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Sat 19th Aug 2023, 7:30 pm

Melbourne Town Hall
90/130 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

$50 General
$40 MESS Members

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Photography by Kristoffer Paulsen.

We are thrilled to announce the return of the MESS Synthesiser Orchestra for Now or Never!

In its second-ever staging, the MESS Synthesiser Orchestra, under the guidance of the Melbourne/Narrm composer collective STATHIS//DAVEY//KIM (@stathisdaveykim), will combine historic machines from the MESS collection with the grand organ. Witness this live performance as 12 exceptional artists collaborate, activating iconic synthesisers from the annals of electronic music history.

Following this, a stirring performance by Stockholm-based American organist Kali Malone, who will impart compositions from her critically acclaimed album ‘The Sacrificial Code’.

This major work will guide audience members through a trance-like state, becoming vulnerable receptors for every slight movement, where each shift in sound is magnified through stillness.

This performance includes additional accompaniment by Stephen O’Malley on several four-handed organ pieces.

The MESS Synthesiser Orchestra led by STATHIS//DAVEY//KIM is co-presented by City of Melbourne and MESS for Now or Never.

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About Now or Never

Now or Never is a new large scale, annual festival immersing Melbourne/Narrm in the future possibilities found where art, ideas, sound and technology collide.

Taking over city streets and venues – from late-night club spots to stately historic buildings – an essential lineup of international headliners and Australian creatives has been curated for a cutting-edge program of visually spectacular art installations, adventurous music performances and thought-provoking experiences.

Audiences will be transported to a place where technology alone rarely goes. It’s an open invitation to explore the future, in the present. A call for curiosity and collective awe. A leap into the unknown. It’s now or never.

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