Australian Art Orchestra

MONA FOMA | Museum of Old and New Art Festival of Music and Art | HOBART | 15 - 18 JANUARY 2015

MONA FOMA | Museum of Old and New Art Festival of Music and Art | HOBART | 15 - 18 JANUARY 2015

MONA FOMA is the Museum of New and Old Art's Festival of Music and Art.  It is curated by Brian Ritche of the Violent Femmes; he brings taste and eccentricity into Hobart, by means of art and music.  This incredible festival hosts the most diverse slate of art I've ever witnessed in one place - from The Young Wagilak Group and The Australian Art Orchestra, to cult favorite heavy thrash Marduk, from Sweden.   The program has something in there just waiting for you to hear, and you will walk away changed.  I saw Li Binyuan smash 200 hammers with a hammer. 

This gallery includes photographs from MOFO (Paul Kelly and the Merri Sessions, Ben Frost, The Australian Art Orchestra and The Young Wagilak Group, Speak Percussion + loads more), as well as Matthew Barney's hell-bent exhibition, River of Fundament, at MONA. 

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AUSTRALIAN ART ORCHESTRA | THE MALTHOUSE THEATRE & THE QUARTETTHAUS | 5 - 7 NOVEMBER 2014

AUSTRALIAN ART ORCHESTRA | THE MALTHOUSE THEATRE & THE QUARTETTHAUS | 5 - 7 NOVEMBER 2014

The Australian Art Orchestra, directed by Peter Knight, is a force.  It is a collaborative platform to showcase the creative, progressive, and experimental contemporary music Australia has to offer.  These photos are from the AAO's 20 year anniversary show, held at The Malthouse Theatre, and The Quartetthaus, in Melbourne's Southbank.  This special anniversary show was attended by heavy supporters of the AOO as well as new listeners, and was broadcast live on the ABC.  The Malthouse Theatre show featured compositions by Paul Grabowsky and upcoming composer Austin Buckett.  A rotating performance space, The Quartetthaus, hosted some truly moving solo performances from Australia's most progressive and creative soloists including saxophonist Sandy Evans, turntablist Martin Ng, bassist Samuel Pankhurst, percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson, violinist Erkki Veltheim, and trumpeter Scott Tinkler.

The rehearsals were held at AAO director Peter Knight's printing-press-converted-home-space, which are also in the gallery!

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