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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Common Ground

Speak Percussion & Brisbane’s Topology combine forces COMMON GROUND explores the intersection of musical, theatrical and political ideas between two of Australia’s new-music powerhouses, Melbourne’s Speak Percussion and Brisbane’s Topology. Themes ranging from the Cuban Missile Crisis, Australiana and club culture are explored across two distinct sets. All the works on the program are either […]

Exile

Exile may well be the world’s first iPad opera. We are delighted to be undertaking our first collaboration with Chamber Made Opera and continuing our relationship with Aphids in this fascinating new work. Exile features a thrilling collaboration with Champagne Valentine, an outstanding media arts outfit based in Amsterdam. In 2008, Champagne Valentine designed and […]

Melb Uni Lunchtime Concert

This program is taken from Speak Percussion’s recent collaboration with chef Glenn Flood and Raw Materials, in a project presented in the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. It explores the deep correlations between Pasta and Percussion taking the root word in Proto-Indo-European “kwet” as its point of departure. Program Speak Percussion  Antipasti sound installation John […]

Pasta Percussion

An exploration of the nexus between food and sound This event will see Speak’s first exploration of the nexus between food and sound through the experience of cooking and music performance. Pasta and Percussion can be traced back to a common ancestor word ‘kwet-’ in the pre-historic language Proto-Indo-European. Over millennia, ‘kwet-’ has evolved into […]

Surface Given Radiance

Works for vibraphone, from Signor Frisco to Richard Barrett   Surface Given Radiance is an extension of Speak Percussion’s Vibraphone series in which the cultural, timbral and historical aspects of the instrument are explored. Program Traditional Hawaiian, arranged by ‘Signor Frisco’  Aloha Oe Richard Barrett  abglanzbeladen/auseinandergeschrieben Mark Pollard  The Heavenly Muzak Machine Warren Burt  Vibraphone […]

System Building

Presented by Aphids, Speak Percussion, and Red Gate Gallery. An international percussion work of miniature proportions, System Building fuses percussion and architecture on an intimate scale. Artist Rosemary Joy has created a series of adaptable miniature percussion instruments, each inspired by the venue in which the work will be performed. The first performances were performed […]

Vibraphone I

A program focused around perspectives of the vibraphone, reflecting on its unique sonority and ancient origins presented within its contemporary context. Featuring new works written especially for this program by local legends Warren Burt and Mark Pollard. A work from Stockhausen’s week-long opera Licht (Freitag). The first-ever recorded vibraphone work from the Vaudeville era, the […]

Vibraphone II

A program focused around perspectives of the vibraphone, reflecting on its unique sonority and ancient origins presented within its contemporary context. Featuring new works written especially for this program by Victorian composers Brendan Colbert, Mark Pollard and Luke Paulding. Melbourne experimental vibraphone guru Dale Gorfinkel will present his genre busting prepared vibraphone improvisations, juxtaposed alongside […]

Andrew Byrne in Profile

Performance and Broadcast for choir, percussion ensemble and solo piano New works by New York-based Australian composer Andrew Byrne (New York) are the focus of this concert / live broadcast / recording project in collaboration with ABC Classic FM. Program Andrew Byrne  Whispers and Cries (2008) for soloists, choir, percussion ensemble and keyboards Andrew Byrne […]

Flesh & Ghost

Recent works for percussion by three of Australia’s finest composers Perth’s Totally Huge New Music Festival presents Speak Percussion in concert, performing works written for the group by some of Australia’s most dynamic composers. The program is book-ended by two large-scale works by Australia’s wunderkind of the avant-garde, Anthony Pateras. Refractions moves between fierce and […]

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