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December 10, 2018 @ 3:00 am - 5:00 am


Get lost in a swirl of dream pop and storytelling with Shoeb Ahmad.

A staple of the Canberra underground music scene, Shoeb proudly identifies as a person of Bangladeshi heritage and a transgender woman. Her music is known for exploring deeply personal experiences and vulnerabilities, in an evocative mix of acoustic and electronic indie pop.

Her latest project im/modesty will premiere as a live performance work with contemporary music ensemble, Australian Art Orchestra. Originally developed as a multi-speaker installation during a residency in Kerala, Southern India, this work is inspired by the cultural barriers people from the Indian sub-continent face when exploring their sexuality.

This ground-breaking work features text spoken by three voices in different stages of life – interspersed with electronic music and atmospheric recordings from the streets of India.

The talented multi-instrumentalist emerged back in the mid-2000s when she released a string of exceptional bedroom recordings. Since then she hasn’t stopped creating, releasing the intricate and moving new album “quiver” earlier this year.

The concert im/modesty features Shoeb Ahmad, Sunny Kim, Peter Knight, Aviva Endean, Tilman Robinson and Maria Moles.

“Shoeb’s music beautifully navigates the intersections of their identity, from coming out to being a parent.” – i-D Magazine

9 Dec 2018 (Sunday), 5 PM

Fairfax Foyer, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Wheelchair accessible venue.

Tickets: $28 via Arts Centre Melbourne.
This event is affiliated with the Companion Card initiative. 

im/modesty is presented as part of Mapping Melbourne 2018 and the Meeting Points Series.

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Image:Shoeb Ahmad. Photo by Anna Mayberry.


December 10, 2018
3:00 am - 5:00 am