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SOUND SPACES: Australian Art Orchestra: ELECTRO acoustic


Sunday 5 November, 3-5pm
FREE /// No bookings required

Electro acoustic Peter Knight

Three solos and a trio. Exploring the spaces where traditional instrumental approaches meet electronic sound generation and processing. Featuring Australian Art Orchestra artistic director Peter Knight, (trumpet, laptop, tape loops) with extraordinary next generation cross-disciplinary musicians, Reuben Lewis (trumpet, pedals, amplifiers) and Nat Grant (percussion, pedals, laptop).

Peter Knight

Australian trumpeter/composer/sound artist, 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.   

Reuben Lewis

Reuben Lewis’s practice is both singular and eclectic. Since relocating to Melbourne from Berlin he has emerged as an influential voice in the new jazz, free improv and avant scenes in Australia. He leads I Hold the Lion’s Paw and The Inflorescence Ensemble, which both explore the in-betweens of groove music(s), collective improvisation, and transient compositional forms. He is also co-leader of the international new-music ensemble The Phonetic Orchestra, which tours extensively through Europe.

Nat Grant

Nat Grant is a percussionist, theatre composer and sound artist from Melbourne working across live performance, installation and sound design. Her work explores intersections between improvisation, chance and intention in the development of sound as a sculptural medium. Through the integration of electronic processing and sampling with acoustic instruments and sound recordings, she creates cumulative sound works that link consciousness and memory, allowing interaction between audience and performers. Nat has created sound design for theatre, dance, film and live art, including for ITCH Productions, Jonathan Homsey and The Stain. Previous commissions include works for 3 Shades Black, Erica Rasmussen and the Solstice Piano trio.


With an emphasis on improvisation, the Australian Art Orchestra explores the meeting points between disciplines and cultures, and imagines new musical forms to reflect the energy and diversity of 21st century Australia.

Founded by Paul Grabowsky in 1994, the AAO is one of Australia’s leading contemporary ensembles. Now led by daring composer/trumpeter/sound artist Peter Knight, its work constantly seeks to stretch genres and break down the barriers separating disciplines, forms and cultures. It explores the interstices between the avant-garde and the traditional, between art and popular music, between electronic and acoustic approaches, and creates music that traverses the continuum between improvised and notated forms.

The Australian Art Orchestra is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


Sound Spaces is a performance series of experimental and improvised music organised by Francis E Parker for Monash University Museum of Art. The series runs in parallel with MUMA’s exhibition program with occasional direct dialogues with particular exhibition projects.

This is the first time Sound Spaces has been presented at MPavilion.

Photo: Peter Knight

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