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Jonti presents The Moonblades

26 May 2024

In the Drama Theatre

Contemporary Music

Renowned for his dizzying blend of psychedelic pop and lush, orchestrated soundscapes, South African-born, Sydney-based artist Jonti returns to Vivid LIVE with the debut presentation of his forthcoming record 'The Moonblades'.

A feast of sonic juxtapositions, whimsical beats and massed vocal harmonies.

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Take a trip into the dreamy, cinematic world of The Moonblades

When Jonti last performed at Vivid LIVE in 2014, he drove a sold-out Sydney Opera House crowd into a frenzy with his delirious recreation of The Avalanches’ classic, Since I Left You. Now, the Johannesburg-born, Sydney-based artist makes his highly anticipated return, presenting the global premiere of “The Moonblades” - an expansive, cinematic, live interpretation of his forthcoming album of the same name - in the Drama Theatre for one exclusive night. 

A genre-defying musician, Jonti emerged as a solo artist in 2011, signing with LA-based Stones Throw Records. Over the ensuing decade, three albums followed - dazzling listeners with their eclectic mix of beats, samples, psychedelic soundscapes and mouth-watering collaborations including Steve Lacy, Sampa The Great, Mark Ronson and Badbadnotgood. In 2016, Jonti became a touring member of The Avalanches, appearing on their feverishly anticipated album, Wildflowers

Jonti’s recent endeavors include touring and recording with Genesis Owusu’s multiple ARIA award winning ‘Black Dog Band’, MYSTICS - an experimental audiovisual art project, and ongoing improvisational performances with rising talent, xmunashe. 

From the outset, Jonti’s musical journey has been defined by his extraordinary talent as a prolific and revered collaborator. The Moonblades marks his eagerly awaited return to centre-stage, presenting an ambitious performance featuring contributions from many of Jonti’s recent collaborators, including xmunashe, The Dieyoungs, Joshuah, and Genesis Owusu. Accompanying this sonic spectacle is an immersive audio-visual experience crafted by new media arts collective, Babekühl.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

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