NOW now - International Improvised Music Fest

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Country and Region AustraliaNew South Wales
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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the NOW now
64 Myrtle Street
Chippendale 2008
Newtown NSW
Australia 2042

Festival Description

The Now now was last in the Sydney in 2007 — its last three years have been hot-house music festivals in the Blue Mountains. This year it returns to Sydney to share the fun and games. The festival, which boasts a slew of international music icons — as well as stars of the Australian music scene will be held at three inner west venues: The Red Rattler Marrickville, Serial Space Chippendale and the ‘secret’ People’s Republic of Australasia. The Now now has undergone much change over the decade but its unique spirit of exploratory improvised music remains.

There are many debuts as well as popular returns at this year’s festival which again features eclectic programming across all genres: multimedia, installations, verbal, electronic and more. What they have in common is sense of adventure and an embrace of the moment. Among the fantastic ‘traditions’ again on the card is latest incarnation of the legendary SPLINTER ORCHESTRA… a full scale 36-piece big band featuring an improvising musical Who’s Who of the fest — with musicians aged from 16 to 66 — all together… and present!

Festival Dates January 21 - 28, 2011
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Festival Artists 2011:
  • ROIL
Artist features 2011:
  • Robbie Avenaim
    • Over the past 25 years Robbie has combined traditional and extended techniques with physical modification of the Drums. Modifications have included extending use of the instrument’s, various motorised percussive mechanisms, and amplification and in so doing, provide greater scope for both composing and performing. As a musician / composer / instrument builder, The design of new instruments is an integral part of the compositional process. A multi-award-winner, Avenaim is also a founder and co-organiser of the What Is Music? Festival, Australia’s largest experimental and premier annual showcase of local and international experimental music. The What Is Music? festival since 1994. Some of the who’s who of experimental music Robbie has worked with: Oren Ambarchi, John Zorn, Masonna, Solmania Masahiko Ono, Haino Keiji, Kato Hideki, Makigami Koichi, Ikue Mori,Seichi Yamamoto, Sachiko M, Shelley Hirsch, PHLEGM, Tetsuya Yoshida (Ruins), Testicle Candy, Holy Mountain, Members of Hard-Ons, members of Fuckhead, Tony Buck, Fred Frith, members of Pansonic, Dave Grohl, Mike Patton, Trey Spruance, members of Mr Bungle, David Moss, Ikue Mori, Keith Rowe (AMM), Jon Rose, Robin Fox, Anthony Pateras, Otomo Yoshihide,Chris Abrahams, Cor Fuller, Ernie Althoff, Gunter Muller, Dale Gorfinkel, Dereb Desalegn, Seble Girma, Tchico Tchicaya and Passie Jo, Peter Mashasha, Sam Chagumachinyi, James Mujuru (son of Efat Mujuru), Halet Zhou, the list goes on and on…
  • Aaron Hull and Greg Hughes
    • The duo form the two part collaboration HU. The  name born out of frustration for something witty and smart resulted in an abbreviation of their last names, nothing to do with GOD!

HU is predominantly concerned with creating Audio Visual works that combine immersive surround sound and multi screen projections. Using purpose built software with traditional instruments HU create video and audio feeedback loops that inform each other in real time.

Both artists curate the monthly performance series 1/4_inch in Wollongong. For more information visit
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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Ben Byrne
    • Jim Solo, photo by Vivien Spadaro
    • John-Blades
    • Natasha Lille
    • Rosalind Hall
    • Splinter at Serial Space
    • The Now now poster
    • Untermorast live
    • magda
    • Skyneedle
    • Tony and cymbal
Venues 2011:
  • Red Rattler
    6 Faversham Street
    Marrickville, NSW Australia
  • Serial Space
    33 Wellington Street
    Chippendale, NSW Australia
Tickets 2011:
  • Prices
    • Day pass $15/$20
    • 3 day pass $35/$45
    • Festival pass $65/$85
  • Purchase
    • Online at moshtix outlets or
    • By phone at 1300 GET TIX (438 849)


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