Rosalind Hall, Granpa Abela (Lucas Abela) and Original Past Life
8pm Monday 9 November
Hellenic Club, Stirling St, Perth
Hellenic Club, Stirling St, Perth
Rosalind Hall’s current solo performance work explores how a space can form an extension to a body, her limbs and saxophone evaporate from consciousness as the music she plays transforms the environment and exposes inner worlds. Using multiple microphones on her horn and throat to amplify her nervous pulse and labouring breath, as well as speakers, volume pedals and equalisation to form undulating feedback, Rosalind is attempting to create a shared experience of the transparency and dependency between body, instrument and presence.
Rosalind Hall will be joined by Granpa Abela (Lucas Abela, also known as Justice Yeldham), with his iconic performance using amplified sheets of glass, manipulated through vibration of voice and mouth, and atmospheric noise band Original Past Life featuring Michael Caratti on percussion/digital electronics, Warwick Hall on guitar/circuits and Adam Trainer on bass/analogue electronics.
The beguiling, chameleonic saxophone has possessed Rosalind Hall for most of her life. As she has grown, she has made it her mission to extricate the horn from her trainings, to unearth the inner vibrations of the saxophone body and to elicit from it the sonic microcosms of her mind. She has made reeds from different materials and found extensions and objects for the bell that alter and extend the playing techniques, creating precarious vibrations that necessitate playing and responding in the moment. Improvisation is the guiding force behind her music, experimentation and redefinition a driving goal and collaboration with people and spaces a transcendental joy.
Rosalind has performed in Australian festivals such as the Melbourne Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the nowNow, SoundOut, Electrofringe, and internationally at iiii, Breathing Sounds and Konfrontation. She has performed with the likes of Jim Denley, David Brown, Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, Jeff Henderson, Klaus Filip, Ben Byrne, the Snuff Puppets and Pedro Reyes’ “Disarm” project with the Australian Art Orchestra. She has exhibited compositions for Melbourne Now festival at the National Gallery of Victoria, Parisonic Hear and Now Festival at Instants Chavirés, Montreuil, Museruole On the Air, Always Moving Festival at Gertrude Contemporary Art Space and Screen Space. She has undertaken performance residencies in regional areas of Australia such as the White Space in Castlemaine, Bogong AIR festival and Dwellingup ArtsLab, and has released solo and collaborative work through Avantwhatever, Swarming Records and EcoSono.
What’s been described as “a trumpet player trapped in a two dimensional universe” is in fact the unique work of Lucas Abela, a maverick musician with an unhealthy obsession with sheets of broken glass. Initially classed as a turntablist, though his work has rarely resembled anything in the field, early feats saw him stabb vinyl with Kruger style stylus gloves, bound on electro acoustic trampolines, drag race the pope across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, perform deaf defying duet duels with amplified samurai swords, hospitalised by high powered turntables constructed from sewing machine motors, record chance John Peel sessions with the Flaming Lips, become Otomo Yoshihides’ favourite entry into his Ground Zero remix competition; ‘Consummation’ (instead of sampling the CD he destroyed it using amplified skewers!).
Today these turntable roots have became almost unrecognisable; the diamond tipped styli evolving into sheets of glass vibrated with his mouth, an infamous show that has astonished and bemused countless people in over 40 countries. Ecstatically Abela purses his lips against amplified glass whilst deftly employing various vocal techniques ranging from throat singing to raspberries turning the discarded shards into crude musical instruments, resulting is a wild array of cacophonous noise that is strangely controlled and oddly musical. The instruments simple, original and effective premise is a welcome riposte to over complicated musical performances of modern times. A one of a kind act re-defining the expression ‘don’t try this at home’ this show quite simply needs to be witnessed to be fully appreciated, let alone understood.
Original Past Life
Original Past Life is a three piece atmospheric noise band from Perth, Western Australia, featuring Michael Caratti on percussion/digital electronics, Warwick Hall on guitar/circuits and Adam Trainer on bass/analogue electronics. Together they reinterpret the traditional rock trio format through circuit-bending, electronics and improvisational deconstructions, offering up texture as a means to access compositional dynamic. In 2012 their live debut came in the form of a support slot for US doom/drone pioneers Earth, before disappearing from live performance to write and record their debut album. They returned to the stage in support of krautrock duo Schneider Kacirek in mid-2015, and have subsequently showcased their diverse compositional interests and their penchant for textural improvisation in the live arena, playing alongside both rock bands and experimental musicians. Original Past Life has been nominated for “Best Experimental Act” at the 2015 WAM Awards. Their debut album will see release in early 2016.