Performance, 19 April 2016
Yamaha DX7, analog synthesizer and live-electronics
A duo consisting of the keyboardist Chris Abrahams and percussionist Burkhard Beins, the collaboration is informed by a reductionist aesthetic of sound as industrial noise. The performance at the Geoff Stern Art Space was a special preview of Abrahams and Beins’ May 2016 album ‘Instead of the Sun’ on the label Herbal Records.
Abrahams is a Sydney-based keyboardist, best known for his work in free jazz. He has been a member of the Benders, Laughing Clowns, The Sparklers and The Necks, and worked with artists such as The Church, The Whitlams, Midnight Oil, Wendy Matthews, Skunkhour and Silverchair. His work on the soundtrack for the film ‘The Tender Hook’ was nominated for the ‘Best Original Music Score’ AFI Award in 2008.
Beins is best known as one of the most distinctive percussionists in European free music. He is also a composer and sound artist who works with found objects and electronics. His work often combines field recordings, percussion material and electronic devices with digital multitracking. A member of ensembles such as Perlonex, Activity Center, Polwechsel and Phosphor, he also works with Keith Rowe, Sven-Åke Johansson, John Tilbury, Charlemagne Palestine.