Performance dates & times

Sunday 25 Aug
4:00 PM

The Necks
Art Ensemble of Chicago

Running Time Approximately 3 hours including a 30 minute interval

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Supersense is thrilled to present a once in a lifetime line-up bringing together two exquisite, iconic ensembles of the 20th Century.

Art Ensemble of Chicago

There are few musical outfits that can claim the influence, mastery and longevity of Art Ensemble of Chicago (AEOC), and after 50 years they're as visionary as ever.

Art Ensemble of Chicago formed in 1969 and have been pioneering new music ever since. Growing out of the groundbreaking Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the late 1960s, the group changed music and performance history forever, moving beyond the genres of jazz, experimental music and performance art into a creative realm that was entirely their own.

Tapping into styles that hearken back long before jazz's inception and thrusting into a future yet to be conceived, AEOC's performances were made even more distinctive through the use of unique sounds and instruments.

Whistles, horns, bells, gongs, homemade and found sound objects feature alongside the saxophones, flutes, trumpet, flugelhorn, double bass and drum set of the group’s founding members of Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Fontella Bass and Don Moye.

The group’s legendary live performances blend music, theatre, poetry and dance to create a visual and auditory spectacle that has seen them remain one of the most influential groups of the 20th century. Discover why this legendary act has proven to be one of music's most enduring forces, powered by an indomitable spirit of original leaders Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye, and bolstered by the likes of Tomeka Reid, Hugh Ragin, Junius Paul, Dudu Kouaté and visionary rising star Moor Mother.

"Virtuosic, stylistically eclectic, politically ad culturally radical, gloriously freaky and ultimately beyond genres" - ★★★★ MOJO

"Five decades in their existence, The Art Ensemble of Chicago still sounds cutting edge" - ★★★★ Uncut Magazine

The Necks

The Necks are one of Australia’s biggest and most influential musical exports, known for being transcendent game-changers of improvised music. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, The Necks have managed to defy traditional forms of music; their sublime, durational compositions are mesmerising through an insistent deep groove of repetition, with a trance-like focus.

Featuring Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck and Lloyd Swanton, The Necks have 20 albums to their name, including the ARIA award-winning Drive By (2003) and Chemist (2006).

"Near-mythic." Pitchfork

"True trance soul rebels." Spin

"One of the greatest bands in the world." The New York Times

“You'll seldom spend an hour that passes so quickly — and rewardingly." Los Angeles Times

"No other performing unit can reach into a remotely similar sonic area...” New York City Jazz Record

“Ecstasy in slow motion… magically euphoric.” Weser Kurier, Bremen, Germany

The Necks

Chris Abrahams
Tony Buck
Lloyd Swanton
Sound Engineer
Tim Whitten

Art Ensemble of Chicago

Roscoe Mitchell
Drums, congas and percussion
Famoudou Don Moye
Spoken word
Moor Mother
Trumpet, flugelhorn and piccolo trumpet
Hugh Ragin
Tomeka Reid
Double bass and objects
Junius Paul
African percussion
Dudu Kouaté
Alberto Lofoco (Akamu)
Tour Manager
Larry Stevenson
Stage Manager
Stage Manager

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