Dislocation, isolation and cross-generational memory debuts on stage at Nexus Arts in a highly original piece, made possible by generous donors.
Knock, Mark, Stitch will premiere Saturday 5 July, with the new work commissioned by Nexus, bringing together four unique musical voices from across Australia in an original exploration of sonic possibility.
Voice, violin, violoncello, dance and electronics will combine, with unknown pathways opened up by the interaction of the collaborators. With backgrounds in art music, folk music, sonic arts, classical Indian dance and singing, electronics and classical music, the performers’ musical styles are certainly diverse. Cultural backgrounds from India, Iran, Finland and Australia complement these diversities and the outcome of these original voices working in collaborative harmony will be something bold, current and authentic.
The performance will utilise a purpose-built set of pressure-sensitive floors as the physical interface for performing with synthesisers and will combine visual and aural elements in a stunning and highly original new performance piece. This was made possible thanks to donations by Kate Moskwa, Nicholas Linke, Susan Babidge, Ewart Shaw, Adrian Vicary and Diana Glenn. We’d like to thank them for their generous contributions that enabled Knock, Mark, Stitch to be realised.
One thing’s for sure: Expect the unexpected. Meet the artists below.
Erkki Veltheim is a composer, improviser, performer and interdisciplinary artist. He has been commissioned by the Adelaide Festival, Vivid Festival, Australian Art Orchestra, Musica nova Helsinki and Punctum, and his pieces have been performed by groups such as the London Sinfonietta, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Australian Art Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Elision and Ensemble Modern, and has featured as a soloist with the London Sinfonietta, Australian Opera and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has long-standing collaborations with indigenous musician Gurrumul, improvising trumpet virtuoso Scott Tinkler and composer-pianist Anthony Pateras.
“A singer dances within, a dancer sings within”
– Sandhya Desai
Parvyn Singh is both a singer and dancer and exudes a seemingly effortless grace and purity in her movement and voice. Having been brought up in Adelaide, South Australia, she is at home in both Eastern and Western styles of music and dance. Whether its classical Indian melody and rhythm or improvised jazz vocalisations she has an inherent knowledge which seamlessly moves through the different genres. She is the lead female singer of Melbourne’s original Bollywood outfit The Bombay Royale and has been performing on stages around the world from childhood with her father Dya Singh. She also performs with her husband Josh Bennett and music chameleon Andrew Clermont in the band BluGuru and duo project, Singh and Blanes, with extraordinaire Jazz pianist and vocalist Hue Blanes.
Originally from New Zealand, Rachel Johnston played for 7 years as a member of the Australian String Quartet and has become one of Australia’s best-known cellists. She has performed for audiences across the country from the Sydney Opera House to Far North Queensland and the Pilbara as well as regularly in the UK and Europe. She has appeared with various ensembles and as a soloist at many of the country’s leading festivals including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, the Adelaide International Cello Festival and Musica Viva’s Huntington Festival of Music; and has collaborated with many great artists from Australia and abroad such as Anne-Sophie von Otter, Alina Abragimova, Piers Lane, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Liwei, Pieter Wispelwey, Nicholas Altstaedt, Slava Grigoryan, Sara Macliver, Fiona Campbell and the Goldner and Juilliard Quartets. As a sought-after performer, improviser and teacher Rachel has taught master classes and given improvisation workshops in NZ, Australia, the UK, Singapore, China and New York. Rachel is currently based in Adelaide where she divides her time between performing, teaching cello and studying towards a PhD at the Elder Conservatorium.
Iran Sanadzadeh is an Iranian musician living in Adelaide. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide, studying the sound of the Japanese koto. Her work explores the relationship between space and movement as they relate to sound and the way our casual listening to the world around us is affected by particularities of who we are.
It’s not too late to book your tickets for this highly original and moving performance.