Improvised music based on Iranian families’ experiences with war comes to Adelaide’s Nexus Live

Gelareh-Pour-photo-by-Eliza-DayPresented as part of the Nexus Live intercultural music performance series, Nexus Arts will present the premiere of the new work, The Red Vacuum on Saturday 1 April 2023.

A unique, premiere musical performance, The Red Vacuum utilises structured improvisation to present a story of the same name, written by lead artist, Gelareh Pour. The story focuses on the common life of an Iranian family as they experience war with Iraq in the 1980s.

The story centres around a young boy’s fascination with household items as toys, and how his joy and exploration unwittingly create havoc as his family frantically organise themselves to vacate at the sound of air-raid sirens.

This poignant musical story is interpreted by some of Australia’s most renowned experimental musicians. As well as creating The Red Vacuum, Gelareh Pour (ZÖJ), lends her voice to the project and plays the Kamancheh, a Persian bowed string instrument.

Former Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra Peter Knight plays trumpet and electronics, Melbourne-based Kaylie Melville (Speak Percussion/Rubiks Collective) plays percussion and Brian O’Dwyer (ZÖJ) is on drum kit.

Creator Gelareh Pour says she is excited to bring this unique project to Nexus Live. “As an Iranian woman who, born during the Iran and Iraq war and now living through the biggest women-led revolution in Iran,” she said.

“I am very pleased to be able to share this story with Nexus Arts’ audience. This story is very close to my heart and will be brought to life by musicians who I trust and cherish,” said Gelareh.

The Red Vacuum
Nexus Arts Venue, Corner Morphett Street and North Terrace, Adelaide
Performance: Saturday 1 April 2023 (doors: 7.3pm | show: 8.00pm)

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Image: Gelareh Pour – photo by Eliza Day