Saturday, October 28, 2017



This is the 9th year of the annual SoundOut festival, and in 2018 we will bring to you the continuation of the incredible explorative sonic arts event. This is the International Free Improvisational, Free Jazz and Experimental Music festival to will uplift tired ears, explore the unknown, see within the fabric of sound, unravel the threads of normative musical praxis, and question sonic hegemonies. With artists from Australia, Austria, Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden and the US that will combine, mix, cross-fertilize, and move sound mountains to inspire inquiring ears.

SoundOut 2018 sees the extraordinary Artists: From Norway and Sweden a duo of: Sten Sandell (piano), and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums); From Austria and France the Duo: Franz Hautzinger (trumpet) and Isabelle Duthoit (Vocals/clarinet); from the US, vocalist Bonnie Lander and expat cellist Judith Hamann; From Germany saxophonist Georg Wissell;  From Denmark (bassist) Adam Pultz-Melbye and expat (guitarist) Julia Reidy in the Duo: Tennis of all Kinds; From Sweden  John Moir (bassist) with expat  Casey Moir (vocalist) in the briliant duo called IgniteFrom Malaysia electroacoustic artist Goh-Lee Kwang; From Melbourne: Prime: saxophonist Scott McCounnachie and guitarist Ren Walters duo; From Sydney: vocal artist Tony Osborne, Electronic /clarinet Alexandra Spence,  Romy Caen harmonium/feedback/perc and Prue Fuller voice/small objects/instruments; From CanberraMiroslav Bukovsky  (trumpet), Amelia Watson (objects, toy piano/prepared piano); Psithurism trio (John Porter (tenor saxophone; Rhys Butler, alto saxophone; Richard Johnson, wind instruments) and  brilliant young composer/improviser Ben Drury on double bass + many more surprise Artists. 

The 2018 group of Artists has never gathered before and never will again in the same configuration, but they are all involved in an international dialogue that is essential to the unfolding of new music structures and what it means to be human in the 21st Century. Come, see and hear the new music evolve.

SoundOut is very grateful for the generous support from the ACT Government for the 2018 Festival. We are also grateful to the friends of SoundOut, and the volunteers that help with the festival. Special gratitude goes to the Drill Hall Gallery and Staff for their consistent friendship, generosity and support; as well as School of Music in Canberra for the generous help with equipment and use of the Bandroom for the Workshops. The Artists would like to thank their respective governments and cultural institutions for their support: The Norwegian Government, the Swedish government;  the Austrian Embassy; and the Danish and German Governments.


          






 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

WHEN & WHERE


Where and When
SoundOut Improvisation Workshops:
2nd February @ School of Music Bandroom, Canberra
1] 10am - 12:30 - Paal Nilssen-Love and Sten Sandell  [improvisation]
2] 2pm - 16:30 - Isabelle Duthoit [vocal - improvisation]
3] 2pm - 16:30 - Franz Hautzinger [trumpter - improvisation] 
Please register for these Free workshops here:

When and Where
SoundOut Festival 
Saturday 3rd  February:

Session 1:  1 pm - 5 pm

Session 2:  7 pm - 11:30 pm

Sunday 4 th February:

Session 3:  1 pm - 5 pm

Session 4:  7 pm - 11:30 pm

Where:
Drill Hall Gallery, ANU
Kingsley Street Acton ACT 2601
(02) 6125 5832 or 0411 117 462


Tickets: $30 full - $20 conc per 4hr session
Season full $100 and Season concession $60 

Available @ the door and via Eventbrite [see link]
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/soundout-festival-2018-tickets-39378405872

For more information contact:
Richard Johnson
vortexrec@gmail.com
+61 (0)411 117 462



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Artist list

Adam Pultz Melbye: Double bass, Denmark
Alexandra Spence: clarinet/electronics, Sydney
Benjamin Drury: double bass
Bonnie Lander, vocalist: USA
Casey Moir: vocals, Sweden/Germany
Franz Hautzinger: trumpet, Austrian 
Georg Wissell: saxophone, Germany
Goh-Lee Kwang: electronics, Malaysia
Isabelle Duthoit: vocals/clarinet, France
Johan Moir: double bass, Sweden
John Porter: tenor saxophone – Canberra  
Judith Hamann: Cellist, Melbourne/USA
Julia Reidy: guitar, Berlin/Sydney
Millie Watson: toy piano/percussion, Canberra
Miroslav Bukovsky: trumpet, Canberra
Paal Nilssen-Love: drummer, Norway
Prue Fuller: - voice, small instruments/ objects, Sydney

Ren Walters: guitarist, Melbourne
Rhys Butler: alto sax – Canberra
Richard Johnson: wind instruments – Canberra  
Romy Caen: Harmonium, percussion, feedback, Sydney
Scott McConnachie, saxophone, Melbourne
Sten Sandell: pianist, Sweden
Tony Osborne: performer vocals, Sydney
+ more

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

SoundOut 2018 Set list

SoundOut Program
Saturday 3rd February
Afternoon:   Session 1  (1pm - 5pm)

