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NGV Friday Nights

Fri 17 Aug, 6pm–10pm
NGV International
Ground Level


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.

7–7.45pm & 8.45–9.30pm

Following the passing of esteemed mentor Allan Browne in 2015, Andrea Keller created Transients, a series of trios inspired by Browne’s musical philosophy. Drawing from a large pool of established and emerging creative Melbourne musicians, Transients perform compositions by all members, as well as music from both the Australian and American songbooks, each trio bringing with it a unique repertoire and dynamism. Featuring Julien Wilson (tenor saxophone and bass clarinet), Sam Anning (double bass) and Andrea Keller (piano).

6–7pm and 7.45–8.45pm

Vocalist and trumpeter Audrey Powne’s music exhibits sophistication and virtuosity rarely demonstrated at her young age. Known for her nuanced soulful vocals, Australian soul fans will know her from performances with Vince Jones, Terence Blanchard, James Morrison and Leroy Jones, and for fronting Leisure Centre (FKA The Do Yo Thangs) and her own pop/soul project Au Drè. Audrey has performed for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Face The Music, Melbourne Music Week and Stonnington Jazz Festival, and for NGV Friday Nights she will be joined by pianist James Bowers, one of Melbourne’s most exciting young jazz musicians.


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.

Booking required
Online $25 M / $32 A / $13 Ch
Door (limited) $30 M / $37 A / $18 Ch

NGV Friday Nights tickets include exhibition entry to MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art.

General admission exhibition tickets do not permit entry into NGV Friday Nights or any other program or event. These events are sold separately.

Show your American Express card upon entering NGV Friday Nights to redeem your complimentary drink.