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All-Australian super-group joins forces in new multi-sensory performance at Melbourne Festival

Ella Thompson (GL, Dorsal Fins), Clio Renner, Sui Zhen, Prue Stent and Honey Long collaborate on Thompson’s newest performance piece, Like Running Water.

Melbourne based musician Ella Thompson (GL, Dorsal Fins) has teamed up with fellow Victorian based artists, Clio Renner, Sui Zhen, Prue Stent and Sydney-based Honey Long, to create the ultimate super-group on Thompson’s newest performance piece, Like Running Water.

Known for her infectious pop vocals, dreamy, synth-heavy melancholia and heaving rhythms, Like Running Water will intertwine Ella Thompson’s distinctive sound with the classically oriented modes of contemporary composition. Featuring a string and woodwind quartet and the electronically charged forces of Sui Zhen and emotive pianist Clio Renner, Like Running Water explores the deconstruction of pop music in a multi-sensory performance.

Following on from Ella’s highly praised 2015 release Janus, Like Running Water will take in the surrounds of the sophisticated Elisabeth Murdoch Hall to create a multi-dimensional experience of what contemporary composition can become.

Together with Clio Renner, lauded by Tim Rogers as ‘a star whose intelligence runs bewitchingly with her powers’, and creative-shapeshifter Sui Zhen, whose latest album and alter-ego Secretly Susan landed her an impressive 7.8 rating by Pitchfork combining with the ‘dreamy, gruesome and beautiful’ (Vice) visuals of Prue Stent and Honey Long, Like Running Water builds on the group’s long oeuvre, to explore themes of water, and that which is strong is also soft, fluid and moves in cycles.

This performance will take place at Melbourne Recital Centre, one of Australia’s most unique venues, adding to the history of collaborative voices in the Australian music scene.

‘[Ella Thompson] is like The Velvet Underground and Nico heading to Montmartre with AIR to reshoot an English version of Amelie.’ Herald Sun

‘Refined and heart stealing.’ DIY Mag

‘One of the most exciting acts in Australia at the moment.’ Purple Sneakers


Like Running Water
Friday 20 October, 8pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall (One hour no interval)
Tickets $29
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Melbourne Festival


Ella Thompson vocals/sampler
Clio Renner piano/synthesizer/vocals
Sui Zhen samplers/synthesizer/vocals
Prue Stent & Honey Long visual art
Samuel Boon string arrangements


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