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Liars @ Ainslie Salon

Published: Friday, 21 January 2022

NEW DATE! Saturday 28 May, 2022! “bstract electronic rock in the Ainslie Salon from the critically acclaimed Liars Liars are back with The Apple Drop. This mixing of raw, organic live instrumentation in the studio, along with solo tinkering, results in an album that blurs boundaries between the archetypal band structure and experimental electronics. “Momentum and […]

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NEW DATE: Lucas Granpa Abela – Same but Different

Published: Tuesday, 14 December 2021

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY 29 APRIL “One moment you hear John Coltrane playing a volcano, the next you hear a string section being squeezed through a toothpaste tube” The New York Times Maverick musician Lucas Abela’s ecstatic performances with shards of amplified glass are the stuff of legend. His practice emerged within the […]

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NEW DATE: Lucas Granpa Abela – Modular Synthesis Workshop

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY 29 April Lucas is just captivating. It’s incredible how he can flip the feeling of a room upside down and sonically there’s just no other sound like his” Zach Hill, Death Grips Join Maverick musician Lucas Abela as he shares the inner workings of his new quadraphonic modular set-up […]

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A Luminous Christmas

Published: Thursday, 9 December 2021

Luminescence Chamber Singers and Luminescence Children’s Choir join forces with Roland Peelman and the Canberra International Music Festival to present Canberra’s finest Christmas music on show from 17 – 19 December at the Wesley Music Centre! From the familiar favourites of ‘Christmas Classics’ and to Renaissance polyphony in ‘Magnificat’, A Luminous Christmas is food for […]

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Ainslie Salon: Light + Waves

Published: Monday, 15 November 2021

This event offers up 5 leading lights of exploratory electronic music from the Australian east coast set in a warm deep listening environment in the Ainslie Main Hall. Allow yourself to be immersed within delicate textures, programmed pulses and hypnotic voices.  Aphir is the solo electronic choral project of Becki Whitton. As Aphir, Becki has been hailed as part of ‘Australia’s new […]

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Ainslie Salon: Heather Shannon + Rasa Daukus

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A celebration of new contemporary classical works by pianists Heather Shannon (The Jezabels) and Rasa Daukus.  Sydney’s Heather Shannon – best known as the keyboardist in the beloved art-pop band The Jezabels and now a composer – journeyed to remote Iceland for an artist residency to create a bold solo project: the atmospheric piano album Midnight Sun.  “The landscape was so incredibly beautiful. It’s […]

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NEW LINE-UP! Party Dozen + HYG

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NEW LINE UP! Rock music in deconstruction from Sax and Drum duo Party Dozen and local psych explorers HYG. Party Dozen is a sonic project loosely based on improvisation by saxophonist Kirsty Tickle and percussionist Jonathan Boulet. Party Dozen released their debut LP ‘The Living Man’ to critical acclaim in 2017 under their own label Grupo Records. – HYG are one of […]

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Ainslie Salon: HTRK+ShaYu

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THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT Contemplative and hushed songcraft from HTRK meets the minimalist tone poems of 莎瑜 (ShaYu).  Few groups in history, recent or otherwise, elevate mood to such singular, smoldering supremacy as the Australian duo of Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang aka HTRK [‘Hate Rock’]. Theirs is a chemistry of smoke, echo, and the undertows of desire, the dislocation of cities and memory, the melancholy […]

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Ainslie Salon: Asteroid Ekosystem + Enki

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Don’t miss this night of ecstatic improvised jazz from the legendary Ed Kuepper, Alister Spence Trio and Tom Fell.  ‘What is jazz, what is rock, …, the jingling, crashing brainstorming is LSD-colorful. … Set the controls for the heart of the sun.’ - Rigo Dittmann, Bad Alchemy (GDR).  The brainchild of pianist and composer Alister Spence,  Asteroid Ekosystem is a supergroup for the 21st century bringing together […]

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Gorman Sessions: Mess Esque + Eleanor Malbon/Hannah de Feyter

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Gorman Sessions features rippling strings, aquatic textures, and melancholic wordplay from two beautiful collaborative explorations.  Mess Esque coalesce from ripples of guitar and shudders of emotion into the bumps and grooves of songs with biologic inevitability. Mick Turner’s (Dirty Three) aquatic guitar moods are met where they live and breathe by the vocals and dream imagery of […]

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