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Up Close and Personal : Jim Denley and Monica Brooks & Laura Altman


Up Close and Personal : Jim Denley and Monica Brooks & Laura Altman

  • Date: Friday, 7 May 2021, 5:30pm (20 mins' duration)
  • Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art — George Street, The Rocks, NSW
  • Tickets: This is a free event, however registration is required online

Event Details

Jim Denley: 7 May, 5.30–7pm

Jim Denley’s improvisations have an emphasis on spontaneity & site-specificity. He sees no clear distinctions between his roles as instrumentalist, improviser and composer. He is interested in what his music instinct might learn from language. From 1989 to 2003, he worked with the text/music group Machine for Making Sense (Amanda Stewart, Stevie Wishart, Rik Rue and Chris Mann). Jim has recently formed 180º with Amanda Stewart and Nick Ashwood to continue this pursuit of text with music. They have just released their first recording, Submental. He is currently undertaking PhD research at the Department of Art, Design and Architecture at UNSW.

Monica Brooks: 7 May, 5.30–7pm

Monica Brooks has modelled sound works, compositions, and improvisations from piano, computer, field recordings, glasses, radio, and accordion. Long-term projects have toured nationally and internationally, including Great Waitress with legends Laura Altman & Magda Mayas; West Head Project, with Dale Gorfinkel, Anthony Magen & Jim Denley, and Women’s Auxiliary Choir with Sonia Z, Loni Cooper, and Ces Hotbake. Monica also fronts the eight-piece ensemble, Electronic Resonance Korps, developing works for multiple mono computer performance.

Laura Altman: 7 May, 6.45–8.30pm

Laura Altman is a clarinettist, improviser and composer. A long-standing member of Splinter Orchestra and Prophets, Laura has been an important voice in the Sydney improvised and exploratory music scene for more than a decade. Her current projects include solo clarinet + tapes + feedback, duos with Low Flung (Couch), Monica Brooks, Melanie Herbert and Nick Ashwood, folk-jazz-chamber ensemble, Chaika, and Prophets’ side-project, BB+CAM. She co-hosts a radio show, Listening Space on Eastside FM, and co-founded the Sydney exploratory music calendar emus.

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