NGV Friday Nights returns this winter with exclusive late night access to MoMA at NGV. Featuring a line-up of international and home-grown acts presented by the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, experience art, music and dining inspired by the city that never sleeps.
LINDA MAY HAN OH & FABIAN ALMAZAN
Linda May Han Oh first began playing piano and bassoon before picking up the electric bass at fifteen. She went on to study at the W.A. Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) before completing her Masters at the Manhattan School of Music in 2008. Linda has performed with musicians such as Joe Lovano, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Kenny Barron, Geri Allen, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Based in New York with an active international touring schedule, she is currently the bassist with guitarist, Pat Metheny.
Fabian Almazan found his musical roots as a child in his homeland of Havana where he first became involved in the classical piano tradition. After moving to Miami, Fabian studied at the New World School of the Arts High School from 1998 to 2002. Since 2007 Fabian has been the pianist for Terence Blanchard’s various bands, including the E-Collective which was nominated for a Grammy in 2016. He has toured North and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe extensively and has performed with artists such as Linda May Han Oh, Gretchen Parlato, John Hollenbeck, Paquito D’Rivera, Mark Guiliana, Dave Douglass, Chris Dingman, David Sanchez and Ambrose Akinmusire.
Linda and Fabian will perform with performance staff – Rob Burke, Jordan Murray, Paul Williamson and Dave Beck – from The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University.
SIMONE FORTI, HUDDLE
Simone Forti’s seminal performance piece Huddle, 1961, will be performed three times between 7.30–8.30pm as part of NGV Friday Nights. Forti was a key figure of New York’s 1960s Judson Dance Theater, and helped pioneer a new movement language that favoured the commonplace over the virtuosic. First performed in 1961 as part of a larger series of Dance Constructions in Yoko Ono’s downtown loft, Forti’s Huddle foreshadows the sense of presence and the relationship between viewer and artwork that would characterise Minimalist sculpture.
Huddle will be performed by Dance and Theatre students from the Victorian College of the Arts at The University of Melbourne.