Sumn Conduit is the duo project of Dharawal/Inuit woman and vocalist Sonya Holowell and modular synthesist and composer Ben Carey. Working across new music performance, electronic music composition and improvisation, Sonya and Ben have quickly become two of Sydney’s most exciting independent artists in the field. Within their unique pairing of the acoustic and electronic, the duo investigates the potential for oneness and multiplicity, exploring the threshold where one ends and the other begins. The duo navigates a spectrum of improvisational and compositional practices using a range of text, visual and conceptual scores as provocations for sounding. Their performances are strikingly dynamic, incorporating extended techniques, polyrhythms and a rich genre ambiguity resulting from their diverse backgrounds. Like a shifting storm, their sound can be both fragile and heavy, and in this duo the material pours out.
Between them, the duo have collaborated and performed with numerous artists and ensembles across Australia such as the JACK Quartet, Ensemble Offspring, the Australian Art Orchestra, Sydney Chamber Opera, the Song Company, Australia Ensemble, Decibel, the Splinter Orchestra, the Omega Ensemble, De Quincey Co., Zubin Kanga, Jon Rose, and others. As both solo and collaborative artists their work has appeared at the Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival, Resonant Bodies Festival, Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, Vivid Sydney, Sydney Biennale, the NOW now Festival, Totally Huge New Music Festival, the Festival de Mùsica Electroacùstica (Chile), the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Banff Centre (Canada) and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (USA).