Artemus Events & Dust Temple
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Ben Walsh | drums
Shenzo Gregorio | strings
Saturday September 14th, 2019
Performance | 8.00pm
Doors open | 7.00pm
'Strings that might sound like a bird on the wind or an ancient flute. A beat that could feel like your feet on the pavement or the sound of your dancing heart'
Shenzo Gregorio (strings) + Ben Walsh (drums) are SOUNDTRAK
Defying instrumental parameters, Ben + Shenzo are two of the most prominent advocates of their instruments in Australia. This unique duo have, between them, had a hand in an incredible array of unique music in Australia and Internationally such as... The Bird, Circle Of Rhythm, Four play string quartet, Tom Tom Crew, Scotch and Soda, Orkestra of the Underground And Backbone...among many others.
Soundtrak inspires a rich visual, atmospheric experience for the listener. Ben + Shenzo apply exquisite layers of sound texture with their virtuosic displays and unusual instruments and applications. Constantly challenging themselves and each other to create a big sound out of a mere duo, using technology to enhance the highest quality of musicianship. Focused on improvisation and instrumental music these crazy musicians hold a space where literally anything can happen..They constantly explore ways to conjure sound from their motley collection of percussion and strings using non-conventional techniques, often striking and bowing with bizarre objects producing wonderfully surprising results..
A uniquely Australian duo, rich with worldly influence & served with a sprinkling of punk. It's not jazz, or folk, classical or world, it's a soundtrack to our world as it is now - a melting pot of countless influences, beautifully complex and impossible to predict or define.
MUSIC to AN INVISIBLE FILM
"Music To An Invisible Film" is not only a fantastic description of their music but also the title of the debut album..which features an array of bizarre and wonderful instruments some hand made entirely by Ben others appropriated and adapted to Shenzo virtuosity. 6 bizarre string instruments are tapped plucked and bowed masterfully to conjure hidden sounds you never thought possible. The same formula follows for Ben. If you haven't seen him perform over the last 20 years his bizarre hand built percussive palette has been his trademark, and Soundtrak features a warped drum kit of his creation that is capable of incredibly dynamic and rich textures. Two Australian musical mavericks that make sound that feels like it's heavily anchored in ancient cultures, but it's strangely not at all - it's refreshingly unique. Improvised, and rich in classical sensibilities, they throw rhythmic and melodic ideas around like a hot potato between them every performance, challenging each other's limits and allowing the audience a glimpse into the obscure music that resides inside their minds.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
BEN WALSH is celebrated as one of Australia’s most accomplished percussionists and performers. Touring professionally as a musician and drummer since the age of 18, his musical accolades cross many styles from circus, theatre, dance, electronic music to world music. This last decade he has composed for orchestra and film through projects such as Shaun Tan’s The Arrival with Orchestra of the Underground and live electronic duo The Bird.
SHENZO GREGORIO is a multi-award winning musician known for his work with the celebrated FOURPLAY quartet. He is currently the only stunt violinist in the world due to his love of suspending himself from heights up to 28 metres, from various famous landmarks while performing. He is the recipient of an ARIA Award, the Golden Fiddle Award and Best of the Adelaide Fringe Award.