Events

August 2017

Mon 21st August - 7.30pm - Melbourne 
204 High Street, Northcote


Rebetiko, the urban music of the dispossessed, traces it’s heritage to the story of a culturally rich city ... burnt to the ground. From the ashes a 1920’s musical form fused Eastern and Western modes to create what is often referred to as the Greek Blues. Songs and laments focussed on drug addiction, sorrow and life on the streets. In the late 1930’s the Greek Government, at the time, banned the music and thus making it’s form or performance, illegal.

Rebetiko isn’t the music of the oppressed ... it is the music of the Underworld. 

In 2004, Perth arts collective, Masonik began a project that fuses the music of Rebetiko with electronica, jazz and dub. The project saw Masonik perform their take of the music for ABC Radio National in Sydney and was featured on a broadcast for the program Sound Quality. In 2014 Masonik were invited to perform their Rebetiko set in Athens at the prestigious Michael Cacoyannis Foundation. In Perth the work has been played numerous times, of note for the Tura Music Festival - Hellenic Ekhos. 

Masonik's musical project has also evolved into an art exhibition titled Altar’d Lament, with sculptural, photographic and video works being created. These works have been exhibited in Perth and Melbourne. 

Masonik will be performing with acclaimed Melbourne based Rebetiko musician Con Kalamaras. Con is the Artistic Director of the Melbourne Rebetiko Festival and is a regular performer of this musical form playing with numerous practitioners of its unique style. Con will be playing traditional Greek instruments, the bouzouki and baglama across the electronic / dub soundscape created by Masonik. Vj footage of video recorded in Athens will be manipulated and projected providing a visual and aural experience not to be missed.

Sat19th August - 2pm- Melbourne 
62 Lygon Street, Carlton 


Masonik's sculptural artwork Tavli has been selected to show for the prestigious Melboune-based Australian-Greek Cultural League  group exhibition, Antipodean Palette 2017.


A tavli board, the game of backgammon played in cafes across Greece. This piece transforms the game into a ouija board – summoning the long forgotten players who listened to the rebetes in the 1920’s. It houses a one off vinyl cut of a rebetiko translation toward a meditative state .. Amanes! 

The idea for the Cultural League to organise an art exhibition was conceived many years ago but since 2010 we were in the fortunate position to make this dream a reality thus fulfilling another aspect of the primary aims of the Cultural League. The main purpose of the exhibition is to promote the visual arts within the Greek community and giving artists the opportunity to show their work to a wider public.
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2017
Performance - Automatic Sound Series   - Fly By Night Musicians Club - Fremantle - May
Exhibition - Sculpture at Bathers  - Kidogo Art House - Fremantle - February / March  
Exhibition - Daedlalus Project  - Henry on 8th - Maylands - February / March 
Performance - Automatic Sound Series   - Fly By Night Musicians Club - Fremantle - February

2016

Performance - Automatic Sound Series Xmas Special  - Fly By Night Musicians Club - Fremantle - December
Performance - Noizemaschin!! #4  - Mandurah Performing Arts Centre - Mandurah - October
Performance - Electro Acoustica  - Slight Studio - Darlington - October
Performance - Automatic Sound Series #1 Official Opening  - Fly By Night Musicians Club - Fremantle - October
Exhibition - Antipodean Palette - Steps Gallery - Melbourne - August
Exhibition - Spirals to Infinity - Blank Space - Fremantle - July / August
Performance - Shellshock - Fringe World - PSAS Art Gallery - Fremantle - February


2015

Performance - Hellenic Ekhos - Club Zho - Tura New Music Festival - Perth - October
Projection - Pulse - Channels, Australian Video Art Festival - Melbourne - September
Exhibition - kollectiV - Merenda Contemporary - Fremantle - September
Installation - Antipodean Palette 2015 - Steps Gallery - Melbourne - August
Performance - Noizemaschin!! 48- The National Noize Network - Perth - June
Broadcast - Altar'd Lament- Television Feature - West Television WTV- May
Performance - Concert for Kathmandu- Fund Charity - Fremantle Navy Club - May
Installation - Sculpture at Bathers - Continuous Icon Generators - Fremantle - March
Projection - I Took Nothing - I Festival de Poesía de Gijón 'Deletréame Poesía' - Spain - March
Performance - Solomon's Shadow - Fringe World - PSAS Art Gallery - February

