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Artist Biography

Nick Tsiavos' Liminal


The passionate, sublime beauty of Ancient Chant colliding with the energy and instability of contemporary culture. The ancient becomes modern as the languages and energies of Modernism mix freely with the rapture and danger of Sacred Text. LIMINAL is the point of distillation for Nick Tsiavos in his 20 year old exploration of these ideas.

In LIMINAL, Tsiavos brings together a group of brilliantly creative and intuitively aware musicians that have worked throughout the world across a multitude of styles and genre. The brilliant discordance of New Complexity, the anarchic tumult of Free Jazz and the cascading melisma of Byzantine Chant all meld together into a hypnotic synthesis of a new Minimalism.

'This is an outstanding new Australian release, a beautiful and moving disc. Liminal is somewhat reminiscent of the “holy minimalism” of Górecki and Tavener, recorded with clean resonance. Beneath the liquid surface, however, lies an undercurrent of just-contained fire.' Julian Day, Limelight Magazine.

The Musicians


Deborah Kayser performs in areas as diverse as ancient Byzantine chant, Baroque song and contemporary classical music, both scored and improvised. Her work has led her to tour both nationally, across Australia and internationally to Europe and Asia.

Adam Simmons is a composer and sought after instrumentalist, involved across many different scenes within Melbourne and beyond, performing contemporary jazz, punk, afro-beat, new music, traditional Japanese honkyo-ku, funk and free noise/improv.

Peter Neville is the Head Of Percussion at the Victorian College of the Arts. Whilst he works across the range of musical styles he has a particular commitment to new music, most notably as the percussionist of the ELISION Ensemble.

Matthias Schack Arnold is a percussionist who primarily works in the fields of new music and hybrid-arts. Matthias is the Artistic Associate of Speak Percussion and the co-director of new music ensemble Quiver.

Nick Tsiavos is a bassist and composer whose work operates at the intersections of a number of cultural boundaries: from 6th century chant to contemporary minimalism and experimental improvisation; from church to pub to concert hall.

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