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New North Concert 5: Veils

New North Concert 5: Veils

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Brunswick Mechanics Institute

270 Sydney Road

Brunswick, VIC 3056


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New North presents three exploratory sound artists in an intimate concert setting at Brunswick Mechanics Institute.

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New North presents Veils

Behind the veil is a silhouette, a landscape obscured, a hidden truth, a silent presence. New North presents an evening of exploratory music that revels in mysterious processes beneath the surface. Experience the pulsating delays of Reuben Lewis’s solo electroacoustic, the visceral depths of Jenny Barnes’s extended vocality, and two responses to Cat Hope’s unique graphic scores that communicate with an abstract visual language.

Reuben Lewis

ARIA nominated improviser/composer/producer Reuben Lewis performs music from his debut solo record, ‘The House is Empty’. Using a deceptive mix of trumpet, electronics, field recordings and synthesisers to create “a vivid listening experience that gleams with sinister detail ”(The Wire), Reuben plays on our expectations and unravels all semblance of familiar form to deliver a moving sonic experience that “is beyond category” (The Australian).

“A vivid listening experience that gleams with sinister detail.”

— The Wire


Cat Hope

Cat Hope is a composer and performer who creates music that is conceptually driven, in animated graphic scores formats for acoustic / electronic combinations and improvisations. Her music is characterised by aleatoric elements, drone, noise and glissandi as well as an ongoing fascination with low frequency sound that threads through all her creative work.

Her performance features three chamber works: Delay Taints (2018) for movement, double bass and subtones; Majority of One (2017) for three sustaining instruments, and the world premiere of a new work for the three performers.

“one of Australia’s most exciting and individual creative voices...a remarkable composer.”

— Gramaphone Magazine UK, 2017.


Jenny Barnes

Jenny Barnes is a vocalist dedicated to improvisation. Her practice had been an inquiry driven by extricating vocal sounds from linguistic meaning. Examining and mimicking recordings of mammals, domestic pets and birds to achieve an extensive and diverse vocal capacity. She’d then study the rhythmic cadences and pitch modulations of language and apply her findings to musical contexts.

For the past 7 years Jenny has been practicing listening for what and who she cannot hear and why? She explores the subjectivity of power through her improvisatory practice as she deeply believes playing improvised music equips her with the skills and insight to respond well, with integrity, strength and care in critical situations.

Jenny is currently devising compositions that magnify moments in the state flow when her body responds in similar ways to how she responds to challenging social and political contexts. She elongates these moments to sit with the intensity until it no longer registers as intense.

New North

New North is Melbourne’s newest platform for local musicians who push boundaries in their areas of practice. We empower artists and audiences to try the untried, experience the new, and expand conceptions of the possibilities of sound. New North is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the City of Moreland.

New North is presented in partnership with Next Wave at Brunswick Mechanics Institute, a centre for performing arts situated on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to all First Nations people and their Elders, and, past, present and emerging.

We offer complimentary tickets to those who can't afford entry. To arrange a complimentary ticket, please send an email with your name and the phrase 'COMP' to info@newnorthmusic.online.




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