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Electronic Jazz Is Coming To Fort Nepean

By James Shackell
19th Apr 2017


There’s a new reason to head down the highway to Portsea (as if vanilla slice and trying to woo rich people weren’t enough). Over ANZAC weekend, historic Fort Nepean, the fort that probably turned the tide in WWII (don’t quote us on that) will be hosting an immersive live music experiment called Swell.

The headline act are electronic, improvisational artists Sean La’Brooy and Alex Albrecht, who will be pumping out their unique brand of jazz among the catacombs and crumbling gun emplacements. There’ll be four other acts, each representing a different musical style, plus installations that pay tribute to the peninsula’s musical history. Think vintage typewriter stations, recordings of interviews with local artists and several live orations. One of our NYE resolutions this year was to listen to more live orations, so that’s two birds with one stone right there.

There’s also a 24-channel soundscape by local artist Bryce Grunden, echoing through the old tunnels with the sounds of whales, surf and wind. If Fort Nepean wasn’t haunted and creepy before, it is now.

The Details

Where: Fort Nepean, Point Nepean National Park
When: 22 – 23 April
For more info, 
check the website.

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Image credit: Swell at Fort Nepean

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