Welcome to the most beautiful possibility.
What a ride it is to create a festival. The team has landed, the musicians have confirmed, the venue is a go - and we are ecstatic about the beauty and balance, the relationships and the experiences that are housed within this idea; the NOW now isn't like most festivals. Nothing, or very little that is presented, has been pre-conceived. The program is less a promise than it is a possibility, and in that you all play a vital role.
This year, the NOW now has received zero funding from the Australia Council or CreateNSW, even though the program is remarkable and our track record is real; 18 years and counting.
So, as we have so many times before, we are relying on the power of the punters to support the generosity and commitment of the artists. At this time, gestures of belief and positivity are more vital than ever, here are four days full.
107 projects, Redfern (visit it!)
$20 per night (or more if you can afford it)
$60 for a festival pass (as above) available on opening night.
BOOK with friends
The Social Media
EVENT (share it!)
- Thursday - Sunday Upstairs performances and installations
Thursday January 24
- 7:00 – 9:00
Adam Pultz Melbye, solo for feedback bass with internal sound-reactive LED lights
- 9:00 – 11:00
Sonya Holowell, voice
Ben Carey, modular synthesiser
Gail Priest: The Languages of Listening sessions
In the garden upstairs
- FRIDAY: 7pm, 7.30, 8pm, 8.30, 9pm, 9.30
- SUNDAY: 4pm, 4.30, 5pm, 5.30, 6pm. 6.30
- Tickets essential book through eventbright. (this is a one audience member per/session)
- The Languages of Listening interviews have been developed as part of Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art, 2018-2020. www.experimenta.org/makesense.
The NOW now festival 2019
Thursday January 24
Welcome to Country
Éric Normand (Quebec), electric bass
Jim Denley, woodwinds
Reuben Lewis, trumpet
Emily Bennett, voice
Pia Van Gelder, live electronic circuits
Birgit Ulher(Germany), solo piece 'Traces - for trumpet, radio, speaker, objects and tape'
Alister Spence, piano/rhodes solo
Lucy Claire, guitar
Anna John, guitar
Friday January 25, 2019
Jasmine Leung, Urhu
Pierre-Yves Martel, (Montreal), viola da gamba
Jefferson Mayday Mayday, electronics
THE ASTRONOMICAL UNIT
Matthias Müller (Berlin), trombone
Clayton Thomas, double bass
Christian Marian (Berlin), drums
Sage Pbbbt, voice
Monika Brooks, computer & accordion
Audrey Rose Burden, movement
Jónó Mí Ló (Ohio / Syd), electronics
ASK THE AXES
David Watson, guitar & bagpipes
Tony Buck, drums & guitar
Saturday January 26, 2019
- Start in Redfern Park
- 6.30-7pm Acknowledgement to Country, Smoking Ceremony.
'Smoking' continues throughout following participatory exercise:
- 7- 7.30pm
’Acknowledging Country’ audio crawl for concert-goers in Redfern Park.
Track by Lizzie Thomson (Critical Path),
Sonya Holowell and Melanie Herbert. Facilitates connecting to country through sound and movement
- Move to 107 projects for concert program
Sydney Bass Tone Orchestra
Maximillian Alduca, double bass,
Clayton Thomas, Double bass,
Mary Rapp, double bass
Dave Ellis, Double bass
and Ben Ward, solo double bass / composition
- 8:00 – 9:00pm
Melanie Louise Eden, solo performance
Charlie Sundborn, solo sax performance
Sy Browne, electronics
Bron Watkins, violin
Saar Amptmeijer, electronics
- 10:00pm Freya Schack-Arnott, cello
& Matthias Schack-Arnott, automated and played percussion
- 10.30-11.30pm The Splinter Orchestra
Text score Dual Axis by Sonya Holowell with design by Elia Bosshard
Sunday January 27, 2019
- Start at 4pm
Joyce Hinterding, radio waves
Peter Blamey, energy systems
Matthew Hopkins, Meg Clune, Andrew Fedorovich, Alexandra Spence, John wilton + Guest: Caitlin Rowley
Jennifer Calliway, synthesiser, voice, percussion
Allanah Stewart, drums, percussion, found and self-made things
Dale Gorfinkel, vibraphone
- Break: Eat some food people
Nicola Morton, electronics
Del Lumanta, electronics
Kevin Wolfox Sheehan, electronics
Birgit Ulher(Germany), trumpet
Petr Vrba, (Czech Republic), trumpet and electronics
Jack Stoneham, alto saxophone
Karen Uncanny Booth, baritone saxophone
- and, to close the festival
Chris Abrahams, Piano
Robin Fox, analogue systems
Clare Cooper, ¾ concert harp
That is one hell of a program
It's sad that we can't attribute the possibilities of our festival to our native funding bodies, but not surprisingly, a number of international organisations have helped bring some spectacular guests to participate.
So, our thanks go out to:
and of course...
for sharing the love from abroad.
WE NEED YOU
The NOW now 2019 is only possible because of the artists' generosity and passion.
And it's only going to continue with your support.
But, what can you do?
You can share the event on Facebook!
You can share this email with your friends and fellow music lovers (consider it a pyramid scheme inspired by Sun Ra's version)
You can come every night and have your optimism and bravery rewarded with new relationships, both sonic and physic.
You can print this poster out and put it up in your favourite record store.
Get the full size poster here
Thank you for you ongoing support. We'll be sending updates as we get closer to the festival, but for now, Happy New Year. We resolve to have a brilliant festival.
Take care and see you there,