Mainstay experimental festival SoundOut is on the verge of its tenth incarnation this early February. But it’s in need of your help!
Unable to secure government funding, SoundOut’s Richard Johnson is appealing to you, the beautiful music-loving, kind-hearted Canberra public, to throw some sheckles into the bucket to ensure the festival’s tenth anniversary is the best yet.
BMA caught up with Mr Johnson to find out what he and we have in store this February, and why funding the fest would be a wonderful use of your hard-earned.
“Dear SoundOut friends,
This is the 10th year of the annualSoundOut festival, and in 2019 we will bring to you the continuation of the incredible bristling explorative sonic arts event,” Johnson writes.
“This is the International Improvisation and Experimental Music Festival to will uplift tired ears, explore the unknown, see within the fabric of sound, unravel the threads of normative musical praxis, and question sonic hegemonies.
“Listen to music with an unforced organic quality that will grow on you. It will replenish your ears and mind! It is an unbridled mix of micromodular, minimalism, desynchronized repetition, fractional maximalism, melodic deconstruction, variable repetition, and semi-thematic repetition and extrapolation: it can be moody, atmospheric, unsettling, good-humoured, menacing, ominous, jovial, and above all, original.
“With artists from Australia, Germany, and Quebec that will combine, mix, cross-fertilize, and move sound mountains to inspire inquiring ears.
“This coming years festival 2019 sees extraordinary artists such as the brilliant SUPERIMPOSE duo: (Germany) [including trombonist Matthias Muller, and Drummer Christian Marien]; also astounding German trumpeter Birgit Ulher and Australian/Netherlands pianist Cor Fuhler; brilliant Australian bassist Clayton Thomas in an astronomical trio; astonishing viola de gamba player from Quebec Pierre-Yves Martel; innovative legendary Australian improviser Jim Denley; amazing electronic artist Pia Van Gelder from Sydney; as well as equally astounding clarinetist Laura Altman, accordion player Monika Brooks and violinist Melanie Herbert from Sydney.
“There’s the wonderfully inventive duo from Brisbane flautist Hannah Reardon-Smith and trombonist Brodie McAllister; eclectic Melbourne based duo, drummer Maria Moles; Canberra’s electronic instrument builder/performer Brian McNamarra; the EMSC trio (pianist Millie Watson, wind instrumentalist Richard Johnson and alto saxophonist Rhys Butler); and brilliant clarinetist Marlene Radice, plus more.
“The 2019 group of artists has never gathered before and never will again in the same configuration, but they are all involved in an international dialogue that is essential to the unfolding of new music structures and what it means to be human in the 21st Century. Come, see and hear the new music evolve.
“SoundOut 2019 is very grateful for the continued generous support from SoundOut, Chloe and Heath from Atticus Coffee, [Terence, Tony, Jeanette and David] from The Drill Hall Gallery, and the volunteers that help with the festival. The Artists would like to thank their respective governments for support.
“For Further information on the festival see this link to our blogspot postings where you can find artist bios and information on sessions and set (be mindful we are in the process of writing a set list so be patient}
To all those that have shown support for the SoundOut Festival’s go-fund-me campaign so far THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
“We have raised $4600 of the $8000 of our crowd funding campaign target and want to keep up the momentum. Please help support us in raising the funds for the SoundOut Festival 2019. You will see there are various rewards for the amounts donated, from session tickets to recording and intense abstract pastel drawings by Richard Johnson.
So please help if you can. It could be a wonderful Summer season present to loved ones and all:
Also if you do not like crowd funding sites we have a direct Paypal account you can use:”
SoundOut Festival will be held this year at the Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra on Saturday 2nd February 1-5pm and 7 – 11:30pm, and Sunday 3rd February 1-5pm and 7 – 11:30pm.
17hrs: over 4 sessions of extraordinary music.