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Live electronic composition and bodily practice conspire to create a mesmerising audio-visual landscape.

Polito is a collaboration between musicians Robert Downie and Finnian Langham, and performers Arabella Frahn-Starkie and Hillary Goldsmith. Real-time modular synthesis and evolving beat foundations create a transfixing sonic journey, anchored to movement which constantly reacts and evolves through a continuous, symbiotic form. Moments of euphoria emerge out of and supersede the mundane; forms align, hyperextending into a blurry dissonance before snapping back into sublime harmony. By engaging with improvisational scores and responding to each other and their surroundings, Polito create hypnotic performances which are varied and unique each time.

Following performances at beloved Australian festival Strawberry Fields, their work “A Crimson Audiovisual Landscape” won the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2018 award for Best Music. They’ve since performed at The Village Festival, The Melbourne Immigration Museum, Synesthetic, the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melt, MPavilion, Lucid, Hopkins Creek, the Butter Sessions 10 Year Anniversary Party, the Forum, MESS, and the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2024, Polito opened for UMO at the Forum, Melbourne.

Flora Carbo is a saxophonist, composer and music leader from Naarm (Melbourne, Australia). Her unique practice creates novel musical environments that connect people through improvisation, composition and conceptual works, led by her explorations into the vocal qualities of the alto saxophone.

Her work traverses settings, methods and scales, with works devised for major festival stages at Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, Phoenix Central Park’s Strata Festival, Amersfoort Jazz Festival, and alongside luminaries of Australian jazz and improvised music like Barney McAll and Andrea Keller. Flora’s recorded projects are acclaimed documents of moments in this scene.

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