La Mama Musica is one of Melbourne’s longest running music nights, in operation since 1969. These days it is a curated monthly concert series showcasing creative music, improvising musicians and sound-artists at La Mama’s Theatre and Courthouse venues. The intimate settings and fabulous acoustics of La Mama’s two historic theatres allows fine musicians to perform in a very special environment, amidst the set of the current theatre production – so improvisation and flexibility of presentation is also part of our process.

The series has been organised by the curatorial team of Annabel Warmington and Adrian Sherriff for more than a dozen years. They encourage unusual collaborations, and ask the programmed artists to explore or develop something new in their work – giving each event a special air of excitement for both the artists and audience alike.

LA MAMA MUSICA, La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday Street, Carlton

Monday 12th Feb 7.30pm

Brandon Lee​ and Andrea Keeble​ play traditional and contemporary works on koto and violin – and then orchestral percussionist and ELISION co-founders Peter Neville and Daryl Buckley play ‘Subsidence’, a new work written by Timothy McCormack for single lap steel guitar.

SET 1 – Brandon Lee (kotos) with Andrea Keeble (violin)
The koto is one of Japan’s oldest and most well-known instruments. First known in Japan in the 6th century, it has a long and rich musical history.
Brandon will be presenting a variety of traditional and contemporary works for koto. Special guest violinist Andrea Keeble will be playing the parts often taken by the shakuhachi in the traditional pieces. This will be an exciting and multicultural performance of old and new works by two fine musicians who’ve not played together before.
Andrea and Brandon will also join Peter and Daryl for an improvised session at the end of the night.
SET 2 – ‘subsidence’ by Timothy McCormack
Peter Neville with Daryl Buckley (one lap steel guitar, bows):

subsidence, a half-hour work for two players performing upon an electric lap-steel guitar. plumbs a nearly featureless world of soft but charged noise to reveal its subterranean motion. At times static, at times turbulent, the movements and behaviors within this noise embody a geologic heaviness and hugeness.
Named after the gradual caving in or sinking of an area of land, subsidence enacts a slow concentration of matter and energy which give way to a protracted, eventually cataclysmic implosion. Press into the earth – all your weight – a gradual subsidence.

The work is composed by Timothy McCormack for two of the founding members of the ELISION ensemble, Peter Neville and Daryl Buckley. ELISION has performed at venues such as the Hebbel Theater Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonie, Saitama Arts Theatre Tokyo, Pompidou Centre, Sydney Opera House, Queensland Art Gallery, and Vienna Konzerthaus; and at festivals such as Wien Modern, Maerzmusik, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Festival Ars Musica of Brussels, Züricher TheaterSpektakel, the 50th Warsaw Autumn Festival, Ultima Oslo, TRANSIT Festival Leuven, Spitalfields London, the Chekov International Theatre Festival of Moscow, BIFEM, the Shanghai New Music Week, and Festival d’Automne à Paris. The ensemble has worked with Timothy McCormack since 2007 and looks forward to a future project entitled KILN, his new major work for ELISION and the Line Upon Line percussion trio.

LA MAMA MUSICA Monday 5th March, 7.30pm

La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond St, Carlton

“Mother, Daughter, Lover”

Gemma Horbury visuals, electronics, trumpet, voice

Emily Bennett voice, electronics

Sophie Dunn violin

Belinda Woods flutes, saxophone

Sarah Childs saxophone

Ros Jones (trombone)

Miranda Hill double bass

Nat Grant (percussion, electronics

LA MAMA MUSICA Monday 16th of April, 7.30pm

La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond St, Carlton

THIRD RAIL Gary Butler electric guitar, toys, electronics, Warren Burt tablet, laptop computers, Houston Dunleavy clarinet, flute,

with special guest Mike Cooper (UK) guitars, electronica.



FEB 12 | MARCH 5 | APRIL 16





La Mama Theatre 205 Faraday St, Carlton

La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond St, Carlton


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