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SUGARYAMA x HEAT-BEAT-FACE
Co-Curated Party 2 (of 2)

The Workers Club
Melbourne, Australia. July 05, 2014
theworkersclub.com.au

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Photography :: Melissa Edwards & Nic Oogjes

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This event marks the second of a co-curated 2-part series of parties, across 2 Melbourne venues, across 2 consecutive months.

- For further information refer to (p.1)

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SUGARYAMA & HEAT-BEAT-FACE PRESENTS :













More : KIRKIS / BLACK VANILLA / MARTIN KING /
SUI ET SUI
/ PEACE PIPE / NO ZU DJS




SUGARYAMA x HEAT-BEAT-FACE
Co-Curated Party 1 (of 2)

The Liberty Social
Melbourne, Australia. June 07, 2014
thelibertysocial.com.au

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Photography :: Andrew Bibby

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March 2014 saw the first teaming of music & arts dynamo ;) SUGARYAMA, with Melbourne 'Heat-Beat' act NO ZU.

The 2 groups ventured to vibrant Mexico, to take part in Festival NRMAL. SUGARYAMA in a Guest Curatorial extreme, showcased a diverse selection of Australian acts; Whereas NO ZU brought their unique percussive antipodean boogie, to highly excitable Mexican crowds.

Now, in their home town, they unite once again.
Presenting a string of club-nights, consisting of their favourite Australian artists on the rise.

This event marks the first of a co-curated 2-part series of parties, across 2 Melbourne venues, across the following 2 months.

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More : NO ZU / HOLY BALM / ROLAND TINGS /
HTRK
/ OTOLOGIC / PEACE PIPE / SALVADOR




TRIPLE R Interview + Guest Selection
Nic Oogjes of NO ZU, & Pete Keen of SUGARYAMA, drop in to TRIPLE R's 'Breaking And Entering' for a chat, & to play some found tracks from their journey throughout Mexico, & North America.
Featured tracks by :: Shiro Shwarz / Fist of Facts / Hidden Fees
* Many thanks to Lauren Taylor & Simon Winkler
- 7th April 2014

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NO ZU live at Festival Nrmal. Mexico City
Photography :: Miscellaneous

ZU point of view - Daphnee Shum
Mexico City to Monterrey

Photography :: P. Keen

I arrived in Mexico City under inauspicious circumstances, strung out from a bladder infection and poisoned by tainted food. The first few days were spent in a jetlagged, feverish daze in a darkened hotel room. A common trait amongst chronically unwell young people is an oblivion-chasing desire to live each day to its furthest extent. So from the moment I regained enough strength to raise the first cerveza of the tour to my lips it was on. I was manically desperate to cram as much of Mexico as I could through my senses, eating all manner of unidentifiable street foods (pickled pig’s trotter taco anyone?), walking until lost on desolate streets with houses coated in peeling burnt orange paint, feeling removed from the downtown buildings with their blue and white tiled facades. The air sat thick with the smell of burning plastic as I walked mapless, familiar looking streets revealing themselves to be totally unfamiliar as they faded into view. I had left Melbourne feeling troubled, overworked and exhausted - I walked with intent, and with each step my sadness was gradually left behind. Being a country steeped contrastingly in a combination of Catholicism and mysticism, Mexico it seemed, was an appropriate setting for personal exorcisms of the heart.

Since I essentially have an unhealthy and vaguely masochistic love of performing under pressure, my soul soared and thrived as my body vied to keep down the final throes of sickness at the first NRMAL show. Coupled with high altitudes and the effects of harsh air on vocal cords, I was in self-flagellating heaven. As a band we generally don’t feel like we’ve gigged properly unless we’re nauseous, odorous, and deficient in electrolytes by the end of a show.

