LA MAMA MUSICA
LA MAMA MUSICA
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, who like to encourage unusual collaborations and value the history of the Musica and are thrilled to offer participating artists opportunities often unavailable in conventional music venues: for musical artists of all genres (and ages) to explore and develop new work and production values with an audience appreciative of these aspects.
Contact Annabel Warmington on [email protected] with expressions of interest
LA MAMA MUSICA, La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday Street, Carlton
Monday 24 July 7.30pm
Jeremy Dullard – Solo gamelan, assorted Indonesian percussion
Michiko Morita – Solo piano keyboard
Pianist Michiko Morita and percussionist/Gamelan specialist Jeremy Dullard studied music at VCA together many years ago. For this concert they perform solo sets. Jeremy has long studied and played Balinese Gamelan. He runs the Melbourne Gamelan DanAnda (school) and Orchestra: “I was going to include a pun (of course!): “Gam-Alone”. Talking about how it’s usually a group effort but my challenge will be to solo the ensemble, and see what can and can’t be done. The plan is to use a mix of acoustic Balinese Gamelan instruments from different ensembles, because I own and play so many varieties. Because of this the sound will be unlike a regular gamelan, limited scales combined become less limited. But still weird. And because Gamelan sets are uniquely tuned from one to the next, a similar project to this would sound completely different anyway. So it’s really going to be ‘here’ and now. And me. If that makes sense. I will have lots of gongs, and “Gangsa” type instruments from ensembles styles called “Kebyar” , “Wayang” (the puppet show – but no, I won’t have puppets), “Selunding”, and made of bronze and iron. And I’ll drag along some bamboo stuff too. Not attempting traditional music at all, but making my own atmospheric loops – without a pedal or any electricity.”
LA MAMA MUSICA Monday 28 August, 7.30pm
Phoebe Green – Viola with guest Leah Scholes percussion
Tony Hicks – Solo woodwinds
LA MAMA MUSICA Monday 25th September, 7.30pm
Nick Tsiavos – Solo contrabass, plays “One hundred months, Third of East”
Michael Mc Nab – Solo drums, objects, feedback