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Coming soon from 13 November to 4th December is a four week performance season of free performances on Cockatoo Island featuring the music of the Java Quartet, Kristin Berardi and James Sherlock, The Scrapes, Hinterlandt, the Vampires, and My Goodness McGuiness. Catch The Scrapes, a Brisbane duo whose music is a combination of feedback drenched guitar and scraping, epic violin. Their music is rooted firmly in the traditions of western classical music while representing an attempt to break the chains of these traditions. It is music that evokes landscapes and acts of nature as well as cerebral landscapes. Inspired equally by composers such as Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass and La Monte Young, sound artists and pioneers of the drone such as Tony Conrad and Spacemen 3, and the dark, demented sounds of the underground of rock music, The Scrapes can be at once immersive and chaotic in a live setting where wild improvisation and high volume come into the fold. In April 2010 The Scrapes released their debut album Electric Mourning Blues which has since received critical acclaim both in Australia and abroad. The Scrapes toured the East Coast of Australia in April 2010 funded by Sound Travellers, an initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts. They visited Melbourne, Newcastle, Canberra, Sydney (alongside Mick Turner and Jeffery Wegner) and Lismore (Sound Crucible Festival). They are touring once again under the Sound Travellers banner in October and November 2010. “…Adam Cadell and Ryan Potter compose apocalyptic soundscapes that linger and reverberate through dark gig spaces, and haunt hifi systems…Cadell's careful, but hauntingly intense violin melodies dwell in the minors, and dance around Potter's crunchy fretwork. The emotional command that these musicians have over their instruments is evident in their all-instrumental debut - Electric Mourning Blues…And what an appropriate and evocative title it is!” -Steph Hughes (Triple J Home and 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 contribution forms part of Sunday Night at the Movies' Soundtrack to an unmade film series', which invites cutting-edge musicians from across the country to devise an original soundtrack to a film of their own imagining. Past guests include Scissor Lock, Shoeb Ahmad and The Noise. For more information head to You can catch the broadcast on Fbi 94.5fm or streaming at For more info visit - or

Also first up on the bill at Cockatoo island on the 20th are 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 our finest singers and is destined for great things." Katie Noonan (george, elixir) “warm like a Queensland summer, sweet like a lamington drive and honest like a country town." Kristin is accompanied 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 INFO If you enjoy the Scrapes you might also like to catch Hinterlandt. Another opportunity to take a musical voyage with this multi instrumentalist playing combinations of trumpet, guitar, vocals and other. 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 a variety of instruments, Hinterlandt is not afraid of radically changing territory while carefully avoiding genre-hopping. Hinterlandt has taken on many guises and constantly changes shape and colour. Hinterlandt has played in places such as Helsinki, Sydney, Cologne, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Lisbon, Berlin, and many others. MORE INFO On the same bill is My Goodness McGuiness a synthesis of the broad range of contexts and sounds that modern musicians find themselves in. It's about owning up to the subversive musical influences on an Australian late-generation-X-er; where Icehouse and the Police play alongside Miles Davis. This is not your average jazz band, but many of the sounds may be familiar. While the group is clearly founded in the jazz tradition, their eclectic choice of material is a more honest reflection of the cultural coffee table.” MORE INFO Lucian McGuiness – Trombone, Dan Junor – Alto Sax, Aaron Flower – Guitar, Alex Boneham – Bass, Fabian Hevia – Percussion The Java Quartet with Bobby Singh kick off the season this Saturday 13th November MORE INFO and The Vampires on the 27th November MORE INFO Essential information: Enjoy the unique beauty of Sydney harbour from the moment you jump on board the ferry. Once on the island you can hear some of the finest musicians in this country perform in informal outdoor settings with a Sydneyscape backdrop. As the sun fades away listen to the mellow sounds, mixed up with some jazz, reggae infused grooves or beats from Bobby Singh, master tabla player, soaring soundscapes or vocal highlights that take you on your own personal voyage. Performances start at 5pm and you can grab a beer or a wine from the kiosk Bring 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 are a perfect way to hear great music and catch up with family and friends, or even make new friends with a jazz meetupgroup.


Cockatoo Island, behind the ferry wharf on the grass area in front of the camp site,

known as Memorial Park. This is to the right as you alight from the ferry. When: From 5 to 7pm on each Saturday from 13 November through to 4th December. Transport: Ferry or water taxi. We have timed the performances so you can catch the last ferry back to Circular Quay, or of course you can stay overnight on the camp site. Visit camp ground information Catering: The kiosk is open which supplies alcohol and other drinks. There is food, but the menu is slightly reduced after 5pm Of course, you can always bring a picnic hamper. NB ALCOHOL CANNOT BE BOUGHT ONTO THE ISLAND Family Friendly: the performances will take place outdoors, so stake out your own space on the grass. Weather: If it is rainy we will perform at an indoor venue. Information will be available at the Muster Station Visitor Centre. Admission: Free Easy access - Check the latest ferry timetable. Ferries depart from Circular Quay on the Parramatta River and Balmain/Woolwich services For more information on Cockatoo island visit Water taxis also available For more information, images or interviews please contact Joanne Kee, 0414 973095,

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