6pm @ Thornbury
7pm — Hannah Wu
8pm — Mara
Having seen Mara play roughly a year ago I feel slightly under-qualified to describe what she’ll bring to Sudden Loud Noises #3. As an innovative and technically sharp musician I wouldn’t be surprised if her performances have evolved into something entirely fresh to my ears! I vividly remember that new year's day show, however, and it was a real treat. Mara created beautiful tracks which seemed to morph and unfold as they progressed. In many ways they felt to me like pieces from a film score. The beautiful viola melodies were only matched in intensity by her vocals which weaved and repeated through the songs.
From the unique perspective of a bandmate; her musicianship and cleverness is a pleasure to play alongside. Mara’s contributions to The Overheads tracks shine through with impressive consistency. Her equally atmospheric and impactful parts are often what’s floating around listeners’ heads after shows and play an integral role in the sound of the band. It’s wonderful to see what perfectly complimentary addition she’ll come up with when we learn a new song.
A while ago, before Hannah had performed many times on her own, we had a short lived duo that played only once live. When rehearsing she sat at the midi keyboard plugged into an Abletone trial and consistently made these wonderful little tunes. Without fail I liked it all, even if it was just a one chord test for different sounds in the program. The dense melodies were so beyond my understanding of timing and key that I eventually gave up trying to play along and just lay on a bed listening, repeating, 'hey that sounds cool!'
Now Hannah occupies an intriguing space between the music, literary and art world, all three of which she approaches with an equal degree of passion and knowledge. The creative concoction is palpable just by talking to her. There has been a sound installation at Docklands Library and performances at several galleries, including Irene Rose, The Band Presents and Bus Projects. In 2019 Hannah will be writing for a new publication at Bus Projects called Island Island.