about

Rebels without a pause.

The NOW now is Australia's longest running festival of spontaneous music, experimental sound and outlier performance. Founded in 2001 by Clayton Thomas and Clare Cooper, the NOW now has continuously represented the uncompromised and non-commercial side of Sydney's music scene.Each year, musicians from around Australia and the world gather to collaborate and experience the moment of creation together. The festival represents the music that inspires us, the processes that intrigue us, and the ideas that are most vital to our community each year.

The festival is a forum for international collaboration—regularly introducing musicians from around the world to Australian audiences, and in-turn brining the Sydney scene to international attention. The NOW now represents.

the
festival

  • THE PROGRAM
  • Wednesday Jan 24, 2018

  • Wednesday Jan 24, 2018
  • 7:00
    Simon Barker, drums
    Claire Edwardes, percussion
    Bree Van Reyk, drums
    Nat Grant, percussion
  • 7:45
    MIRROR UNIT
    Georg Wissel (Germany), alto saxophone
    & Tim O’Dwyer (Singapore), alto saxophone
  • 8:30
    Ned Collette, voice and guitar
    Steve Heather, drums
    Judith Hamann, cello
    With special guests
  • Enjoy a video teaser
  • 9:30
    NORTH OF NORTH
    Erkki Veltheim, violins
    Anthony Pateras, piano
    Scott Tinkler, trumpet
  • 10:15
    Mette Rasmussen (Denmark), alto saxophone
    Clayton Thomas, double bass
    Chris Abrahams, piano
    Sofia Jernberg (Sweden), voice
  • 11:00
    Del Lumanta, keyboards, electronics
    Lucy Phelan, drum machines, electronics
  • Thursday Jan 25, 2018

  • breadwoman
  • 7:00
    BREADWOMAN
    Anna Homler (AKA Breadwoman), voice & video
    w/ Meg Clune, electronics
    WITH THANKS TO LIQUID ARCHITECTURE
  • 7:30
    Jerrah Patston
    with Sam Worrad & Jerry Kahale
  • 8:15
    Sten Sandell (Sweden), solo piano
  • 9:00
    Jon Rose, violins
    Steve Heather, drums
    Julia Reidy, guitar
  • 9:45
    Sabina Masselli, electronics and projections
  • 10:15
    PROPAN (Norway)
    Natali Abrahamsen Garner, vocals & effects,
    Ina Sagstuen, vocals & effects
  • A sample
  • 11:00
    Mette Rasmussen (Denmark), alto saxophone
    Paal Nilssen-Love (Norway)
  • For example
  • Friday Jan 26, 2018

  • invasion day
  • PLAYING IN A WARZONE.

  • Invasion Day

  • Curated by Sass Hound
  • Come shuffle and dance around the poisoned water hole that has been refurbished to form the "new" Redfern. Come on the day of grieving, the day of survival and mourning that is Invasion Day….that the invaders and press call "Australia Day"

    Expect a combination of music that shakes the earth, performance and spoken word that rattles the cages, video, installation and art that is mashed over and under the history of the Block. The music will not fit into a genre but will be performed by both Aboriginal and non Aboriginal Artists who make work that wants to change things.

    The artworks and installations will not make you feel like your on a holiday and the images will surround you and reflect the blood-soaked truths that define this date on the calendar. Them same ones that speak to the reality of the place we share. featuring

    Doors at 7pm
  • featuring
    Sass Hound, Divide and Dissolve, and many others.

    Announcements of acts and artists will come closer to the event though nothing will be predicted or promised only reclaimed, reminded and resounding…like an echo that is so loud you feel the impact in your sternum.. then in your skull then eventually your heart and guts.

  • Saturday Jan 27, 2018

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  • AFTERNOON CONCERTS
  • 3:00
    Joseph Tabua, solo guzheng
  • Battle Ax
    Beatrix Curren (Austria), violin solo
  • IGNITE (Sweden)
    Casey Moir, voice
    & Johan Moir, double bass
  • BLEURGH
    Sam Barr, drums
    Melanie Louise Eden, voice
    Scott Gillespie, guitar
    Clement Girault, guitar
    Daniel Jacobson, bass
    Miguel Valenzuela, electronics and voice
    Jax Wechsler, visuals
  • SATURDAY EVENING PROGRAM
  • evening program
  • 6:00

    SO PREDICTABLE?!