1:00     
Psithurism Trio:
John Porter: tenor sax, Sydney
Rhys Butler: alto sax, Canberra
Richard Johnson: wind instruments, Canberra
1:50     
IGNITE:
Casey Moir: vocals, Sweden
Johan Moir: double Bass, Sweden
2:40     
Alexandra Spence: electronic/clarinet, Sydney
Millie Watson: toy piano/piano/percussion, Canberra
Prue Fuller: sound Objects, Sydney
Romy Caen: harmonium/electronics, Sydney
Tony Osborne: vocals/electronics, Sydney

3:30     
Georg Wissel: alto saxophone SOLO, Germany
4:20
Workshop ensemble from the 2nd of February

Saturday Evening:  Session  2   (7pm - 11:30pm)
7:00   
PRIME:
Ren Walters: guitar, Melbourne
Scott McConnachie: alto saxophone, Melbourne
7:50    
Paal Nilssen-Love: drums, Norway
Sten Sandell: piano, Sweden
8:40   
Ben Drury: double bass, Canberra
Bonnie Lander: vocals, USA
Goh Lee Kwang: electronics, Malaysia
Judith Hamann: cello, USA
9:35   
Isabelle Duthoit: vocals/clarinet, France
Franz Hautzinger: trumpet, Austria
10: 20 
Tennis Of all Kinds:
Adam Pultz-Melbye: double bass, Denmark
Julia Reidy: guitar, Sydney/Berlin

11:10pm   Collective improvisation from all performers of the day
  


     Sunday 4th February
Afternoon:  Session  3  (1pm - 5pm)

1:00     
Alexandra Spence: electronic/clarinet, Sydney
Bonnie Lander: vocals, USA
Goh Lee Kwang: electronics, Malaysia
1:50    
Ben Drury: double bass, Canberra
Casey Moir: vocals, Sweden
Julia Reidy: guitar, Sydney/Berlin
Millie Watson: toy piano/piano/percussion, Canberra
2:40 + Adam + Paal + PRIME +
Adam Pultz-Melbye: double bass, Denmark
Paal Nilssen-Love: drums, Norway
Ren Walters: guitar, Guitar
Scott McConnachie: alto saxophone, Melbourne
3:30   Psithurism trio +
Alexandra Spence: clarinet, Sydney
John Porter: tenor sax, Sydney
Rhys Butler: alto sax, Canberra
Richard Johnson: Wind instruments, Canberra
Georg Wissel: alto saxophone, Germany

4:20     
Franz Hautzinger: trumpet, Austria
Johan Moir: double bass, Sweden
Judith Hamann: cello, USA/Melbourne
Miroslav Bukovsky: trumpet, Canberra

Sunday Evening:  
Session 4 (7pm - 11:30pm)

7:00    
Bonnie Lander: vocals, USA
Casey Moir: vocals, Sweden
Isabelle Duthoit: vocals, France
Tony Osborne: vocals, Sydney

7:45    Sten Sandell: piano SOLO, Sweden

8:35    
Johan Moir: double bass, Sweden
Julia Reidy: guitar, Sydney/Berlin
Miroslav Bukovsky: trumpet, Canberra
Paal Nilssen-Love: drums, Norway
Rhys Butler: alto sax, Canberra

9:30   
Adam Pultz-Melbye: double bass, Denmark
Franz Hautzinger: trumpet, Austria
Isabelle Duthoit: vocals, France
Judith Hamann: cello, USA/Melbourne
Richard Johnson: wind instruments, Canberra
10:20  
Georg Wissel: alto sax, Germany
John Porter: tenor sax, Sydney
Prue Fuller: sound objects/small instruments, Sydney
Romy Caen: harmonium/electronics, Sydney
10:50   Collective Improvisation (all Performers from the two days)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Artist bios:


SoundOut 2018 Artist bios:
Adam Pultz Melbye: Double bass, Denmark
Living in Berlin since 2013, Danish born double bassist Adam Pultz Melbye works in a number of projects centrered around exploring the basic constituents of sound.  Using his instrument as a resonator rather than as a carrier of melody or harmony, Melbye’s solo playing draws on acoustic and psychoacoustic phenomena to create detailed and oscillating sonic fields where sudden and dramatic changes can be caused by minute variations in finger placement or bow pressure. With bands such as Tennis of All Kinds, SAP and Flamingo, group texture becomes a dominant theme, resulting in densely layered resonant zones. Adam has toured large parts of the world, was instrumental in the rise of the Scandinavian record label and musicians collective Barefoot Records and now operates his own imprint Noema.  Adam frequently performs with dance, has composed, performed and recorded music for film, theatre and visual arts and has recently explored generative sculpture design with the multidisciplinary project Every Vessel.  Current projects include a duo with dancer Akemi Nagao, Gullet (acoustic and electroacoustic works for solo double bass), Tennis of all Kinds (with Julia Reidy), LUBB (with Pat Thomas and Peter Ole Jørgensen), SAP (with Paul Stapleton), Flamingo (with Chris Heenan and Christian Windfeld), Water speaks of Water (with dancer Jenny Haack and percussionist Michael Vorfeld).  Additional notable collaborations: Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Rudi Mahall, Sofia Jernberg, Frank Gratkowski, Magda Mayas, Jack Wright, Johannes Bauer, Tony Buck, Axel Dörner, Gerald Cleaver, Tobias Delius, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Paul Lovens, Mikolaj Trzaska.  http://www.adampultz.com/                www.everyvessel.com


