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The Substation/ Joe Rainey, Amby Downs/​ Room40/

Photography by David Guttenfelder.
The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport, Victoria 3015, Australia
23 September 2023
Sat 7:30–9:15pm
Substation Program/​Performance/​Music

Wheelchair accessible


$35 General Admission
$25 Concession
$25 Hobsons Bay Resident
$20 First Nations

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Pow Wow singer Joe Rainey has carved an utterly unique pathway through sound over the past few years. His debut album Niineta, an Ojibwe word meaning ‘just me’, has repositioned his Pow Wow musical heritage and in doing so has opened a new chapter for his work.

Usually communally sung, Rainey carries out his performances as a solo vocalist, and in doing so refocuses the ways in which the music operates. In collaboration with producer Andrew Broder he has unlocked a new rhythmical language that incorporates electronics, samples and processing to reveal an entirely new sonic dialogue which expands outward from the Pow Wow tradition.

Rainey is joined by Amby Downs, the musical pseudonym of interdisciplinary artist Tahlia Palmer, who creates predominantly place-based sound works, creatively engaging with the processing of trauma to further decolonise mind, spirit and body. Her recordings are made with a decolonial intention, and engage with deep listening and deep historical thought to explore that which lies beyond the settler-colonial surface.

This event contains loud noises. Single use earplugs will be available at the front desk.

The seating options for this event are mats on the floor and limited seats with backs. This event is wheelchair accessible and gender neutral accessible toilets are available. The Substation galleries, bar and bookshop are open from 6.30pm (one hour prior to the performance).


Curated by Lawrence English/Room40. Presented by The Substation and Lawrence English/Room40.

Special thanks to the Art Gallery of NSW for their support of Joe Rainey.

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Victoria 3015, Australia

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