to Performers and audience participation.

1. Light responding to audio: 
The ensemble will perform from a graphic score. The score will be interpreted by an ensemble of musicians and non-musicians, using instruments and other sound making objects. Groups of performers will be placed around the room, to spatialise the sound. As the piece progresses, so too will the projection, using audio-reactive and midi-controlled software. 
A picture becomes more discernible over time, through points of colour slowly revealing the entire scene. Dots ripple and evolve as texture builds, light intensifies as volume increases, the evening will be a synaesthetic experience.

2. A camera will face a wall of projected light, as beams and points of light are added, the ensemble will interpret them as a graphic score, being driven by parameters in the visual scene. Again the performers will be placed around the room, encouraged to move around the space if they feel the need to. The performance will be driven by the visual cues for the ensemble, who will react to size, brightness, position on the X/Y axis, and colour. 

3. A feedback loop of sound and light is completed. Light feeds off of sounds, and the sounds off of light, performers can add elements to the loop and see and hear how it cycles through. Incorporation of a depth camera, light sensors and microphone invite the audience to participate in the feedback loop and create music and sound through interaction.

Lebowskis acknowledges that these performances will take place on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.


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Aug
18
5:00 PM17:00

Matt Hoyne & James Ball // Richard Pavlidis

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

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5:15pm - Matt Hoyne & James Ball

Matt Hoyne - guitar
James Ball - piano

Join pianist, James Ball, and guitarist, Matt Hoyne, on the challenge of a lifetime! Guitar and piano duo?! They said it couldn’t be done – many have tried, few have succeeded, will Matt and James make it out alive? Harmonic booby traps and rhythmic challenges a plenty, this set of original musical labyrinths will force James and Matt to communicate and work together to achieve musical duo glory! Will they succeed with a beautiful set of musical dialogues, performed with deep sensitivity and taste? Or will they fail, letting their ego’s get in the way, playing over the top of each other, all to the audience’s dismay? Only you can decide…

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6:16pm - Richard Pavlidis

Richard Pavlidis - tenor Saxophone
Mina Yu - piano
Adam Spiegl - double bass
Ben Charnley - drums

Richard Pavlidis is a jazz saxophonist based in Melbourne. Educated at the Victorian College of the Arts (2011), Richard has performed at major festivals around Australia and overseas including Splendour in the Grass, Manly Jazz Festival (Sydney), Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Bay of Islands Jazz Festival (NZ) and Europafest (Romania). Richard's debut solo album 'Without Within' was released in May 2019.

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

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Aug
4
5:00 PM17:00

Malleu // CASEY BEBENEK

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

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5:15 - Malleu

Ruben Stoney - made instrument from found object, sampler and computer

milieu/malleus.
(of listening, silence, sensory linger, tension and pressure)

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6:15 - CASEY BEBENEK

Julia Bebenek - drums/percussion
Adam Casey - contrabass, piano, organ, hammered dulcimer, zither, field recordings

CASEY BEBENEK is a collaboration between multi-instrumentalist composer, Adam Casey (Seascapes of the Interior/The Boy Who Spoke Clouds/ex-Trappist Afterland), and drum/percussion prodigy, Julia Bebenek (Lijuka/Nandi). CASEY BEBENEK play extended free form improvisations that eschew entertainment, with a powerful focus on audience communion and engagement with our natural world.

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

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Jul
28
5:00 PM17:00

DEV RES VII: Three Sides to a Story // CountToTen

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 and individual artists. 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 VII are Reuben Lewis and Julien Wilson with CountToTen, and Natasha Trinkle with Three Sides to a Story.

This will be the last performance of their six-month residency.

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5:15pm - Three Sides to a Story

Natasha Trinkle - cello
Ashley Ballat - trumpet
James Ball - piano

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT:

In this project we wish to explore, in a musical context, the concept that there is more than one side to any story. This involves two key development areas. Firstly the art of storytelling through musical performance, and secondly, flexibility of musical roles within our band. 

We plan to present a collection of through composed ‘story compositions’ at each performance. The story compositions are constructed of a series of key ideas for one instrument - either grips, or precomposed material - and improvised supporting roles, which may vary with each performance. The collection will be divided into three mini-sets, one for each musician in the band. At each performance we will rotate the sets so that every time we perform a particular composition, a different band member will tell the story. The end result will be three versions of each composition presented from a different point of view each time.

