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Emily Bennett & Michael McNab // Ziggy Zeitgeist & Tom Mansfield


Emily Bennett is a brazen contemporary vocalist, accordion player, sound artist and educator. Melismatic, insistent and infectious. A graduate of Theatre/Media from Charles Sturt University, the Australian National University School of Music and Honours in Jazz and Improvisation from Victorian College of the Arts. She’s performed with the First Baboon Cilivization, Nyash! Afrobeat Collective, Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde, Sunburnt Soul Collective, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus and been commissioned to compose and design sound for the You Are Here festival, Short + Sweet Dance Festival, Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, the Young Music Society, Going Nowhere festival and live art company Big One Little One. Her trio, Great rack and an empty club reverb, were the recipients of the Lebowskis Development Residency and also curated in the Critical Animals Symposium to present at the opening for the This is Not Art festival in Newcastle. They perform and collaborate regularly in Melbourne.

Michael McNab is a drummer, improvisor, electronic musician and interdisciplinary sound/performance artist from Melbourne. Listening with an unfixed body and open eyes, his kinetic interactions with collaborators, objects and site form the material of his work. He is interested in human and non-human presence as impetuses for sound making, and in spatiality and anti-virtuosity as ways to shake up audience-performer relationships. Michael makes solo and participatory percussion performances, modifying, deconstructing and spatialising different parts of the drumset and combining them with found objects and microphone feedback to build abstract sound worlds. He also releases surrealist collage-based electronic/hip hop music and makes experimental performance under the alias “Wumpy”. He has performed around Australia and in France, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Norway and the Netherlands. Collaborators past and present include Rebecca Jensen, Shian Law and Geoffrey Watson in the dance world, and Mick Douglas, Josten Myburgh, Jenny Barnes, Shani Mohini-Holmes, the Phonetic Orchestra and THIS ensemble in the music/sound world.!!


Ziggy Zeitgeist is a purveyor of the fine boutique musics.

Tom Mansfield (AKA Thhomas) is a casual beat maker hailing from the inner north suburbs of Melbourne. The Thhomas tape is minimal, subtle beats that utilise instrumentation, field recordings, samples and analogue drum machines. Influence spanning from boogie funk through to 2-step the Thhomas tape is diverse but coherent. Thhomas is best known for his guitar playing in live-beat band 30-70.