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The Donkey’s Tail

MEDIA RELEASE                                           11 September 2008      

The Donkey’s Tail

The Donkey’s Tail live at the Toff, Melbourne, 2007. Photograph by Warren Taylor

Australian free-noise band The Donkey’s Tail will perform at the Christchurch Art Gallery next week.

The Donkey’s Tail are an experimental, abstract, improvisational garage ensemble, and their electrifying performances utilise various home-made instruments and noise-making objects as well as guitars, drums and percussion.

This is ‘anti-music’, which means that members are unrestrained by traditional music-making practices such as keeping time or structuring songs around choruses and verses.

The group was first formed as a recording project by Melbourne-based Australian visual artist John Nixon in early 2007, and can consist of up to five members for any given performance. To date twelve studio recordings have been released, with Nixon either playing solo or in collaboration with one or more members of the ensemble.

This special performance at the Gallery features Nixon, fellow Melbournian Marco Fusinato and Christchurch sound artists Greg Malcolm and Bruce Russell. 

The Donkey’s Tail will perform live at the Philip Carter Family Auditorium, Christchurch Art Gallery, on Thursday 18 September at 7pm. Admission is free.

The Donkey’s Tail can also be heard as part of the Subsonic sound art programme in the car park bunker directly in front of the Christchurch Art Gallery until 19 September.


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