Slave Pianos, An Evening With Slave Pianos, Press Release

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Darren Knight and lovers present an evening with SLAVE PIANOS
Drinks and matinee performance from 4 pm Saturday 15 May
ADAWO plays from 7.30 pm
Lovers – 1/108 Moor Street, Fitzroy. Tel. 03 9417 0057
Exhibition continues to 23 May, 1999.

SLAVE PIANOS is a collaborative venture undertaken by Danius Kesminas and Michael Stevenson in partnership with musical composers Neil Kelly and Rohan Drape. The two artists have worked closely with the composers in realising this project which seeks to document the history and practice of sound art. In particular SLAVE PIANOS concentrates on the music of artists who are known predominantly in the field of the visual arts.

SLAVE PIANOS is a study of the musical works of visual artists using the field of ethno-musicology. The process has been to recompose, arrange and transcribe the original recordings of artists music and score them for piano. The scores have been produced and compiled by Neil Kelly & Rohan Drape along with Stuart Campbell and pianist Barney McAll.

SLAVE PIANOS has also published the musical scores in the form of sheet music. At exhibition a full repertoire of sheet music accompanies the performance of the SLAVE PIANO itself, a player piano which mechanically reproduces the compositions.

Visual artists included in the SLAVE PIANOS repertoire are; Hany Armanious, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, Louise Bourgeois, L. Budd, Tony Clark, Martin Creed, Joan Dubuffet, Katharina Fritsch, Marco Fusinato, Martin Kersels, Thomas Lawson, Bruce McLean, Daniel Malone, Nam June Palk, Martin Popperwell, John Nixon, Dieter Roth, Ross Sinclair, Ricky Swallow, David M Thomas, John Tinguely, Peter Tyndall & Ronnie van Hout

As part of a world tour which has already included the Museum Fridericianum (Kassel, Germany) and Stills Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland), Kesminas and Stevenson present An Evening with SLAVE PIANOS at Lovers 1/108 Moor Street, Fitzroy.

The exhibition of sheet music and a matinee performance by the SLAVE Piano will begin at 4pm Saturday 15 May.

At 7.30 pm the same evening the Lovers loading bay will host the first live performance of ADAWO, Australia’s only Martin Creed tribute band. This English artist has made numerous forays into the musical domain and is included in the SLAVE PIANOS repertoire. Creed also performs in the art rock band OWADA. Martin Creed and OWADA performed at last years Sydney Biennial. As a rival event, ADAWOS performance has been timed to coincide with the opening of the Melbourne International Biennial. The band will perform covers of original OWADA tunes.

ADAWO are; Jon Campbell (vocals), Crab Fermanis (guitar), Dave O’Brien (bass) and Tom Zdanius (drums).

This performance will celebrate the launch of the SLAVE PIANOS CD which will be available on the night ($30).

After the Melbourne performance, SLAVE PIANOS will be exhibited in Auckland (Auckland Art Gallery, May/June 1999), Sydney (Darren Knight Gallery, August 1999), New York (Lombard/Freid Fine Arts) and Los Angeles (China Art Objects Gallery). SLAVE PIANOS tour is supported by the International Export and Touring Program of Arts Victoria.

SLAVE PIANOS would like to thank the La Trobe Music Department

Slave Pianos, An Evening With Slave Pianos, Press Release


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Slave Pianos, An Evening With Slave Pianos, Invitation

darren knight + lovers present an evening with slave pianos
neil kelly + rohan drape
danius kesminas + michael stevenson
15 may - 23 may
drinks + matinee performance from 4pm sat 15 may
bands from 7.3Opm
1/108 moor street fitzroy
4 — 7pm fri to sun
tel. 03 — 9417 0057

with barney mcall, adawo + anti-jazz — special guests jon campbell, craig fermanis, dave o’brien, tom zdanius — special thanks to latrobe music department