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Aviva Endean & Evelyn Morris // Adam Halliwell & Maria Moles

5pm

Aviva Endean is a performance-maker, clarinettist and composer interested in expanding the audience experience of sound by creating intimate, unusual and spatially engaged contexts for listening. Her performance practice spans a wide variety of musical styles and performance contexts including experimental and improvised music, theatre, creating immersive sonic environments, chamber music, folk music and inter-arts collaborations. Aviva is the recipient of numerous Awards and grants including the prestigious Freedman Music Fellowship, JUMP mentorship program, the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling scholarship, the Willem Van Otterloo memorial award, the Atheneum prize for chamber music and the Lionel Gell Merit award. Her work has been nominated for the EG music Awards ‘best Avant-garde/experimental act’ 2013, and the Aria Awards ‘Best World Music album’ 2014 and she has been described as “Australia’s most versatile clarinettist” Real Time 2014.

Evelyn Morris formed experimental pop outfit Pikelet in 2007 and has released three full-length albums, all of which have received great critical acclaim. Pikelet started out as layered experimental folk music and has traversed many musical territories over the years. Currently the sound is based around experimentation with synth, odd rhythms and found sound, all tied to a core melodic and harmonic focus. Evelyn has also been involved in many collaborations with artists and groups such as The Boredoms, for their Boadrum 10/10/10 performance. As a session musician Evelyn has accompanied many artists such as Ariel Pink, Grand Salvo, Laura Jean and Frida Hyvönen. In 2014 Evelyn was awarded The Age Music Victoria award for best experimental/avant garde act, nominated and voted for by her esteemed peers in the field.

6pm

Adam Halliwell has been a constantly active musician in Melbourne since 2008. After finishing studies at the VCA in 2013, he moved on to work in performing and improvising with left of field Disco group ‘Mildlife’ and Ethiopian/Melbourne collaboration ‘The Lalibelas’, in which they released a self-title album through Vision 8. 2015 saw the release of ‘Sun Ghost’, a collaboration with drummer and percussionist Maria Moles. They spent the year performing around Europe and Australia, receiving the opportunity to perform with the Sicilian Improvisers Orchestra, directed by Lelio Giannetto. In 2016, Adam released ‘The First Baboon Civilization’ on Moontown Records, a free jazz record using only a Shure PG48 microphone, predominantly used for Spoken Word or Karaoke. Critics called it “A cultural gift that makes jazz spicy and fun again” – (Kai Nobuko, Yeah I Know It Sucks) and, “There's not a great deal of music in this vein being made this good” – (Keith Pettinger, Awkward Movments). The record gave birth to the collective ‘The First Baboon Civilization Orchestra’, which Adam directs, composes for, cooks for and performs in. They have performed live to air at Triple R’s performance space for Dan Dare’s show ‘How High The Moon’, and to a sold out crowd at Howler for the Moontown Showcase. In 2016, the group performed as part of the ‘Lebowskis Development Residency’.

Maria Moles performs extensively around Melbourne both solo and with various ensembles, including performances at festivals such as Women’s Jazz Festival, Falls Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Tilde New Music Festival, Sugar Mountain Festival, Mona Foma and Dark Mofo. In May 2015, Maria toured Europe with Melbourne-based guitarist Adam Halliwell for the release of their debut album titled 'Sun Ghost'. In the same year, Maria toured Australia with alternative rock band Jaala, supporting grammy nominated neo-soul band 'Hiatus Kaiyote' for their Australian tour. The band since then has supported The Internet (USA), Methyl Ethel (PER), Polica (USA), and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizzard (MEL). Maria's solo project 'Mondo Flockard' explores the use of layering sounds/rhythms played on either drum kit/percussion which are then electronically manipulated through the use of filters and pitch modulators. Her self-titled EP was released in 2016 through Tonelist, and was listed on Avant Music News under Best Albums of the Year 2016. Ian Parsons described it as "drumming taken into a new territory, hovering somewhere around sharp-edged electroacoustics and unsettled ambience".