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Mimesis: Greek cinema in Australia

I recently had the honour of having some of my music included in the soundtrack for a radio documentary on Greek cinema in Australia. Well before my time, the cinemas existed from the 1950s through to the 1970s, this was a subject that I knew nothing about prior to hearing the documentary myself. It was really interesting learning about what drove the migrant business people and cinephiles to create their mini-empires and how the cinemas became an important focus for social gatherings within the Greek communities in this country, even becoming match-making events in some cases. The half hour documentary, produced by Miyuki Jokiranta, aired on ABC Radio National program The History Listen on March 13th (2018) and had a particular focus on Melbourne but the phenomena was definitely widespread with my mum saying it brought up memories for her of going to Greek film screenings in Hobart when she was young. You can click on the image below to listen to the piece online.

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Bourgeois Bigots & Bad Magic launch gig!

It’s a double launch, this Saturday the 29th of July upstairs at the Tote! Bourgeois Bigots, my drums and keys improv duo with Jesse Clark, will be launching our @ Albert’s Basement Fest cassette – out now on Albert’s Basement. Bad Magic, Jesse’s current solo project, will also belatedly launch his self-titled debut which I released on my label Frustration Jazz late last year. We’re joined by Asset Stripper, The Charles Ives Singers (featuring David Palliser who’s Lame and Free I also released last year) and Propolis. Looking forward to playing at the Tote again and in such great company! Click on the poster for the Facebook event.

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Bourgeois Bigots tape released this month

A live recording of my improvised drum and keys duo with Jesse Clark of Howling Gruel, etc. Recorded at Dane Certificate’s Magic Tricks, Gags and Theatre late last year, a venue greatly missed by all who played, listened, watched and communed within and outside its walls. Released on Albert’s Basement this month (July 2017). You can hear a sample below.

I started a record label

I started Frustration Jazz earlier this year, initially to put out my own music and I’ve been keeping it pretty quiet until now because of that. But after just three releases – two solo and one by The Drunken Boat – I’m really excited to be puting out the first recordings that I’m not directly involved in. David Palliser’s Lame & Free is a 3-track album of freely improvised music, played mostly on alto sax, influenced by free jazz but definitely non-idiomatic in its approach. David is a member of Melbourne free music legends Charles Ives Singers amongst other acts, as well as being an awesome painter. As for the label, I plan on keeping it pretty wide ranging with a definite bent towards sounds from outside, underneath and in-between. And as much as I like the more free and fucked-up elements of jazz, it’s NOT a ‘jazz’ label.

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The Drunken Boat “Birdless Tongues”

The Drunken Boat have just released their third CD-R album Birdless Tongues! Three long-form tracks of drone and soundscape, put to SD card in 2012 during the same intensive period of recording that produced Purple Perfumes… but quite different to that album. I play Indian harmonium throughout this one, Dale is on electronics and bulbul tarang (Indian banjo). Available from our Bandcamp site and at gigs, will be puting some in A. G. Picks shortly too for those in Melbourne.

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