“Nuniques” was a large scale series of works that Keith Humble created in Melbourne in the 1960s that placed an “emphasis on the practical, the immediate, on music being made (even composed) for the audience here and now, on the spot” (from John Whiteoak’s Playing Ad Lib: Improvisatory Music in Australia 1836-1970)
. The works freely combined concepts, systems, designs, performance talent, recorded sound, technology, music or text, however the improvisational freedom was always within a tightly directed framework.
We formed Nunique Quartet (Brigid Burke, Steve Falk, Megan Kenny and Charles MacInnes) as a vehicle for the exploration of these ideas. Visual material—from still images to silent abstract film—often acts as score or referent for the music created.
For more information about the players, samples of the works and upcoming performances please visit our website.