Sex, Lynch, and Video Games



Hymns to Pareidolia
Melbourne Recital Centre
9 May, 2016



Artistic Director
Peter Knight
Nicole Lizée
Tristram Williams
Peter Knight
Nicole Lizée and Martin Ng
Eve Egoyan and Andrea Keller
Steve Raegele
Vanessa Tomlinson
Drums/Revox B77 reel-to-reel tape machine
Joe Talia
Double Bass
Sam Pankhurst
Veronique Serret
Saxophone/Flute/Bass Clarinet
Tony Hicks
Bass Trombone/Electronics
Adrian Sherriff
Gian Slater
Audio Design
Jem Savage


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Sex, Lynch, and Video Games - An Exploration of 90's Screen Culture 

Premiere performance 19th January 2017, 8pm Sydney Festival

City Recital Hall, 2-12 Angel Place
Sydney, Australia

Tickets can be purchased HERE

The Australian Art Orchestra with Nicole Lizée

Nicole Lizée is a celebrated composer and turntablist from Montreal who fearlessly brings pop, MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, cult cinema, and psychedelia into the realm of classical and jazz music. In a relatively short career she has already been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, mentored by Howard Shore, and had her work performed in venues from Royal Albert Hall to Roskilde Festival.

Sex, Lynch and Video Games will see Lizée perform again with the acclaimed Australian Art Orchestra, led by daring composer/trumpeter Peter Knight. This second collaboration follows their debut performance entitled Hymns to Pareidoliawhich was showcased at the opening of the 2016 Metropolis New Music Festival, at Melbourne Recital Centre in May.

The Sydney Festival multi-part program explores Lizée's unique responses to 80's and 90's screen culture with the Australian premiere of solo piano and video work David Lynch Étudeswhich has us venturing into Twin Peaks' Black Lodge with Kyle Maclachlan on screen and Canadian Eve Egoyan's piano interacting with scenes and characters from the directors films.

8-Bit Urbex pays homage to 80's video games with retro video footage, a striking live soundscape employing traditional and electronic instruments along with old tape machines. Karappo Okesutura takes us out of the lounge room and into a messed up Karaoke performance of pop hits including The Bangles' "Eternal Flame", Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie's "Endless Love", and Devo's "Whip It".

The karaoke machine begins to glitch, the singer holds on for dear life, and the orchestra manages to hold it all together. This is unique and exciting, and the most fun you'll have at a 'serious' music concert.