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Swell – details announced

Albrecht La'Brooy, are Melbourne improvisers Sean La'Brooy and Alex Albrecht. They modernise the classic jazz format and will perform their gentle electronic sounds in a historic gun emplacement, one of the live spaces during Swell – an immersive adventure that blends live music, design and multiple artforms to create an experience like no other.

Swell will all be staged inside the remote forts and tunnels of Fort Nepean at the very tip of the Point Nepean National Park on the Mornington Peninsula on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April 2017 (Anzac Weekend).

This is the first time the Fort has been given over to an arts experience and Albrecht La’Brooy is a taste of one of five acts. Every genre diverse artist performing in this never before used wild location will be unlike the other, and experienced by audiences in an entirely unique way

In addition to the live performances, Swell has also set out to collect the live music history of the musically alive Mornington Peninsula. History adorns the Peninsula with fascinating stories of beach culture, food, war, farming, maritime tales and even popular music. Yet little is recorded about the experience of live music – the action it has inspired, the significant moments celebrated, the ways it has deeply changed people.

Listen to stories and share your own through a Confession Booth, vintage typewriter stations plus live orations and audio recordings of interviews. Artists and non-artists share their live music experiences, including local musicians Hayden Calnin, Marty Williams and siblings Larissa and Ryan Tandy along with 91- year-old local resident Patsy Olle and Bunurong man Dan Turnbull who describe live music stories from times long past.

Throughout one of the vast tunnel networks there will be a 24-channel soundscape by local artist Bryce Grunden featuring field recordings from nature - highlighting the contradiction of natural beauty and person- made structure. Waves, water movement, whales, underwater sounds, wind and shore birds will make up the manipulated content, walking the line between reality and dream.

This is Swell edition three and each edition creates something entirely new. The earlier iterations have gone behind the scenes of a hotel and into the basement of an abandoned hospital. This time audiences will explore five genre diverse, reimagined live music performances and a series of live music history installations.

Swell was founded by Janenne Willis who continues as Artistic Director. Alongside Janenne is a team of creative professionals - most of whom are volunteers - who all love art, music and provocative culture and are passionate about the motivations of the work. Past collaborators have included US Architect Brooks Atwood and Melbourne Party Maker Edd Fisher.

There are many ways to get there – by car or bus. Buses will depart from Melbourne, near Flinders Street and Balnarring. Local food and drink offerings from some of the Peninsula’s finest – Montalto wines, coffee by Commonfolk and food by Martha’s Table plus more.

Swell is an independent art project. This edition is generously supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.


Event starts
Saturday 22 April, 2017
Event Ends
Sunday 23 April, 2017
Fort Nepean
Venue Address
Point Nepean National Park

Victoria, Mornington Peninsula

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