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Jon Rose. Picture: Supplied.

Melbourne experimental crossover chamber trio Golden Fur will be helping Decibel New Music Ensemble celebrate the work of trailblazer Jon Rose on Monday night.

Presented in association with Tura New Music, the On a String - Jon Rose Was 60 concert features new works by a range of established and emerging composers.

Marking Rose's 60th birthday (which was actually last year), the performances are tied together by the idea of the string or line, which has been a central concept in Rose's work as a violinist, composer and wire-fence musician for more than 35 years.

Earlier this year, he won the Australia Council's prestigious $60,000 Don Banks Music Award in part for his work playing and recording the sounds of thousands of kilometres of fences around Australia, including the Rabbit Proof Fence in WA.

"Instead of this great country of ours being traversed by millions of miles of fencing, it is in fact covered with millions of miles of string instrument and we all just gotta get out there and play it," he says.

Rose, one of the world's leading figures in free improvisation, has been commissioned to create The Auctioneer Says, which will have its world premiere on the night.

Rose has appeared on more than 60 albums and worked with artists such as Kronos Quartet, Derek Bailey, John Cage and John Zorn.

On a String also features new works by locals Clare Nina Norelli and Lyndon Blue, Golden Fur's James Rushford and Decibel members Cat Hope and Lindsay Vickery who is co-writing his piece with Rose.

Decibel also will perform pieces by German composer Peter Ablinger, the late Italian composer Fausto Romitelli and American alt-rockers Low.

On a String — Jon Rose Was 60 is at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts on Monday at 7.30pm.

The West Australian

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