Join artist and academic Ross Gibson for a multidisciplinary exploration of light and the works in the exhibition MCA Collection: Luminous
In conversation with Ross, jazz musician Chris Abrahams will discuss his musical approach as a process of investigating and dramatizing energy. The conversation will focus on the relationship between sound and light. As part of the event, Chris will perform a brief live improvisation amidst the artworks.
BIO: Chris Abrahams was born in Oamaru, New Zealand but grew up in Sydney, Australia. He became very active in the Sydney jazz scene in the early eighties playing with modern jazz groups including Mark Simmonds¹ Freeboppers and The Keys Music Orchestra. With Lloyd Swanton he formed the 60¹s modern jazz-influenced The Benders in 1982. The band broke up in 1985 after having released three albums – E, False Laughter and Distance. In 1984 Chris recorded and released his first solo piano album – Piano, followed in 1986 by Walk.
In 1985 Chris became a founding member of the Sydney indie rock band The Sparklers. As a result of this, Chris began working regularly with the singer and songwriter Melanie Oxley. Chris collaborated with Melanie, writing songs and producing albums, throughout the nineties. There are five releases with her: Resisting Calm (1990), Welcome to Violet (1992), Coal (1994),Jerusalem Bay (1998) and Blood Oranges (2003). Chris released a third solo piano album Glow in 2001. This was followed in 2003 by Streaming, and Thrown in 2004.
Chris has collaborated, in both recording and performance, with many contemporary improvising musicians including Burkhard Beins, Mike Cooper and Anthony Pateras. He performs regularly in the improvising music scenes both in Australia and Europe.
Thu Mar 19 & Thu March 26, 6.30 – 7.30pm
Image: Peter Kennedy, Neon Light Installations, 1970-2002, neon, composition board, synthetic polymer paint, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 2004, installation view New Acquisitions in Context, MCA, 2005 © Peter Kennedy / Licensed by Viscopy, 2015