Magda Mayas – piano
Laura Altman – clarinet
Monica Brooks – accordion
Great Waitress was formed in 2009, curated as a first time collaboration at the The NOW now Festival in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Since then the trio has released two albums, and performed many events in Australia and across Europe including the NOW now Festival 2011, Sound Out Festival (2011), Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf Austria, 2011), Music Unlimited 26 (Wels Austria, 2012) and All Ears Festival (Oslo, Norway 2014).
Laura Altman – Clarinet
Monica Brooks – Accordion.
Since their first performance at the NOW now series in 2008, Laura and Monica’s duo has excited the Sydney experimental scene with their quiet, ambiguous, ephemeral music. With accordion and clarinet, they explore notions of harmony and restraint, developing a sound environment as one unit instead of two improvisers.
“Altman’s clarinet and Brooks’s accordion fused, not with lines, but with pools of sound, coexisting in an ecology that had no clear beginning or end – a calmly focused, infinite field. As such, it was a seminal Sydney impro project.” – Jim Denley.
Their debut album, ‘as is’, was released in 2012 on Sydney label It’ll be Awesome.
Laura Altman – clarinet
Peter Farrar – saxophone.
Sleepyhedz formed in 2010 and has performed in Sydney and Melbourne.
We particularly enjoy playing in outdoor spaces.
Our debut album ‘Laura Altman and Peter Farrar – Sleepyhedz’ is available on to download online.
The Splinter Orchestra is a large-scale electro-acoustic improvising ensemble based in Sydney, Australia. The Orchestra is one of the few groups of its kind in Australia, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. Formed in 2002, the group currently comprises of 30+ members. It brings together musicians from various musical backgrounds to combine and collaborate on equal terms. Made up of individuals from the improvised music, jazz and classical scenes, electronic musicians, sound artists and those who are involved in environmental sound and field recording, the Splinter Orchestra creates a stark minimalism despite their large number – without any leaders or conductors.
The Splinter Orchestra’s 2006 album is available from splitrec.com.
Prophets – Ah!Puch!, Bird Brain, Groovy G, Heaps Mad, Shazzam, Ctrl+Alt+Man & Pug – are the of originators of the Stylefree Movement. They are vibrant masked beings known for their focus on polyphonic saxophone improvisations & polyrhythmic percussion that knocks hard! Playing raw grooves with multiple saxes, drums, percussion, balafons, melodicas, guitars, clarinets, xylophones, MPCs, basses, masks and wonderment!
Their debut triple album was released early 2013 on Ah!Puch! Records.
(Prophets are: Lochie Bradfield, Peter Farrar, Dale Gorfinkel, Finn Ryan, Sam Dobson, Laura Altman and James Waples).
Emily-Rose Sarkova: Accordion, Piano, Vocals; Susie Bishop: Violin, Vocals; Laura Bishop: Vocals, Percussion, Piano; Laura Altman: Clarinet, Vocals; Johan Delin: Double Bass; Rendra Freestone: Percussion
Based in Sydney, Chaika take their name from the Bulgarian word for ‘seagull’. They create a beguiling and original sound-world, blending 4 female voices with Clarinet, Violin, Piano, Accordion, Double-Bass, Guitar and Percussion.
Chaika are a group whose strength is the elusive nature of their style. At times flashes of Balkan, Jazz, Jewish, Celtic and Italian music emerge; these flashes are interspersed with fluid original compositions to weave a sensuous and unique sound.
Like their namesake, Chaika gently wander through foreign lands, through storms and through stories, emerging rich with experience and an enchanting tale to tell.
Chaika have two independently released albums “Chaika” (2012) and “I Monti” (2014)
Editions 002 Double LP
also featuring Jason Kahn, Adam Sussman, Matt Earle, Chris Abrahams, Rishin Singh, Monica Brooks, John Wilton, Aemon Webb
Curated by Matt Warren.
also featuring Monica Brooks, Joel Stern, Samaan Fieck, Gail Priest, Darren Cook, Nicholas Bullen, Lawrence English.
Outback NSW tour with Jon Rose, Hollis Taylor, Dale Gorfinkel, Joel Stern, Lucas Abela, Keg de Souza, Rishin Singh and Sam Pettigrew.