Known as the Johnny Depp of the classical world, Benjamin Skepper returns home to Melbourne this month for his first and only Australian solo performance at Chapel Off Chapel.

Acclaimed internationally for performances in Italy and Russia, as well as Paris and Tokyo fashion weeks, his installative works were presented in tandem with Yoko Ono in 2010 for a multi-channel sound installation called Dirty, Dirty! Sex, Sex!, an exhibition looking into sexuality and debauchery, held at an underground gay club in Tokyo.

Skepper will perform on harpsichord, cello and electronics to showcase original compositions, including a special preview of new works from his forthcoming third solo album, at the Chapel Off Chapel event.

A former Melbourne High student from South Yarra, Skepper says Stonnington is really the precinct he calls “home”.

“After spending my childhood in the art and fashion circles of Melbourne’s 1980s and 1990s particularly on Chapel St, Greville St and surrounds, and being surrounded by so many of Melbourne’s most eclectic creatives, this gave me all the more confidence to head abroad to Japan and Europe to seek inspiration, stimulation, new connections and to share my own experiences in the creative industry,” Skepper said.

“After four years away from home, I am excited and proud to present the fruits of my labour … and where else but in Chapel Off Chapel.”

Inimitable, Benjamin Skepper In Concert is at Chapel Off Chapel on Sunday, September 11 from 2pm.


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