    THE FUTILE RESEARCH LAB
    Ollie Bown, electronics and programming
    Lian Loke, Kirsten Packham, Sam Ferguson, Liam Bray, Angelo Fraietta, Andrew Simpson and Nila Rezaei, movement.
  • 6:45
    Bonnie Lander (US), voice
    Cor Fuhler, electronics
    Judith Hamann, cello
  • Inside voices
  • 7:30
    Kynan Tan, Solo electronics
  • evening program
  • 8:00
    Sten Sandell (Sweden), piano
    Paal-Nilssen Love, (Norway), drums
  • Outside
  • 8:45
    REBEL SCUM
    Bonnie Stewart, percussion
    Rhys Mottley, guitar and effects
  • 9:30
    Sofia Jernberg (Sweden), voice
    Sonya Holowell, voice
    Freya Schack-Arnott, cello
  • 10:15
    Alon Ilsar, live processing
    Adam Pultz Melbye, double bass
    Scott McConnachie, alto saxophone (Melb)
  • 11:00
    JONO MILO
    Jonathan Lockhart (US), electronics
  • Sunday Jan 28, 2018

  • splinter orchestra
  • 3:00
    SPLINTER ORCHESTRA
    ALL VENUE PERFORMANCE
  • 4:00
    Sam Longmore (NZ), electronics
  • Another time
  • 4:30
    Jo Burzynska, electronics and olfactory experiences
  • 5:15
    Alexandra Spence, tapes, electronics & clarinet
  • 6:00
    Goh Lee Kwang, (Malaysia), electronics
    Amanda Stewart, voice
    Andrew Fedorovitch, saxophones
    Peter Farrar, saxophones
  • 6:45
    CLUB SOUND WITCHES
    Matt Earle, electronics
    Nicola Morton, electronics
  • 7:30
    IM/MODESTY
    s.i.a. instruments, manipulation
    Kate Ahmad, Hannah de Feyter, Irfan Master - voices
  • 9:00
    NADIR
    Alex White, electronics
    Ben Byrne, electronics
  • THIS IS AN EVOLVING EVENT UPDATE. STAY TUNED.
  • THE SPLINTERVERSE

    UPSTAIRS ROOFTOP GALLERY JAN 24, 25, 27 & 28, 2018 FROM 7PM

    Is it a Multiverse? Is it a parallel world? Is it a Hologram? No - it’s Splinterverse

    An installation/happening/durational-performance taking place upstairs at 107 over the 4 days of the festival.

    No pieces, no movements, no showcase, no program - just a commitment to explore an ongoing socio/musical experiment in Orchestral madness that no one person can perceive in it’s entirety.

    Danger, when you enter the Splinterverse a different cosmological constant means the normal laws of art don’t apply.

    Kid friendly!

    Updates will be posted each day.

The NOW now 2018

The 17th edition of the NOW now festival is going to be incredible - packed with artists from around the city, the country and the planet. Over three days and five nights at 107 projects in Redfern, close to 100 musicians, performers, sound artists and installation builders will dig into the sonic architecture of the moment.

Let's start the year amazed.

In the gallery and performance room, a scheduled program of events will form the backbone of the festival. Upstairs in the rooftop gallery, The Splinter Orchestra will host an evolving installation and collaborative space for the duration of the festival.

This is what we're here for.

  • JANUARY 24-28, 2018

  • The Artists
  • 107 Projects
    107 Redfern Street, Redfern 2016
  • Tickets are available at the door

  • $20 per night
    $80 festival pass
  • ONLINE BOOKING will be available at moshitx soon.
  • The NOW now 2018 would not be possible without the following supporters: Liquid Architecture, Goethe Institute and most fundamentally, the Australia Council for the Arts.
  • festival sponsors

the series

The NOW now has produced close to 500 concerts since the year 2000, where it started under the highly focused banner of ‘if you like improvised music, we like you.’

Initially focussed on the nexus between jazz and pure improvisation, through an auspicious series of musical connections and the energy of community, the series expanded to include dance, orchestral performance, new composition, installation works and the occasional focus on experimental cinema amongst other things.

Initially run every Monday out of the Space 3 Gallery in Chippendale, the series has called Newtown, Enmore, Surry Hills and now Redfern home.

Now at home at 107 projects in Redfern, the NOW now series will continue monthly in 2017, beginning in March.

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