Our aim over these three performances is to get to know each other better musically, developing more freedom in our improvisation. By experimenting with different approaches to the same composition and being pushed out of our comfort zone, we hope to discover more ways to tell the story, resulting in more flexibility and freedom in our performances.

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6:15pm - CountToTen

Julien Wilson - saxophone
Reuben Lewis - trumpet

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT:

At the start of 2019 Reuben & Julien resolved to form an electroacoustic project focussing on exploring new soundscapes. The title of the project refers to a mysterious pedal they both use called CountToFive.

The DEV RES concerts will be employed as a tonelab to investigate the textural, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic possibilities inherent in just two horns and effects. The duo format of horns+FX represents a unique project and one we’re intensely passionate about. All three performances will be recorded to gather source material to be further manipulated.

The textures can span from ambient warmth through glitchy digital soundscapes to industrial music concrete. This is not just an ECM horn drenched in reverb or a reboot of your 70s funk horn solo with an octave and wah pedal. Reub & Jules are driven to explore and create new sonic worlds.

Since both instruments use open microphones rather than pickups to transfer the analog source to the digital devices, we’ll be utilising DEV RES to investigate different amplification/sound reinforcement options over the course of the residency to maintain the greatest integrity/clarity from each contributor. Of course, some crossover/bleeding/pollution/influence/interference is part of the journey.

The chance to explore and map the creative development of this project in a public space enables us to learn through performance and distill and refine our process. Conceptual pieces will be prepared in between each event and reworked for the following ones. Listeners can expect soundworlds both refreshing and bracing.

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

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Jun
30
5:00 PM17:00

Natasha Trinkle Trio // Keep Digging

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

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5:15pm - Natasha Trinkle Trio

Natasha Trinkle - cello
Ashley Ballet - trumpet
James Ball - piano

Natasha Trinkle formed this trio early in 2018 for the purpose of recording some original compositions written following her participation in the Australian Art Orchestra’s Creative Music Intensive in 2017. The band first performed a selection of these compositions in November 2018 at Brunswick Green, hosted by All In, Melbourne.

Natasha is joined by James Ball on piano and Ashley Ballat on trumpet. James has been involved in a multitude of projects as both a leader and sideman, and particularly values pursuing original and creative music. Ashley is a talented trumpet player whose passion lies in exploring melody with a variety of sounds, colours and textures.

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6:15pm - Keep Digging

Daniel Waddingham - electric guitar
Jared Baum - electric bass
Bryce Zelno - drums

Keep Digging – A trio 4 years in the making whose comradeship leads to genre-bending empathetic improvisation. The trio draws many of their influence from local Australian jazz musicians as well as many others across Europe and the US. You can expect to hear a cohesive and immersive set that features songs by Keith Jarrett, Jakob Bro, Julian Lage and others. Join Keep Digging as they explore sound and story.

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

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Jun
23
5:00 PM17:00

Mont Avery //

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

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5:15pm - Mont Avery

Mont Avery is a solo art-rock project by Melbourne musician Billy Exton, combining raw, thoughtful songwriting with bold textures from the avant garde. Mont Avery's sound is driven by rock rhythms and cloaked in kaleidoscopic effects, but at its core are powerful tenor saxophone performances, drawn from the reckless free jazz tradition and the groundbreaking philosophy of indie-rock collaborator Colin Stetson. The forthcoming LP “House” is an immersive blend of chaos and calm, where dense electronics and furious instrumental performances struggle against the dry candour of Exton’s voice; held together throughout by haunting spoken word from the Australian author Josephine Rowe.

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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Jun
16
5:00 PM17:00

Patrick Ryan Trio // The Floor Is Well, Thanks

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

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5:15pm - The Patrick Ryan Trio

Patrick Ryan - guitar
Robbie Finish - double bass
Ollie Cox - drums

Patrick Ryan plays a set of original compositions accompanied by good mates and even better players Robbie Finch and Ollie Cox.

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6:15pm - The Floor Is Well, Thanks

Flora Carbo - saxophone
Theo Carbo - guitar
Adam Halliwell - also guitar

Flora, Theo and Adam are a NEW BAND and they will make some NEW SOUNDS that might go to some NEW PLACES that are quite nice.

