Melbourne's long-awaited arts festival, RISING, is in full swing. So far, punters have eaten like royalty at The Lighthouse, explored the electric labyrinth that is Golden Square carpark, while some were lucky enough to nab tickets to a riotous gig led by Sampa the Great.
We are, however, merely scratching the surface of the 200+ events happening in and around Melbourne over the next two weeks. To unpack the program in detail, several key players from the RISING line-up share their top picks between now and Sunday 12 June:
I can’t wait to be in the middle of the activity in The Wilds. To be able to wander amongst people if I sneak out during service. I hope to be able to get out to see Midori Takada and Arab Strap. I’m also really keen to walk and see the installations around the public spaces. I managed to see some of Patricia Piccinini’s work last year and it’s always incredible.
Artistic Associate – Music, RISING
The penultimate show in the music program is one of the highlights of the Japan In Focus. CHAI from Nagoya are on a bubblegum tip - blending a chaotic mix of genres. Fun! Buffalo Daughter are legends of the Shibuya scene. They did some records on the Beastie Boys Grand Royal label back in the late 90s. Shibuya-Kei scene spawned the likes of Cornelius and members of Buffalo Daughter also play in his live band.
Marisa Anderson is an American guitarist from deep within the American folk tradition, highly skilled and incorporating the range of folk musics, classical, experimental and probably all the other music, formal and free. Her music to me is distinctive and beautiful and expresses a position as well as the moment, if that makes sense.
Giorgos Xylouris the Cretan lutenist and singer - his music is always so joyful, whether it be sad, melancholic, celebratory or for dancing. Often it's all those things at the same time. As it should be, right?
Ed Kuepper is just amazing. An incredible body of work. Classic 70 s rock songs; timeless songs; pop songs. His Laughing Clowns songs remain evocatively mysterious as ever, a whole language to themselves. His guitar playing embodies his songwriting, or the other way around, or both and more, and he's a beautiful singer. On a personal note, growing up, I learnt to play drums to his records and felt the excitement of the programme.
Scope out the RISING program in full here.
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