Meeting Points Arts Centre Melbourne

From the Air

Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne, and the Australian Art Orchestra




Saturday 17th March 2pm

Duration: 2 hours, including interval

Hamer Hall, stalls foyer



Peter Knight - Curator, trumpet, electronics

Paddy Mann - guitar, voice

Vanessa Tomlinson - percussion

Aviva Endean - bass clarinet

Erik Griswold - piano

Jem Savage - producer


From the Air is part of an ongoing series presented by the Australian Art Orchestra and Multicultural Arts Victoria at Arts Centre Melbourne.


In a series of intimate concerts, Meeting Points brings together unexpected musical styles to create electrifying collaborations. Featuring an incredible line-up of international artists accompanied by Australia’s leading contemporary music ensemble, the Australian Art Orchestra.

From the Air focusses on the intersection of contemporary folk and contemporary approaches to music improvisation and composition. It features Melbourne alt-folk icon Grand Salvo which is the alter-ego for singer-songwriter, Paddy Mann, who collaborates for this concert with international new music luminaries and long-time Australian Art Orchestra associates Vanessa Tomlinson and Erik Griswold who perform as a duo under the name Clocked Out. It also features award winning young clarinetist, Aviva Endean and AAO artistic director, Peter Knight in a first time meeting.

Paddy Mann’s distinctive tenor voice floats over spatters of electroacoustic crackle, bowed cymbal drones, junk percussion and toy piano, to create a sound that is at once alluring and strange. He reveals dreamscapes in whispers, and sings of unresolved longing.


ABOUT Grand Salvo

‘Melbourne’s Paddy Mann has been making near-genius concept-folk for more than a decade.’ The Age

Grand Salvo is the project of Melbourne based musician and composer Paddy Mann. His quiet songs can be mournful and sparse, or richly orchestrated and joyful, often exploring loss, death, decay and transformation. 

Paddy was born and continues to live in Melbourne’s inner city and his music has been greatly influenced and coloured by the urban settings he grew up in. In this concert, he will be present a selection of songs that reflect the cities presence, whether explicitly or as a frame of reference, and will be accompanied by a small ensemble.

ABOUT Clocked Out

Clocked Out create and produce innovative music, interarts, and intercultural events that extend experimental traditions in engaging and thought provoking ways. They use music as a vehicle to explore central cultural issues such as environmentalism, multi-culturalism, and interactions of science and music. The creative outlet of Vanessa Tomlinson and Erik Griswold, Clocked Out's diverse output includes original music for percussion and piano, a variety of artistic collaborations, concert series, tours, and festivals. 

Based in Melbourne and Brisbane over the past 17 years, their activities have been incredibly wide ranging, and have included: original music for percussion, found objects, prepared piano and toy instruments; site-specific events highlighting music and environment; ongoing collaborations with musicians from Sichuan province; projects highlighting links between science, architecture and music; performances and recontextualizations of historical avant garde works; commissioning and presenting works by innovative composers; collaborating and presenting leading Australian and International artists and Ensembles; national and international tours. 

ABOUT Aviva Endean

“Australia’s most versatile clarinettist” Real Time 2014

Aviva Endean is a performance-maker, clarinettist and composer interested in expanding the audience experience of sound by creating intimate, unusual and spatially engaged contexts for listening. She challenges standard forms and contexts for performance in order to create new and unexpected ways of engaging with her work. Her performance practice spans a wide variety of musical styles and performance contexts including experimental and improvised music, theatre, creating immersive sonic environments, chamber music, folk music and inter-arts collaborations.

Aviva is the recipient of numerous Awards and grants including the prestigious Freedman Music Fellowship, JUMP mentorship program, the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling scholarship, the Willem Van Otterloo memorial award, the Atheneum prize for chamber music and the Lionel Gell Merit award. Her work has been nominted for the EG music Awards ‘best Avant-garde/experimental act’ 2013, and the Aria Awards ‘Best World Music album’ 2014.

ABOUT Peter Knight

Peter Knight, is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for his distinctive approach, which integrates jazz, experimental, and world music traditions. Peter’s work as both performer and composer is regularly featured in a range of ensemble settings, he also composes for theatre, and creates sound installations.

Perpetually curious, Peter’s practice defies categorisation; indeed he works in the spaces between categories, between genres, and between cultures: “Hard to categorise… hauntingly memorable” The Wire (UK).  “Falling into an utterly genre-less wormhole” Cyclic Defrost. “Honest, inventive and original” Hour Magazine Montreal. “A serious work of stringent originality” BBC Jazz on 3. “If trumpet is an element then Knight is an alchemist” New York City Jazz Record.

 Meeting Points is supported by City of Melbourne

Meeting Points is supported by City of Melbourne