Last night, Sydney-based sound poet, Amanda Stewart, and Jaap Blonk, who's visiting Australia from the Netherlands, made an exceptionally wonderful performance of theirs and others' energised and complex sound artistry (including Jaap's presentation of Kurt Schwitters''Ursonate'). The well-attended private function was held at Nick Shimmins' warehouse home a.k.a. 'The People's Republic of Camperdown'. It's difficult to find highlights to talk about when performances are so good that everything works - no stumbles, no slips, no technical mishaps. The unique part of the evening though was the finale when Amanda and Jaap presented a series of improvised pieces as a duet. They both were, in a word, fantastic.
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