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.
SWEET SWEET SPIRIT: BARNEY MCALL INTERPRETS DORIS AKERS
7–7.45pm & 8.45–9.30pm
This performance features Barney McAll’s arrangements of music by the great gospel composer Doris Akers. Akers was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001 and was honoured by the Smithsonian Institution as ‘the foremost black gospel songwriter in the United States’. McAll is joined by stellar vocalist Belle Bangard, presenting a unique take on the spirit and music of one of the most treasured gospel composers of our times. Featuring Barney McAll (piano), Belle Bangard (vocals), Sam Anning (bass) and James McLean (drums).
LET THEM EAT CAKE
6–7pm and 7.45–8.45pm
Vocalist Sandy Whittem is a Melbourne-based singer, actor, comedian, director and multi-award winning musical theatre performer. Sandy is classically trained in singing, versatile across a range of genres including classical, jazz, musical theatre, pop, folk, and country. Josh Cake is a celebrated Melbourne guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter with a background in music theatre, cabaret and comedy.
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.