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Melba Hall
4:00pm - 4:30pm, Saturday 28 July, 2018


Mont Avery is a new indie rock project from Melbourne musician Billy Exton, infusing the sounds and sensibilities of the genre with a heavy dose of barely-tamed avant-garde brutalism on the tenor saxophone. The band's debut LP "House" features ten songs intertwined with spoken word from Australian writer Josephine Rowe, and is due for release late in 2018, but for now, the MISF's "Unplugged" concert offers a close-up preview of the extended saxophone techniques that have formed the basis of the record, accompanied by MISF participants from the MCM's saxophone program.

Billy Exton is a high school English and French teacher by day, but has been writing, arranging, recording, producing and performing the indie-rock project Mont Avery over the past several years, in the lead-up to December's debut full-length release, "House". The record's sound reflects Exton's mixed musical heritage, combining introspective songwriting and alt-rock rhythms with the polyphony and circular breathing techniques pioneered by the avant-garde saxophonist Colin Stetson to create a symphonic array of colours and textures.