International Relations - West Space - 7 May 2014

LATE Night Program

Rully Sharbara (Yogyakarta) + Sophia Brous (Melbourne)
Wukir Suryadi (Yogyakarta) + Tarquin Manek (Melbourne)
Nathan Liow (Melbourne) + Angus Tarnawsky(New York)
Curated by Joel Stern.

Wednesday 7 May 2014 9:00pm-12:00am 
West Space is thrilled to present two new collaborations between Indonesian and Australian improvisors, collapsing multiple tongues, tastes and timezones into a universal stew of noise and joy.
Rully and Wukir will be well known to devotees of non-western noise for their unique band Senyawa, who combine punk and avant-garde nous with skewed takes on Javanese classical traditions. Senyawa's introduction to Australian audiences was back in 2011 as part of the Overground extravaganza at the Melbourne Town Hall. They were showstoppers that night and have been in high demand in Oz ever since. Sophia Brous, the curator of Overground, helped start the Senyawa craze - so here's a little chance to complete the circle.
Sophia's a brilliant improvising vocalist and performer and at this concert she'll be duetting with Senyawa honey throated crooner Rully Shabara in a one-off sing-off. Duo number two comprises two men with indescribable instruments who know how to use them. Wukir Suryadi, virtuoso of heavy-bamboo, student of great Indonesian poet-national hero W. S. Rendra, and instrument-building icon, meets Tarquin Manek, the Melbourne via Canberra avant-savant from Bum Creek with a suitcase full of curated junk.
Plus to kick off the night we will be presenting Artifacts, a sonic work by Nathan Liow and Angus Tarnawsky that is part of Rosemary Willink' s exhibition Can we please play the internet?. Nathan and Angus expose sonic phenomena associated with the vast physical network that enables the internet. Artifacts is a slowly evolving feedback conversation created by a live acoustic piano performance in the gallery, broadcast immediately to NYC then returned and amplified through speakers and mixed with the existing performance. Within this process, inaudible sounds become apparent and distortion begins to erode and decay what is heard. The Internet itself leaves a unique signature and becomes an organic third party working alongside the artists.
West Space
Level 1, 225 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
This event is supported by the City of Melbourne.
(forwarded from West Space)