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New Wave: Sound at the Seymour Centre, Sydney

Words by Scenewave Australia - Published on June 6, 2013

Vivid Sydney is proudly presenting New Wave: Sound at the Seymour Centre this Friday and Saturday June 7th and 8th. Curated by Andrew Batt-Rawden, Artistic Director of Chronology Arts, audiences will be taken on a journey of ‘sonic exploration,’ featuring a showcase of the latest and greatest talent in experimental, avant-garde and electronic music.

Friday June 7th starts with “What’s Hot?” a forum featuring musicians and composers discussing what they’re seeing, doing and loving in music today. The diverse panel includes Yarmila Alfonzetti, head of Classical Music at the Sydney Opera House, FBi Radio presenter Adam Lewis and Marcus Whale, the Sydney-based half of electronic duo Collarbones. The audience will be treated to an impassioned and utterly fascinating meeting of musical minds, learning and laughing along the way.

Next is “Abstract and Pathology”, where the musical journey takes a turn down foggier, unmapped paths paved by three of Australia’s boldest electro-acoustic composers. Audiences will be challenged and intrigued by performances of original, acclaimed pieces by Anthony Pateras, Natasha Anderson and Erkki Veltheim. Haunting, inquisitive and exhilarating, this is not to be missed.

Friday will end with a performance by the brilliant Kekko Fornanrelli Trio, interpreting and improvising their way through contemporary and classical jazz and dance, create  unique, fantastic sounds.

Saturday June 8th is a day of continuous live music from midday until 11 pm. The Seymour Centre’s Sound Lounge will be filled with non-stop music from ethereally meditative electro-drone An Infinity Room, the part contemporary, part classical, part improvised, part-interactive Covalent, the classically-trained string ensemble who are “a million miles away from Classical music” The NOISE, “Australia’s first and only” electric guitar four-piece Ampere Quartet and beautifully electronic-with-live-vocals FBi darlings Collarbones, featuring an audiovisual collaboration with Parisian artist Michael Salerno.

With more hyphenated genres that you could poke your thick-rimmed glasses at, and instruments and sounds more dazzlingly intense than an acid trip at Millbrook, it’s the perfect day out for anyone curious about modern music.

Head to the Seymour Centre this Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June. Tumble down a mesmerising, sonic rabbit-hole of innovation, improvisation and information. You won’t be disappointed.

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