Some highlights from the festival:
– In a foodtruck coupling of East meets Mex, I discovered Mexican ingredients can really transform a banh mi
– In Mexico you can bring dogs and rifles to festivals (the latter is only applicable if you work in security though)
– A beautiful girl accidentally opening the door of my portaloo during Kelela’s set. There are many beautiful girls in Mexico so the probability of a beautiful girl seeing you pee is higher here

With Mexico City done (with requisite visits to lucha libre wrestling and Teotihuacan pyramids completed) Monterrey was next, where my cerveza intake was replaced with tequila and dancing on my own at Gomez Bar with lipstick (MAC Lady Danger) on my face while Nic and Andrew DJ’d Italodisco sung in Spanish. The crowd at NRMAL were in incredible high spirits despite the rain and mud – smiling wet faces and hands reaching out in the dark. It was an unforgettably uplifting show. After attempting not to drag too much festival mud back to the hotel we ended the night with a room service order of water x 6 (half of which ended up on my bed) and a plate of fries (left untouched), while Sugaryama Pete skillfully maneuvered a small crowd of new friends into a group photo, without actually needing to leave the bed where he’d situated himself comfortably…

- Daphne Shum / No Zu


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NO ZU live at Festival Nrmal. Monterrey, Mexico
Photography :: Erez Avissar + P.Keen
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ZU point of view - Nic Oogjes
Monterrey, Mexico City

Photography :: Nic Oogjes

..I can’t quite explain why a few thousand people, in the light rain, moving to an oddball-weird-percussive-dance-band from Australia, of whom they should never have heard of before – got into it so much and busted their bodies to the groove so hard.
The closest I have felt to an experience like this was playing Golden Plains – but this was debaucherous, no holds barred, wet, dark, completely wild and… well… in Mexico.
I guess we responded accordingly – Adrian T took our advice to just dance when in doubt, and dance he did – I have never seen him move like that. I played schronking trumpet to those at the very front (I may have gone into the crowd too… umm) and pulled one of many reaching hands, of which a petite girl was attached to, onto the stage. Hugged, and even danced some bad James Brown moves.
Andrew may have inspired this by belting out impassioned, funk-shrieks from behind the kit for the first time!
I climbed a speaker stack and took a photo of many hands giving a peace sign in response ( ..in NYC it was ‘the bird’.. ). I’m glad I did, otherwise it would have been easy to think that the whole thing was something that I had day-dreamed while walking the LAX cement with only a Starbucks on the horizon.
..It all just seemed too silly and utopian to talk about.

- Nicolaas Oogjes / No Zu


SUGARYAMA x FESTIVAL NRMAL
Monterrey, Mexico. 2014
festivalnrmal.com


Artwork by :: Kevin Lyons

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SUGARYAMA’s first collaborative project abroad sees Director Pete Keen undertake a guest curatorial role with Mexico’s Festival NRMAL early March 2014.

Festival NRMAL is critically acclaimed with past lineups including: Grimes, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Girls, Thee Oh Sees, Twin Shadow, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dan Deacon, Toro Y Moi, and many other great acts.

Festival NRMAL brings together some of the world’s most exciting independent art and music, creating a dreamscape event of monumental proportions.

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SUGARYAMA PRESENTS :













More : NO ZU / YOUNG MAGIC / REPTILES / KIRIN J CALLINAN

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Dijon Szechuan
Live from Polyester Records
Melbourne, Australia. 2013
polyesterrecords.com

Dijon Szechuan
features local and international DJ's & Producers, exploring the lighter side of electronic music.


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MIXTAPE & ART PRINT SERIES :

Each weekly session is recorded and released the following Saturday.
Available in store as a FREE downloadable mixtape, accompanied by a FREE limited edition artist print.
This release series consisted of a total of 4 weekly Mixtape / Art Prints, in an edition of 100 each. - [OUT OF STOCK]

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SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

º LOUIS MCCOY
º BRYCE LAWRENCE
º LINDSAY TUC
[Live]





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SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

º SIMON TK
º BRODIE CAHILL
º MOOPIE
º OTOLOGIC








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SATURDAY 23RD NOVEMBER

º LES LEVEL
º TOTEBAGZ
(M. Hollenbach x A. Biesiot)
º SALVADOR






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SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

º PEACE PIPE
º EDD FISHER
º TAKO REYENGA
(Netherlands)
º INVISIBLE CITY (Canada)






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Poster artwork by :: Julian Hocking


SUGARYAMA, Australia’s newest international music and arts partnership program and the globetrotting ‘little sister’ of Melbourne’s Sugar Mountain Festival launched Friday November 1 with an official party at Boney, Melbourne.

