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Psycon

Event

Psycon

  • Date: Thursday, 27 May 2021, Doors 6.30pm, Show 8.30pm
  • Venue: Mary's Underground (Circular Quay) — 29 Reiby Pl, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $28 | Children: $20 | Concession: $20 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

Psycon Fest is launching its 2nd edition at Mary’s Underground! The evening will bring to your ears the music of local artists with a nice blend of musical genres with Foshe and Ephemera Quartet as well as spoken word poetry by Hani Abdile.

Foshe: Blending house music and meditative soundscapes with heavy, afro-inspired, polyrhythmic grooves. 100% improvised.

Ephemera Quartet: A musical exploration of celestial landscapes such as pulsars, craters, planetary atmospheres, stars, sun and void. Merging the sound worlds of jazz and contemporary classical, and set to real space sounds and projections, it is a unique sonic experience. The ensemble is led by Keyna Wilkins (piano/flute/compositions) with Elsen Price (double bass/loop pedal), Will Gilbert (trumpet) and Carl St Jacques (viola) and includes freely improvised pieces. NASA recordings of electromagnetic waves from planets and stars is the backdrop soundtrack and has been complied by astronomer Professor Paul Francis often with projections of space probe footage. Each member brings their own unique voice to the ensemble drawing from a multitude of musical backgrounds who combine to create a distinctive sound world that organically react to stellar concepts. Universe and Universality.

Hani Abdile: Hanli Abdile is a writer, student and spoken word poet based in the country of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, in Sydney. Hani was forced to leave her home country of Somalia and came to Australia seeking protection in 2014. During her 11 months in immigration detention, she found healing in poetry and developed a love for writing. Her first book of 43 poems, ‘I will rise’, was published by Writing Through Fences in 2016 and explores how the power of our collective voices can help shape the world to be a better place, for the next generation. Hani has performed her work around Sydney and interstate and continues to write for freedom and human rights. Hani is an honorary member of PEN International, a lead member of Writing Through Fences, and an Ambassador for the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS). She is currently studying for a degree in journalism and has received numerous awards for her community work and creative art.

Performers: Keyna Wilkins, Elsen Price, Carl St Jacques, Will Gilbert, Hanli Abdile, Mike Bentley, Zigi Blau, Tomas Ford

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0416 305 490 or by email to keynawilkins@gmail.com

Featured Australian Works

Callisto : small jazz ensemble (2013) by Keyna Wilkins
— performed by Ephemera Quartet
Chiron : for solo viola (2019) by Keyna Wilkins
Full Moon : for solo trumpet in B flat (2016) by Keyna Wilkins
Perseid Meteor Shower : small jazz ensemble by Keyna Wilkins
— performed by Ephemera Quartet
Star Trance : for bass flute and star (2018) by Keyna Wilkins
Titan Tango : small jazz ensemble (2015) by Keyna Wilkins
— performed by Ephemera Quartet

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