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Purple Pilgrims @

  2nd November 2017 Art, music, film, talks, beer, wine, food, magick.

2nd November 2017 Art, music, film, talks, beer, wine, food, magick.



Mind Games: A Fundraiser for Mental Health in New Zealand 

9th June @ Whammy Bar + Backroom - Auckland

All profits from the festival will be donated to the New Zealand Mental Health Foundation. The money raised from this event will help The Mental Health Foundation create a society where all people can enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing ~ tickets

               Strange Haven   art space / opening party ~ 27th May - Auckland 

            Strange Haven art space / opening party ~ 27th May - Auckland 

 94.5FM / live streaming via    fbiradio.com    ~ between 9PM and 11PM Australian Eastern Standard Time on the Thursday, 25th May

94.5FM / live streaming via fbiradio.com ~ between 9PM and 11PM Australian Eastern Standard Time on the Thursday, 25th May


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3rd of March 2017

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  w/    TINY RUINS  /    CARNIVOROUS PLANT SOCIETY  + 33mm film projections c  urated by MATTHEW TIMPSON -   Friday December 2nd @ the historic Hollywood Cinema, Avondale     Auckland

w/ TINY RUINSCARNIVOROUS PLANT SOCIETY + 33mm film projections curated by MATTHEW TIMPSON - Friday December 2nd @ the historic Hollywood Cinema, Avondale Auckland


w/ Peach Milk // Eyes No Eyes // Dj Kiran Dass + Dj Ducklingmonsters // Markdown DJsSun

May 01 2016 St Kevins Arcade, 183 Karangahape Rd, Auckland


Performance @ The Audio Foundation, Auckland November 5

w/ Angeline Chirnside, Rachel Shearer + Beth Ducklingmonster, & Kathleen Kim


An excerpt of our video performance and contribution to Helga Fassonaki's KHAL will exhibit (among others) at The Auricle sonic arts gallery in Christchurch showing October 8 - 30, 2015

w/ PRINCESS CHELSEA Sunday may 3 @ Kings Arms, Auckland

w/ Chronic Fatigue Sindrome + Clare Cooper (Sydney) / Hermione Johnson / Jeff Henderson + Kraus / Bonehead + Gerard Crewdson
Saturday, April 4 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm Waiatarua Community Hall, 911 West Coast Road Waiatarua, Auckland

(virtual performance)
khal - a project by helga fassonaki Friday, March 20 at 7:00pm in PDT Los Angeles Contemporary Archive Los Angeles, California

In September 2014 Helga Fassonaki resided in an artist studio in Tabriz, Iran for a month. As a visual and performing artist, what she was able to share in public was restricted. Furthermore, as a female performing artist, the use of her voice in public performance was restricted.

Due to the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini ‘condemned all forms of music, other than classical and traditional Persian music’ as influenced by western culture, and therefore corruptive and forbidden. Khomeini also forbade women from singing solo in public because of ‘the seductive quality of the female voice’.

Since performing as she chose was illegal in Iran, Fassonaki sent compositions in the form of sculptural scores created during her residency in Tabriz to sixteen female artists and musicians living in the US, the United Kingdom, Denmark and New Zealand. The concept being that the scores be interpreted and performed publicly by these artists in lieu of Fassonaki’s ability to do so.

Different iterations of Khal will be presented at galleries in the US and New Zealand as a traveling exhibition in 2015/2016 where the scores and their interpretations by the participating artists will be displayed, heard, and reinterpreted – pushing the idea of a ‘living score’ as an archive open to edits, renewal and dialogue. As the series unfolds from one event to another, Fassonaki seeks to create a composition of voices and actions. Like the idea of Khal, (a derogatory term in Farsi for Iranian Pop music that was sent to Iran by Iranian US immigrants in the form of homemade mixed tapes so that Iranian residents could listen to their country’s own pop stars).  Through these simple actions, the hope is that the reverberation of freedom of expression can echo back across the globe and via the clandestine channels of the world wide web find it’s way back to the country in which the scores had their origin.

The participating artists who received and are performing Fassonaki’s scores include Kali Z Fasteau (NYC, NY), Kelly Jayne Jones (London, UK), Heather Leigh (Glasgow, Scotland), Jenny Graf (Copenhagen, Denmark), Zaïmph (Brooklyn, NY), Chiara Giovando (Los Angeles, CA), Shana Palmer (Baltimore, MD), Purple Pilgrims (North Island, NZ), Rachael Melanson (London, UK), Christina Carter (Austin, Texas), Gabie Strong (Los Angeles, CA), Ashley Paul (London, UK), Angeline Chirnside (Auckland, NZ), Matana Roberts (NYC, NY), Rachel Shearer with Beth Ducklingmonster (Auckland, NZ), and Kathleen Kim (Los Angeles, CA).

