Haco (Japan) plays Maximum Arousal this Sunday 31/8/08

Sun Aug 31
The Toff, 252 Swanston St Melbourne

Maximum Arousal presents:

HACO (Japan)
TOM HALL (Brisbane)

Charismatic singer, lyricist and performer Haco came to the fore in the early 80s with the legendary group After Dinner, a sublime incarnation of surreal, direct, and offbeat Japanese/European pop. They featured astonishing swathes of ambient sound, over which Haco's voice soared, before undertaking daring sonic maneuvers; surround sound, backwards/sped up/reversed tape work. She continues to create groundbreaking solo work and collaborate with experimental artists such as Terre Thaemlitz, Zeena Parkins, Pierre Bastien, Carl Stone, Seiichi Yamamoto, Otomo Yoshihide, Ikue Mori, Aki Onda and Yoshimi P-we (Boredoms). But unlike many of her experimental contemporaries, Haco comes across as a bona fide pop star: it's as if Baby Spice or Kylie had acquired a large record collection and a degree in electro-acoustic music.
Do not miss this rare Australian performance from a living legend!

Also appearing is Tom Hall, a media artist based in Brisbane, Australia.
Hall's eclectic works flourish by utilising a variety of mediums, each that reflect on his varied background and interests. With a strong focus on elements of the 'everyday' Hall's practice involves considered explorations into place, space and time.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Upcoming Arousals:

Sun Sept 7 - DJ Olive (USA) + Tim Olive (Canada)/Robbie Avenaim + Robin Fox's Laser Extravaganza

Sun Sept 14 - Shoji Hano (Japan) with Kris Wanders, Yusuke Akai

Sun Sept 28 - Brandon Labelle (USA), Domenico Sciajno (Italy)

Tue Sept 30 - Spartak CD launch + ii + Part Timer + Panoptique Electrical + DJs Jinga & Flippo

Sun Oct 5 - KK Null (Japan) + Chris Smith + more