Alexandra Spence: clarinet/electronics, Sydney

Alexandra works within the fields of sound installation, composition, and improvised music. Alex is interested in the idea of listening as an active practice. She is inspired by the idea of ‘collaborating’ with one’s environment, understanding the relationships between the listener, sound, and the surrounding environment to be a kind of communion or conversation. Her work favours subtlety, quietude and unusual sound sources. Alex has performed and presented work in concerts, festivals, symposiums and galleries in Australia, Canada, and Europe, including the Women In Sound/Women
On Sound forum: Educating Girls in Sound, Lancaster, UK; NOW now Festival, Sydney, AU; Is This Art? dLux Media Arts, Sydney, AU; Destroy Vancouver, CA; Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, CA; and the FKL Symposium, Besenello, IT. She is the co-curator of Tidal~Signal Festival, which takes place in Vancouver, and aims to highlight women, and transgender artists working in left-field genres, and is a recent graduate of the MFA Interdisciplinary Arts program at Simon Fraser University, CA.   http://alexandraspence.net/

Benjamin Drury: double bass
Ben is a Canberra-based composer, improviser and sound artist. His practice deals with experimental, popular and classical music, in performance and composition. His work as a composer is concerned with acoustics, noise and quiet sounds. He is a member of the ANU Experimental Music Studio and New Music Ensemble as a performer and composer and has worked with Ensemble Offspring, The NOISE and the ANU Chamber Orchestra as a composer. His work is beginning to move outside of traditional forms and venues, focusing more on alternative and experimental ways of presenting new music, including the site-specific installation ‘Pieces for Cars Tunnel and Hexagonal vents’ as part of the You Are Here Festival in May of 2016 and some generative and interactive electroacoustic works. He has also performed in the Canberra International Music Festival, the SoundOut festival, the International Conference of Auditory Design, Electrofringe and Art Not Apart. His first album Sentence Fragment Consider Revising is coming out in 2017.
Bonnie Lander, vocalist: USA

Bonnie is an experimental vocalist whose work occupies a unique space between improvisation and contemporary opera performance. A soprano, improviser, and composer based in San Diego, California, her work focuses on a particular vocal language that is highly expressive and energetic. Bonnie’s work as a composer includes a series of graphic scores “Objects in Space”, multi-channel sound installations, and a collection of works “Inside Voices” that present vocal composition as fluid and improvisatory in nature. Bonnie has performed and collaborated with artists including Bang On A Can All Stars, Red Fish Blue Fish, Roger Reynolds, Steve Schick, Kjell Nordeson, Wojtek Blecharz, Mark Dresser, John Dierker, Paul Pinto, and Bonnie Jones. She has a longstanding collaborative relationship with composer and pianist Anthony Davis, who has written several groundbreaking improvised operatic roles specifically for her. Her performance work has been presented at a range of venues including The Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA), the 92nd St Y (NYC), as well as in forums such as Omaha Under the Radar, Des Moines Under the Radar, Make Music NY, and the Internationales Musikinstitute Darmstadt. She is a founding member of up and coming experimental opera company Rhymes With Opera (NYC), a noise duo with Clinton McCallum, and a voice and strings duo with cellist Judith Hamann.  Bonnie trained at the Peabody Institute in both opera performance and computer music, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of California San Diego.        http://www.bonnielander.com/p/inside-voices.html

Casey Moir: vocals, Sweden/Germany

Casey is an Australian born vocal improviser with a base in Gothenburg, Sweden and Berlin, Germany. Her artistic focus has her delving deeper into the capabilities of the voice. She enjoys testing and pushing conventional boundaries. She explores how vowels and consonants are formed and can be distorted and how sounds can be shaped and manipulated using the tongue, lips, glottis and hands. She then combines these somewhat unconventional aspects with other musical aspects such as form, direction, overall shape, the structure of composition etc.  Casey graduated from The Australian National University in Canberra with her Bachelor of Music Performance, majoring on voice, in 2005. Since moving to Sweden in 2007 she has also completed her Bachelor of Improvisation at the Academy of Music and Drama, in Gothenburg Sweden 2011. After graduating in 2011 she travelled south to Australia again for a year to perform with other musicians and bands, performing often with her solo acoustic improvisation project Naked, as well as with alternative pop duo Mother Jack. The latter of these bands won the Best Up-and-coming-band at the 2012 Melbourne Fresh Competition. In July 2012 she returned again to her home in Sweden.  She is a member of and most often composer and bandleader for many different constellations such as Casey Moir Band, Naked (solo free improvisation), SVELIA (Australian/Swedish quintet), Johan Moir Ensemble and MOCO (piano/voice improvisation duo).   She has performed at various festivals and venues in Australia, Sweden and Europe such as  Umeå Jazz Festival (SE), Luleå Blues Festival (SE), Hagenfesten Härbre (SE), Fasching Jazz Club (SE), Nefertiti Jazz Club (SE), Glenn Miller Café (SE), Jazz I Malmö (SE), Make It Up Club Melbourne (AUS), Bennetts Lane Jazz Club (AU), NIMA (AU), Philly Joe's Jazz Bar (EE), Jöhvi Concert Hall (EE), Horns Erben Jazz Club Leipzig (DE) and Alchemia Krakow (PL).   She has performed with artists from around the world such as Emilio Gordoa, Chris Heenan, Nina De Heney, Adam Pultz Melbye, Luke Sweeting, Reuben Lewis,  Naoko Sakata, Linda Olah, Henrik Olsson and Sofia Jernberg amongst others.     http://casey.moir.se/     https://hearhererecords.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-alchemia

