7pm - 9.30pm
How can radical music help us manifest new possibilities for thinking and imagine new ways of organising community through ritual behaviours, actions and languages? Music as a model for civil society—decoding metaphorical power structures, violence, empathy, ecstasy and cooperation.
Featuring YL Hooi, Bhairavi Raman, Lyra Pramuk (US/DE), Fabulous Diamonds, Adam Gołębiewski (PL), Eva Birch with J, and Alexandra Spence.
We thank the Victorian Government and the City of Yarra for support through the On the Road Program.
YL Hooi is the project of Valya Ying-Li Hooi, inhabiting a subtle and mysterious realm of furtive, dubbed-out song, sparse electronic percussion, and distant winds. Hooi’s work is produced in close collaboration with Tarquin Manek, in the live setting, the pair use voice, trumpet, bass clarinet, guitar, bass, drum machines and synths, and are keenly aware of improvisational possibilities and the vicissitudes of audience, venue, and acoustic space. Hooi’s protean music is haunted and seductive, her voice trailing off into an echoed infinity anchored to body-shaking foundations.
Together, Bhairavi Raman and Nanthesh Sivarajah, perform violin, percussion and improvised experiments voicing bicultural identity through Carnatic and Western Classical forms. With formidable traditional knowledge and technical mastery across violin, Mridangam, Kanjira, Ghatam, Morsing, and drum kit, the pair merge concepts and techniques across performances in Australia and internationally, including some of South India’s oldest and most distinguished music venues such as the Madras Music Academy.
Lyra Pramuk (US/DE) fuses classical vocalism, pop sensibilities, performance practices and contemporary club culture in what can best be described as futurist folk music. Composed and arranged entirely from the sound of her own voice, Fountain, her debut on Bedroom Community, was hailed as ‘a potent religious text in praise of human vocality’s promise’ (The Quietus).
Fabulous Diamonds are the long-running (nearly two decades) duo of Nisa Venerosa (voice, percussion) & Jarrod Zlatic (keyboard, digital arrangements). Uneasy and understated chamber songs for the neo-feudal age. While in the past their music has drawn from a wellspring of dubby post-punk and bubblegum-minimalism (with album releases on Siltbreeze, Alter, and Chapter Music) their current approach takes its cues from twentieth century art song and contemporary sound design; tenor vocals and choralesque keyboards play atop sparse, muffled rhythms and ambiguous soundscapes.
Adam Gołębiewski is an experimental musician, composer and musicologist who uses drums and self-made objects to explore the basic characteristics of sound: volume, timbre, register and time, as well as their relationship to the performer’s body. He has performed and recorded with many artists, such as Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, Kevin Drumm, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, John Edwards, Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Pierre Jodlowski among many others.
Eva Birch is a poet living in Melbourne on Woiwurrung country. She has published her work in Cordite Poetry Review, Sick Leave, and Un. Magazine, among others, and is the author of three chapbooks: Megalodon (SoD press, 2019), We Eat Out Together: My Heart Cam (WEOT collective, 2020), and Sun’s Window (Eva Birch and Kieren Seymour, 2021). She also runs the Melbourne School of Literature (MSL). J (picnic, etc.) is a dj, musician and founder of the record label and publishing platform daisart. They are currently recording their first EP.
Alexandra Spence reimagines the intricate relationships between the listener, the object, and the surrounding environment as a kind of communion or conversation. Favouring field recordings, analog technologies and object interventions, she holds the belief that electricity might actually be magic.
* Ritual Community Music is a licensed event. Under 18s must be supervised by an adult
The Oratory is wheelchair accessible.
Gender-neutral and accessible toilets are available close to the venue.
Please also see the Convent’s COVID Safe Plan here.