One Line Lessons: insights into Wellington's free music community
Celebrating New Zealand music.
- Date: Wednesday, 15 May, 2019
12:10pm to 1:00pm
Free. You don't need to book.
Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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Braille Collective and Wellington's free music community
Daniel Beban, Lilburn Research Fellow 2019, presents some insights gleaned from his current research into the Braille Collective and Wellington's free music community. Focusing on the decade 1979-89, Daniel's research revolves around a group of largely self-taught musicians who developed their own musical language, working independently of institutions and pre-existing musical networks and affiliations. One Line Lessons refers to this musical language, and the musicians' habit of condensing their musical concepts into one-line maxims, providing a shorthand for their musical philosophies and a platform for their music-making. "Blow it and wiggle your fingers", "Don’t play every tune like it’s the history of jazz", "Listen like a bastard and not at all" and "Win your audience over before you play a note". Daniel will explore these and other ideas.
About the speaker
Daniel Beban is the 2019 Lilburn Research Fellow at National Library. He is a musician and sound artist whose work encompasses performance, installation, sculpture, sound recording, curating and radio documentary production. He has toured internationally and released albums with Orchestra of Spheres, Imbogodom and other groups. He is director of Pyramid Club, an artist-run space for music and performance in Wellington.