Franz Hautzinger: trumpet, Austrian  

Detours often lead to more thrilling.  Franz Hautzinger has taken long and bendy detours and turned to many dead ends. All this, these victories and defeats, this "History from the Total Crash to 'Emergency Individualism'", as he himself.   Born in Seewinkel, Burgenland, a Hannibal Marvin Peterson concert at jazz gallery Nickelsdorf was the young trumpeter's "awakening experience". He studied at the University of Graz, Austria, from 1981 to 1983. After moving to Vienna in 1986 he started in 1989 to explore the trumpet in his very own and un-academic way. He became attached to the circles around Christoph Cech and Christian Mühlbacher, played in the big band "Nouvelle Cuisine" and the octet "Striped Roses"; The CD "Zong of the Boboolink", which he recorded with the saxophonist Helge Hinteregger and what was influenced by sampler collages. His Kenny Wheeler, Henry Lowther, John Russell, and Steve Noble. Hautzinger assimilated the stimuli in very different ways: in "Rainorchester" with his changing instrumentation, in the quartet with Helge Hinteregger, Oren Marshall and Steve Noble as well as in the trio "Speakers' Corner" with guitarist Martin Siewert and drummer Wolfgang Reisinger.  The critical decision to avoid electronic sound sources is not a computational approach to the development of digital music on the trumpet - the quarter tone trumpet purchased in 1997 - the decisive stages for the creation of Franz Hautzinger's sensational solo trumpet CD "Gomberg" (2000) on which He presented this on his instrument. Hautzinger translation by "Gomberg" at the front line of the international improvisation avant-garde; Collaborations and CD records with Derek Bailey, the "AMM" veterans Keith Rowe and John Tilbury, as well as Axel Dörner, Christian Fennesz and Otomo Yoshihide, and Sachiko M followed. ("Regenorchester XI" and XII) can be considered as important in his development. Franz Hautzinger teaches at the Vienna Music University since 1989, is a member of the Berliner Ensemble "Zeitkratzer" since 1999 and received from Klangforum Vienna amongst others. He is a globetrotter whose unmistakable musical signature is known from Vienna to Berlin, London to Beirut, or in Tokyo, New York, and Chicago. Franz Hautzinger has shown that even in times where postmodernism is history.   http://www.franzhautzinger.com/

Georg Wissell: saxophone, Germany
Georg is an Improviser, Composer, Sculptor of compressed air via prepared saxophones, clarinet and other sound sources working internationally. Collaborations with Liz Allbee, A-Trio, Peter Behrendsen, Lawrence Casserley, Nicolas Collins, George Cremaschi, Gunda Gottschalk, Paul Hubweber, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, London Improvisers Orchestra, Lukatoyboy, Marcelo Maira, Jerome Noetinger, Dan Peck, Tim Perkis, Pöhl Musik, Melvyn Poore, Frank Köllges aka Adam Noidlt, Manja Ristic, Simon Rummel, Nicolas Simion, Norbert Stein, Ute Völker.  current projects: Solo: - "the Arte of Navigation"; navigations for (prepared) saxophones - "MIND THE GAP", for solosaxophone and 'tape'Duo: - WISSEL&LYTTON (D/UK); Georg Wissel,(prepared) saxes and Paul Lytton, percussion  - WISSEL&NIES (D); with 'electro sapiens' Joker Nies, bended sound devices and custom made synthesisers - TRAGOVI (tracks); with Dusica Cajlan-Wissel, melodika, ruined or prepared piano; Improvised music with chips of folksongs from the west balkans  - the MirrorUnit (D/AUS), with Tim O'Dwyer, two altosaxophones, two Improvisers and two explorers, too Trio: - 2+2=3: WISSEL_LYTTON_NIES - the wisseltangcamatta (D); with Simon Camatta, drm and Achim Tang, doublebass, GW, prepared altosax, clarinet - CAJLAN-WISSEL-NILLESEN; with Dušica Cajlan-Wissel, prepared piano, Etienne Nillesen, prepared snare drum, GW, prepared altos BlankDiscTrio (D/SRB); with Srdjan Muc, e-git and Róbert Rózsa, electr. and amplified objects Quartet: - Canaries on the Pole (D/B); with Jacques Foschia, cl; Mike Goyvaerts, perc; Christoph Irmer, violin large Ensembles:  - WIO (Wuppertaler Improvisations Orchester); one of europes finest Improvising Orchestras working with conduction signals CD and broadcast productions tours and festivals in europe, south america and middle east

Goh Lee Kwang: electronics, Malaysia

Artist. Create sound installations, perform electro-acoustic improvised music, making tape music and composed soundtrack. His works focus on the various possibility of both realistic & abstract, crossing the boundaries of digital & analog, electronic & acoustic, go beyond language & expression. Founder of Switch ON, platform for electronic arts. Founder of Herbal, CD label.  


