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Sydney Morning Herald JUNE 12, 2009 - by Bryce Hallett

ENO GETS FOCUSED FOR VIVID FINALE

Brian Eno, the curator of the inaugural festival Luminous, has gone into "focus mode" in preparation for the event's marathon musical finale at the Opera House on Sunday.

The former member of Roxy Music and ambient performer is collaborating with Karl Hyde, the poet and voice of Underworld, guitarist Leo Abrahams, composer and keyboard player Jon Hopkins and the cult band The Necks for Pure Scenius - a sequence of three concerts exploring sound, sonics and structure. It will Eno's first big moment on stage in Australia.

The first concert is based on a predetermined sequence of events, with the second and third concerts building on the improvisation and echoing motifs. The musical experiment will be enhanced by the visual art whiz Toby Vogel who will film, mix, reprocess and project images on huge screens in the Concert Hall.

The musicians and artists selected by Eno for Pure Scenius are known for their distinct, uncompromising approaches to music-making, not least Abrahams, a guitarist who has worked with Grace Jones and Nick Cave, eschews sampling and computer effects and strives for a purity of sound.

"From the very first day, this Luminous festival at the Opera House has proved to be a wonderfully exhilarating experience for me," Eno said yesterday. "I've been constantly delighted and surprised by the combination and results of the various artistic experiments that have taken place."

Inspired by London's annual Meltdown festival, Luminous is part of the Vivid Sydney celebrations, an annual event which has aimed to transform parts of the city, including the Opera House, Circular Quay and The Rocks, into a canvas of sound, music and light.

The closing weekend also features Eno's free art and sound installation 77 Million Paintings in the Opera House Studio and a fiery re-creation of the burning of the convict ship the Three Bees in Campbell Cove. Over the next three nights the ghostly wooden ship will emerge from the sea amid floating lanterns before bursting into flames, then sinking in the music-theatre spectacle Fire Water. The large-scale collaboration, directed by Michael Cohen, draws on the talents of various arts companies, including Stalker, Erth, Theatre Kantanka and Jannawi Dance Theatre.

The soundscape for the event, performed at 6.15pm, 7.15pm and 8.15pm today, tomorrow and Sunday, will be performed by the ARIA-winning band Coda.

On the Luminous bill tonight, is the energetic and jubilant Seun Kuti and Fela's Egypt 80 in the Opera Theatre. Kuti jnr is the youngest son of the music great Fela Kuti and has fronted the fifteen-piece band Egypt 80 since his father's death twelve years ago.


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