Three Days of Mofoing

It can not be underestimated what David Walsh, creator and owner of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), has done for Tasmania.  He has single-handedly put Tasmania on the map and boosted tourism with his events, ingenuity and creativity.  I attended the Hobart part of the three-day MONA Mofo music festival.  The festival hosted a range of performances, ones I would classify as eccentric and strange to awesome and memorable.

On site, there was ‘mobile music’.  They played at various spots around MONA and while they were moving to a new location.

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Music-on-the-go with David Walsh, wearing green pants, and his wife, wearing a jean skirt. 

One of the first performances I went to was Breadwoman.  She moved in very slow motion (sort of leavening and de-leavening (this is my interpretation.  There was an hour artist talk scheduled about this performance the next day, but alas, I missed it because I had to  work)) while the co-performer made quite cool cracking, stretching and similar noises using everyday sorts of items.

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Breadwoman with her baguette
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Breadwoman revealing her face

I then listened to the Brian Jackson & the Southern Gospel Choir, which, for me, wasn’t a stand-out performance.  I thought it would be more engaging and moving.

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Brain Jackson & the Southern Gospel Choir

One of my favourite performances was Filastine & Nova, from Indonesia and Spain.  They were awesome!!  I love it when people play an instrument in an unconventional way.  For example, usually when the triangle is played, it a well-timed ‘ping’ here and there, well she played the triangle at a manic speed.  They also played unconventional ‘instruments’.  He played the ‘shopping trolley’, also very energetically.  The visuals behind on the big screen were stunning, moving and tastefully delivered very powerful environmental and refugee messages.

I enjoyed the all-girl, improvisational six piece band, Philomath.


I felt particularly moved and proud to hear Ajak Kwai’s performance.  She is a former TAFE student that I taught.

Ajak Kwai
Ajak Kwai

Karim Wasfi’s cello performance was as amazing as the setting of the Nolan Gallery.

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A stunning cello performance by Karim Wasfi

I couldn’t get in to hear and see Vocal Womb.  Fortunately, my friend, Sarah, was able to.  Eve Klein, inserts a laryngoscope into her nose and down, so that the audience can see the workings of the voice from inside a singer’s body.  It is a multimedia opera performance.

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Eve Klein’s progression to her next performance

I loved Kardajala Kirridarra’s music.  Their harmonies were beautiful.  At one point, the local rooster cock-a-doodled-doo, and it seemed to be in key and at the right point of song to do it.


Kardajala Kirridarra

The MONA rooster

The Chakam Ensemble played.

Chakam Ensemble

Then the mesmerizing performance of Emel Mathlouthi took place.  She said not to underestimate the strength of the bare-naked voice, and you could NOT underestimate hers when she sang without any instrumental support.  Her voice totally captivated the audience, even though it was sung in a language that most of the audience didn’t understand.

Emel Mathlouthi

The final band on Sunday evening was the heavy metal band, Mayhem, from Norway.

mayhem norway heavy metal

David Walsh hosted a pre-Mofo event in Launceston where onesies were given away.  Those who wore the onesies to the Hobart Mofo event, were given free entry. So, you saw quite a few onesies around.

Heaps of people got into the spirit of the event by wearing weird and wonderful outfits.  Here is a small fraction of them.

Mofo ended for me last night when I saw the Violent Femmes and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, hosted by MONA, at Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall.  That was a stunning performance.

Well, that’s another MONA Mofo done and dusted.  It is a unique festival and so much fun.  The wild outfits, venues, food and performances make it an awesome event.

Thanks for visiting and I hope the rest of the week goes well for you.

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