Isabelle Duthoit: vocals/clarinet, France
Isabelle is a French jazz and improvisational musician (clarinet, vocals) and composer in the area of creative jazz, free improvisational music and contemporary composition music. Duthoit began her classical music studies at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Lyon with Jacques Di Donato in 1991, which she graduated in 1995. With Donato, she founded the Fruits de Mhère festival for improvisational music in 1994 and composed the theatermusik le temps du souffle . In the second half of the decade she went on a tour with Donato to the United States; She also worked with chamber music performers such as Sonia Wieder-Atherton and Raphaël Oleg. She has performed several times at the Musique Action festivals in Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, Musique en Scène in Lyon as well as in Romania and the Ukraine. She also worked in the Ensemble Triolid (album Ur Lamento 2002 with Laurent Dailleau (Theremin) and David Chiesa (bass, percussion)) with Taavi Kerikmäe and with Tim Hodgkinson ( Sketch of Now , 2006).  In the duo with the pianist Jacques Demierre, she recorded the album Avenues (Unit) in 2004. She is a clarinetist in the trio Krizda with Christine Wodrascka (piano) and Gunda Gottschalk (viola), plays in the formation archipelago of Emmanuel Petit and is the founder of the trio Bords de Mhère (with Kristof Guez and Marc Pichelin). She also worked in the course of her career with Johannes Bauer, Camel Zekri , Michel Doneda , Franz Hautzinger and Géraldine Keller . In 2001 she appeared with Joëlle Léandre and Marilyn Crispell at the Festival Confrontations in Nickelsdorf.  In Japan, she studied the Nō rituals during a stay at the Villa Kujoyama in 2008 and in 2011 she participated in the Villa Medici of Rome together with Ryōko Aoki. In 2012, she was a member of Carl Ludwig Hübsch's Ensemble, as part of the SWR New Jazz Meeting; She also belongs to his quartet drift.  The new magazine for music characterized Duthoit as part of "a musical movement in France, which wants to break the boundaries between new composer and improvised music”.
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Johan Moir: double bass, Sweden
Johan Moir graduated with his Bachelor of Improvisation at the Academy of Music and Drama, in Gothenburg, Sweden 2011.  Johan has toured with various groups in Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Denmark, Poland, Australia and Palestine performed at a variety of festivals and venues including Bennets Lane (AUS), Uptown Jazz Café (AUS), GMLSTN JAZZ (SE), Luleå Blues Festival (SE), Make It Up Club ( AUS), Nefertiti (SE), Horns Erben (DE), Hagenfesten (SE), Alchemia (PL), Philly Joes (EST), Tartu Jazzclub (EST), Jöhvi Concert Hall (EST).  Johan has performed with artists such as Emilio Gordoa (MX/DE, Mattias Windemo (SWE), Naoko Sakata (SWE/JP), Luke Sweeting (AUS), Reuben Lewis(AUS), Alice Hue Sheng Chen (AU/TW), Nigel Brown (AU) and Joel Remmel (EST).  Johan is the composer and bandleader for his own quintet called The Johan Moir Ensemble, is equal partner in the Swedish / Australian quintet SVELIA, as well as being the 2nd half of the alternative pop duo Mother Jack.  Johan is also venturing out on his solo project where he explores acoustic improvisation on both the double bass and the trumpet.  Johan is one of the directors of the label ‘HearHere Records’ and has also been co-organizing the festivals "SUBURBIA" and "HEARHERE FESTIVAL".   https://soundcloud.com/johanmoir
John Porter: tenor saxophoneCanberra  

Born in Toowoomba in 1985, John is a formidable young saxophonist with a deep interest in free improvisation. After starting on the clarinet at an earlier age he switched to the tenor saxophone and never looked back.  In 2003 John moved to Brisbane to study music full-time, completing a Bachelor of Music in 2005 and a Master of Music in 2008 where his thesis was on the avant garde composer Cornelius Cardew. It was during this time that John received his first exposure to improvised music, participating in a number of groups in and around Brisbane. He has since played with a number of artists including Shoji Hano, Jeff Henderson, Kris Wanders, Madoka Kouno, Elliott Dalgleish, and the Stasis Duo, and appears on recordings released by the [Array] and Homophoni labels. John is currently in a saxophone trio with Richard Johnson and Rhys Porter called Psithurism Trio. He currently has a new release with the Psithurism trio on the SoundOut label called Lure.

