RISING 2021 Podcast •
The Necks & The Dirty Three with Tony Buck, Jim White and Woody McDonald
How two drummers, from Australia's most iconic instrumental bands, found their rhythm
featuring Tony Buck, Jim White and Woody McDonald
Tony Buck earned his stripes as a jazz drummer in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before forming cult improv band The Necks. Jim White earned his chops as a punk drummer in raucous Melbourne pubs throughout the early days of noise rock trio The Dirty Three. From opposite ends, their rhythms lay the foundation for the best instrumental bands in Australia. This is the story of how it all unfolded.
Created by Litmus Media
Producer: Mahmood Fazal
Editor and Associate Producer: Eugene Yang
Mastering Engineer: Geoffrey O’Connor
Engineer: Craig Bryant
Music: Dan Luscombe
Additional Music: The Necks, The Dirty Three
The Necks at RISING 2021
Cult Australian improvisation icons—post jazz; beyond definition. Playing across multiple venues and formats, only at RISING.
“The greatest trio on Earth” is how the New York Times described The Necks—Australia’s improvisational conjurors. You could say The Necks play jazz, but just like that big swing from the NYT, that description would be too simple. Typically performing two extended and improvised pieces, their modal jazz prises open tectonic plates and unknown realms, before elevating the audience to a higher ground.
As RISING’s band In Residency, The Necks perform across multiple venues and formats—their only shows in the world in over a year. As a unit, they send piano, drums, percussion and bass strings swirling around the Comedy Theatre; and provide an escalating, dramatic live score to Back to Back Theatre’s restaging of its seminal work Food Court. And in solo performances, band members Chris Abrahams and Tony Buck play the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Visit the RISING website for more information on The Necks.
In a play led by neuro-diverse performers, a Hindu god reclaims the Swastika from the Third Reich. Whose story is it to tell?
featuring Bruce Gladwin, Scott Price, John Safran and Dr. Vikrant Kishore
Comedian John Safran is no stranger to religious controversy, yet, as he steers a conversation about a Hindu god’s attempt to reclaim the Swastika from the Third Reich, the controversial problem of identity politics takes centre stage. For context, Hindu academic Dr. Vikrant Kishore intervenes. Under the spotlight, Back to Back theatre’s director Bruce Gladwin and performer Scott Price are interrogated.
Female agency in the golden years of pornography
featuring Annie Sprinkle and Sandi Sissel
In 1983, Sandi Sissel was behind the camera filming sex workers in a legal brothel in Nevada. Annie Sprinkle was at the frontier of America’s golden era of porn. Decades later, Sissel’s prolific career as a filmmaker and Sprinkle’s Ecosexual life as an activist intertwine in a conversation about sex work, the porn industry, female agency, Deep Throat and deepthroating.