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New North: Veils

Wed 8 Jun
📍 Brunswick Mechanics, 270 Sydney Road Brunswick
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Next Wave welcomes back friends and experimental music collective, New North for their fifth concert, Veils.

Behind the veil is a silhouette, a landscape obscured, a hidden truth, a silent presence. New North presents an evening of exploratory music that revels in mysterious processes beneath the surface. Experience the pulsating delays of Reuben Lewis’s solo electroacoustic, the visceral depths of Jenny Barnes’s extended vocality, and two responses to Cat Hope’s unique graphic scores that communicate with an abstract visual language.

New North offer complimentary tickets to those who can’t afford entry. To arrange a complimentary ticket, please send an email with your name and the phrase ‘COMP’ to info@newnorthmusic.online.

Artist Bios

Reuben Lewis
ARIA nominated improviser/composer/producer Rueben Lewis performs music from his debut solo record, ‘The House is Empty’. Using a deceptive mix of trumpet, electronics, field recordings and synthesisers to create “a vivid listening experience that gleams with sinister detail ”(The Wire), Reuben plays on our expectations and unravels all semblance of familiar form to deliver a moving sonic experience that “is beyond category” (The Australian).

Cat Hope is a composer and performer who creates music that is conceptually driven, in animated graphic scores formats for acoustic / electronic combinations and improvisations. Her music is characterised by aleatoric elements, drone, noise and glissandi as well as an ongoing fascination with low frequency sound that threads through all her creative work.

“one of Australia’s most exciting and individual creative voices…a remarkable composer.” — Gramaphone Magazine UK, 2017.

Jenny Barnes is a vocalist dedicated to improvisation. Her practice had been an inquiry driven by extricating vocal sounds from linguistic meaning. Examining and mimicking recordings of mammals, domestic pets and birds to achieve an extensive and diverse vocal capacity. She’d then study the rhythmic cadences and pitch modulations of language and apply her findings to musical contexts.

For the past 7 years Jenny has been practicing listening for what and who she cannot hear and why? She explores the subjectivity of power through her improvisatory practice as she deeply believes playing improvised music equips her with the skills and insight to respond well, with integrity, strength and care in critical situations.

About New North

New North is Melbourne’s newest platform for local musicians who push boundaries in their areas of practice. We empower artists and audiences to try the untried, experience the new, and expand conceptions of the possibilities of sound. New North is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the City of Moreland.


Wheelchair icon Brunswick Mechanics is a wheelchair accessible venue.

We are able to assist with any access requests you may have ahead of this event. For further enquiries about how Next Wave can support your access requirements, please contact our team on (03) 9387 3376 or email us at hello@nextwave.org.au

Please contact Stacy Jewell for assistance buying tickets via stacy@nextwave.org.au.

We also welcome suggestions for how we can continue to improve our experience for people with disability.

  1. Image: Jenny Barnes. Courtesy of the artist