Peon

Peon

 Altona, Victoria, AUS
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Straddling the worlds of jazz, electronica and ritual music, Peon’s musical excursions utilise hi-tech gadgets and folkloric instruments creating an enthralling, transcendental experience of music made in the moment – a double drummer electro improv two man festival of exploratory sound.

Biography

Peon came together in 2009 initially as a “research project” exploring the challenges of realtime improvising between man and machine. Sam was at the time undertaking post-grad study in this field, at the Victorian College of the Arts and asked Ronny to play the skeptic and to find holes in his musicmaking theories.

Sam Price – drums/laptop/synths/voice

Ronny Ferella – drums/melodica/ngoni/analogue effects

Ronny Ferella 1967 drummer/composer/educator

Moving to Melbourne in 1996 Ronny has worked as a drummer, band leader and composer in many and varied musical settings. He has involved himself in contemporary & traditional jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, folk/ethnic musics, improvised music and electro/ acoustic music.

He has over ten CD releases as a leader or co-leader and has toured nationally and internationally with his own projects and as a sideman. Tour and gig highlights include: (as leader) Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy) Pori Jazz (Finland) Java jazz, Wangarratta, Melbourne InternationalJazz festival, Canberra Folk festival. As a composer Ronny mainly works with improvising musicians interested in creating a music where the written and improvised work side by side. As sideman gig highlights include North Sea, Tokyo, JakJazz (Korea) Jazz Festivala, Adelaide and Brisbane Festival as well as tours to Tawain, Turkey, Estonia, New Zealand.

Sam Price

Before studying the drums in earnest in his late teens, Sam’s spent much time mixing on two turntables. His father’s career as a radio journalist provided him with convenient access to a Uher reel-to-reel, facilitating happy hours of tape experimentation. This is also how he came to gain access to an early DigiDesign Sound Designer system. The leap to digital proved too much for his dad; Sam was drafted in to make the edits and explore the possibilities of this new technology. It would be years until digital systems would become affordable to the average musician but Sam had plenty to occupy him with learning the craft of playing the drums. Gigs ranging from straight-up rock, through Scottish Kayleigh dances and Jazz club dates followed. Also local and national radio play and sessions included 33 Jazz records and Ninja Tune records. Relocating to Melbourne in 2004, Sam focussed on his primary interests; pushing instrumental technique and the possibilities of emerging digital technologies. Post grad study at the VCA lead Sam to settle on the real-time audio synthesis environment SuperCollider as his main development platform for electro-acoustic interaction and improvisation. He has released music on the Downstream and New Weird Australia labels and composed for theatre (Melbourne Fringe, St Kilda Festival).

Discography

2010 - Peon 'Real Time', Self Released Album