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Media Release - The Scrapes on Cockatoo

Media Release - The Scrapes on Cockatoo

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Coming soon from 13 November to 4th December is afour week performance season of free performances onCockatoo Island featuring the music of the Java Quartet,Kristin Berardi and James Sherlock, The Scrapes,Hinterlandt, the Vampires, and My GoodnessMcGuiness.Catch The Scrapes, a Brisbane duo whose music is acombination of feedback drenched guitar and scraping,epic violin. Their music is rooted firmly in the traditionsof western classical music while representing an attemptto break the chains of these traditions. It is music thatevokes landscapes and acts of nature as well as cerebrallandscapes. Inspired equally by composers such as ArvoPärt, Philip Glass and La Monte Young, sound artists andpioneers of the drone such as Tony Conrad andSpacemen 3, and the dark, demented sounds of theunderground of rock music, The Scrapes can be at once immersive and chaotic in a live settingwhere wild improvisation and high volume come into the fold. In April 2010 The Scrapes released their debut album Electric Mourning Blues which has sincereceived critical acclaim both in Australia and abroad. The Scrapes toured the East Coast of Australiain April 2010 funded by Sound Travellers, an initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts. Theyvisited Melbourne, Newcastle, Canberra, Sydney (alongside Mick Turner and Jeffery Wegner) andLismore (Sound Crucible Festival). They are touring once again under the Sound Travellers bannerin October and November 2010.  “…Adam Cadell and Ryan Potter compose apocalyptic soundscapes that linger and reverberatethrough dark gig spaces, and haunt hifi systems…Cadell's careful, but hauntingly intense violinmelodies dwell in the minors, and dance around Potter's crunchy fretwork. The emotional commandthat these musicians have over their instruments is evident in their all-instrumental debut - ElectricMourning Blues…And what an appropriate and evocative title it is!” -Steph Hughes (Triple J Homeand Hosed) "The Scrapes will also present an exclusive experimental soundtrack on Fbi Radio's hour of innovative new radio Sunday Night at the Movies, 21st November 2010 from 9pm. The contributionforms part of Sunday Night at the Movies' Soundtrack to an unmade film series', which invitescutting-edge musicians from across the country to devise an original soundtrack to a film of theirown imagining. Past guests include Scissor Lock, Shoeb Ahmad and The Noise. For more informationhead tohttp://frogworth.com/snatm. You can catch the broadcast on Fbi 94.5fm or streaming atwww.fbiradio.com For more info visithttp://www.myspace.com/planetofthescrapes - http://planetofthescrapes.blogspot.comhttp://www.soundtravellers.com.auorwww.placesandspaces.com.au
 
 Also first up on the bill at Cockatoo island on the 20
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Kristin Berardi and James Sherlock 
  “Kristin is a true musician in every sense of the word and for that reason I believe she is one of ourfinest singers and is destined for great things." Katie Noonan (george, elixir) “warm like aQueensland summer, sweet like a lamington drive and honest like a country town." Kristin isaccompanied by award winning guitarist James Sherlock whose sound has warmth and bite(reminiscent of John McLaughlin circa Extrapolation) He uses it to produce tense, twisting solos,sometimes churning, sometimes chiming accompaniment.MORE INFOIf you enjoy the Scrapes you might also like to catch Hinterlandt. Another opportunity to take amusical voyage with this multi instrumentalist playing combinations of trumpet, guitar, vocals andother.
4 December
Hinterlandt 
Hinterlandt is a German-Australian solo outfit playing long compositions encompassing raw energy,beautiful harmonies, complex rhythms, fragile ambiences, alarming noise, and silence. Using avariety of instruments, Hinterlandt is not afraid of radically changing territory while carefullyavoiding genre-hopping. Hinterlandt has taken on many guises and constantly changes shape andcolour. Hinterlandt has played in places such as Helsinki, Sydney, Cologne, London, Rome,Amsterdam, Melbourne, Lisbon, Berlin, and many others.MORE INFOhttp://www.hinterlandt.netOn the same bill is
My Goodness McGuiness
a synthesis of the broad range of contexts andsounds that modern musicians find themselves in. It's about owning up to the subversive musicalinfluences on an Australian late-generation-X-er; where Icehouse and the Police play alongside MilesDavis. This is not your average jazz band, but many of the sounds may be familiar. While thegroup is clearly founded in the jazz tradition, their eclectic choice of material is a more honestreflection of the cultural coffee table.” MORE INFOLucian McGuiness – Trombone, Dan Junor – AltoSax, Aaron Flower – Guitar, Alex Boneham – Bass, Fabian Hevia – PercussionThe Java Quartet with Bobby Singh kick off the season this Saturday 13th NovemberMORE INFOand The Vampires on the 27th NovemberMORE INFO
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Enjoy the unique beauty of Sydney harbour from the moment you jump on board the ferry. Onceon the island you can hear some of the finest musicians in this country perform in informal outdoorsettings with a Sydneyscape backdrop.As the sun fades away listen to the mellow sounds, mixed up with some jazz, reggae infusedgrooves or beats from Bobby Singh, master tabla player, soaring soundscapes or vocal highlightsthat take you on your own personal voyage.Performances start at 5pm and you can grab a beer or a wine from the kioskBring a picnic rug, or low chairs and get up close and personal. Spend the day on the island for a “mini break” on Cockatoo.The site is family friendly and we are on the flat and close to the ferry terminal. These concerts area perfect way to hear great music and catch up with family and friends, or even make new friendswith a jazzmeetupgroup.

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