2014
Performance - NoizeMaschin! #42 - Artifactory- December
Banned Music - Altar'd Lament - National Broadcast - ABC Radio National Special - November
Video Poem - Kaspar Hauser Lied - with Jutta Prior - International Poetry Film Festival, Vienna - November
Art Installation - Neo Smyrna - Buratti Fine Arts - September/October
Video Installation - Windows to the Sacred - Enochian Lathe Process - Devonport Regional Gallery - Tasmania - April/June
Projection - Rising Lotus - PICA Screen - April
Lecture - Pecha Kucha #4 - Altar'd Lament - Fibonacci Centre - Fremantle - April
Performance - NoizeMaschin #33 - Artifactory - March
Projection - Rising Lotus - Federation Square - Melbourne - February / March
Performance / Installation- Altar'd Lament - Michael Cacoyannis Foundation - Athens, Greece  January

2013
Live Film Score - Haxan - RtrFm Gimme Some Truth Film Fesitval - Perth - November
Performance - Aleister Crowley The Nightmare Paintings - Queens St Gallery - Sydney - November
Studio Recording - ABC Radio National Sound Quality - Sydney - November
Performance - WAM WA Showcase - The Bakery - November
Video Installation - Windows To The Sacred - National Trust S.H Ervin Gallery - Sydney- September - October
Performance - Club Huge 5 - Totally Huge Music Festival - August
Performance - CIRKOS - Buratti Fine Arts- June
Studio Broadcast - Trainwreck - 92.1 RTRfm - May
Performance-  Eightoeight - Railway Hotel - May
Performance Noizemaschin!! #22 - Artifactory - April
Video Projection - Artbox - Federation Square, Melbourne - April

2012
Digital album releases – The Invocation Frame Sound Track, Post-Duchamp Exhibition Generator & o2Memetic Subcontinent - Bandcamp
Live Film Score - PSAS Art Gallery /Fremantle Festival- The Cinematic Scores - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, November
Performance - Loungescapes - Masonik /Pax Assembly - Music Lounge -Sydney -October
Studio Broadcast  -Ausmusic Month - ABC Radio National Sound Quality Featured Broadcast - October / November
Performance -PERFORMPRINT- Masonik Vs Beer Fridge- Fremantle Arts Centre - September
Performance - Noizemaschin!! #14 - Artifactory August
Installation video and performance - Gallery Opening, PSAS Art Space- May

2011
Performance - RTRfm Beaufort Street Festival - November
Performance - The Invocation Frame - The Dark Horse Experiment Art Gallery – Melbourne- July
Video Installation - The Invocation Frame - Propaganda Window & Federation Square – Melbourne, September – November
Online Installation - The Invocation Frame - 30 short films/ DVD - 30 days of Creativity Festival & ABC Pool-June
Performance - RTRfm & Healthway Fresh Blast - CD launch of The Vedantic ChapterKulcha, West Australian Multicultural Arts - April
Performance - PIAF, Perth International Arts Festival – January 28th - Fremantle Arts Centre - collaboration with Maschi Fontana - Tom Muller and Jean-Thomas Vannotti - installation Rising Lotus Including CD Releases for Rising Lotus publication CD and book.
Feature - The Vendantic Chapter featured as the - album of week - RTRfm- January
Performance - Kulcha - regular artist

2010
Featured Artist -ABC Radio National - Sound Quality -
Performance - One40William - WAM, West Australian Music –
Performance -DADA Records live Basement Session  – Track included on 40thAnniversary CD – Compilation released August - September
Performance - Nude with Pitchfork– John Meade - PICA, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts – November
Performance - Kulcha - regular artist

2009
Performance - X-Wray Cafe - Fremantle October -January
Performance - Fête de la Musique – Fremantle – June
Performance - Kulcha - regular artist

2008
Performance - Kulcha - regular artist
Performance - Wormhole – The Bakery - December

2007
Performance - Freeform - improvisation events at Kulcha Multicultural Arts - Fremantle
Performance - PICA – Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts - weekly residence
Performance - Kulcha - regular artist

2006
Performance - PICA – Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts - weekly residence