Adelaide Festival of Unpopular Music - AFUM 2009
April marks the end of the fourth year of musical activity at de la Catessen. To celebrate, a selection of musicians with a special emphasis on those working in Adelaide’s underground, experimental, and academic fields will present a series of concerts from April 12-23. The programme is as follows:
Sunday, April 12th, 3:30pm
Monday, April 13th, 6:30pm
ALEKSANDR TSIBOULSKI & JACOB CORDOVER
Five years after their intensive collaboration at the Banff Centre in Canada, two of Australia’s most gifted young guitarists come together for a one-off reunion tour across Australia. The versatile programme will feature solo sets, and duos, including the rarely heard contemporary virtuosic masterwork “Clocks” by American composer Joan Tower, Antonio Jose’s “Sonata”, and “Three Duets” by Australia’s own guru, Phillip Houghton.
Jacob Cordover resides in Barcelona, and this will be his first concert performance in Adelaide.
Monday, April 13th, 3pm $10/$8
DAVID KOTLOWY: prepared guitar, ruined piano, shakuhachi
ADE SUHARTO: dance
STEVEN KOTLOWY: bowed metallophones
Leading Adelaide composer David Kotlowy gives his final performance here before embarking for an extended stay in Japan as the 2008 recipient of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Japan Travel Fund.
Tuesday, April 14th, 10pm $5
Derek Pascoe is among the leading free improvisers in Adelaide, whose rigorous approach to musical self-discipline gives a profound assurance to his rare extended solo public performances.
Wednesday, April 15th, 8pm $5
JASON SWEENEY with Tristan Louth-Robins:
Panoptique Electrical is both an experimental studio project by Jason Sweeney and occasional collaborations with Zoë Barry, Jed Palmer, Tristan Louth-Robins (live performers) and Steve Phillips (Sensory Projects record label). Sweeney has been composing sound and music scores for live theatre, dance, film/video and installation projects since 1998. The first album Let The Darkness At You was released in 2008. The new album Yes to Fear, Yes to Desire will be released in July 2009 on Sensory Projects/Inertia Music.
Thursday, April 16th, 8pm FREE
This performance by Christian Haines will an eclectic exploration of the mobile phone, Ligeti, failure aesthetics and the highly relevant amplification of the sound of ice melting.
Sunday, April 19th, 8pm $5
Using a combination of laptop, turntable and iPod, Tristan Louth-Robins (red_robin) creates live electro-acoustic improvisations of rich sonic textures interspersed with restrained melodic gestures and deviations.
Monday, April 20th, 8pm $5
LUKE HARRALD - computers
DEREK PASCOE - saxophone
CHRIS MARTIN - piano
As a collaborative project between electronic music teacher Luke Harrald and the gestalt of the accomplished free-impro duo of Martin and Pascoe, MiniMax offers a complex live audio-visual performance.
Tuesday, April 21st, 8pm
BITCHES OF ZEUS
solo sets and trio by
Post-rock-logged sponges of musical performance practice: intuitive, unpredictable, uninhibited, confronting, self-taught, and psychedelic, Bitches of Zeus members Varricchio, Saracino, and Mourgos Grund offer sibylline commentary on unpop-culture.
Wednesday, April 22nd, 9pm
ADAM PAGE SOLO
Adam Page Solo is at the forefront of a new and unique style of performing, recording live instruments into loop pedals and spontaneously composing intricate grooves in many different styles. Primarily a Saxophone player, the instruments Page loops are as diverse as Bass, Keys, Percussion, Vocals, Tuvan Throat Singing, Beat Boxing, Guitar, Flute, Clarinet, Mbira (African Thumb Piano), Didgeridoo and Nose Flute in styles ranging from Funk, Tango and Punjabi to Classical, Jazz and Metal. He has even dabbled in playing drilled out vegetables.
Thursday, April 23rd, 7:30pm
As Hidden Village, Lauren Tomczak and Sebastian Tomczak are internationally recognised musicians of the online chiptune community. They draw upon an eclectic collection of retro game consoles, such as the Atari 2600, Commodore 64, Vectrex and original Gameboy, utilising recently developed sound software to create a performance duo. They endeavour to explore the use of relatively unconventional hardware and software in music making, such as the use of mobile phones as homebrew portable instruments and the construction of self-designed digital sequencing devices from scratch as performance.
Additionally, they have designed and implemented a number of physical interfaces for use in musical performance involving light and water as well as an interface for the Vectrex videogame console. They have performed at the Australian Computer Music Conference (2006), the Tyndall Assembly Concert Series (2007), and expanded to perform as Hidden City for the opening of the 2008 Adelaide Festival of Arts, alongside Stephen Whittington, Luke Harrald, Derek Pascoe and the Zephyr Quartet.
The closing concert of AFUM is one of Hidden Village’s major performances for 2009, and will feature a keyboard controlled walkman-mellotron, singing bowls, and live VGA hacking.