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Live Stage: Sounds Unusual [au Northern Territory]

logo2.jpgSounds Unusual – Northern Territory Festival of New Music ::
Alice Springs: 8-18 September, 2007 :: Darwin: 25-28 September, 2007 [Fieldtrips: Central Australia – 10-14 September, 2007 :: Alice to Darwin – 19-24 September, 2007].

During September, artists from the Northern Territory, Sydney, Melbourne and Switzerland will come together for SOUNDS UNUSUAL – Australia’s newest and most ambitious festival for new and improvised music, set against the stunning backdrop of the Northern Territory. Over 20 days and spanning more than 2000 kilometres, SOUNDS UNUSUAL will present five events at each end of the Northern Territory, including concerts, workshops, films and installations. Festival artists will also take part in two fieldtrips – one in Alice Springs and Central Australia, the second travelling halfway across the continent from Alice to events in Darwin via the Tanami Highway.

The fieldtrips will be a time for artists to engage with the unique landscapes of the arid centre through to the tropical north – an opportunity for a diverse group of artists to
work together and collect audio/visual material for the final event in Darwin: a sound and visual installation made in the four days from arrival to open on 28 September. Importantly, this journey will physically connect the two Artist Run Initiatives of
the Northern Territory – Watch this Space (Alice Springs) and Darwin Visual Arts Association.

First held in 2006 in Darwin, Sounds Unusual combined over 40 local artists plus ten invited artists from Central Australia, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Japan to present
twelve events over nine days. Ranging from improvised music, live soundtrack, electronic, contemporary classical, sound art and field recordings – Sounds Unusual continues in 2007 to present cutting edge collaborations from international and national
talent with local innovators. Creating a true alternative to mainstream arts events and allowing NT audiences to experience first hand developments and performances from
interstate and abroad.

The artists for 2007 are a mixture of emerging and established artists, including:

Jason Kahn Switzerland performer
Robin Fox Melbourne performer
Sumugan Sivanesan Sydney performer, workshops and installation
Anthony Magen Melbourne performer and workshops
Kris Keogh (Blastcorp) Darwin performer
J9 Stanton Alice Springs performer
Katie Hepworth Sydney co-producer, installation and photography
Robert Curgenven Alice Springs director, performer and installation
Tanja Kimme Melbourne photography, documentation and video

Come for a special preview night in Alice Springs at Watch this Space on Friday 31 August in the gallery for performances and films.

Sounds Unusual is an independent artist-run organisation. The Alice Springs events are included in the Alice Desert Festival and the Festival is proudly supported by Watch
this Space, Darwin Visual Arts Association and Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory.

For further information go to www.soundsunusual.com
Media Contact: Katie Hepworth: events@soundsunusual.com


Aug 25, 2007
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