APRIL 2009 and its time for another Quarterbred fortnight!
This month we are very excited to present the following artists/projects:
The Splinter Orchestra
Thursday the 16th of April.
$10 / $8
The Splinter Orchestra are one of the few large-scale improvisational ensembles working in Australia, or anywhere else for that matter.
Formed in 2003, the group has comprised of up to 50 members. Made up of individuals from the improvised music scene, electronic musicians, sound artists and those who are involved in environmental sound and field recording, the Splinter Orchestra create a stark minimalism despite their large number – without any leaders or conductors.
The group aims for graceful tension, restraint and simplicity. They are intent on becoming one instrument…
Past and present members of the orchestra: Jim Denley, Dale Gorfinkel, Peter Farrar, Karen Booth, Lloyd Honeybrook, Ian Pieterse, Matt Ottignon, Inge Olmheim, Shannon ONeill, Luke Callaghan, Emily Morandini, Ben Byrne, Alex Davies, Daniel Whiting, Joe Derrick, Simon Ferenci, Clayton Thomas, Mike Majkowski, Abel Cross, Milica Stefanovic, Michael Sheridan, Matt Earle, Adam Sussmann, Paul Taylor, Martin Ng, Peter Blamey, Robbie Avenaim, Alex Masso, Jon Rose, Hollis Taylor, Chris Abrahams, Monica Brooks, Amanda Stewart, Clare Cooper, Ben Gerard, Chris Burke, Gail Priest, Reuben Derrick, Rod Cooper, April Fonti, Sam Dobson, Gerard Crewdson, Cass McGlynn, Sam Pettigrew, Alex Spence, Laura Altman, and more.
“The Splinter Orchestra’s music is like quicksand: it can suck you in, just as each of the 27 musicians relinquished his or her sense of self within this monumental improvising ensemble. Listening to it is like looking down on a jungle from above, with infinite layers of foilage making for an image without surface. Behind every sound lurks another sound, and then another. The result is eerie and weirdly beautiful; more diaphanous then dense, which is a tribute to both the subtlety of the interaction and the sophistication of the recording. Remarkable.”
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald Jan 12 2008.
GEORGIE MEAGHER AND JADE MARKHAM
"Our focus is on developing elements of performance within an installation comprising of: photographic slides, inter-changing projections of text, and a mat made with LED's embedded into layers of latex. Sourcing the text from a poem by Edgar Allen Poe, the working title is 'While Our Husbands Were at Church'."
ADRIANNE SEMMENS, HENRIETTA BAIRD AND ROSALEE PEARSON:
Creative Development choreographing a dance movement piece/vocabulary based on native flora.
We will explore plant/seed cycles, germination, environmental influences, survival mechanisms, layering and identity.The movement created is to be further explored by visual layering.
Using the humble radio alarm clock I create the ultimate wake-up machine! I have spent the last couple of years sourcing discarded and unwanted clock radios and currently have a collection of 47. I will create a time-phase system, which sees the clock radios go off one-by-one at a set time which results in a gradual cacophony of radio, buzzer and beeping sounds. The clock radios create a sort of 'domino' effect as they change time one after the other and the idea is that the installation could be viewed throughout the day with a performance each night at say, 8:03 when they are set to go off. This performance incorporates the lights and sounds of the alarm clock with a sleeping-waking dance performed by the artist. An additional element is that the event can be recorded and played the next night so that the cacophony will multiply each night.
This work will be performed with The Splinter Orchestra.
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WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO GIVE A BIG SHOUT-OUT TO ALL OF THE AWESOME STAFF, VOLUNTEERS, ARTISTS AND AUDIENCES WHO MADE OUR TINY STADIUMS FESTIVAL AN AWESOME RAD FORTNIGHT OF AWESOMENESS. YOU DUDES ARE WAY COOL.