The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery & Free Theatre
Wednesday 8th Feburary – Saturday 11th Feburary
Facebook event, two, three, four
The Party Of Special Things To Do Festival is a series of sonic delights running between February 8th and 11th. Christchurch’s community of sound artists and outsider musicians join forces with guests from Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Melbourne and Vienna.
Irene Kepl (Vienna)
Violinist and composer Irene Kepl studied classical violin and jazz in Linz and she now lives
in Vienna. Her work focuses primarily on contemporary classical music, free improvisation, composition, Jazz and groove based musics.
She has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals including: Klangspuren Schwaz, Festival 4020, Festival Unlimited, 12 points Festival/SE, Donau Festival Ulm, DanceKiosk Hamburg/GER, Java Jazz Festival, Jazzfest Vienna, Jazz Festival Petrovac/ME. Her music has been broadcast on various radio stations in Austria and abroad.
She has received the fellowship “Music OMI” New York, Gustav Mahler Composition Prize, the national scholarship for young musicians, the talent development award for composition from Upper Austria and the Theodor Körner Prize for composition.
Commissioned works for Brucknerfest Linz, ORF Musikprotokoll and Wiener Festwochen. She has worked with Joëlle Leàndre/FR, Malcolm Goldstein and George Cremaschi/USA, Korhan Ehel/TR, Petr Vrba/CZ and Moe Staiano/USA amongst others. She is also the founder of the monthly held concert series “Musik in Raum” in Upper Austria which will feature many different projects. Further work includes commissions for theater, film and sound installations.
Gerard Crewdson (Wellington)
My beginning was doing a vocal piece, spoken and sung, with the Primitive Art Group in a performance they did at Rawa House, which still survives and is in upper Cuba Street. There was a space two floors up which was run by the Orange People which was a group set up by a guru, his name’s something like Bagwan Rajneesh. Eventually he was convicted for fraud and various misdemeanors by the United States Government which really doesn’t say anything necessarily about his guilt. But the Orange People, it was like a libertarian, hippie, Hindu combination, hedonism but with Hindu spirituality thrown in. They had this space set up, a restaurant with vegetarian food and this great space. That was my first experience of actually performing with the Primitive Art Group. They did some great performances up there and also there were these two guys that were really good at dancing, which I was also doing, so it was really fun because at that time there was nothing else like that in the sense of a kind of freedom and totally going into a void.
Ivan Mršić (Auckland)
Ivan Mršić is a Croatian New Zealand interdisciplinary artist, percussionist, composer and improviser.
His work crosses many disciplines, he builds his practice on notions of avant gardé transforming them into contemporary dialoge. He has a fascination and annoyance with consumerism, waste and excessive energy consumption.
Motoko Kikawa (Dunedin)
Motoko is a Dunedin based artist who works across many fields. We look forward to her magical and spontaneous violin.
Seth Rees (Melbourne)
Seth Rees is a sound artist who action paints with detuned guitars, multi-effects and feedback to create detailed sonic compositions of textured tone, movement and stasis.
His prismatic sound portraits speak the echo and fall of lost time.
Originally from Christchurch, Seth now lives in Melbourne and has forged his unique sound upon the Melbourne music scene. As well as being a solo artist he also plays / played in bands such as, Ampliﬁer Machine, The Spheres, This is your Captain Speaking, and I want a Hovercraft. His albums have been respected worldwide on labels such as 12K (US), and Resonant (UK).
Bridget Kelly (Wellington)
Bio to come….
Grvdggr is the solo sound project of Dunedin based artist Brendan Jon Philip.