The line-up for Supersense 2017 has been announced. Created by the Arts Centre Melbourne and multi-disciplinary Melbourne artist Sophia Brous, the festival is a celebration of the ecstatic, combining traditional perspectives with contemporary music, art and performance - there's a touch of Dark Mofo about it.
Highlights of the 2017 edition include Spiritualized, the storied UK rock band. Masters of fuzz and distortion, the band and its frontman Jason Pierce (formerly of Spacemen 3), can send you hurtling into the stratosphere until you inevitably fall out of orbit, burning up before you hit the ground. The band will be performing special orchestrated versions of their catalogue supported by the Australian Art Orchestra and The Consort of Melbourne.
The recently released World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label has been one of the musical highlights of the year. Legendary jazz bassist Reggie Workman, who has collaborated with both Alice and John Coltrane, will be joined by members of the Shanti Anantam Ashram, which Coltrane founded in the Agoura Hills of California. Together they’ll recreate the mystical and singular work featured on the new re-issue.
Festival curator Brous will take part in two performances. Collaborating with Kimbra for a trans-Tasman art-pop explosion, and in Lullaby Movement she’ll be joined by Leo Abrams and David Coulter for a theatrical song cycle.
Fans of heavy dirge will have their brains melted by Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O, the Japanese kings of relentless psychedelic rock. Slower, weightier layers of drone will be delivered by a new collaboration between Australian noise experimenter Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O’Malley of lauded doom band Sunn O))) and Japanese performer Keiji Haino.
Visit the Arts Centre Melbourne for the full line-up and tickets.