A synergistic collaboration between saxophonist Simon Charles & bassist Djuna Lee – both from the improvised music scene.

Simon Charles and Djuna Lee continue the work they started together at Audible Edge Festival 2021, but this time in a duo context.

Trained in jazz and classical music, Djuna Lee is now focused on the improvised music scene, playing everything from ultra-quiet minimalist music to angular noise. Simon Charles, a composer and saxophonist based in Noongar Ballardong Country, has worked extensively as an improvisor and composer with artists including Phonetic Orchestra and Ensemble Offspring.

They first worked together in Simon’s piece Tracks in Salt and Lineament, which was commissioned by the Audible Edge Festival. This piece integrated electro-acoustic and instrumental performance in ways that encouraged spontaneity and creativity in realising a notated score. Soon after, they worked together again in Djuna’s free jazz project – Jalan Jalan, which similarly invited performers to find a space somewhere between composition and complete autonomy, although to very different aesthetic ends.