Microfiche 2022 Tour
SPACE: PERFORMANCE SPACE
WHEN: Doors: 7:00pm – 26 Jul 2022
COST: $10 Concession/Student, $20 General Admission
Doors open 7pm
Runa Cara (opening set) 7:30pm
In July 2022, Microfiche tour eastern states, from Hobart to Cobar, presenting music from their most recent album alongside new compositions and inspired improvisations. Featuring Freedman Fellowship and Jann Rutherford Memorial Award recipients, Microfiche is Max Alduca (bass), Nick Calligeros (trumpet & electronics), Holly Conner (drums, percussion & electronics), Sam Gill (saxophones), Novak Manojlovic (piano & keyboards) and Phillippa Murphy-Haste (clarinet & viola).
Casting a wide stylistic net that draws upon jazz and experimental approaches, and a recent addition of electronics, Microfiche have over their seven years of playing developed an expressive and identifiable sound that skirts easy categorisation.
Microfiche performed at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival as part of their 2019 European tour, followed by the release of their second studio album 'Everything and Other Infinities' on Portuguese label Creative Sources Rec; and curated a month-long performance residency in 2021 with special guest collaborators including Chris Abrahams, Sia Ahmed, Phil Slater and Bonniesongs at 107, Redfern.
In 2022, Microfiche have delivered a five-star performance at Phoenix Central's jazz festival STRATA, and have collaborated with Living Room Theatre in the new multidisciplinary theatre work ‘The Reckoning’.
★★★★★ - “The recording may well become a reference for the future up and coming generations of this country’s free jazz to utilise. It’s an ensemble to be admired and eagerly consumed.” - Dingo Jazz Journal
★★★★★ - “The whole ensemble come together to create a lush, slightly tense sonic landscape that could be the closing credits to a film...the overall effect is spellbinding" - Hugh Robertson, Limelight Magazine
★★★★ - “This music comes from highly original minds, with all nine pieces containing compulsive narratives and unique sound worlds…” - John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
BONNIE STEWART aka Bonniesongs (VOICE/GUITAR/MANDOLIN/BANJO/PERCUSSION) & FREYA SCHACK-ARNOTT (VOICE/CELLO/NYCKELHARPA)
Runa Cara is the recently formed partnership between Irish-Australian percussionist and new edge folk-pop singer-songwriter Bonnie Stewart and Danish-Australian contemporary cellist and nyckelharpist Freya Schack-Arnott. Drawing from their culturally diverse roots and mix of classical, folk and improvised musical practises, Runa Cara present imaginative Irish and Scandinavian folk songs, interwoven with experimental soundscapes and original songs.
Featuring the traditional Swedish instrument, the Nyckelharpa, the duo transports the listener on a journey of new and old, from the dulcet tones of a Danish lullaby to the toe-tapping spoons of an Irish reel!
“Runa Cara…filled a hushed Utzon Room with music of ethereal beauty.” Sydney Morning Herald