Experimental tunes to open Art, Not Apart festival

 Alexander Hunter, Erin Helyard and Charles Martin. Photo by Peter Hislop.
Alexander Hunter, Erin Helyard and Charles Martin. Photo by Peter Hislop.
Thursday 5 March 2015

The ANU Experimental Music Studio will perform a set of improvised electroacoustic music to open the Art, Not Apart multi-arts festival on 14 March.

Poet CJ Bowerbird, and QL2 Dance will perform with the ANU musicians for the first part of the performance.

Six musicians will make up the experimental music troupe, including School of Music lecturers Dr Erin Helyard and Dr Alexander Hunter, PhD students Charles Martin and Chloë J Hobbs, and undergraduate students Benjamin Drury and Brendan Keller-Tuberg.

“Each musician will have a setup of multiple acoustic and electronic instruments which they will play during the performance, which they can easily switch between,” says Dr Alexander Hunter.

“The performance is improvised, and follows a loose, suggestive structure. It could very between a fast, rhythmic and danceable pace and a slower, rhythmic feel.

“As a group, we will agree to a number of hand signals prior to the performance that represent different textures, or style and pace of the sound. Any of us can signal to suggest a change in the music at any point in the performance.

“This type of anarchic performance model is based on a desire to create a cooperative, egalitarian situation where performers explore sounds and rhythms together.”

The Art, Not Apart festival will take over the New Acton Precinct from 1pm – 7pm on 14 March, extending to Westside and NewActon beach by the lake. Exhibitions, performances, installations, strange interventions, street food, cafes and a dance party will all be part of the event.

In addition to the experimental music performance, other artists and musicians with links to ANU are included in the festival line-up.

Staff from the ANU School of Art and other parts of ANU will take part in an art talk asking whether art is still relevant today.

A number of ANU alumni are also involved in Art, Not Apart, including curator Chloe Mandryk and producer David Caffery.

The festival is a free event, and the full program is available at: http://artnotapart.com/program/2015

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