This event is part of the ARCHIVE 2022 program and is presented by Salamanca Arts Centre and Edge Radio
A monthly showcase of Tasmanian contemporary music
Pop music encompasses many disparate styles but their commonality is that they are ephemeral and accessible. Pop musicians are constantly adopting avant garde explorations in music and making these challenging and exciting ideas accessible to broad audiences.
Tasmania has a rich community of alternative pop artists who traverse the line of the avant garde and the popular, creating powerfully relevant and moving music for local audiences. I’ve curated an all women line up to join me in celebrating the diversity of pop music in Tasmania.
FFLORA ( ℎ ) epitomise the ephemeral quality of pop in their improvised sets that are guaranteed to sweep you onto the dance floor.
Drawing inspiration from ‘crying in the club’ ballad mavens like Lykke Li and Robyn, PARKER smashes out soaring vocals with subdued minor-key dance groove and dancehall-inspired beats.
Formally known for her prowess in the Tokyo Punk troupe from FARO 2021, エミエミ (pronounced Emi Emi) takes a Tasmanian spin on the J-pop genre with her sweet sassy sound.
Live Visuals by Grace Huie Robbins (founder of MOOD: A Queer Party in Launceston)
Tash Parker (PARKER) is a multidisciplinary artist and musician born in Western Australia and raised on a tropical fruit farm in the North East Kimberley, now based in Launceston Tasmania. Her music is a powerhouse of retro-futurist electronica that soars with glossy synths and commanding vocals.
Her artistic practice is centred around reactionary works in collaboration with musicians, visual artists and technology artists to curate multi-sensory experiences:
“I write about what is real and happening whether that be about my own relationships and experience in my body or an imagined reality of a space travelling future ancestor.” –PARKER
FFLORA (FLUID FEMME LUMINARIES OFFERING RHAPSODIC ASCENSION)
A place of musical exploration and expression, FFLORA presents a journey into group improvisation. The ever-evolving ensemble take inspiration from jazz, folk, free improv, sick beats, collisions of sounds, failures, glory, poetry and synergy. Each time the group performs together it is truly unique. Be prepared to experience uplifting, unsteady, un-conforming utters of unreal music.
エミエミ (emi emi)
エミエミ (emi emi) is the experimental J-pop project from 24-year-old Emi Doi. Born and raised in lutruwita to her Launcestonian mum and Japanese dad, エミエミ represents a new venture for Emi, combining her existing indie-music flavour with uptempo neo-kawaii-pop, drawing on inspiration from the likes of Kero Kero Bonito, CHAI, Kyary Pyamu Pyamu and Superorganism. 楽しんでください (≧▽≦)
Tash Parker is a multidisciplinary artist and musician based in Launceston Tasmania. Her music released under the name PARKER is ‘a ‘a powerhouse of retro futurist electronica that absolutely soars with its glossy synths and commanding vocals.’ Her artistic practice is centred around collaboration with musicians, visual artists and technology artists to curate multi-sensory experiences for her audience. She holds a degree in Fine Arts majoring in Sonic and Spatial Practice and made the Vice Chancellor’s list at RMIT in 2016. In 2019 Tash had her first multi-media exhibition ‘You, Me & that Other Thing’ at Sawtooth Gallery in collaboration with Melbourne based drawer and sculptor Jo Lane. Her music videos have since gone on to win awards for best music video at New York Film Awards, Los Angeles Film Awards, Top Shorts and the Melbourne Short Film Festival and Clipped Music Video Festival in Sydney. In 2020 Tash received the Tasmanian Women’s Art Prize Emerging Artist award for her debut music video Can’t Keep Waiting. Tash’s songs have been added to rotation on ABC’s Double J radio station (Superhuman by PARKER) and reached number one on the AMRAP regional charts (Flames by Runaway Belles). Her last single and music video Lie Low, ‘a brave, cathartic, and above all, mystifyingly – beautiful song.’ released March 8th 2021 for International Women’s Day was premiered on Rolling Stone Australia. In 2021 Tash received an Arts Tasmania grant to present a series of music video exhibitions and performances in the second half of 2022. These exhibitions and performances will be; in Devonport at the RANT Gallery in July, in Hobart at Longhouse Gallery partnering the Winter Light Festival in August, and in Launceston partnering with Sawtooth Gallery and Junction Festival in September.
Supported by Live Music Australia – an Australian Government initiative