arts, culture, What's On

World Premiere of Roland Tings’ full live band

Promising to be a highlight on Melbourne’s cultural calendar Nocturnal returns Friday 3 November with an evening of unheard sounds, unparalleled collection items, and wondrous questioning.

For the first time EVER, globally acclaimed Ronald Tings takes to the Melbourne Museum stage to introduce his three-piece band offering a high-fidelity experience unlike none other.

The moniker of Melbourne producer Rohan Newman, Ronald Tings will be joined by Julian Sudek (Mercy Arms / World Champion) who’ll be switching it up via a hybrid kit of acoustic drums and electronic pads, and Yama Hondow-Wellby (Damn Arms / G.L.O.V.E.S.) on keys. Expect communal arm raising and oscillating emotions on the dance floor.

Continually rebooting, Nocturnal started out as a blank slate and has since evolved into the ultimate evening of art, science and self-directed learning. Encouraging inclusion and enquiry, this adult-orientated night has welcomed both strangers and long-lost friends to explore the museum with a drink in hand and minus the usual distractions.

Objects and stories, both past and contemporary, span across the galleries and incorporate at least 16 different exhibits ranging from The Mind, Dynamic Earth, WWI: Love & Sorrow, Melbourne Story to commemorating 100 years of the Tolai people in a Bit na Ta. The latest installation, Women of the Land, honours the work of Victorian women who are bound to the land including farmers, a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung Senior Elder, a pioneering scientist and a firefighter.

New adventures unfold even further with Annie Bass wooing the Nocturnal audience with her heartfelt electronica and swoon-worthy lyrics. With a background in jazz, Bass is an accomplished vocalist, songwriter, and producer, who’s single ‘Don’t Want’ was blessed with full rotation on ABC’s Triple J.

Also on the line-up is András, aka celebrated producer and musician Andrew Wilson. A host of Triple RRR’s Strange Holiday, this master of playful electronic-slippage; surfs synths, nature and op shops to create cruisy soundtracks for a living.

Thinking for themselves, Nocturnal guests are encouraged to pose questions with one-on-one access to Museum experts and unique collection items.

This month unravelling stories and discovering new paths Dianne Bray (Senior Collections Manager, Vertebrate Zoology) will reveal the rarely seen migration routes of marine creatures of the deep, whilst Joanna Sumner (Manager of Genetic Resources) will discuss the miraculous ability of sea turtles not to get lost as they leave home as hatchlings, swim across vast oceans, before returning to the same coastal area years later, to lay their own eggs.

The elegant ways our world grows and evolves will be further investigated as Michelle Stevenson (Senior Curator, Politics and Society) examines the power of protest as a force for social change. See signs and badges from the seventies until now, including clever slogans directly from Melbourne’s most recently held Equal Love and Women’s marches.

A monthly juggernaut of music, science and human perception, Nocturnal transforms reality with free-flowing conversation, imaginative live performances and exclusive after-hours access to the Melbourne Museum.

When: 3 Nov 2017
Where: Melbourne Museum
Ticket price: Early Bird $25 or On the Door $30 / $35
More information: check their website.