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

Tuesday 21 Nov 7.30pm

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Mountain Echo

The premiere performance of a set of original music inspired by the poems of Morihei Ueshiba (the founder of Aikido), set to Genesis Minus Just Intonation (closely related to Harry Partch’s Genesis scale).

Adrian Sherriff – composition, shakuhachi, bass trombone and percussion

Adrian regularly travels the globe, performing his own music and studying the music and instruments of many cultures and places. His musical journeys have led him towards and between many musical traditions including; Afro-American, European, South Indian, Japanese and Experimental musics. He has been an integral performer and composer for many leading Australian ensembles including; the Australian Art Orchestra, Musiiki Oy, Blow, The Big One, This Ensemble, The Wide Alley, Andrea Keller’s Bartok Project and the Bennett’s Lane Big Band. Adrian has been a lecturer in the Bachelor of Music at Melbourne Polytechnic since 2007.

Deborah Kayser – soprano

Deborah Kayser performs in areas as diverse as ancient Byzantine chant, French and German Baroque song and classical contemporary music, both scored and improvised. Her work has led her to tour regularly both within Australia, and internationally to Europe and Asia.As a member of JOUISSANCE, and the contemporary music ensembles ELISION and LIBRA, she has performed radical interpretations of Byzantine and Medieval chant, and premiered works written specifically for her voice by local and overseas composers.

Satsuki Odamura – koto and bass koto

Satsuki Odamura is a master of the Koto. A representative of the Koto Music Institute of Australia, Satsuki has pioneered the introduction of teaching & performing on this ancient Japanese instrument since her arrival in Australia. Satsuki has performed with critical success in Japan, Europe, the USSR, the United States, South East Asia and Australia.

Carmen Chan – just intoned Pianoteq keyboard, sampled prepared piano and percussion

Carmen Chan is a multidisciplinary artist who takes a holistic approach to music and its presentation. She is accomplished in a wide range of instruments and skills including percussion, piano, cello, found objects, improvisation and the interpretation of scores ranging from graphic notation to composition. As an educator, Carmen has taught at Monash University, Scotch College and Presbyterian Ladies’ College in Melbourne, and in composition programmes for students and children in Sweden. Since 2014 she has been performing in and around Melbourne as both musician and artist.

And additional special guests

LA MAMA MUSICA Monday 18 December, 7.30pm

La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond St, Carlton


MUSICAL JOURNEYS is a vibrant multicultural ensemble featuring members from all around the world. We meet once a week to share, learn and create music, and we perform regularly around Melbourne. Our current line up includes members from Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Pakistan, Guinea and Australia. We perform a mixture of traditional songs and music from each country, as well as creating our own original music. Some of our past performances include events at the Melbourne Arts Centre, Melbourne Town Hall, Footscray Community Arts Centre, The Famous Spiegletent, Federation Square and our annual sell-out shows at La Mama Theatre. We’ve also begun recording some songs, and recently featured in an award wining collaborative radio documentary for PBS Radio. Come prepared to dance and celebrate community!



NOV 21, DEC 18





La Mama Theatre 205 Faraday St, Carlton

La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond St, Carlton


Tickets Info/

$15 Full $10 Concession

Phone Booking/

03 9347 6142