Opening night of the 2012 Festival, conceptual sound artists/composers Luke Jaaniste (Qld) and Julian Day (NSW) have created an installation for the Blacktown Arts Centre as well as a "Mass" performance in collaboration with local performers from Blacktown and the South-West region of Sydney with some unusual instrumentation.
The performance will follow a few words by festival Artistic Director Andrew Batt-Rawden and the Mayor of Blacktown, Alan Pendleton to open the festival.
Super Critical Mass met whilst studying at the Queensland Conservatorium in the late 1990s. Since then they have each built international cross-disciplinary sound practices, which also inform their research and teaching activities at leading Australian universities (UQ, USyd and QUT).
Julian is a composer, sound artist and broadcaster, described as an “epic and intimate formalist” who creates evocative works through simple yet surprising means. He has worked with leading performers such as Lisa Moore (Bang On A Can All Stars), David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors) and Duo Solo. Recent highlights include 2009 British Council Realize Your Dream award, 2010 MATA Festival Composer, and the 2011 European–Australian tour of his synthesizer ensemble An Infinity Room (A.I.R). He is also a well-known radio presenter on ABC Classic FM.www.julianday.com
Luke is a visual, sonic and installation artist, and cultural researcher. He works with ‘ambient aesthetics’ through a range of minimal, serial and situational strategies, and has been exhibited, broadcast and performed across Australia. He represented Australia at the International Rostrum of Composers 2006 and was included the Australian contribution to the 12th Prix Marulic Festival 2008. In 2010 he edited the M/C Journal special ‘Ambient’ edition and is currently a research fellow at QUT. www.lukejaaniste.com