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Laurence Pike (Sydney) Solo + CD Launch & Niran Dasika (Solo)
Sun 28 February @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm$18 – $25
Sydney percussionist/composer Laurence Pike returns to Melbourne to launch Prophecy – his third solo album in as many years for the UK’s Leaf Label, following Distant Early Warning (2018), and last year’s acclaimed Holy Spring. Created during the height Australia’s recent catastrophic fires, the music on Prophecy adopts the working formula of ‘one-take’ studio performances for drum kit and sampler; channel- ing the moment through Pike’s singular, organic use of electronics, and intuitively constructed arrangements.
Pike has been operating across the electronic, rock and jazz music worlds for the better part of two decades with dozens of critically acclaimed releases to his name as part of forward-thinking groups such as PVT, Triosk and Szun Waves (with Luke Abbott and Portico Quartet’s Jack Wyllie), as well as collaborations with the likes of legendary jazz pianist Mike Nock, Bill Callahan, Burnt Friedman, Sarah Blakso and D.D Dumbo. Pike also recently joined avant-rock band Liars, who are currently working on a new studio album.
“His solo work is a marvel, radiating the absolute confidence of a man in command of his instruments and making very difficult things seems inevitable. He creates a hyper-aware universe of constant, new, undefinable sound, that only he could make. He expresses himself through performance with a commitment that goes far beyond energy and will… Holy Spring is a mature and enthralling work that gives us real ritual. Ceremonies taken seriously that generate real power” – the Quietus, UK.
The opening set features Niran Dasika, a multi award-winning trumpeter and improvisor, known for his etherial, expressive trumpet playing and deeply evocative compositions, described as “ravishing” (Sydney Morning Herald) and “exquisite” (Australian Book Review). Niran’s solo performances combine his virtuosic trumpet playing with synthesisers and live electronics to create immersive, beautiful soundscapes, all with a focus on his lyrical trumpet playing.