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

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May
26
5:00 PM17:00

Slipper // Tripataka

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

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5:15pm - Slipper

Brae Grimes - trumpet
Cheryl Durongpisitkul - alto
Lincoln McKenzie - guitar
Alastar Watts - bass
Chris Lewis - kit

Slipper is a band that plays the music of Melbourne bassist and composer Alastair Watts. The band brings together their admiration for Brazilian idioms, melancholia, a love of drones and electronica, Spanish language authors, and the very best of West Coast jazz and blues, into its musical musings. Their debut album, ‘Aphelion’, is an album of fevered dreams and wronky ideas built upon the insistence that harmony and the distillate of dynamics and love is all one should ever seek. If sumptuous melody and dreamy harmony in a variety of genre-bending settings, rendered sweetly on a variety of brass, wind, strings, pings and things that go 'WHOOP-WHOOP-SHMEE' sounds like the slow-mo, epic klangfarben journey you need, check us out...

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6:15pm - Tripataka

Adrian Sherriff - bass trombone, shakuhachi, morsing, percussion
Jonathan Dimond - electric bass, percussion
Adam King - drums

Adrian and Jonathan have had a long-term musical relationship, dating back to the early 1990's. Adrian and Adam have also been performing together for some years in Melbourne, and have toured interstate and to India with the Australian Art Orchestra in recent times.

Tripataka performs original compositions by the band members and unique arrangements of jazz repertoire. Jazz repertoire by Thelonious Monk, Steve Coleman, and George Gershwin are re-imagined in a landscape where odd metres, rhythmic stratafication and bitonality collide to create a rich and stimulating tapestry. Drawing inspiration from North- and South-Indian Classical music, the band performs original compositions that are rhythmically charged and swoop deftly across cyclical forms.

Lebowskis acknowledges that this event will take place on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, and we pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

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May
19
5:00 PM17:00

Bianca Gannon solo // ZV3

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

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5:15pm - Bianca Gannon solo

Bianca Gannon - piano and gamelan

Based in Melbourne, Bianca Gannon is a musician (simultaneous piano and gamelan), composer and curator from Ireland. A keen multi-disciplinary collaborator, Bianca is passionate about creating immersive multi-sensory experiences and synaesthesias. Bianca's work has been presented across Australia, Europe and the United States. As a recipient of the Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship, Bianca has lived and studied in West Java. Bianca has also participated in residencies with the Australian Art Orchestra and Gamelan Cudamani. She has previously been commissioned by Nimbus Trio and to compose for Elliott Hughes’ 'Augmented Trumpet'. Bianca regularly performs with her improv trio Impermanence - who are soon releasing their debut album.

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6:15pm - ZV3

Zeb Vescio - guitar
Robbie Finch - bass
Luke Andresen - drums

ZV3 is a guitar trio made up of Zeb Vescio on guitar, Robbie Finch on double bass, and Luke Andresen on drums. The trio plays music that is rooted in the energy and language of bop, drawing on a range of influences from Monk and Powell to Rosenwinkel and King Bern. Other significant influences include the Ovens River, cows and the AFLW.

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

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Apr
28
5:00 PM17:00

DEVRES VII: CountToTen // Three Sides to a Story

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 and individual artists. 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 VII are Reuben Lewis and Julien Wilson with CountToTen, and Natasha Trinkle with Three Sides to a Story.

This will be the first of their three performances, with the second and third taking place on April 28th and June 30th.

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5:15pm - CountToTen

Julien Wilson - saxophone
Reuben Lewis - trumpet

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT:

At the start of 2019 Reuben & Julien resolved to form an electroacoustic project focussing on exploring new soundscapes. The title of the project refers to a mysterious pedal they both use called CountToFive.

The DEV RES concerts will be employed as a tonelab to investigate the textural, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic possibilities inherent in just two horns and effects. The duo format of horns+FX represents a unique project and one we’re intensely passionate about. All three performances will be recorded to gather source material to be further manipulated.

The textures can span from ambient warmth through glitchy digital soundscapes to industrial music concrete. This is not just an ECM horn drenched in reverb or a reboot of your 70s funk horn solo with an octave and wah pedal. Reub & Jules are driven to explore and create new sonic worlds.

Since both instruments use open microphones rather than pickups to transfer the analog source to the digital devices, we’ll be utilising DEV RES to investigate different amplification/sound reinforcement options over the course of the residency to maintain the greatest integrity/clarity from each contributor. Of course, some crossover/bleeding/pollution/influence/interference is part of the journey.

