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the AU interview: Room40's Lawrence English Toasts to 15 Years and Creating Experimental Music

Lawrence English is by his own admission a "Professional listener". This artist, composer and curator has achieved a lot, especially after founding Room40 in 2000. The latter is an organisation that has published musical editions, books and DVDs as well as curated events and installations both nationally and internationally. Room40 is celebrating its 15th birthday with a special, two-day festival called Open Frame at Sydney's Carriageworks. It will see a number of special commissions and world premieres. Some highlights include: sonic wizard, Jim O'Rourke; one third of The Necks AKA Chris Abrahams; and artist, Louise Curham.

The Necks are returning to Australia for a national tour and recording a new album

It's been announced that The Necks will be returning to Australia for a national tour in February and March, as well as recording a new album.

Live Review: The Necks - Brisbane Powerhouse (07.02.14)

After explaining the circumstances leading to bassist Lloyd Swanton's absence, the two remaining members of The Necks toss a coin to determine who goes first with their solo set. And it's percussionist Tony Buck who gets the choice, choosing to start the night off.

the AU interview: Tony Buck of The Necks (Sydney)

Kicking off their Australian tour tonight, The Necks' are renowned for their live chemistry and minimalist mastery, and they're bringing this all around Australia over the course of the next month. We say down with percussionist Tony Buck to talk about their latest work Open, the upcoming tour and how things have changed over the 25 years of the band.

Album Review: The Necks - Open (2013 LP)

An album with one hour long track, made by three men. Who else but The Necks? Welcome back guys, it's been too long. The minimalistic jazz masters are a prolific band, with Open being their 19th album. But can they continue to reinvent and refine their sparse sound as they have done for so long?

CLOSED Win a double pass to see The Necks and a copy of their new album 'Open'!

They've recently finished one of their most successful UK & European tours ever and their 17th album Open is being hailed internationally as one of their best. Now acclaimed improvising trio The Necks are returning home for their annual pilgrimage around Australia in Feb/March 2014.

The Necks set for February and March Australian tour!

Having recently wrapped up a successful tour of Europe and the UK and with an even more successful reception to their 17th album Open under the belts, The Necks are preparing to come to Australia! Returning home for their annual pilgrimage around the country, Australian fans can catch the trio performing through February and March.

Gig Announcements: Sydney & NSW - 20th December 2013

the crooked fiddle band

In this issue: The Crooked Fiddle Band support Afenginn, Soul of Sydney's secret New Years Day block party, Courtyard Sessions returns for third year, Chippendale’s New Year’s Eve event “Midnight at the Oasis” returns, DJ T & Guti to play Patron Afterdark, Serio’s Ministry of Truth to perform at Deus Ex Machina, Fourth annual Big Village Records Christmas Party this Saturday, Steve Balbi announces headline Sydney shows; The Necks to perform at Sydney Opera House, Last ever Twist and Shout 60s Dance Party, Celebrate this New Year’s Eve at BAR100, Bass Boutique launching at The Ivy, Flying Lotus to perform 3D-concept “Layer 3”, Deep Sea Arcade and Hot Mosh announce “Visions” and Neotokyo launch new single.

Gig Announcements: SA & QLD - 16th December 2013

In this issue: Renee Geyer returns to The Gov, Liam Gerner announces single launch show, The Ape bringing debut tour at The Gov, The Necks show coming to Adelaide, The English Beat return to Australia, MC Wheels Rising Up: Documentary Premiere, Roots Night #6 and Live & Local at The Gov and Madeleine Peyroux performing at the Tivoli.

The Necks announce Australian dates.

Experimental jazz trio The Necks have announced a run of Australian dates for February 2014. The Sydney band recently released their 17th studio album (yes, 17th) Open, which has been widely praised.

Live Review: The Necks - The Basement (13.02.13)


A lethargic round of Wednesday night applause went up from the largely middle aged “dinner and show” audience the Basement is famous for, as the improvisational trio known as The Necks graced the stage. Chris Abrahams began proceedings with a piano introduction of drawn out complexity, eventually moving into a Philip Glass flavoured minimalistic vamp as double bassist Lloyd Swanton began his droning bow. So quite was the introduction that patrons were compelled to whisper drink orders over the bar.

Live Review: The Necks - Brisbane Powerhouse (07.01.13)

The Necks are a hard band to describe, and I’m used to using some weird genre names and crosses. Consisting of three members on piano, double bass and drum, every set is entirely improvisational. So you could call it jazz. But that would fail to mention the minimalistic influences, vast thematic development across sets and careful use of dynamics

Live Review: The Necks - Corner Hotel, Melbourne (29.01.13)

The ritual performances that The Necks perform at The Corner Hotel around about this time of year has always been something intriguing, considering the venue hardly ever gets people to sit down for a performance for any of the shows it puts on. It just seems as if there is this 'block' where an exception to the rule occurs where an older crowd (with a good mix of younger faces) can just take over, sit their butts down and get swooped over the experimental jazz sound that The Necks create.