Judith Hamann: Cellist, Melbourne/USA

Judith’s performance practice stretches across various genres encompassing elements of improvised, art, experimental, and popular music. Judith has studied contemporary repertoire with cellists including Charles Curtis and Séverine Ballon, as well as developing a strong practice in improvisation and sound practices through collaborative projects both in Australia and internationally. She has worked with artists and ensembles including Oren Ambarchi, ELISION ensemble, Dennis Cooper, Maya Dunietz, Graham Lambkin, Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Ilan Volkov, Tashi Wada, Manfred Werder, La Monte Young, and John Zorn. Judith is a founding member of Golden Fur (with James Rushford and Samuel Dunscombe) and Hammers Lake (AUS) with Carolyn Connors. She also performs in unique duo projects with Anthea Caddy, Bonnie Lander, and Rosalind Hall. She has performed widely with festivals including Tectonics (Glasgow, Adelaide, Tel Aviv), UnSound (NYC), Adelaide Arts Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, The Now Now (Sydney), Dark Mona (Hobart), Extremities Japanese Australian Festival (Tokyo), Tokyo Experimental Festival, SiDance Festival (Seoul), Ausland Summer Festival (Berlin), and Liquid Architecture (AU). Other performance highlights include improvised or repertoire presentations at Cafe Oto (London), Issue Project Room (NYC), Dia Art Foundation (NYC), Steim Institute (Amsterdam), Logos Foundation (Ghent), LaSalle University (Singapore), SuperDeluxe (Tokyo), and Tempo Reale (Florence).  She is a champion of new and rarely performed music, immersive approaches to sound, and engages with a range of interdisciplinary and experimental projects including the Amper&nd project (South Korea/Australia), and collaborative work with visual artists Keith Deverell and Sabina Marselli. She has been an artist in residence at Tokyo Wondersite Aoyama, and Q-02 (Brussels).

Julia Reidy: guitar, Berlin/Sydney

Julia Reidy is an Australian guitarist, improviser and composer now living in Berlin, who is being increasingly recognised as one of the country's most unique emerging talents. Drawing upon a variety of diverse musical influences, her musical approaches are informed by an exploratory attitude towards musical vocabulary in the context of both improvised and composed structures. She currently performs and collaborates with notable musicians such as Clayton Thomas, Burkhard Beins, Richard Scott, Tony Buck, Hilary Jeffery and Jim Denley. She has recently been based between, and deeply immersed within the improvised music scenes in both Sydney and Berlin.     

Millie Watson: toy piano/percussion, Canberra

Millie is a classically trained pianist from the ANU School of Music and a member of the Canberra Experimental Music Studio.  She performs around Canberra, composing sets comprising of found sound recordings that in turn inspire live improvisation.   Inspired by Feldman and Cage, Amelia’s style draws upon classical forms yet is rooted in a desire to explore the quality of sound and Improvise. She performs regularly around Canberra.

Miroslav Bukovsky: trumpet, Canberra

Miroslav worked for the ANU School of Music Jazz department in Canberra for many years until just recently and has been the Distinguished Artist in Residence since 2013.  He was one of the founders of the renowned Jazz ensemble the Ten Part Invention (TPI) along with Roger Frampton and John Pochee; has played with the Free Boppers, the KMA Orchestra and the Australian Art Orchestra. He has led the award - winning ensemble Wunderlust for many years and remains active composing and performing with them and TPI. He has also played in the experimental jazz trio Pollen Trio with Austin Bucket and Evan Dorrian and in a trumpet trio with James Greening and Reuben Lewis recently. He is a staunch experimenter and improviser and relishes the opportunity that new grouping provide.

