After the fun we had at Haymarket Library last year, we are excited to announce our Customs House Late Night Library season! We've collaborated with the terrific Musica Viva to bring you Late Night Library: the Words & Music Season. This Late Night Library series will take you on a journey through the connections between music and the written word in ways that question, challenge and experiment. From Ancient Greece to Customs House library, we’ll throw words and music together, and then rip them apart. See you there!
Wednesday 11 March, 8-9pm
What do you get when you combine live writing with live art and improvisation? Answer: we don’t know either, but we’re calling it a ‘CrossMedia Jam’. For this event each artist will take turns leading while the others riff and improvise with accompanying words, music and art. Joining us will be writer, comedian and social satirist Ben Jenkins (The Checkout, Story Club), musician Brian Campeau and artist Irit Polak.
Wednesday 25 March, 8-9pm
An unholy orgy of prose, music and illustration. Lady Sings it Better will put An unholy orgy of prose, music and illustration. Lady Sings it Better will put music and song to selected scenes – cheekily read by Maeve Marsden – from SA Gordon’s tennis romp Mixed Doubles, while our illustrators Sam Paine and Ben Juers live-draw all the naughty bits. It’s an hour of heart-racing titillation that should leave you snickering in your pants.
Wednesday 8 April, 8-9pm
Leading Australian guitarist, Karin Schaupp, will explore recent collaborations with writers that have pushed her ‘beyond music’. From playing her own grandmother Lotte in a play by David Williamson, to narrating and playing simultaneously in works by Mary Doumany, this talk will explore how Karin learned to express herself in the two very different languages of music and words. Karin will talk and perform.
Wednesday 22 April, 8-9pm
Though song writing is a skill that can be taught, many musicians tend to write instinctively drawing on their experiences. Join a panel of composers (who write without words) and musicians (who do) to discuss how words and music collide in their work and influence them creatively. We’ll be joined by ARIA award-winning instrumentalist and song writing tutor Brendan Gallagher, of Karma County fame; composer and writer Rosalind Page who creates music that bridges acoustic and electronic realms; and Roland Kay Smith, winner of triple J unearthed, who has just released his debut album. The panel will be moderated by FBi radio host, Johanna Roberts and will include live performances.
Wednesday 6 May, 8-9pm
The future is coming and for an hour we are going to see it, hear it and live it as the always entertaining Patrick Magee reads from David M Henley's futuristic thriller The Hunt from Pierre Jnr, while local legend Chris Hancock brings in the spooky sound mood. On pens we have the artist sometimes known as Duckman, Paul Gilsenan, and illustrator Ad Long.
Wednesday 20 May, 8-9pm
Musicians and storytellers Tim Hansen and Scott Sandwich embark upon an anecdotal adventure through a fistful of great musical anarchists of the last hundred years, with the stern standards of Plato as their guide. From The Rite of Spring to the Doctor Who theme, Tim and Scott will tell tales of nuisances, smart alecks and visionaries who made modern music the glorious cacophony that it is today.