Avantwhatever Monthly – May 2015
Jim Denley, Ben Byrne & Arek Gulbenkoglu
134 Lygon St
Wednesday May 27
Entry $10 | 8pm
Avantwhatever Monthly is held at The Alderman in Brunswick. This year it’ll be happening on different days and at different times month to month. Join the Avantwhatever group on Facebook or go to www.avantwhatever.com and sign up to the mailing list to hear about upcoming releases and events.
born Bulli, Australia 22/1/57
An emphasis on spontaneity, site-specific practice and collaboration has been central to his work. He sees no clear distinctions between his roles as instrumentalist, improviser and composer. He has played throughout Australia, Europe, Japan and the US with artists such as Maggie Nichols, Kari Rønnekleiv, Stevie Wishart, Sidsel Endresen, Thembi Soddell, Natasha Anderson, Monika Brooks, Clare Cooper, Tess de Quincy, Ami Yoshida, Amanda Stewart, Ikue Mori, Sachiko M, and Annette Krebs.
Ben Byrne is a scholar, musician and curator interested in sonic art, media and culture. He is currently teaching in Media & Communication at RMIT University. He recently completed a PhD, producing a thesis, Murmur, that argues sound is a multiplicity.
He has performed extensively in Australia and overseas over the past ten years, using a variety of electronics. Notable recent performances include appearances at Melbourne Music Week, Myopic Books Music Series, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the NOW now festival and series, Moduluxxx, the Make It Up Club and Avantwhatever events, among many others.
He has produced and contributed to releases on a number of labels, including his most recent solo release Breach on Copy For Your Records and releases on Avantwhatever, Wood & Wire and Splitrecs.
He makes installations, the latest of which, Tumult, was presented at Firstdraft Gallery. Also, he has produced a sound work for theatre titled Too in collaboration with Carolyn Connors and Cynthia Troup, which was staged at La Mama Theatre.
He has been a director of both the Electrofringe Festival of Electronic Arts and the Liquid Architecture Festival of Sound Art and is the founder and director of Avantwhatever, a contemporary experimental music label.
Arek Gulbenkoglu is a musician that has been playing on the Australian scene for years. He has played at numerous Australian experimental music festivals including regular performances at What is Music? as well as i.audio and the NOW now. He has also released two records with Dworzec, an album with Green Beret and solo albums on the impermanent recordings and Document labels. He recently self-released his new solo record ‘The Reoccurence’.