Paal Nilssen-Love: drummer, Norway
Is a seminal musician in the new wave of artists that play in many contexts. All bands, although various styles and musical versatility in general, represent important pieces that make up a total, and all bands are formed or joined with a clear vision. Today Paal’s portfolio includes Atomic, School Days, The Thing, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Sten Sandell Trio, Scorch Trio, Territory Band, FME, and various duo projects such as with reedmen Ken Vandermark, John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, organist Nils Henrik Asheim, noise wizard Lasse Marhaug, and not to forget the recently now defunct but nevertheless brilliant Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet.  Before turning 30 Paal has stated his position as one of the most profiled drummers in Europe today, he has made numberless performances at festivals and clubs in Europe and USA and participated on more than 50 recordings. He runs his own annual festival – All Ears - for improvised music in Oslo, which is an important part of his musical life, and he plans to start his own recording label for vinyl productions. Like Pat Metheny put it in 2002, after having played with Paal at Molde International Jazz festival: “He is simply one of the best new musicians I’ve heard during the latest years!” And after having heard Paal in 9 different settings at the same festival, Down Beat reporter Dan Quelette stated: “His week at Molde proved a revelation: Nilssen-Love is one of the most innovative, dynamic and versatile drummers in jazz!” http://www.paalnilssen-love.com/
Prue Fuller, small object-instruments/electronics, Sydney
Prue is a Sound Artist from Sydney that has been exploring the world of Art Brut’ and improvisation. She has been playing improvised music, predominantly as a member of Splinter Orchestra, since 2014. Her approach to improvisation comes strongly from creative play, investigation and experimentation. She uses her voice and a number of small objects on glass to shape and explore the textures of sound. Prue plays regularly with Splinter, but also in smaller groups; notably a duo with Melanie Eden and a quintet named TQF4M1 with Andrew Fedorovitch, Romy Caen, Melanie Herbert and Laura Altman. She has performed at the NOWnow festival, Tectonics Festival and Siteworks at Bundanon Trust and regularly performs at a number of venues around Sydney.
Ren Walters: guitarist, Melbourne
Since 1971 he has been active as band leader, composer and performer in rock, jazz, improvised and free music, from Yellow Yachts (improvised), Millionaires (rock) and WildLife (jazz rock) in the 1970s, to Pyramid (fusion) in the 80s and TIP (contemporary jazz) and THAT (realtime composition).  Walters studied guitar in New York with Mike Stern, 1983. He also has a diploma of fine art from Phillip Institute, Melbourne (1975).  He has composed for and performed music for contemporary dance, film, video and multimedia. He also taught improvisation and performance materials, large and small ensembles and guitar at the VCA from 1995 to 1999. Walters was a member of the Australian Art Orchestra and its artistic committee in 1995.   Ren has travelled extensively (USA, Europe, South Africa) with own bands, solo and music theatre, notably with Indonesian/Australian collaboration 'The Theft Of Sita', performance highlights including EXPO 2000, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, London International Festival of Theatre and the Hebbel Theatre in Berlin. Walters co-founded music performance venue The Make It Up Club (improvised music venue in Melbourne, running for 13 years) contributed to Make It Now (Australia Council's Playing Ad Lib Initiative 2003); co-conceived and curated the Melbourne International Festival of Improvised Music (2004); and presented monthly music performances at LaMama in 2003 and Brightspace Gallery in 2005.  Commercial CD releases include Start (1993), DeFlection (2006) and What's Left (2008). Walters has appeared on film, TV and CD recordings with Paul Grabowsky and Niko Schauble. He has performed, recorded and produced a catalogue of over 100 CDR titles with various artists, made promotional videos for Lyndon Terracini, and 'The Mizler Society' for the Australian Art Orchestra. He is currently in a duo called Prime with Scott McConnachie. Currently teaches improvisation materials at VCA and gives intermittent performances with friends.    https://primeduo.bandcamp.com/
Rhys Butler: alto sax – Canberra
Rhys has come to know the cities he has lived in through improvised and noise music. The trio Dinner Sock (Stephen Roach (drums), David Keyton (feedback), and Rhys Butler (saxophones)) formed from the weekly Fugue State Sessions in Guanzhou. The group performed with local experimenters such as Yan Jun, Feng Hao and Li Zenghui and collaborated with musicians transiting China such as Uwe Bastiansen (Faust) and Lucas Abela. Despite living in different corners of the world, Dinner Sock has continued to participate in China's experimental music scene and played Beijing's Sally Can't Dance festival and NOIShanghai in 2012. In Santiago, Chile, Rhys participated in events run by Productura Mutante and played in the free-for-all Collective Improvisation NO. Now residing in Canberra, Rhys has been working in a duo with Reuben Ingall (live processing). More recently he has been part of the Psithurism trio with John Porter and Richard Johnson, which have a new release called Lure out with French clarinetist Xavier Charles. See the SoundOut bandcamp and Francois Houle site in the following links: https://soundoutrecordings.bandcamp.com/ http://www.francoishoule.ca/franois-houle-psithurism-trio/
Richard Johnson: wind instruments – Canberra  

Richard performs with the texture of sound on soprano/baritone saxophone and bass clarinet and is experimenting with use of a bass drum with soprano saxophone to create a language of microtonal textural resonance. Also he has been making instruments from conical gourds from PNG, which allow the stripping back of the wind instruments to their most visceral and most sensuous form and allow for the exploration of extended techniques. He has performed at the SoundOut 2010 – 2017 festivals; What is Music Festival, Nownow Festival; the Make it Now performances; also performances with the Brice Glace Ensemble and the 102 Club Orkestra in Grenoble France; “Whip it“ series in Sydney; various Precipice annual Improv workshops hosted by Tony Osbourne as well as hosting local/interstate/international improvisation nights in Canberra. He is the Director/Curator/Producer/Administrator at SoundOut festivals. As a sound artist he worked with renowned visual Artist Savanhdary Vongpoothorn for the Australia Exhibition at The Casula Power House as well collaborated with conceptual-visual artist Denise Higgins on soundscapes. He has performed with the likes of Jaap Blonk, Jon Rose, Hans Koch, Guylaine Cosseron, Jim Denley, Kim Myhr, Annette Giesreigl, Rodrigo Motoya, Antonio Panda Gianfratti, Thomas Rohrer, Luc Houtkamp, Clayton Thomas, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Yan Jun, Laura Altman, Michael Norris, Evan Dorian, etc. Currently performs in a wind trio with John Porter and Rhys Butler called Psithurism, which has a digital release with the renowned Canadian clarinetist Francois Houle and a new Cd release called Lure on the SoundOut label with Xavier Charles in 2017 SO-003. Also in June 2016 released Cd with Rhys Butler; Guylaine Cosseron and Stephen Roach called Swarm on SoundOut Cd’s SO-001

