14 Dec 2019

We're thrilled to have worked on the music for Megan Flynn Dance Company's production "Knots & Ties", with performances in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York.

Formed in 2015 and comprised of dance artists from Philadelphia and New York City, Megan Flynn Dance Company is a non-profit company based in Philadelphia, USA, that strives to present contemporary dance works exploring authenticity and celebrating vulnerability.

See an excerpt from of the production here and learn more about the company here.

31 May 2019

It's release day! Our 3rd studio album, 'Piaf's Boyfriend' drops today!!

'Piaf's Boyfriend' is an ode to the amazing people who helped and inspired us when we toured our live soundtrack 'Nosferatu - A Symphony of Horror' throughout Asia, Australia and the UK. Each track title reflects the person the track was written for. The album title is about someone we met at a festival in Malaysia, who told us that as a boy he imagined himself as Piaf’s boyfriend. The gorgeous cover art is by Scottish photographer Kerry Lytwyn.

Stream or purchase here.

A mesmerising display of musical talent and creativity that takes one of the great masterpieces of film and turns it into the musicians' own. Incredible stuff. *****

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It is an inescapable fact, which movie buffs must accept, that one of the all-time landmarks of horror movies and cinema in general was in fact a borderline rip-off of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The people behind F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror wanted to draw as much inspiration from Stoker’s masterpiece as possible without paying for the privilege. Much was changed – Dracula became Orlok, and Whitby became Bremen – but enough was preserved to keep it recognisable. The result was a provocative and...

Live scary music at Alive: Music for Night of the Living Dead, Enchanted Tales and Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror

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'My big surprise watching Night of the Living Dead was, in fact, its poignancy.' So says Ben Singer, half of musical duo Modern Robot and perhaps one of only a handful of people ever to describe a zombie movie as poignant. In fairness, he's as surprised as anyone. 'It's not what I thought it would be, and that's a reason I now enjoy bringing this film to people so much...'

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...That sense of deep-rooted fascination is shared by Will Larsen of Tess Said So, the band behind the Nosferatu screenings. 'My brother had a poster of Nosferatu up on his bedroom w...

Will Larsen and Rasa Daukus make up the musical act Tess Said So, who this year are performing their live score of Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror as the film plays. The Student got to ask them a few questions about the show and what they might like to try next.

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How long have you been playing music together?

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Will: Rasa and I met when we were music students at university. We were both interested in the same music, the same artists, the same composers. I played in her performance recitals and she in mine, but we very quickly ran out of repertoire to play for piano and percussion. There’s not that much to play beyond Béla Bartók and George Crumb, so once we left un...

3 Jul 2017

Which Weigh for Ainslie and Gorman's Canberra Obscura: Metropolis, Friday 28 July, 7-11pm.

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Light over shadows dark, weight bears down on the night. 
Stretched, pulled and released.
A balance point – tipped. 

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Which Weigh is a multi-arts improvisation experiment created and performed by Australian Dance Party's CO.LAB - an eclectic group of Canberra's high-performing artists who meet weekly for an improvisation practice and cross arts exchange at Gorman Arts Centre, with support from QL2 Dance.

The artists are: Musicians - Alex Voorhoeve, Tim Wickham, Gavin Findlay, Rasa Daukus and Will Larsen; Visual artist - Nicci Haynes; Dance artists - Alison Plevey and Ol...

23 Mar 2017

The 2017 Adelaide Fringe Award Ceremony was held on Sunday night following a wonderful jam-packed month of performing arts. WE are super pleased to say that we were presented the BankSA Award (Overall Outstanding Event) for Best Interactive, Film & Digital for Nosferatu - A Symphony of Horror.

Another big thanks to the judges and everyone involved!

It’s not often we get the opportunity to see a cinema performance of a classic silent movie with a live musical accompaniment.  As part of the Art, Not Apart Festival for Canberra arts, the Arc Cinema at the National Film And Sound Archive presented F.W. Murnau’s 1922 German Expressionist horror movie, ‘Nosferatu’ with a new live musical accompaniment by musicians, Tess Said So.

Read the full review here.

THERE can be no doubt about it, the one day festival “Art, Not Apart” has embedded itself in the Canberra consciousness.

Part of the first year of involvement by the NFSA was the screening of FW Murnau’s 1922 German Expressionist horror film, “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror”, an unauthorised take on Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. It was not the film alone that drew the impressive crowd into the Arc Cinema, but rather the live musical performance by the duo Tess Said So – classically trained pianist Rasa Daukus and percussionist Will Larsen – of their original composition for “Nosferatu”.

Read the full review here.

3 Mar 2017

We are happy to announce that we won an Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award for Nosferatu - A Symphony of Horror!

Big thanks to the judges and everyone involved in putting on the Adelaide Fringe and making it such a wonderful festival. We are particularly grateful to all the staff at the Mercury Cinema for being so helpful - especially Catherine and Ryder.

Looking forward to next year!

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