Presented by Tura and Liquid Architecture
as part of the National Experimental Arts Forum hosted by Symbiotica
8pm Monday 5 October
Hellenic Club, Stirling St, Perth
Liquid Architecture Perth 2015 is a special one-off concert of international artists presenting in Perth for the first time. British folk artist Richard Dawson has emerged in recent years as a singularly strange and compelling presence in the global musical underground, with his epically bizarre lyrics and sprawling guitar playing. Techno maverick Basic House is the dude behind the UK’s edgiest contemporary electronic label Opal Tapes, and on this special occasion, he’ll undertake a world premier collaboration with microtonal Tuba virtuoso, (discoverer of the ‘noise-valve’) Robin Hayward. The evening will be rounded out be a performance from Taiwanese artist Yen-Ting Hsu, who’s audio environmental works open up the soundscape of everyday life.
Tura and Symbiotica are supported by the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts in association with Lotterywest
Tura, Liquid Architecture and Symbiotica are supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Liquid Architecture Perth is supported by the City of Perth
Liquid Architecture is an Australian organisation for artists working with sound. LA investigates the sounds themselves, but also the ideas communicated about, and the meaning of, sound.
Liquid Architecture’s program stages encounters and creates spaces for sonic experience, and critical reflection on sonority and systems of sonic affect. To do this, we host complex and engaging experiences at the intersection of contemporary art and experimental music, supporting artists to produce performances and concerts, exhibitions, talks, reading groups, workshops and recordings in art spaces, music venues and other sites.
Liquid Architecture is curatorially driven and our methodology embraces research, collaborations and imaginations. We want to echo beyond local conversations, problems, debates and questions, to reverberate across media and disciplines, and so to sound out new discourses about the audible world, and beyond.
English singer and guitarist Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing stumbles from music-hall tune-smithery to spidery swatches of noise-colour, swathed in amp static and teetering on the edge of feedback. His songs are both chucklesome and tragic, rooted in a febrile imagination that references worlds held dear and worlds unknown.
Richard Dawson spent years incubating his singular art, becoming a quiet legend on the Newcastle experimental scene before exploding across the UK and Europe with the delicately observed personal lilt of his breakthrough 2012 album The Magic Bridge. Invitations followed to perform at Kraak, Supersonic, and Latitude festivals as well as being lauded by The Wire magazine, Late Junction, The Quietus, The Guardian, Pitchfork and more. Subsequent albums The Glass Bridge (2013) and his latest Nothing Important (2014) have fulfilled and extended the promise of his earlier work, meeting unanimous critical acclaim
The nom de plume of Newcastle, UK artist Stephen Bishop, BASIC HOUSE is the founder of the cassette label Opal Tapes label, which has been a major influence on contemporary DIY electronic music.
BASIC HOUSE’s music is defined by a combination of a pure and primal aesthetic, and a precise attention to sound design. Basic House stands as a powerful testament to broken, crackling dispatches in the form of exhilarating electronic music
The tuba player and composer Robin Hayward, born in Brighton, England in 1969, has been based in Berlin since 1998. He has introduced revolutionary playing techniques to brass instruments, initially through the discovery of the ‘noise-valve’, and later through the development of the first fully microtonal tuba in 2009. In 2012 he invented theHayward Tuning Vine, partly out of a desire to visualise the harmonic space implicit within the microtonal tuba.
Taiwanese artist Hsu Yenting investigates the connection between sound, life, environment and ethno-culture. She adopts materials from field recordings to create audio documentaries, soundscapes, and sound design for dance. In 2015 Hsu conducted a sucessful residency at Fremantle Arts Centre via the Asialink arts program.