Words Seemed Unnecessary: the VCA's David Sequeira and Isolation Improvisation Collective make artful music
Patrick Telfer, founder of the Isolation Improvisation Collective, and visual artist and lecturer at the University of Melbourne David Sequeira release a new collaborative work, Words Seemed Unnecessary (In The Space Between Us).
Part concert, part performance art and part meditation, David Sequeira’s Words Seemed Unnecessary (In The Space Between Us) was recorded live online at the height of Victoria's lockdown on 19 August 2020 by the Isolation Improvisation Collective (IIC).
In addition to a small fragment of music notation, David provided the musicians with detailed instructions of not only what to play, but how to listen and how to be throughout the performance.
The first track of the Invisible Realities project, Words Seemed Unnecessary (In The Space Between Us) was released on Bandcamp on 23 October, 2020.
The piece invites players to locate their own sounds in ethereal spine-tingling layers that respond to its structurally simple but thematically rich score.
The Isolation Improvisation Collective is free jazz for the 21st century – an evolving cast of artists who are focused on experimentation, interdisciplinary communication and connectivity in the age of Zoom. Leaning into the limitations of online communication, IIC explores creative expression in the age of COVID-19.
This group of Faculty of Fine Arts and Music students, staff, alumni, and their creative communities, have met virtually over the past months to explore the possibility of community and cooperation online, developing new tools, methods and a shared improvisational vocabulary.
Performers, Words Seemed Unnecessary (In The Space Between Us):
Adrian Mancuso – Drum Set
Dylan Paul –Double Bass
Esala Liyanage – Percussion
Flora Carbo – Alto Sax
Monica Lim – Piano
Sophie Weston – Flute
Theo Carbo – Electric Guitar
Ceridwen McCooey – Cello
Caitlyn Lesiuk – Rhodes Stage Piano
Patrick Telfer – Mix + Mastering Engineer
Briony Barr – Drawing
Jacqueline Smith – Drawing
Giovanna Yate Gonzalez – Dance
Composed by David Sequeira, IIC Creative Direction by Patrick Telfer.