The Book of Daughters

Published by: PBP | 9-Nov-2016
Presented across three nights of super-sonic audio dynamism, The Book of Daughters is a large-scale sonic media performance collection, comprising ten shows jam-packed with 38 maverick sound artists and musicians.
Venue: Meat Market
Address: 5 Blackwood St, Melbourne VIC 3051
Date: 10 - 12 November
Time: 7.30pm
Ticket: One night pass $25 Full / $16 Conc | Three night pass: $60 Full / $40 Conc
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Presented across three nights of super-sonic audio dynamism, The Book of Daughters is a large-scale sonic media performance collection, comprising ten shows jam-packed with 38 maverick sound artists and musicians.

Featuring leading international sound makers including Yoshimio (aka Yoshimi P-We of the Boredoms and OOIOO) and Canadian sound artist Cal Lyall, alongside a stellar Australian line up including acclaimed experimental vocalist Carolyn Connors and celebrated poet berni.m.janssen, The Book of Daughters is a stampede of sonic explorations.

Each night begins with Sonic Flock, an experiential aural exhibit with a decidedly intimate twist "“ a freeform, immersive art experiment with a rotating roster of local and international performers collected from the The Book of Daughters artist line-up. Housed within a two-person teepee, the brief sonic performance unfolds with a work solely for one audience member delivered by one of the artists. With eight teepees populating the foyer, this collectively devised work personifies and embraces the spirit of community.

Opening the performance schedule is Shamisen Resonance a sumptuous and mostly solo performance by shamisen (Japanese banjo) and vocal artist Noriko Tadano with a guest appearance by the Duckworth Hullick Duo playing Jonathan Duckworth's hypnotic RESONANCE Table.

Artistically Directed by Belinda Woods, the second performance of the evening, wind spoken, features members of the virtuoso chamber ensemble BOLT Ensemble and the text of performance poetry wunderkind, berni.m.janssen, whose musings articulate the threads between landscape, women and sonic utterance.

A new solo show from trailblazing vocalist Carolyn Connors, Vocaline, promises to be an exhilarating, unpredictable end to the opening night. In the words of the artist: "My work will include inhalations, exhalations, articulations and resonances. Objects and instruments other than me may be involved. I may or may not yell at the audience quite as much as at recent gigs. Extended vocal techniques are guaranteed."

In the second night opening offering, Cacophony Wolves, the ensemble of rising sound artists known as Noise Scavengers, present a musical interpretation of a deep and frank dialogue with young feminist and postgraduate psychology student Sarah Smith. Sarah's vocalised portrayal provides insights into a young woman who has helped the young men of the Scavengers comprehend female/ male politics through the furnace of art. The physical push that is Cacophony Wolves has been created in collaboration with Dave Brown "” one of Australia's recalcitrant and celebrated guitarists "” and includes sound artist James Hullick as a member of the Noise Scavengers.

In Tone Being, Coral Speak, awarding winning Perth-based percussionist Louise Devenish performs new works by Cat Hope and Kate Moore, composers at the forefront of international sonic creation. The program presented for The Book of Daughters features two work from Devenish's third instalment of her critically acclaimed Experimental Music for One Percussionist series. Celebrating living Australian composers, this edition was also recently presented for Tura Music's Scale Variable Series.

Australian audiences can now experience a truly mesmerising trio in Harp Banjo Shamisen Voice, which premiered at JOLT's Tokyo Festival 2015. Koto player Satsuki Odamura, a master of the Koto.shares the stage with Canadian sound artist Cal Lyall on prepared-banjo and Australia's own harp master Mary Doumany. Satsuki has performed with critical success in Japan, Europe, the USSR, the United States, South East Asia and of course Australia.

The final evening begins with delicate delights in ambient percussion, text and electronic soundscapes, from the women of The Amplified Elephants - Sarah Ellis, Liz Hofbauer, Megan Hunter, Robyn McGrath, Kathryn Sutherland, who have created SHHHH. They are joined by inspiring guest Elephants, percussionist/sound artist Nat Grant and sound artist/poet Esther Tuddenham.

The Melbourne premiere of Slow Riven Whirl features text created from the perspective of a father wishing to understand the challenges his young daughters will face as they grow into adulthood. Written by James Hullick for his daughters, the text rotates around the contemplation of remarkable women felled by misguided communities. The performance is centred around BOLT's female members with legendary Australian poet berni.m.janssen serving as orator and dramaturg of text.

Drum Drum Solo, a force of nature solo show for drum kit, vocal and electronics by one of Japan's most visceral sonic adventurers, Yoshimio is a fitting finale. In other incarnations Yoshimio is a member of culture-defining bands "” the Boredoms, OOIOO, Free Kittens "” and has recorded with the Flaming Lips. A rare opportunity to witness one of the world's truly great contemporary sonic creators.

ABOUT JOLT: Founded in 2008, JOLT is a sonic arts production house directed by Melbourne based James Hullick. In addition to their prolific Australian presence, JOLT has creative hubs across Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Basel and Berlin. The organisation has taken the Jolt Touring Festival to international audiences including 2011 Basel Switzerland, 2012 Tokyo, 2014 Japan and UK Tour, 2015 Hong Kong and Tokyo and locally at the 2013 Melbourne International Arts Festival. In 2017 the Jolt Touring Festival will be held across six Asian cities. Through long-term collaborations, JOLT seeks to contribute to the creation of the sound art of the future.

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