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Georgie Darvidis & Jenny Barnes // Blind Spot

  • 16-22 Cross Street Brunswick East, VIC, 3057 Australia (map)

5:15pm Georgie Darvidis & Jenny Barnes

A couple of weirdos, hopelessly in love, play fighting for glamour. Watch as these two unhinged dandies try and surprise each other/give the people what they "want." 

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About Georgie:
Georgina Darvidis is one of Melbourne’s most versatile and adventurous young artists. Beginning her musical study exploring theatre and classical vocal technique lead to major roles with The Melbourne Theatre Company and The Victorian Opera Company. After completing a Bachelor in Improvised music at The Victorian College of the Arts, she began to investigate more traditional jazz styles as well as free improvisation and cross disiplinary compositional forms. This lead to overseas study with acclaimed practitioners Shelley Hirsch and Theo Bleckmann in 2013. 

Georgina is currently producing multimedia original works, as well as exciting collaborations with respected arts communities including Chamber Made Opera Company and The Australian Arts Orchestra and The Bennett’s Lane Big Band. 

About Jenny:
Jenny Barnes examines and mimics field recordings of Arctic mammals, domestic pets and birds to achieve an extensive and diverse vocal capacity. Barnes then studies the rhythmic cadences and pitch modulations of human languages and applies her findings to an improvisatory musical context.

Barnes’ current work is a rigorous investigation into sound as meaning and the absence of sound in meaning. Her work follows a larger trajectory across creative practice and empirical research into language and community engagement. Barnes’ work as an improvising vocalist embodies the spontaneity, expression and empathetic experience of language and language acquisition. Employing unconventional vocal techniques, thorough understanding of phonetic and phonological patterns both sonic and silent (Auslan) and a deep respect for others, it is a creative work that unfolds and reveals sonic and energetic peculiarities in various environments with attention and devotion to the process itself.

6:15pm Blind Spot

Blind Spot is the quartet of Melburnians Kieran Hensey (sax), James McLean (drums) and Joe O’Connor (piano) with Perth bassist Djuna Lee.  Formed in 2013, they play original music by all members, inspired by their shared love of modern jazz and open improvisation.  They are convening in Melbourne in February to record their debut album, and will be giving a couple of rare live concerts.