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Scrapes
Places + Spaces present The Scrapes
for Cockatoo Calling on Cockatoo Island

PERFORMING ON Saturday 20th November, 2010

2010 performances are now complete.  Thanks so much to our artists and audiences and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust for making them such a success.  If you would like to be kept in the loop for future performances please do join our mailing list.

"hugely enjoyable, highly original AND psychically useful is the music of Australian duo The Scrapes, whose fiery epic guitar and abandoned Mithraic fiddle pieces evoke images of lost Keltic lands inundated by the oceans, lost Iberian & Armorican sea peoples and lost times from beyond the beyond. Mostly, violinist Adam Cadell conjures up a fabulous and heathen see-sawing from his machine, kicking up a down home/back porch Henry Flyntian dust that guitarist/axe wielder Ryan Potter orchestrates with apocalyptic power chords and huge crunching rhythms.” - Julian Cope (http://www.headheritage.co.uk)

Welcome to the planet of The Scrapes. Everything that you know has crumbled and your monuments have returned to the Earth. The Metropolis is no more. The pavement is cracked with tree roots pulsing like veins through hills that never end. This is the future you never predicted even when its icy grip tugged at your wrist. There is a real beauty to it though...the victory of nature over corruption...the sound of trees rustling against rusted industry...the cry of birds above the din of ceaseless traffic...a post-industrial caterwaul from the darkest corners of your memory. Our place is dark, but there are cracks of light through the canopy and a different kind of life thrives here. The air is warm but the wind is cold and the horizon never ends. A landscape both familiar and forgotten...ancient yet regenerative. There are no masters here so close your eyes and forget everything you remember.
The Scrapes
The Scrapes, formed in Brisbane late in the summer of 2008, are an unusual duo of feedback drenched guitar and scraping, epic violin. Their music is rooted firmly in the traditions of western classical music while representing an attempt to transgress them. It is music that evokes landscapes and acts of nature as well as cerebral landscapes. Inspired equally by composers such as Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass and La Monte Young, sound artists and pioneers of the drone such as Tony Conrad and Spacemen 3, and the dark, demented sounds of the underground of rock music, The Scrapes can be at once immersive and chaotic in a live setting where wild improvisation and high volume come into the fold. Ryan Potter is a guitarist and singer well known in the local indie rock scene as frontman for Nikko and occasional partaker in the sprawling drone improvisations of Heart Flew an Arrow, amongst others. Adam Cadell is a violinist who has worked in various guises in Brisbane, nationally and abroad performing and recording as a soloist, and with many groups and ensembles of varying levels of fame. Since forming, the Scrapes have performed regularly in Brisbane and have already received some critical acclaim for their hand-packaged CDr, The Scrapes, notably from UK rock musician and writer Julian Cope.
Ryan Potter: Guitar, loops & various noises
Adam Cadell: Violin, loops & various noises

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Cockatoo Calling

Other concerts in the series include

13 November
The Java Quartet with guest artist Bobby Singh on tabla

20 November
Kristin Berardi and James Sherlock
The Scrapes

27 November
The Vampires

4 December
Hinterlandt
My Goodness McGuiness

Where:      Cockatoo Island, behind the ferry wharf on the grass area in front of the camp site, known as Memorial Park.  This is to the right as you alight from the ferry.
When:       From 5 to 7pm on each Saturday from 13 November through to 4th December.
Transport: Ferry or water taxi.  We have timed the performances so you can catch the last ferry back to Circular Quay, or of course you can stay overnight on the camp site.  Visit camp ground information 
Catering:  The kiosk is open which supplies alcohol and other drinks.  There is food, but the menu is slightly reduced after 5pm
Of course, you can always bring a picnic hamper.  NB ALCOHOL CANNOT BE BOUGHT ONTO THE ISLAND
Family Friendly: the performances will take place outdoors, so stake out your own space on the grass.
Weather: If it is rainy we will perform at an indoor venue.  Information will be available at the Muster Station Visitor Centre.
Admission: Free

Easy access - Check the latest ferry timetable.
Ferries depart from Circular Quay on the Parramatta River and Balmain/Woolwich services
For more information on Cockatoo island visit
Water taxis also available

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