Mad Max meets the Shaolin Afronauts

Adelaide Festival Centre

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Max has never been madder than this. Cult movie meets cult jazz as George Miller’s original classic from 1979 (starring a recent NIDA grad named Mel Gibson), is for one night only screened to a live reimagined score by sensational Adelaide collective The Shaolin Afronauts.

The formidable afrobeat/soul/funk/ avant-garde jazz 10-piece will give you both barrels as they create a sonic equivalent of the rusty, dusty, petrol-perfumed dystopia of the Road Warrior’s world. The trademark raucous, dirty brass and driving rhythms of their legendary live gigs (homaging Fela’s Africa’70 or Sun Ra Arkestra) will be on display, alongside weirder, wilder textures and hypnotically introspective moments.

This is a fascinating example of interactive cinematic structured improvisation: like being a fly on the wall at one of Lalo Schifrin’s Magnum Force or Dirty Harry sessions, recording his big bands straight to picture. Amazing musicianship, iconic film and fantastic fun.

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8216 4444

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  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Non Smoking
  • Public Toilet

Adelaide Festival Centre

King William Road
Adelaide SA 5000


29 Feb 2020, 10:30 PM 11:59 PM



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