Writing and editing student living in Brunswick East.
If you're feeling like something a bit out of the ordinary this weekend, then The Book of Daughters should definitely be on your to-do list. Held at Meat Market in North Melbourne, this fantastic collection of experimental sonic media performances showcases a range of renowned artists, on rotation each night.
Kicking off each evening is Sonic Flock- Teepees, a 30 minute performance where one artist plays to one audience member for around three minutes in—you guessed it—a teepee. Every artist participates in this performance which makes for a cacophony of sounds for those outside, and an interestingly intimate musical experience for those in the teepee. I nearly destroyed a violin with a power drill with Jonathan Duckworth and I must admit– it was quite cathartic.
Next was Shamisen Resonance, a half hour with one of Australia's most highly-demanded artists—Noriko Tadano, joined for the final piece by Jonathan Duckworth. Tadano offered incredible skill both vocally and on the shamisen, which she fondly described as a 'Japanese banjo'. Duckworth married the ancient shamisen with the modern with his futuristic resonance board that created a fascinating twist to the traditional sound.
Windspoken followed, a group of talented women joining forces in improvisation alongside the haunting poetry brilliantly orated by the acclaimed berni.m.janssen. The performance was directed by Belinda Woods, also on flute, and featured the talented Pheobe Green on viola, Caerwen Martin on cello and Miranda Hill on the double bass. I was blown away by the power this piece held, drawing connections to land and life, it truly resonated with the multiplicity of womanhood.
Finishing the night with the unexpected was Vocaline performed by Carolyn Connors, an experimental composer and vocalist who impressed and entertained with her skill and use of instruments and objects (tin foil made an unexpected but strangely pleasing appearance at one point). Connors' performance tied the night in on a note that summed it up perfectly—weird, but wonderful.