Frame Drum at the National Gallery of Australia

My frame drum piece exploring rhythms in 10. Performed at The National Gallery of Australia in February 2011 as part of ‘Fragments’ with Hilal Dance Australia and The Mozaic Dance Company. The drum is from David Roman Drums and is gorgeous.

‘The Sound of Everything’

‘The Sound of Everything’ installation/performance as part of my Artist in Residence at Thirning Villa: Sydney.
Thanks to Ruth Allen for the gorgeous back drop of ‘permeable’ and for the resonating vessels. Thanks also to the team of image makers. Nina Kourea, Suzie Wix, Selwyn Hunt and Carolyn Nowaczyk Film edited and sound by Me- M.Loucataris. For more information on my residency and on the project – see a number of posts below as well as my residency blog http://artistinresidencashfield.blogspot.com

transition

I am in one of those in between moments : Another big project finished : deciding which focus to bring to the fore : allowing ideas to filter : sifting through my consciousness : I am working on the documentation of “The Sound of Everything” Here is the start:

A frame drum piece- Stills taken from a video shot by Carolyn Nowaczyk.


Photos by Nina Kourea of Ruth Allen’s installation for “The Sound of Everything”. I spoke, danced and drummed infront of these water filled plastic bags. I then took a pin and made small holes in the bags leaving the sound of water as it landed on the ground. Everything is permeable- The sound we make is dependent on our form- and the sounds we make change our form. We are sound : ) Photos by Nina Kourea

The Sound of Everything

an ongoing project

music, dance, film, installation, sound design

creating spaces to trans – form in

7.30 pm : 24th of March : Thirning Villa : Ashfield, Sydney

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sound- form- movement

ancient traditions – new technologies

improvisation – consciousness – integration

creative collaboration – shared visions- collective action
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Phase 1 : installation mode : a number of different spaces will be set up with sound and vision- One of these will incorporate live sound and vision making featuring resonating vessels made by key collaborator installation/glass artist Ruth Allen.

Phase 2 : performance mode : the performance of a number of my songs and a piano piece, with accompanying projected images and special guest musicians, including the wonderful Noah Hampson and Kevin White.

Phase 3 : improvisation/ jam mode : with as many of my improvising collaborators who are in the mood : )

Read more on the project HERE

‘Fragments’ : Performance at the National Gallery of Australia

I am dancing, drumming, singing and performing my new piano piece ‘Kandinsky’ at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra this week. The seeds first appeared in May last year through working with dancer Suraya Hilal. It has since been further developed on my own and then with dancer Sarah Hamilton. I am excited to show it and excited by the prospect of working with a bigger musical ensemble to bring it to life down the track.

Kandinsky Trance by audio.narcissist

Betwixt : New album released

A compilation of instrumental works created for theatre, dance, film and installation works 2000-2010. Listen and buy from Bandcamp : ) Cleaning out the sonic cupboard feels good : )

light portal


There is something very evocative about this video. I shot it lying on my bed one very hot afternoon at Thirning Villa, Sydney, where I am currently Artist in Residence. I was so tired my rational brain had well and truly passed out. My senses ruled. The patterns in the shadows, the pulsing change in the light generated by the hot westerly breeze, the air on my skin, the sound of the blind breathing………..this is all that existed. Balancing our capacity for sensory reception with our ability to analyze, is the day to day challenge of being human. Being conscious in a way that engages both hemispheres of our brain…. that is neither purely creative nor purely analytical.

Integration is the fundamental principle in all of my work.

The challenge, as ever, is to work out how to articulate simple key ideas clearly in a way which allows for the often contradictory nature of reality. How to highlight perspectives, ways of seeing things that is true to a multifarious way of perceiving the world.

I am currently focusing on …………… What it means to be an artist- performer-composer-dancer- media artist.
Windows and doors / images of frames-boundaries are recurring themes…… A metaphor for existing between creative genres- between cultures- between genders- between time………..