Romy Caen, harmonium/electronics, Sydney
Romy Caen is a musician from Sydney. Since 2012 she has been playing harmonium and electronics in the Splinter Orchestra and in various small groups with musicians such as Laura Altman, Melanie Herbert and Jeremy Tatar. In 2008 she began playing in Swill with Tim Wall and Liam O'Donoghue, and over the years has performed at the Now Now Festival, the Newcastle Weekender Festival, Siteworks Festival, Tectonics Festival and in many other small venues around town. Her sounds have been described as the most precise and delicate acoustic minimalism but she is also attracted to the chaos of feedback and the unpredictable noise of her trusty homemade synth. Romy is also an arts studio coordinator currently working in Bankstown after 1.5 years in remote NT at an Aboriginal-owned art centre. Previously she worked for Brand X to establish Tempe Jets, a music studio and rehearsal space, and Camperdown Clubhouse, a visual art studio. She also co-founded AV Union, an artist run space on Parramatta Rd, and established Shepherd Studios, an art studio complex in Marrickville in 2013. Experimental event series’ she has coordinated include psh.live at Anyplace Projects and Sound Series at Hardware Gallery “a highlight of the alternative music scene” – RealTime Arts.
Scott McConnachie, saxophone, Melbourne
Scott McConnachie is regarded as one of Australia’s most exciting improvising saxophonists. Drawing from traditions including jazz, freely improvised music and western art music, his sound is remarkably personal and is coupled with an extremely high level of performance intensity.   Since relocating from Brisbane to Melbourne in 2011, Scott has performed with leading Australian improvisers such as David Tolley, Alan Browne, Scott Tinkler, Ken Edie, Simon Barker, Erkki Veltheim and Phil Treloar.  He performs regularly with The Australian Art Orchestra, the Paul Grabowsky sextet, and has performed with Barney McCall’s ASIO (Australian Symbiotic Improvisers Orbit).  In 2012 PRIME, McConnachie’s duo with legendary improviser Ren Walters, released the album “Motive”, an exploratory work for saxophone and guitar.  McConnachie also recently released a live recording of solo saxophone music titled “Getting out of the Way”. As a classical saxophonist, Scott has given concerts performing the works of Xenakis, Berio, Bach, Wuorinen and others. In 2015 McConnachie toured remote indigenous communities in the Northern Territory with the highly acclaimed Black Arm Band. In 2009 Scott toured extensively in Japan with legendary free jazz drummer Shoji Hano, and he has toured Australia numerous times since 2005 with collaborative projects Water Logic, Taste of Teeth, and singer songwriter Jackie Marshall. From 2005 - 2011, McConnachie was a key figure in Brisbane’s improvised music scene, and a founding member of community performance series and yearly festival, Audiopollen. During this period Audiopollen hosted many international artists including Tony Buck, Shoji Hano, Jeff Henderson and John Butcher.  McConnachie has performed at numerous festivals including the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and The Now Now Improvised Music Festival in Sydney.  https://primeduo.bandcamp.com/
Sten Sandell: pianist, Sweden
Sten is in a greater context a Composer / musician / producer - piano, organ, voice, electronics Artist.
Sound/Text/Image Real-Time Composer, Doctor of Philosophy In Fine Arts in Musical Performance and Interpretation, University of Gothenburg, 2013.  He has cooperated with musicians/composers including Emil Strandberg, Paal Nilssen-Love, Sverrir Gudjonsson, Johan Berthling, Evan Parker, Sven-Åke Johansson, Chris Cutler, Mats Persson, Sofia Jernberg, Carl-Axel Dominique, Mats Gustafsson, Nina de Heney and Raymond Strid. Music Inside the Language was winner of Contemporary Sound in 2011 of the Journal Contemporary Music. Music and visual arts, including Bo Samuelsson, Katarina Eismann, Inger Arvidsson. Music and dance, including Jukka Korpi, Ingrid Olterman, Bo Arenander, Anne Külper. Music and Drama including Fredrik Nyberg, Magnus Florin, Magnus Jacobsson, Willy Kyrklund, Karl Dunér, Rolf Skoglund, Peter Oskarson, Stina Ekblad and Jörgen Gassilewski.  Sten Sandell was awarded the Royal Academy of Music’s Jazz Award in 2012 with the motivation: "The pianist Sten Sandell is one of Swedish improvised music’s most brilliant, captivating and independent voices. His musical activities are characterized by a strong artistic integrity, and he has with great consistency developed a characteristic aesthetic attitude that inspires countless musicians.
http://www.stensandell.com/

Tony Osbourne: performer vocals, Sydney
Tony has collaborated with many visual, sound, theatre and dance artists.  Since 2002 his music collaborators include Cameron Deyell, Clayton Thomas, Clare Cooper, Sam Pettigrew, Gail Priest, Amanda Stewart & Rishin Singh and appeared in numerous NowNow Festivals in Sydney.  As MADHEAD (solo vocal/electronics) he has performed in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Soundout 2012 (with Rishin Singh), Canberra. His ongoing duet project as vocalist with sax player Andrew Fedorovitch has also been heard in Sydney (Nownow Festival) & Berlin (Studio 8).  He is also a bass singer with Sydney University Graduate Choir and Splinter Orchestra (both since 2009).  He performs and teaches performance improvisation around Australia and his 30 years of theatre and dance practice has, in the last three years taken him to perform in Basel, Shanghai & New York. He also writes on music and dance for Real Time arts.