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Lucas 'Granpa' Abela

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Initially classed as a turntablist, Lucas Abela’s work has rarely resembled anything in the field, early feats saw him stab vinyl with Kruger style stylus gloves, bound on electro acoustic trampolines, drag race the pope across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, perform deaf defying duet duels with amplified samurai swords, hospitalised by high powered turntables constructed from sewing machine motors, record chance John Peel sessions with the Flaming Lips, get pole position on Otomo Yoshihides' Ground Zero remix compilation; 'Consummation' by destroying the disc with amplified skewers rather than bothering to sampling it.

Today these turntable roots have become almost unrecognisable, evolving into his infamous glass instrument, the shards being nothing more than a giant diamond tipped stylus vibrated vocally. He has been perfecting the instrument since it's invention in 2003, performing internationally as Justice Yeldham.

After a long performance career his ideas have morphed into participatory sound installations, or more accurately large-scale instruments for musical play devised to switch roles between audience and performer in line with his philosophy that experimental music is more rewarding to play than to observe.

Lucas Abela's Temple of Din at the Palais De Tokyo's Do D!sturb Festival April 2015

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Selected Exhibitions, Festival Appearances, Awards & collaberations.

Cementa, Kandos
Soft Centre, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
Supernormal Festival, Braziers Park, UK
Obey Convention, Halifax, Canada
The National, New Australian Art, MCA Sydney
Sound-Check, Scenkonst Musem, Stockholm, Sweden

Unsound, Adelaide
Fort Thunder, Ars Electronica, Linz
Festival of endless gratitude, Copenhagen
Death Grips, Year of the Snitch

Award of Distinction for Sound Art, Ars Electronica, Linz
Temple of Din, High Zero Festival, Baltimore, USA
Gizzard Blizzard, Sounding Art, PS Art Space, Fremantle, Western Australia
SOUNDCHECK, Dublin Science Gallery, Dublin

Temple of Din, Gamerz Festival, Marseille, France
BassBalls, Vanocuver New Music Festival, Vancouver, Canada
Temple of Din, Sonic protest Festival, Paris, France
Temple of Din / Granpa, Cable#9 Festival , Nantes, France
Rice Corpse
(with Matt Loveridge - Piano and E-da -Drums) cafe Oto, London

UNSOUND Festival, Krakow Poland.
TLASILA European Tour (Tom Smith, Rat Bastard, Graham E Moore, Balazs Pandi, Lucas Abela)
IV:BPM, Anxious Spaces II, Clocktower Productions/ Knockdown Center, New York, USA
Brussels Art Days, Brussels, Belguim
MDG, Musify + Gamify, Seymour Center, Vivid Festival, Sydney, Australia.
Ende Tymes Festival, New York, USA
ausgeflippt, phaeno, Wolfsburg, Germany 
DO D!STURB, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France
Sydney Festival, in Collaberation with Senyawa
Mona Foma, Gamelan Wizard.

Gamelan Wizard, Asialink Residency, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
paku paku, Alaska Projects, Sydney, Australia

Performance Space 30th Birthday @ Carrigeworks, Sydney/with Jon Rose
St James Cavalier | Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Malta
Nuit Blanche, Metz, France
Museum of contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
ISEA the TEMPLE OF DIN, Sydney, Australia
15th WRO Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland
CTM, Berlin, Germany

Objet inusité, Eastern Bloc, Montréal, Canada
Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, UK
Sound Circus OUTBACK NSW tour, Australia
LÜFTEN, Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Impetus Festival, Belfort, France
Sonic Protest @ Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France
Kontact sonoreS, Chalon sur Saône, France
MONA FOMA, Hobart, Tasmania
Artspace Residency.

Trama, Porto, Portugal
TodaysArt, Brussels, Belguim
TodaysArt, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Donau Festival, Krems, Austria
Mix Tape, Tin Sheds Gallery (innovate – curate winner), Sydney, Australia
Overground @ Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne, Australia / with Will Guthrie & Emma Albury


Neon Marshmallow Festival, Chicago, USA
Superdeluxe@Artspace, Biennale of Sydney, Australia
Vivid Festival (Curated by Lou Reed), Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
Vinyl Arcade, NIME international conference, UTS, Sydney, Australia
with Zach Hill, Homeless#1, Home Nightclub, Sydney, Australia

Colour Out Of Space
, Brighton, England
Todays Art, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Donau Festival, Krems, Austria
Camp A Low Hum, Homedale, New Zealand
NOW NOW, Blue Mountains, NSW
with Kevin Blechdom, Christopher Fleeger, Falls Festival, Marion Bay, Tasmania
with Count Paul Grabowsky, Sean Baxter, Empress Hotel, Melbourne

gocha festival, Kawachinagano, Japan
PAN (Performance Art Network) ASIA Festival, Seoul, South Korea
Supersonic, Birmingham, UK
Bad Bonn Kilbi, Düdingen, Switzerland
SXSW (load showcase) Austin, USA
INC, Miami, USA
Asialink Residency and China Tour with Li Zenghui, Yang Yang, Rice Corpse, Beijing, China

Unsound Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
Donau Festival, Krems, Austria.
Sonic Protest, Paris, France.
Observatori Festival, Valencia, Spain
Le Weekend, Stirling, Scotland
Venn Festival, Bristol, England
Liquid Architecture, Melbourne, Victoria

Tiny Noise, Sofia, Bulgaria
Electrograph, Athens, Greece
Franko B, Colchester, England
Unsound Festival, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Straight Out of Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Anthony Pateras, Make It Up Club (Fringe Festival), Melbourne, Victoria

No Trend; London, England
Les Voutes, Paris, France
Ertz, San Sebastian, Spain
Lausanne Underground Film Festival, Lausanne, Switzerland
Ekko Festival, Bergen, Norway
Unsound Festival, Krakow, Poland
Jon Roses'Panikkin (The Melbourne International Arts Festival), Melbourne, Victoria
Liquid Architecture, Melbourne, Victoria
This Is Not Art, Newcastle, NSW
No Fun Festival, New York, USA
Maja Ratkje, Oslo, Norway
Robin Fox, Ding Dong Dang, Melbourne, Victoria
Alex Davies, Lanfranchis, Sydney, NSW

Ideal Festival, Goteborg, Sweden
Transmediale, Berlin, Germany
LEM Festival (Caixaforum), Barcelona, Spain
Brake My Brick (Liverpool Biennial), Liverpool, England

Turnament, Los Angeles, USA
Now Now, Sydney, NSW
Chris Abrahams, Oren Ambarchi, Dr Martin Ng, Robin Fox, Now Now, Sydney, NSW

Oren Ambarchi, Robbie Avenaim, Dr Martin Ng, Dave Grohl & Curse Ov Dialect (performing as Testicle Candy) Big Day Out, Melbourne, Victoria

Yamatsuka Eye, Noise Ramones Remixes, Sydney, NSW

Otomo Yoshihide, Bob Ostertag, Jon Rose - String Em Up!, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Exiles, Berlin, Germany
Flaming Lips, Peel Session, BBC Studios, London, England
Masami Akita (Merzbow), Tokyo, Japan

Deerhoof, The Cooler, New York, USA
Secret Cheifs 3, San Francisco, USA
Masona, Solmania, Trey Spruance, Greg Turkington, Oren Ambarchi, Robbie Avienaim, Ray Ahn, Sydney What Is Music Festival
Noddingturd Fan (Trey Spruance), Sydney What Is Music Festival

EAR stage Big Day Out, Sydney, NSW

What Is Music?, Sydney / Melbourne, NSW / Victoria

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