NO ZU [Live]
CHELA [Live]
ANDEE FROST (The House deFrost)
EDD FISHER (Tomorrowland / PBS)
JAMIE BENNETT (Red Bull Music Academy) x JULIEN LOVE (DJ/ Producer)
BRYCE LAWRENCE / LOUIS MCCOY / GLYN HILL (Out Of Focus)

Photographs by :: Melissa Cowan

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Photographs by :: Elliott Lauren

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SUGARYAMA is an umbrella for project-based works, placing select visual artists and musicians in cross-cultural artistic exchanges. This ongoing endeavour brings a unique Australian perspective to collaborations, showcasing our finest creatives to international eyes.

SUGARYAMA’s first project sees Keen undertake a guest curatorial role with Mexico’s Festival NRMAL in early 2014, where he will travel with a handpicked selection of Melbourne based artists and musicians.

Festival NRMAL is critically acclaimed with past lineups including : Grimes, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Girls, Thee Oh Sees, Twin Shadow, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dan Deacon and Toro Y Moi and many other great acts.
Festival Nrmal brings together some of the world’s most exciting independent art and music, creating a dreamscape event of monumental proportions.


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Poster artwork by :: Roman Klonek
Poster fonts by :: Julian Hocking




Produced by R. Anderson & P. Keen // aka PEACE PIPE
[AUG 2013]


~ WOODS



~ PEANUT BUTTER WOLF



~ KIRIN J CALLINAN



~ HUNX & HIS PUNX



~ FORCES



~ DIRTY PROJECTORS



~ BROTHERS HAND MIRROR

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- How To Make A Sugar Mountain

An awkward situational comedy / Cooking show kook-out. Back stage at Sugar Mountain 2013.

Featuring ::
DIRTY PROJECTORS / HUNX & HIS PUNKS / FORCES / PEANUT BUTTER WOLF / KIRIN J CALLINAN / WOODS / BROTHERS HAND MIRROR

Directed, Edited & Produced :: Becky Sui Zhen
Concept :: Becky Sui Zhen and Rhys Mitchell.
Cameras :: Becky Sui Zhen, Melissa Edwards and Rhys Mitchell

Assistants :: Fleur Brummel and Raphael Rizzo
Interviewer :: Andras Fox
Music on Introduction 'Erskine falls' by Andras Fox

Commissioned :: P. Keen


Sugar Mountain
Music + Arts Festival
Melbourne, Australia. 2013
sugarmountainfestival.com


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Sound ::
DIRTY PROJECTORS / ACTION BRONSON / ESG
PEANUT BUTTER WOLF / JONTI / WOODS / HTRK
HUNX & HIS PUNX / BOOMGATES / LOWER PLENTY
BROTHERS HAND MIRROR / COLLARBONES
NAYSAYER & GILSUN / BOILER ROOM TV
KIRIN J CALLINAN X KRIS MOYES [COLAB]
FORCES X ANTONY HAMILTON [COLAB]
Guest Appearance : MILES BROWN

Visual ::
MISHA HOLLENBACH / ANTONY HAMILTON / MARKUS HOFKO
KRIS MOYES / HAMISHI / THOMAS RUSSELL / KIT WEBSTER
JEREMY EARL / KEITH DEVERELL / PHANTOSCOPIA
PHIL ELVERUM / MANY MANY




Collaborative Performance
Forces X Antony Hamilton [Choreographer]
Commission :: P.Keen




Commissioned Short Films
Keith Deverell - 'Grace Note'

An on-going body of work that explores the poetics, gestures and image of performance in both music and dance.

Featuring :: Judith Hamann (Cello), &
Elise Drinkwater (Contemporary Dance)
Concept :: K.Deverell & P.Keen
Commission :: P.Keen


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'How To Make A Sugar Mountain'

Back Stage Shenanigans / Cooking Show Kook Out

Direction :: Becky Sui Zhen, Andy Wilson, Rhys Mitchell
Commission :: P.Keen
[Series of short films coming soon!]




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Back Stage Artist Profiles

Photographer :: Elliott Lauren





2013 Poster Artwork :: Andy Wilson




Tropical Mind-Slide
Produced by R. Anderson & P. Keen // aka PEACE PIPE
[DEC 2012]