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Musical Director: Nico, Forest Collective at Melbourne Fringe

  • Fringe Hub Lithuanian Club - Main Theatre 44 Errol Street North Melbourne, VIC, 3051 Australia (map)

Nico - Songs They Never Play On The Radio

30 years since Nico’s death, Forest Collective debut a contemporary music cabaret concert for 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Contemporary music outfit Forest Collective and cabaret artist Danielle Asciak bring to the fringe stage music by Warhol’s muse, model and musician Nico (and The Velvet Underground). Led by founder, composer and conductor Evan Lawson, this ensemble will reconceptualise traditional instruments, voice, and intermedia with an avant-garde, punk rock sound to evoke Nico’s enigmatic song writing. 

Radical and raw, this is Nico’s life defined by songs they never played on the radio.

“Miss Asciak is one of the most exciting new cabaret stars.”  - The Australian

“Forest Collective make contemporary music sound, look, and feel exciting.”  - CutCommon

Evan Lawson is one of Australia’s leading emerging queer artists, working at the forefront of contemporary culture as composer, curator, and conductor.

Danielle Asciak is no stranger to the festival that supports the bold and diverse; having performed Dance Me to the End (2012, Lithuanian Club. Nominated for Judith Wright Performing Arts Touring Award) and Everyone Wants a Piece of Malta! (2016, Hawthorn Arts Centre).

Assisted by Australian theatre director and performance artist  Kat Henry, Danielle & Evan uncover the music that they feel best represent the sound and story of Nico. Similarly to the recently released Nico, 1988 which focuses on the character’s tragic later years in life on film, this contemporary music cabaret music concert explores Nico’s influential and revolutionary power in the altering of the perception of music composition and live performance, as well as her desperation to reject the burden of beauty.

Danielle Asciak - Cabaret performer
Evan Lawson - Conductor & Musical Director
Erica Tucceri - Flutes (Guest Musician)
Isabel Hede - Violin (Guest Musician and Founding Member)
Vilan Mai - Clarinets
Ali Fyffe - Saxophones
William Elm - Accordion & Piano
Trea Hindley - Trombone
Nikki Edgar - Cello
Bec Scully - Double Bass & Viola

Photo - Melvin Haxaire-Christophe

Dates: 14 - 16 Sept
Times: 6:30pm, 5:30pm Sun (60 mins)

PTV: 15-20 min walk from Flagstaff Station
Tram 57 to stop 11 Errol St/Victoria St (North Melbourne) 

Tickets: Full $32 / Conc $25 / Child $22 / Group 10+ $22.50
Tickets on sale now or call (03) 9660 9666