CASULA POWERHOUSE MUSIC
We’re passionate about supporting local talent and showcasing the best that South West Sydney has to offer. We've compiled performances from here at Casula Powerhouse and also some that were created during lockdown and during our shutdown periods. Some of these have been produced in collaboration with our youth committee CPAC Youth, and other partner organisations like Street University Liverpool and opn.src. Others have been produced by talented local musicians who have performed in our world-class theatre.
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Four to the Floor: Exploring the Bla©k roots of contemporary music pays homage to the Bla(c)k pioneers of the music that we know and love today. The title itself is a nod to Philadelphian drummer and founder of the Trammps Earl Young, who created the classic “Four on the Floor” drum beat commonly used in electronic music.
The influence of legendary Bla(c)k musicians has left an artistic legacy that lives on within contemporary music both mainstream and underground. As sound continues to evolve, elements of Bla(c)k culture have been consistently woven through the rich and broad musical tapestry that spans today's music globally . Sound once created by Bla(c)k artists to preserve cultural expression, to share stories, to protest, to celebrate, to empower and to mourn have been adopted and co-opted by non-Bla(c)k artists and labels around the world. So how does this impact Bla(c)k communities?
Four to the Floor facilitates a unique experience for Bla(c)k artists, community organisers and change-makers alike to share personal insights on music, popular culture, identity, artistic expression and global affairs in an informal setting. Topics of discussion include the history of musical genres, colonisation, cultural preservation, liberation, cultural appropriation, power structures within the music industry and many others.
With the conversation guided by Irregular Fit Creative Director, Ayebatonye Abrakasa, Four to the Floor aims to promote collective healing, mutual respect & understanding and celebration of those who have and continue to pave the way through artistic innovation.
Restoration Station Iso Sessions is a showcase of exciting new musical talent from Western Sydney. These performances are filmed in the Casula Powerhouse theatre and in the artists' own bedrooms and were scheduled to go live each Thursday whilst the Koori Floor restoration was taking place. Each performer brings a taste of the diverse range of untapped musical talent, who specialise in different genres ranging from alternative, rock, pop, rap and more.
CPAC Live Iso Sessions is a series of online music concerts played by the local musicians around south-west Sydney run by our youth group, CPAC Youth. Inspired by NPR’s Tiny Desk series, these stripped back performance sessions are performed and recorded in the kid’s studio at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre or in their own bedrooms for those unable to make the space.