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Adrian Sherriff & Carmen Chan // Georgie Darvidis & Jenny Barnes


Adrian Sherriff is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who performs Experimental, Afro-American, Afro-Cuban, Japanese and Carnatic musics. Adrian is the musical director of the Australian Art Orchestra's twenty year collaboration with South Indian drummer Karaikudi R. Mani and has taught South Indian rhythm at tertiary institutions across Melbourne and internationally since 2000. Adrian annually performs and has his compositions performed in Europe, India and across Australia. In 2016, Adrian performed his score for the season showing of "Gaijin" with Carmen Chan. They have also regularly worked together as participants in Ren Walter's This ensemble.

Carmen Chan is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and artist whose graphic compositions and project 'Do You See What I Hear?' have been featured in a range of contexts locally and internationally. She also performs in solo, duo and ensemble settings in and around Melbourne, and collaborates with improvisers, composers and artists.


Georgie 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 disciplinary compositional forms. This lead to overseas study with acclaimed practitioners Shelley Hirsch and Theo Bleckmann in 2013. Upon her return to Australia, Georgie began to focus on producing original multimedia works independently, playing the role of composer, performer, film maker, and editor.

Jenny 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.

Earlier Event: March 26