MONT AVERY SOLO
Sunday 30 June, 2019
4:30pm - 5:15pm
Hanson Dyer Hall, The Ian Potter Southbank Centre, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Mont Avery’s live set creates rich soundscapes that stretch the limitations of the solo format, supplementing dynamic performances on guitar, saxophone and voice with lush electronic effects and elaborate arrangements of loops and samples. Over this vivid backdrop, Exton’s urgent, intimate vocals oscillate between hoarse, frustrated philosophy and the flawed whimsy of his piercing falsetto. In an exclusive “unplugged” performance for the Saxophone Festival, Billy will also highlight his radical polyphonic circular breathing techniques and the acoustics of the new Ian Potter Centre with the debut of a new composition for solo tenor sax.
Mont Avery is a solo art-rock project by Melbourne musician Billy Exton, combining raw, thoughtful songwriting with bold textures from the avant garde. Mont Avery's sound is driven by rock rhythms and cloaked in kaleidoscopic effects, but at its core are powerful tenor saxophone performances, drawn from the reckless free jazz tradition and the groundbreaking virtuosity of indie-rock collaborator Colin Stetson. The forthcoming LP “House” is an immersive blend of chaos and calm, where dense electronics and furious instrumental performances struggle against the dry candour of Exton’s voice; held together by haunting spoken word from the Australian author Josephine Rowe.