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Jazz Queensland and Brisbane Powerhouse present

Valley Jazz Festival: the Mute Canary Project performing The Beauty of Fetish II with Senyawa

Sat 28 May 2011

The Mute Canary Project led by saxophonist, Elliott Dalgleish will present The Beauty of Fetish II as part of Valley Jazz Festival 2011 with Senyawa – Rully Shabara & Wukir Suryadi and live drawing and projections by Leif Gifford, Kellie O’Dempsey and Michael Dick.

Involving ten of Australia’s leading improvisers, this festival performance features the interaction of old and new generations of improvisers, through sonic improvisation and spontaneous composition.

Working from the heart and the ear, the project decrypts the social sound memories of the sensation-saturated, novelty-hungry age we find ourselves a part of in the twenty first century.

The musical language is discrete and operates on a microscopic level, able to stimulate the sensibilities of those willing to open their ears to the universe of sonic possibilities.

Photo by Bryan Spencer

“The ensembles were full of mystery, exciting polyphonic near-chaos and beauty.  Dalgleish’s alto was magisterial.”John Clare, SIMA Jazz Visions Festival, 15 September 2010

“Dalgleish repeatedly proved what a bold, confident improviser he is… (His playing) commanded attention and directly charged the central nervous system.”John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 August 2008


 Photos Christine Jonstone