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DEV RES: Sirens // Mick Meagher

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

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.


5:15pm - Sirens

Loz Irwin-Ray - vocals, percussion, bass and electronic manipulation
Mel O'Neill - vocals, percussion, guitar and electronics
with collaborator Livv Bishop - movements

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.

First performance; collaboration with performance movement artist, Livv Bishop
Materials: musical instruments, potentially objects to incorporate into movement, rug to delineate individual's performance space.
Concept: the collaborating performer and musicians would begin and end their collective improvisation together as a unit. Livv would be designated a floor space in which to express herself through physical movement (soundless). The audience would experience human movement and vocal sound, the most natural forms of expression, accompanied by improvised music. We would strive for a conversation which is full circle, having both movement and sonic ideas affecting each other concurrently. We hope to create a space where both mediums develop a reactionary language to each other, with an aim to achieve one or more climactic moments where both physical and visual movement combine with sound to say the same thing and develop a shared idea.

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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.


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.

Earlier Event: August 19
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Later Event: September 9
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