Archive for April, 2017

The Necks are coming to Perth

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Experience one of Australia’s most influential cult bands and experimental trios, The Necks, when they return to Perth as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations.

Presented by Tura New Music, the trio of Chris Abrahams (piano), Lloyd Swanton (double bass) and Tony Buck (drums) who are globally renowned for their unique approach to creating spontaneous music of deceptive simplicity and shimmering beauty.

The bond The Necks share after 29 years of music-making is almost telepathic.  They are musical outsiders and will be the first to tell you that their sound isn’t just jazz, minimalist, ambient or avant-garde.

“It is a fairly safe bet to say that no other group in the world sounds quite like The Necks…extraordinary empathy and discipline” –  THE TIMES (UK)

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Pre-Show Talk by MCME Director Victoria Korshunova

Monday, April 24th, 2017

In an exciting opportunity to hear more about the acclaimed Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, MCME General Manager and Director Victoria Korshunova presents a pre-concert talk at the Subiaco Arts Centre, in the upstairs rehearsal room, on Tuesday 2 May at 6:30pm. This is a free event to concert ticket holders.

Korshunova has been with MCME since 1991, and is also the director of the Russian section of the International Society of Contemporary Music. In 2009 Korshunova founded the Centre for New Music Initiatives, as well as partnering with international organisations to organise and present over 30 music projects annually. Korshunova has written over 200 articles and research pieces devoted to the development of international and Russian contemporary music.

Korshunova will elaborate on her career as a musicologist, GM and Director of MCME, as well as her role as the curator and promoter and co-founder of the International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky city (Ural, Russia).

Purchase tickets to the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Subiaco Arts Centre on Tuesday 2 May from Ticketek.

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Q & A with Mike Cooper

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Mike Cooper talks Hawaiian shirts and delves into his soundtrack to ‘White Shadows in the South Sea’ performed as part of the Mike Cooper Residency.

Why have you chosen the film ‘A White Shadows in the South Seas’ for your Perth performance? 

I try to perform to films that, as far as I am aware, not many people do. I’m bored with seeing/hearing Metropolis, Nosferatu, Charlie Chaplin etc. and so I seek out unusual films and especially films shot in the South Pacific or some other ‘exotic’ place.

I have an interest in ‘exotica’ as a popular art form. I seem to have gained a reputation for my “Ambient Electronic Exotica” recordings, of which there are six volumes on various labels and formats.

I also chose to do this film because I have the book by Fredrick O’Bryan upon which the film is loosely based. There are also connections with other films that interested me, for example, it was supposed to be co-directed by Robert Flaherty and W.S. Van Dyke.

I am a fan of Flaherty’s films Nanook Of The North and Moana, the former reputed to be the first documentary film ever made. I have done live soundtrack performances to both these films in the past, and so I was drawn to White Shadows.

As it turned out Flaherty left the film some months into shooting and Van Dyke finished it. There are still some scenes in the final edit which are obviously Flaherty’s shots. He was very good at underwater filming, which wasn’t an easy thing to do in 1928.

What can the audience expect from your performance? Are there pre-recorded sounds as well as live manipulations? 

There are pre-recorded sounds on the soundtrack I present for this film as well as live playing.

I made a CD of the soundtrack with the same title for Room 40 records which also came out as a double vinyl LP on a UK label, Sacred Summits. I use a lot of field recordings, lap steel guitar etc. It a highly structured narrative film not something you can improvise freely across unlike, say, Man With A Movie Camera, for instance.

I also wanted it to be different to all of the other soundtracks I have composed or improvised in terms of instrumentation. Usually I make soundtracks quite sparse which this one isn’t.

Can we expect to see your Hawaiian shirts?  Is there a place where you get your shirts from? 

I never wear anything else but Hawaiian shirts despite the weather. You can get more of a glimpse into the shirt collection with some anecdotes about some of them here:

Many of our shirts came from trips to Australia in fact, but we find them all over the world.

It would be great to see the audience turn up in Aloha shirts.

Head to the Mike Cooper Residency page here, or purchase tickets to Mike Cooper: Live Score to Silent Film at PS Art Space from Eventbrite, and we look forward to seeing you in your best Hawaiian shirt (optional) on Wednesday 26 April!

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