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Ku Promotions presents local composer Cye Wood’s new project, Cave In The Sky, at the Byron Community Centre this Sunday. This project is a natural extension of Cye’s solo work and will see him presenting work as an ensemble with two other truly gifted and unique artists, Tunji Beier and Purdie Wood. Seven spoke with Cye about his upcoming performance.

Tell me about Cave In The Sky?

Cave In The Sky has grown out of the album I’ve been making over the last few years and I have now formed an ensemble to perform these pieces with two of the musicians that have contributed to the recordings, Tunji Beier and Purdie Wood.

How is this an extension of your solo work?

I’ve been performing solo while I’ve been writing and recording this album and have always envisaged playing my music with other musicians; now it’s finally happening. I feel very blessed to have found two people that really love what I’m doing and want to be a part of presenting it live.


What is it about the playing of Tunji Beier and Purdie Wood that is synergistic with you?

Tunji’s sensitivity as a percussionist is truly remarkable, I can’t imagine anyone else approaching these pieces in quite the same way. When I first heard my sister Purdie sing I was speechless. It was as though she had transcended her own voice and gained access to something timeless. What they bring to this music is truly unique and provides a balance and contrast that opens it up to whole new dimensions in sound.

What are the feelings or images that you will be trying to evoke?

Our music dives into a well pool of sound that reflects a collective sense of inner and outer space and provides a deep connection to the elemental forces that shape our worlds.

What should we expect for your Byron show?

We’ll be playing two one-hour sets and utilising a broad range of instrumentation including piano, violin, octave viola, 6-string ukulele, vocals and percussion.

Be prepared to sink into an altered state and take off with us as we explore a new musical dialogue between sound and space.

Sunday at the Byron Theatre at the Community Centre. Tix are $18/25 and available at www.byroncentre.com.au – show at 7.30pm.

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