The chance to explore and map the creative development of this project in a public space enables us to learn through performance and distill and refine our process. Conceptual pieces will be prepared in between each event and reworked for the following ones. Listeners can expect soundworlds both refreshing and bracing.

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6:15pm - Three Sides to a Story

Natasha Trinkle - cello
Ashley Ballat - trumpet
James Ball - piano

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT:

In this project we wish to explore, in a musical context, the concept that there is more than one side to any story. This involves two key development areas. Firstly the art of storytelling through musical performance, and secondly, flexibility of musical roles within our band. 

We plan to present a collection of through composed ‘story compositions’ at each performance. The story compositions are constructed of a series of key ideas for one instrument - either grips, or precomposed material - and improvised supporting roles, which may vary with each performance. The collection will be divided into three mini-sets, one for each musician in the band. At each performance we will rotate the sets so that every time we perform a particular composition, a different band member will tell the story. The end result will be three versions of each composition presented from a different point of view each time.

Our aim over these three performances is to get to know each other better musically, developing more freedom in our improvisation. By experimenting with different approaches to the same composition and being pushed out of our comfort zone, we hope to discover more ways to tell the story, resulting in more flexibility and freedom in our performances.

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

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Mar
24
5:00 PM17:00

Sam Price // Silverglo

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

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5:15pm - Sam Price

Sam Price - drums, electronics

Sam Price is a Melbourne based drummer / composer who predominantly works in electro-acoustic improvised settings. He's been playing with extending drumming technique through machine interaction since computers were exclusively beige coloured and much bigger than they are now. In addition to touring / performing as one half of the double-drummer improv-fest that is Peon, he has a burgeoning solo-practice and regularly collaborates with interesting sorts.

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6:15pm - Silverglo

Bella Winter - alto sax
Lachlan Thompson - tenor sax
Steph Fels - trombone
Dylan Lynton - guitar
Gordon Li - bass
Zela Papageorgiou - percussion
Jonathan Griffiths - drums

Silverglo are a new Melbourne 7-piece bringing you avant garde funk from the Outer Reaches. Led from the back by drummer Jonathan Griffiths, Silverglo draw from afrobeat, funk, and jazz, then blend it together and give it to you unadulterated. Music from a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of the mind.

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

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Mar
17
5:00 PM17:00

An Indie Rock // Patrick Jaffe Trio + Kalon Quartet

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

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5:15pm - An Indie Rock

Theo Carbo - guitar
Tom Fraser - bass
David Quested - drums

Newly formed band 'An Indie Rock (Temporary name, suggestions welcome at the gig)' play music which happens on the given night. Using their most favourite improv mats they've been taught, each member takes turns in creating musical ideas which together make fully formed ideas/songs (in theory this should work). 

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6:15pm - Patrick Jaffe Trio + Kalon Quartet

Pat Jaffe - piano
Robbie Finch - bass
Lucien Finch - drums

Louise May - violin
Amy You - violin
Aidan Filshie - viola
Oscar Woinarski – cello

This group will present original compositions that fuse together contemporary classical music and improvisation, featuring one of Melbourne’s most exciting young chamber ensembles, the Kalon Quartet.

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

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Mar
10
5:00 PM17:00

van Gemert/Trigg/Finch/Dias-Jyasinha // Monty Shnier Quintet

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

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5:15pm - van Gemert/Trigg/Finch/Dias-Jyasinha

Scott van Gemert - trombone
Joel Trigg - piano
Robbie Finch - double bass
Merinda Dias-Jyasinha - voice

This quartet will come together for the first time to create a show that traverses through jazz, popular music and beyond, presenting an intimate performance focussing on melody and interaction. Featuring original music from its members and songs from other times, styles and places, we'd love for you to come share the journey with us!

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6:15pm - Monty Shnier Quintet

Zac O’Connell - alto sax
Josh Bennier - trombone
Ollie Rolfe - piano
Monty Shnier - bass
Ollie Cox - drums

Primarily a compositional outlet, the Monty Shnier Quintet focuses on melodic drama and improvisational interplay.

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

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Mar
3
5:00 PM17:00

Unbroken Trio // SHOL

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

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5:15pm - Unbroken Trio

Scott Van Gemert - trombone
Theo Carbo - guitar
Maddison Carter - drums

Lead by trombonist and composer Scott van Gemert, the Unbroken Trio plays original music that focuses on the collective sound of the ensemble. Also featuring Theo Carbo (guitar) and Maddison Carter (drums and percussion), these three unique musical voices come together to create an array of improvised sounds in a highly interactive setting.

