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THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION + MARC ROBOT (USA)
Supersense bring together a stunning double-bill featuring New York's dirtiest dealers of splintery rock'n'roll and one of the great shamaans shamans of guitar improvisation.
Prepare your earholes for aural ecstasy as these two contrastingly hypnotic acts coming come together on an unrepeatable bill: New York's secular preachers The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and guitar-wielding avant-garde icon Marc Ribot.
Like an overflowing Manhattan sewer spilling the city's secrets onto the streets, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion peddle the kind of filth-smeared rock'n'roll that leaves pretenders stone-cold. Guitarist Judah Bauer's licks are black-and-bluesy, Russell Simins bangs out frenzied rhythms, and the inimitable figure of Mr Jon Spencer tells the truths like no-one else could.
Guitarist Marc Ribot is a secular shaman of the six-stringed. A legend of New York's downtown music scene, and sideman to the likes of Tom Waits and John Zorn, Ribot is a true icon of music. His nomadic ear has seen his albums traverse countless genres across jazz, noise, rock and world music.
"Before the White Stripes, before the Black Keys, there was the Blues Explosion..." The Guardian
"[Ribot is] famously a musician of chameleonic skill, equally at ease with the dusky Americana of a T Bone Burnett production as he is with the scrabbling provocations of John Zorn." New York Times
Aboriginal singer Gurrumul is a stunningly unique voice in the contemporary global landscape, and in this world premiere he pays tribute to the spiritual richness of north east Arnhemland and the gospel songs of his youth.
As a child on Elcho Island, Gurrumul's musical world was influenced not only by the traditional music of his clan but by the gospel hymns he heard at the local Methodist church. Now those songs are reimagined through the unique voice of one of our most treasured artists.
Joined by a choir and expanding the sounds he heard as a boy, this concert is a deeply human encounter between cultures and across time.
1975 saw the release of Brian Eno’s pioneering album Discreet Music, a landmark in the development what he came to refer to as ‘ambient music’. To mark the album’s 40th anniversary, musical directors Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Pulp, Jon Hopkins) and David Coulter (Yoko Ono, Kronos Quartet, The Pogues) have devised the first ever live performance of this breathtaking work.
With Discreet + Oblique they aim to create an authentic recreation of Eno’s original concept, recreating Discreet Music’s shimmering, beautiful textures, while also suggesting new ways that it can develop musically.
A specially-assembled ensemble featuring Abrahams and Coulter with internationally celebrated experimental jazz trio The Necks, Los-Angeles-based Australian contemporary classical trio Golden Fur and electronic musician Matthew Brown on EMS synthesiser and Eno’s ‘Frippertronic’ tape looping system, will summon a unique realisation of Discreet Music’s magical sound-world.
Eno’s original liner notes for Discreet Music described ‘a new way of hearing music – as part of the ambience of the environment, just as the colour of the light and the sound of the rain were parts of that ambience’. This concert performance – incorporating various visual and sonic surprises – aims to pay tribute to, and give new life to, that initial, incredibly fertile vision.
Please note that Brian Eno is not performing.
Supersense is a new festival exploring the ecstatic, extreme and sublime horizons of human experience, a hypersensory playground for the curious and bold. For one weekend this August, Arts Centre Melbourne's stages, back rooms and hidden corners will be transformed into an immersive environment of rapture and collective transcendence.
Curated by globetrotting performer Sophia Brous, in collaboration with the Asian Performing Arts Program, the festival foregrounds musical and artistic traditions exploring ecstatic experience and transformation from both at home and around the world.
From the euphoria of Eastern trance ceremonies to the frenzies of modern punk, free jazz, seminal techno and stroboscopic projection, Supersense invites audiences to feel the excitement and impact of ecstatic performance. Step into spaces of wonder, delirium, danger and joy, and prepare to be transformed.
Full festival pass includes Friday evening events, Saturday day events, an evening performance on Saturday night and the closing night event, John Cale’s new work commissioned for Supersense, Signal to Noise, on Sunday evening.
In a blinding conclusion to two days of immersive, extreme, blissful ecstatic performance, Supersense: Festival of the Ecstatic presents one of the true icons of 20th Century contemporary innovation.
An artist whose biography incorporates some of the most adventurous, ecstatic and explorative output achieved by a single performer today, do not miss the iconic John Cale’s Signal to Noise, a major new work commissioned for Supersense that traces the line of experimentation through his career spanning over five decades.
One of the towering figures of modern music unleashes a new cross-media extravaganza set to spark the fires of the imagination, featuring a stunning line-up of performers including Dead Can Dance's Lisa Gerrard and Michigan electronic innovator Laurel Halo.
This genre-bending audio-visual trip furthers his quest to find new ways to startle and seduce the senses. Bespoke arrangements of both classics and rarely heard songs will be matched by intriguing glimpses into what the future holds for this fearless pioneer.
From co-founding The Velvet Underground to collaborating with the likes of Brian Eno, Patti Smith, The Stooges, Happy Mondays and LCD Soundsystem, John Cale seems to have had a hand in every major moment of musical innovation for half a century.