An electrifying new festival of music, film and art arrives at the Art Gallery of New South Wales this spring – with more than 50 free and ticketed gigs, screenings and shows, including a headline performance by Solange.
The expansive new music and film festival, Volume is all about pushing boundaries, blazing trails, and celebrating leading lights in local and international arts.
Kicking off on Friday September 22 and running until Sunday October 8, the “festival of sound and vision” is jam-packed with cutting-edge contemporary music, film and performance running over 17 days at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Oh, and did we mention Solange is headlining?
Held across the Art Gallery’s new north and original south buildings, the ambitious new festival presents a program of more than 50 free and ticketed gigs, screenings and performances.
‘Play the room’ is an experiential live music performance series featuring local and international acts among the reverb-laden acoustics of the subterranean gallery the Tank, as well as above ground in the Aqualand Atrium. The line-up includes 73-year-old American musician Lonnie Holley, whose latest album Oh Me Oh My tells the artist’s story of survival growing up in Jim Crow-era Alabama; Washington-based musician Phil Elverum aka Mount Eerie; Ohio genre-benders and Lonnie Holley backing band Mourning [A] BLKstar; Wiradjuri woman and electronic artist Naretha Williams; Berlin-based Australian experimentalist Oren Ambarchi; and many more.
Also gracing the Tank is a ground-breaking new performance work by megastar Solange, who in recent years has brought her music and immersive art pieces to cultural institutions including the Getty, the Guggenheim and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Another special event is ‘Three voices’, composed by Morton Feldman in 1981 and performed in the Tank for Volume by Dharawal and Inuit contemporary musician and classical vocalist Sonya Holowell.
Hear and see the Art Gallery in a breathtaking new way as Sampa The Great and her world of musicians and dancers transform the sweeping levels of the multi-layered new building into a living and breathing fusion of music, movement and action.
Part of the ‘Play the room’ series, Playback showcases new recorded scores by composers from Australia and around the world, including American composer and David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley; Nairobi-born, Berlin-based sound artist Joseph Kamaru aka KMRU; New York City composer Lea Bertucci; British electronic producer Loraine James; Sydney artist Megan Alice Clune; Melbourne experimental artist R. Rebeiro; and Kombumerri man and musician Salllvage.
Find out more and and get your tickets via volume.sydney
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