Additional artists include Suki Dewey (Oldwick, NJ) and Fariba Safai (San Francisco, CA).

AU mini tour with GARY WAR 2015 

Melbourne Friday the 13th of February @ Good Times, 746 Swanston Street, Carlton VIC 3053 w/ Ill WInds + REPAIRS + more

Sydney Saturday the 14th of February (Valentines Day)  @ The Flytrap, Marrickville w/ Subterranean Rain +  Crying in Bed + more

live on 95bfm  August 15 / 10:30am

95bfm showcase May 31 @ Kings Arms, Auckland

10/26 London - Cafe OTO

w/ Nate Young

10/27 Leeds - Wharf Chambers

10/28 Brighton - Blind Tiger

10/30 Dublin - Workmen's Club

10/31 Nottingham - JT Soar

11/1 Manchester - Gullivers

11/2 Glasgow - Nice N Sleazy

11/7 Holland, Rotterdam - Roodkapje

11/8 Germany, Hamburg - Kraniche

11/9 Germany, Berlin - Team Titanic

11/10 Austria, Vienna - Rhiz

11/11 Czech Republic, Prague - Pilot Club

w/ Dead Meadow

11/13 Holland, Utrecht - DB'S

11/16 London - Shacklewell Arm

May / June 2013

05/17 Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
w/ Holy Shit

05/18 San Diego, CA - Casbah

05/20 Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Memorial Library
 w/ Holy Shit

05/21 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
 w/ Holy Shit

05/23 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom

05/25 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore

05/28 Missoula, MT - Badlander

05/31 Minneapolis, MN - Cedars

06/01 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

06/02 Dekalb, IL - Pink Otto's

06/03 Champaign, IL - Blind Pig

06/04 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop

06/05 Pittsburgh, PA - Altar

06/06 New York, NY - Irving Plaza

06/07 Boston, MA - Sinclair
w/ Chris Cohen


06/08 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street

06/09 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

06/10 Washington, DC - U Street

06/11 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar

06/14 Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall

06/15 New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's

06/16 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's Downstairs

06/17 Dallas, TX - Trees

06/18 Austin, TX - Mohawk

06/20 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress

06/21 Los Angeles, CA - First Unitarian Church


Performance for guro manga artist Kago Shintaro's exhibition

'Unsanitary Hong Kong'
@ CIA gallery w/ GARY WAR + Caligine April 21 '13 - CIA,
Wah Sing Industrial Building, Wah Sing Street, Kwai Hing -

Kowloon, Hong Kong

October 2012

10/24 Phoenix, AZ Yucca Tap Room

10/25 San Diego, CA Sodabar

10/26 Los Angeles, CA The Smell

10/27 San Francisco, CA Knockout

10/29 Seattle, WA Comet Bar

10/30 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios

10/31 Vancouver, BC Waldorf

with High Wolf

October 10 '12 @ Strategic Sounds
10/f Hing Win Industrial Building, Hoi Yeun Road, Kwun Tong
Kowloon, Hong Kong


July / August 2012

July 29th, London, Cafe OTO

w/ Man Forever

July 30th, Brighton, Prince Albert

July 31st, Cambridge, Bad Timing

August 2nd, Manchester, Night and Day Cafe

w/ Michael Flower / Neil Campbell and Chalaque

August 3rd, Glasgow, CCA


Closing party - May 20th 2012 10pm

April 20 - 22, 2012 Human Resources gallery, Chinatown, Los Angeles
Performances taking place inside Helga Fassonaki's Installation,
Touching Them Touching Me - A Love Song for the Dead C

Friday April 20th, 7PM


Saturday April 21st, 7PM

500 MG

Sunday April 22nd, 6PM


USa West Coast tour
March/April 2012     

March 26 - Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
*Group Performance as Celestial Prequel  6:30 - 8pm

March 26 - Oakland, CA @ Rec Center Studios

w/ Pod Blotz

March 27 - Davis, CA @ The Villanova House

March 28 - Portland, OR @ Little Axe Records

w/ Polyps

March 29 - Olympia, WA @ Olyphant

w/ Brother Raven

March 30 - Arcata, CA @ Mex N Wow

w/ Ensemble Economique

April 2  - Los Angeles, CA @ Dem Passwords

w/ Peter Kolovos

Future Industries Gallery

PURPLE PILGRIMS art show and zine event
February 10 2012 Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

with The Renderers / Mad Nanna

May 17 '11 @ The Loons - Lyttelton, NZ

NON-SHOW with Maryrose Crook / Thje

February 26 '11 @ HSP - Christchurch, NZ


with yek koo / LA Lakers

January 23 '11 @ HSP - Christchurch, NZ