Encompassing traditions and innovation- finding the essence of what it is we seek through performance.
What is it we seek through creating and sharing music/dance/performance/creative contexts? Connection is one of the main answers.
Connection to what? Connection to ourselves, to each other, to our environment and to spirit. Spirit? The substance which IS….. All. Beyond words, time and quotidian understanding. That which we know to be true while not being able to express it. That which we attempt to express through art, poetry, music, dance. That which is beyond reason, incomprehensible.

What is the role of technology?

How much do we do alone as artists? How much do we do in collaboration? What is the balance between solo practice, collaborative practice, community engagement?

How do we share our work with the world? How is the internet changing this? What are we doing when we create web worlds?

Where do ideas come from ? How are they shared? Do they exist between co -creators? Do they have their own substance? Is the connection we share with other artists a kind of love? What are the bounds of creativity? Improvisation? Collaboration? How can the mechanisms we have developed as independent collaborative artists be put to use in solving the social and environmental issues we face?

How can ancient forms of creative improvisation between dancers and musicians be harnessed with new technologies and/or with group communication, collaboration and decision making in non arts based contexts?

Artists/ performers are networkers and miracle workers. They pass information between groups of people. They organise gatherings. They create a means for people to feel connected to a kind of clan, joined by a shared experience of performance. They are often working to create miracles with small budgets, not enough time and the minimum of resources. They often work anarchically handing leadership to who ever suits the given task in a given moment. They make decisions on the fly, find solutions to all sorts of problems to create a shared vision, to manifest an idea, to bring a fantasy into an experienceable context.

These are all incredibly valuable skills in a world faced with the need to transform itself and our relationship to each other and resources. How can we share these skills with the broader community?

These are just some of the questions floating around my mind which I am attempting to shape into a form which can be explored as part of a series of forums I am planning to host as part of my residency. It is exciting and yet also somewhat overwhelming to attempt to place these ideas into a coherent framework. They are the things closest to my heart. If you share an interest in these matters…. please… feel free and be brave to respond… here … now …. in what ever way you choose : ) I would love to hear your thoughts : )

I am Artist in Residence @ Thirning Villa

For more photos of Thirning Villa check out my Flikr sit here.

I am artist in Residence through Ashfield Council in Sydney at the historic house Thirning Villa until the end of March.  If you have ever had a desire to chew the fat with me about art, music, dance, what it means to be an artist. If you have ever wanted to sing, dance, play and create in response to ideas about the relationship between sound, form and movement. If you are interested in improvisation, collaboration, performance as emergent epistemologies, traditional eastern performance modalities, contemporary media arts practice, creativity as a fundamental way of being for all not some……..then…. come and explore with me….. I am drawing up a plan now with a series of events…. atleast some of it will happen online so you can still participate from a distance…… Looking Forward to exploring ‘The Sound of Everything’

my drum vid about to hit 250,000 on YouTube!

hmmmmmm really ? 250,000 people have seen my playing on You tube? Made 3 years ago it has been floating around in cyber space on its own trip. I am in the process of making more clips and developing easy digital formats for people to learn the teaching methods i have come up with. They are a kind of translation of the Egyptian rhythm language i have learnt from Ibrahim el Minyawi : Translated into little pieces and training methods that work for people who have not been born into the tradition. I would also love to do some documenting of Ibrahim’s playing and life. He really is the most gorgeous player i have ever come across by far! Here is the example of my playing.

4D2 opening performance @ Canberra Glassworks

I recently worked on a project with Glass/Installation artist Ruth Allen. She made me a ‘resonating vessel’. A glass vessel based on the idea of playing resonance percussively. The vessel is sung into and then i use my hand to shape and play with the resonance. We had the chance to explore the idea for her opening at the Glassworks in December. I did some movement/performance as part of it too as well as doing the sound design/music for the installation. Below are some images from it taken by Angus Kendon. I am looking forward to developing the project further.

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