Jouissance was formed in 1993 to explore a dialogue between Medieval and Byzantine chant, and contemporary culture.



Kyrie by Hildegard (YouTube)
Edessa rejoices (YouTube) 
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logoPDF"Jouissance have a very passionate following for their work, with a growing audience. I always feel it a privilege to hear them perform."
Zsuzsi Soboslay. Canberra Times, May 2010.

"Generous, elastically expressive shakuhachi."
Zsuzsi Soboslay. Realtime Arts, July 2010. Read the review

The musicians share a fascination with the mysticism, sensuality and rapture found in the works of Hildegard of Bingen, Peter Abelard and the Byzantine Rite. The engagement with this music is informed by the diverse nature of the performers' experience: from New Complexity to Minimalism, from Japanese Zen to Jazz-Rock crossover, from Blues and Ethnic music to all forms of Opera. Improvisation is one of the elements used to site the exploration in an 'unstable' environment, encouraging new insights and glimpses of other possible readings of the ancient work in a contemporary framework.

In 1999 Jouissance toured to Europe for their first overseas concert tour, receiving outstanding reviews and standing ovations. They performed at the Festival of St Olav in the Nidrasdomen (Cathedral) in Trondheim, in the Tallin Concert Hall in Estonia, and the Parnu Town Hall in Estonia.

In 2002 Jouissance performed in St Patrick's Cathedral (Melbourne), Pilgrim Church (Adelaide Festival) and St Andrew's Cathedral (Sydney) with sponsorship from Australia Council, Adelaide Festival and the City of Melbourne.

In 2003 Jouissance took a new look at the Byzantine Rite in a series of 3 concerts sponsored by the city of Melbourne. Hagiographia on 24th June, Mikres Ikones on 26th August, and Akathistos on 16th October. These concerts also included works based on the music and texts of Hildegard of Bingen.

In 2004 Jouissance were joined by the gorgeous voice of Baritone/Bass - Jerzy Kozlowski in Performances in Ballarat and Melbourne.


CDAkathistos Fragments
Jouissance's new CD released through ABC in 2005. For further information, please visit the Arkathistos page

Realtime Review

Jouissance has recorded several CDs and a DVD of their Mikres Ikones program recorded live in concert in 2003. All past CDs are out of print, but the DVD is available on request (AUD$30) by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


December 2010: Jouissance at Iwaki

Jouissance is performing once again at the Iwaki Auditorium for a Live broadcast on 'Sunday Live' on ABC Classic FM radio and we would love to have a big audience. Its free! So please join us.
Bring a friend for a Christmas treat with a post post modern Byzantine twist...

Sunday Live
Sunday Dec 19th at 3pm
Free admission - no booking needed
Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne

Oz Asia FestivalOctober 2009: Jouissance

presented by

Oz Asia Festival
Artspace at the Adelaide Festival Centre

October 2009 : Sydney Opera House : Jouissance

presented by
Sydney Opera House Venue
The Studio

2009 Utzon Music Series

July 2006 : Jouissance

Jouissance's successful tour of Estonia, performing three concerts in Viljande, Narva and Parnu was well received, with future performances in Europe planned. This tour was supported by Arts Victoria.

Promotional Photo:


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