Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Museum of Contemporary Art

Up close and personal: 23 April

Friday 23 April 2021 (opening 5:30 PM)

at MCA ( venue info )
140 George St, The Rocks, Sydney NSW

All Ages

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Get up close and personal with ten of Australia’s most creative musicians at the MCA.
Each three hour program will feature two musical acts, each playing for one and a half hours with a collaborative segue at the midway point. Entry will be staggered with a rotating audience experiencing a unique 20-minute experience only 1.5 metres away from some of Australia’s most innovative musicians. Performers include Eric Avery, Graham King, Shoeb Ahmad, Nicola Morton, Matt Earle, Loose-y Crunché, Papaphilia, Jim Denley, Monica Brooks, Laura Altman, Garry Bradbury and Phantom Chips.
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  • Free, booking required – maximum of 2 tickets per person.
  • All ages welcome.
  • Each ticket gives you access to an intimate 20-minute experience. Due to capacity and the rotating nature of the audience, there may be wait times when you arrive.
  • Your confirmed ticket time slot can not be swapped.
  • If you are no longer able to attend the performance, please get in touch with us by emailing, so that we can offer your spot to someone else.
  • Tickets for each event will be released one week prior.
  • This ticket is for 23 April only. Other dates in this series will be released one week prior to the event. 

23 April Performers

Nicola Morton: 5.30–7pm
Nicola Morton is an Asian-Australian musician and media artist whose creative practice engages deeply with collaborative practice and new technologies. Her work aims to engage a group focus or deep listening of simple waveforms, drawing attention to minute and rapid fluctuations in sound whilst gently testing the audience’s perception of the object. Drawing inspiration from the waveforms of movement, wi-fi and EEG, her music deconstructs and experiments with shifting public or private appreciation towards cyclic noise.

Matt Earle: 6.45–8.30pm
Matt Earle is a legendary figure in Australian experimental music circles, known for his bands, Stasis Duo, xnobbqx, Club Sound Witches. Matt’s founding of hotbed communal noise spaces like Real Bad Music, Brisbane and Life Groove Cafe, Sydney, and his bewitchingly-unclassifiable label imprint Breakdance the Dawn released hundreds of cassettes by Australian artists, all packaged in Matt’s signature recycled, black-and-white photocopied style. His music, like his pictures, are instantly recognisable for their luminous lo-fi wonder, as opaque as a brick wall.

COVID-19 update
The health and safety of visitors and staff is our main priority at the MCA. We are following government guidelines with regard to COVID-19 to ensure our visitors and staff are safe at all times. Please read our visitor safety information here.
This series is part of the Play in the City initiative which is supported by NSW Government through Create NSW.

Learn more here

All Ages