Biannual experimental music festival Open Frame: Room40 will return to Sydney’s iconic Carriageworks this year, set for two nights at the end of June with a line up curated by composer and artist Lawrence English. Eclecticism is the main aim here, highlighting various electronic, experimental, improvised and conceptual performances from world-class musicians who make a habit of hanging at – and sometimes over – the edge of contemporary music.
English has made sure to pull together a program of exceptionally talented acts including American band Xiu Xiu performing Plays the Music of Twin Peaks in its entirety, Bolivian-American electronic artist Elysia Crampton performing works that subvert machismo and explore South American spirituality, Swedish sound-sculptor Klara Lewis, Canadian composer Sarah Davachi, and electronica icon Alessandro Cortini (of Nine Inch Nails fame who will be charging up the event with a performance of Avanti.
“This edition of Open Frame is especially close to my heart as it brings together strong emergent voices in electronic music…and collides them head on with artists who are responsible for some of the most aesthetically provocative and affecting music of the past half decade”, said Lawrence. “Each of these artists has a rich and invididuated approach to what they are doing, their voices are their own, and together across these evenings, their polyphony will be exponentially powerful”.
Perhaps the most exciting is Cortini’s Avanti, which is said to acquaint music with memory, making use of his family’s vintage Super 8 films as an accompaniment to the music, presenting audiences with a dynamic self-portrait flecked with themes of memory and remembrance.
Tickets are on sale now from HERE, with each performance priced at $35 +bf
Carriageworks Presents Open Frame: Room40
Thursday 29th June | 8pm
Xiu Xiu “Plays the Music of Twin Peaks”
Friday 30th June | 8pm
Alessandro Cortini presents Avanti
Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
Photo by Jillian Clark