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6:15pm - SHOL

Chris Skepper - trumpet
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.

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

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Feb
24
5:00 PM17:00

DEV RES VII: CountToTen // Three Sides to a Story

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 and individual artists. 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 VII are Reuben Lewis and Julien Wilson with CountToTen, and Natasha Trinkle with Three Sides to a Story.

This will be the second of their three performances, with the third and final taking place on June 30th.

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5:15pm - CountToTen

Julien Wilson - saxophone
Reuben Lewis - trumpet

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT:

At the start of 2019 Reuben & Julien resolved to form an electroacoustic project focussing on exploring new soundscapes. The title of the project refers to a mysterious pedal they both use called CountToFive.

The DEV RES concerts will be employed as a tonelab to investigate the textural, melodic, harmonic and rhythmic possibilities inherent in just two horns and effects. The duo format of horns+FX represents a unique project and one we’re intensely passionate about. All three performances will be recorded to gather source material to be further manipulated.

The textures can span from ambient warmth through glitchy digital soundscapes to industrial music concrete. This is not just an ECM horn drenched in reverb or a reboot of your 70s funk horn solo with an octave and wah pedal. Reub & Jules are driven to explore and create new sonic worlds.

Since both instruments use open microphones rather than pickups to transfer the analog source to the digital devices, we’ll be utilising DEV RES to investigate different amplification/sound reinforcement options over the course of the residency to maintain the greatest integrity/clarity from each contributor. Of course, some crossover/bleeding/pollution/influence/interference is part of the journey.

The chance to explore and map the creative development of this project in a public space enables us to learn through performance and distill and refine our process. Conceptual pieces will be prepared in between each event and reworked for the following ones. Listeners can expect soundworlds both refreshing and bracing.

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6:15pm - Three Sides to a Story

Natasha Trinkle - cello
Ashley Ballat - trumpet
James Ball - piano

DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT:

In this project we wish to explore, in a musical context, the concept that there is more than one side to any story. This involves two key development areas. Firstly the art of storytelling through musical performance, and secondly, flexibility of musical roles within our band. 

We plan to present a collection of through composed ‘story compositions’ at each performance. The story compositions are constructed of a series of key ideas for one instrument - either grips, or precomposed material - and improvised supporting roles, which may vary with each performance. The collection will be divided into three mini-sets, one for each musician in the band. At each performance we will rotate the sets so that every time we perform a particular composition, a different band member will tell the story. The end result will be three versions of each composition presented from a different point of view each time.

Our aim over these three performances is to get to know each other better musically, developing more freedom in our improvisation. By experimenting with different approaches to the same composition and being pushed out of our comfort zone, we hope to discover more ways to tell the story, resulting in more flexibility and freedom in our performances.

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

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Feb
17
5:00 PM17:00

Tom Allen-Graham Trio // Ryley Duncan Quartet

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

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5:15pm - Tom Allen-Graham Trio

Tom Allen-Graham - guitar
Angus Radley - bass
Lewis Pierre-Humber - drums

Tom Allen-Graham's Trio is comprised of electric guitar, double bass, and drums, and plays original music. Tom's compositions are inspired by the music of Keith Jarrett, and John Coltrane, to name a few, and aim to explore the melodic and harmonic palette of each individual, and how that contributes to the overall sound of the ensemble.

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6:15pm - Ryley Duncan Quartet

Ryley Duncan - piano
Jonathan Cooper - soprano/alto/tenor saxophones
Monty Shnier - bass
Alex Spicer - drums and cymbals

The Ryley Duncan Quartet is a Melbourne based group featuring some of Melbourne’s finest young jazz musicians. With influences spanning from the heavy playing of Branford Marsalis, to the warm yet vibrant Kenny Wheeler/Brian Dickinson duo, you’re bound to be captivated from  beginning to end.

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

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Feb
10
5:00 PM17:00

JOYING // Sean Connolly

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

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5:15pm - JOYING

Matthew Roche - guitar
Tom Flenady - double bass
Liam O’Leary - drums

JOYING is a new band by guitarist Matthew Roche which is dedicated to playing original jazz that is hard swinging, energetic and positive. Tired of existential angst and staring out of dusty windows, the prolific composer Roche sought out some old musical friends Tom Flenady (double bass) and Liam O’Leary (drums) to pay homage to the jazz royalty of his childhood. After one dream too many about swinging rhythm sections from the 60’s – our protagonist decided enough is enough and began writing simple tunes with a catchy melodic vernacular held together with an improvised backbone and got on the phone – the result is JOYING.

