Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Music Vault presents Hear My Eyes: Suspiria (1977) + All New Score Performed Live
After huge sold-out shows in 2018 and 2019, Hear My Eyes returns to Arts Centre Melbourne to present a truly unique sensory experience; Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977) with a completely new score, written and performed live by a group of musicians specifically curated for the event. The supergroup directed by Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard) and Joey Walker (King Gizzard / Bullant) also features Carolyn Schofield (Fia Fiell), Leah Senior, Michael Cavanagh (King Gizzard), Genevieve Fry (Cold Hands Warm Heart) and the Melbourne Chamber Choir - an eclectic lineup curated by Hear My Eyes founder and artistic director Haydn Green.
Due to the devastating bushfires, Hear My Eyes will donate $5,000 from ticket sales directly to those in need.
A pivotal moment in horror cinema that dispensed the shackles of Hollywood realism and bore to the screen one of cinema’s greatest sensory experiences - a vivid, immersive film defined by it’s intoxicating celluloid technicolour visuals and Luciano Tovoli’s mind-warping cinematography. Co-musical directors Joe Walker & Stu McKenzie, best known as two of the minds behind the genre-defying international juggernaut; King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, will pilot the composition while working alongside fellow band member, Micahel Cavanaugh (drums and percussion) and a curated supergroup of world class musicians. Walker and Mckenzie will utilize a combination of guitar, synthesizers, vocals and additional electronic instruments to create a hallucinatory experience matched only by the film itself.
The new composition will feature a kaleidoscope of aural elements including the chilling vocal range of Leah Senior, an on-stage performance by the Melbourne Chamber Choir performing Gregorian chants and a transcending harp performance by Genevieve Fry.
The structure of the performance will also be underpinned by modern electronic textures ranging from minimal and ambient, to dark bass driven explorations as Walker draws from his experimental electronic side project Bullant.
Bolstering this crucial electronic element will be the critically acclaimed Carolyn Schofield, who under the name Fia Fiell expertly processes multiple synthesizers in real time to create ethereal and prognostic soundscapes. This unique combination will create harmonious movement that continually draws the audience in through hypnotic rhythms and sonic tension.
Hear My Eyes fans will have the chance to witness the artistic horror of Suspiria amplified in ways never experienced before. R18+; 4K presentation, Italian Language with English Subtitles; Dialogue, SFX audio and foley present in sound mix.
Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard) - Guitar, Bass, Various Instruments. Musical Director.
Leah Senior - Grand Piano, Vocals
Joey Walker (King Gizz / Bullant) - Guitar, Bass, Electronic Instruments. Musical Director.
Carolyn Schofield (Fia Fiell) - Synthesiser and Electronic Instruments
Michael Cavanagh (King Gizz) - Timpani, Drum kit
Melbourne Cham ber Choir - Gregorian Chants
Genevieve Fry (Cold Hands Warm Heart) - Harp
Curated by Haydn Green
For the audience I think there’s something really engaging with having a live score performed along with a film. As well as performing one I have seen a few others and they’re always something really special. Hear My Eyes always manage to make their events rise above the throng. Nothing is done in halves - venue, film or musicians.”
Mick Turner - Dirty Three