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FAR OUT FEST Yomi Ship will sail


Acclaimed local instrumental trio Yomi Ship are collaborating with the Explosive Dance & Theatre Co to present a special performance of their EP, Pyramids Of Yonaguni, by way of headlining the City of Armadale’s eight-band Far Out Fest line up on Saturday, May 1.

The festival will also feature Superego, Triangle Fight, Sunny Flowers, Tobias, Command A Panda, Jeeper and Scott Aitken & The Deloreans at Armadale District Hall.

Far Out Fest is part of the two-week long Armadale Arts Festival and sees Yomi Ship returning to perform in the area where they each grew up and originally formed the band.

“It’s been about a decade since we were last doing things locally around Armadale,” days drummer, Nick Osborne. “So it’s good to come back and revisit our roots. It’s really nice to get back in touch with it all and help get the community together.”

The production itself is based on Yomi Ship’s 2019 EP, Pyramids Of Yonaguni, inspired by a series of mysterious pyramids off the coast of Japan.

“It follows a theme about the Pyramids of Yonaguni, when they were built, the history behind it and also what else could there be lurking underneath there?” says Osborne.

“Our collaboration with the Explosive Dance & Theatre Co has helped build a conceptual idea that runs through the whole set. So there’s a mix of band and performance; some individual and some together, exploring the different themes of what else could be existing underneath the pyramids? It ties it all together, basically.”

The creative collaboration with Francine Brereton’s Explosive Dance & Theatre Co has been fascinating for the band, who always welcome new ideas and reflections about their work.

“All of our music and even our artwork is something we leave open to interpretation,” Osborne notes. “So there’s lots of what-ifs and possibilities behind other scenarios. When people describe what they get from our music it’s very rare to get the same emotion from two different people. It’s all open to interpretation which is exactly why we really appreciate the creative response of the Explosive Dance & Theatre Co. It’s why the collaboration works so well.”

Another underlying aspect to this performance will be the accompanying visuals, an augmented underwater reality art installation brought together by award-winning audio-visual artist/musician/producer Roly Skender of Frankensound, certainly a go-to operator in Perth when it comes to joining together sound and vision.

“Roly’s been sent some secret artwork that’s no one’s ever seen before,” Nick says of the underwater wonderland being created by Skender, “so he’ll bring something really nice together.”

Produced with funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the Far Out Fest performance will bring to a close the Pyramids Of Yonaguni era for Yomi Ship, who will soon release a new single, Ice Drake. The possibilities of where this expanded artistic collaboration could springboard them in the future is exciting indeed.

“We’re hoping to engage the audience for an entire performance,” Osborne says. “There’s always going to be something happening that will take you on a journey and open people’s interpretation of what they perceive the performance to be. “Hopefully they’ll walk away with a little more appreciation of the arts, for both dance and music, showing that you can combine the two. We always try to branch out our creative ideas and processes.”

Amidst the uncertainty of COVID-related restrictions, today the City of Armadale confirmed the event will be going ahead with a statement on their Facebook page. “We’re excited to kick off the weekend and see you all tomorrow! The event is going ahead and our artists are getting geared up to bring you some of the best performances,” it said.

Patrons are reminded there are still rules around COVID-19 measures, and they will be required to wear a mask, maintain the 2sqm rule, check in on the SafeWA app, and stay home if they’re unwell.

Far Out Fest goes down at Armadale District Hall this Saturday, May 1 as part of Armadale Arts Festival. For more info and to buy tickets head to armadaleartsfestival.com.au

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