Upstairs @AYH

upstairs @AYH: two

by Joseph Lisk

Joe Lisk in a meditative moment at Playshop. 

Joe Lisk in a meditative moment at Playshop. 

One of the things I enjoy most about playing with the music box project is trying out different ways of improvising. It's not like jazz (where I've come from), with its own specific language and conventions. The language is more about the space between the individuals - searching for some kind of common ground. So for this gathering, I thought it would be fun to explore this space and find common ground between individuals through a series of duets. I've paired myself and five fellow explorers and music box regulars (Naomi Johnson, Tina Stefanou, Pete Leung, Liz Jigalin and Joe Franklin) with six other fantastic and versatile musicians (Novak Manojlovic, Jacques Emery, Jack Stoneham, Miles Rooney, Holly Conner and Sam Gill). Each of these people will bring a different voice to the conversation, so I'm excited for them to meet.

upstairs @AYH: soup

by Tina Stefanou

This Saturday, upstairs at the Australian Youth Hotel in Glebe, Joseph Franklin and I have invited all sorts of sound-makers and musicians to come together for a musical soup. Having this space to invite people to experiment with their instruments and ideas without expectations of what it should look or sound like is really fun, and crucial for developing and trying material. It’s a joy to sit with others, sharing sounds and exploring different relationships to material and music making modes.

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I'm particularly excited about jamming with changgu player Hannah Kim. We'll play around a song form exploring rhythm diamonds, connecting it to themes of alienation, sanity and the madness of discarding people who are in need of refuge. My brother Constantine Stefanou from Melbourne will also be joining us. He's a multi-instrumentalist with a deep inquiry into ecology and human nature, and we'll perform a duet in the form of a dialogue about family and place. Then comes a tasty soup vortex where all the ingredients of the afternoon will combine. My old friend Mark Xiao - who I have know since I was 14 - and his wife Tomomi Matsuo are wild flautists who, along with music box project's Naomi Johnson, will be performing a musical recipe by Liz Jigalin. Finally, Will Hansen is a rocking double bass player who will perform solo followed by a double/electric bass duo bonanza. Come along, soak up the warmth and diverse influences, and feel welcome to offer your own ingredients to the mix.

When: Saturday 9th June, 3pm
Where: Upstairs @ the Australian Youth Hotel, Glebe