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6:15pm - Sean Connolly + guests

Sean Connolly - bass

Sean Connolly is a bassist, composer and teacher from Melbourne, Australia. He is an innovative and contemporary composer/technician of the bass guitar which sees him recording and performing in many varying groups and projects. He has just released a suite of Six Etudes for Solo Bass Guitar and performs with The Peeks, Sean Connolly Quartet and Hermeto Magnético. He has been described as a serious and innovative exponent of the instrument, challenging both the technique and existing content composed for the instrument.

This event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to your elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

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Feb
3
5:00 PM17:00

Amalgama // Whippersnapper

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

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5:15pm - Amalgama

Danilo Rojas - piano
Sam Price - drums

Amalgama, the coming together of difference. Esteemed Bolivian expat pianist/composer Danilo Rojas and outré expat drummer Sam Price hold a musical conversation that ranges from danceable cueca to smashed drumcore. Expect dynamics, interplay, and exposed emotions for all present.

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6:15pm - Whippersnapper

Max Slorach - tenor Saxophone
Christy Wositzky-Jones - piano
Robbie Finch - bass
Ollie Cox - drums

Whippersnapper is a co-lead quartet that plays arranged songs as well as compositions written by all four members. Their influence spans from John Coltrane to The Shaggs, and if you haven’t heard them, it’s already too late.

This event will take place on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

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Dec
16
5:00 PM17:00

DEV RES VI - Sirens // Mick Meagher

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

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5:15pm - Sirens

Lauren Irwin-Ray - vocals, percussion, bass and electronic manipulation
Mel O'Neill - vocals, percussion, guitar and electronics
Gracey Calnin - visuals

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.

Third performance; collaboration with visual artist
Materials: musical instruments, whiteboard for either projections for lightbox/laptop camera or to attach canvas to, artist's tools.
Concept: artist illustrates a graphic score live, within the limitations of a pre-drawn graph, with the x-axis showing time that has past. The artist would illustrate an improvised work into each vertical column, one at a time, moving from left to right along the graph every 5/10 minutes. The musicians would simultaneously perform to the graphic score, while the visual artist's work is reactionary to the sound played. We hypothesise that the art forms would gradually be more and more influenced by one another as the audience watches them perform further along the graphic score.

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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. 

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.

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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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Dec
2
5:00 PM17:00

line 5

Doors at 5pm
$10 full // $5 concession
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5:15pm - line 5

an evening of words and sound with -

Is There a Hotline?
Mara Schwerdtfeger
TT.O.

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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Nov
25
5:00 PM17:00

Natalie Slade // Wind and Hammers

Doors at 5pm
$10 full // $5 concession
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5:15pm - Natalie Slade

Natalie Slade - vocals
Gabe Fatin - keys
Henry Jenkins - bass
Hudson Whitlock - drums

Natalie Slade is an artist who sings both freestyle and original music which is forward looking and heavily rooted in soul. She has collaborated with artists such as Katalyst, Steve Spacek, Plutonic Lab and Simon Mavin and has played support for Common, Talib Kweli and Tall Black Guy among others. Her Lebowskis set will be an improvised set with post soul/jazz/hip hop influences and featuring Hudson Whitlock on drums, Gabe Fatin on keys and Henry Jenkins on Bass.

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6:15pm - Wind and Hammers

Josh Kelly - saxophone
James Ball - piano
Andy Doo - drums

Wind and Hammers is a vehicle for exploring unusual and intricate grooves, based on different methods of manipulating rhythmic groupings and perceptions. It uses different rhythmic concepts - such as odd time signatures, polyrhythms, shifting subdivisions, cross rhythms, and isorhythms - individually and in combination, to create unfamiliar cycles as a basis for grooves, compositions, and improvisation. A trio of sax/piano/drums provides the freedom for these cycles to develop and grow, and the opportunity for different textural and ensemble roles to be filled by each player.

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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Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

Squawk n' Ork

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

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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

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

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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

Doors at 5pm
$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 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

Doors at 5pm
$10 full // $5 concession
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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

Doors at 5pm
$10 full // $5 concession
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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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