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Speak Percussion returns to Perth’s Totally Huge New Music Festival to perform our audio-visual program Fluorophone and Michaela Pisaro’s epic work for 100 percussionists, A wave and waves.

Fluorophone creates a kaleidoscopic sound world in which the central instruments radiate, flicker, glow and burn. Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and custom-built LED discs are combined with percussion to create a program in which the music and lighting design are one and the same. Fluorophone moves between noise, theatrical music and virtuosic instrumentalism, in a synesthetic display of light and sound. Featuring specially commissioned works by a prominent team of leading composers.

A wave and waves is a work of monumental scale, experienced with intimate immediacy—as countless tiny moments of friction, gravity and vibration heave into life like a single, pulsing organism. In this rare, deep listening experience the audience sits among the performers to experience the music as if part of an ocean of sound. Colossal percussive waves are created by layers of imperceptibly soft sounds— sandpaper on stone, seeds falling on glass, bowed bells—forming a textural landscape bristling with detail.


Time & Venue

Fluorophone:

7.30pm Wednesday 25 October
Subiaco Arts Centre

A wave and waves: 

1pm and 4pm Sunday 29 October
Midland Railway Workshops

 


Tickets

Tickets for A wave and waves can be purchased here

Tickets for Fluorophone can be purchased here

 


VIDEO

 

 


Before Nightfall #4

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For the fourth instalment of Speak’s Before Nightfall we’re excited to be working with esteemed percussion soloist Steven Schick (USA).

Before Nightfall is a series of new artistic encounters between Speak Percussion and invited guest artists. Each encounter will: 1. Occur across the course of a single day. 2. Culminate in a performance and a recorded release.

Steven Schick is a percussionist and conductor from the United States, specializing in contemporary music. He is Distinguished Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego and is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra. For the past 40 years he has championed contemporary percussion music as a performer and teacher, by commissioning and premiering more than 150 new works for percussion. He was the percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars of New York City from 1992 to 2002, and from 2000 to 2004 served as Artistic Director of the Centre International de Percussion de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2012 he became the first Artist-in-Residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).


Time & Venue

8pm Wed 4 October
Main Hall, Collingwood Arts Precinct, Melbourne
Free Entry, but bookings are essential via speak@speakpercussion.com


An Elemental Thing

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Eugene Ughetti performs the world premiere of Liza Lim’s ‘An Elemental Thing’ (2017) for solo woodblock at Brisbane’s Transplanted Roots: Percussion Research Symposium and Sydney Conservatorium’s Best Practice in Artistic Research in Music Symposium. In the work, the humble woodblock comes alive as an expressive object that evokes language and shifting natural forces.


Date & Venue

23-25 September
Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University
Brisbane, Australia

27-29 September 
Recital Hall East, Music Workshop and Atrium, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Sydney, Australia


Assembly Operation

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Three percussionists dutifully form an assembly line to extract music from everyday objects.

Drawing on the visual, sonic and conceptual qualities of the one Yuan note, using paper, packaging, electronic toys and traditional objects, Speak Percussion delivers a loaded sonic odyssey.

In this major new collaboration between Eugene Ughetti, performance maker Clare Britton and visual artists Cyrus Tang and Jia Jia Chen, dark video sequences and minimalistic set design conjure surreal reflections on mass-production.

Assembly Operation manufactures high quality sound by crunching and grinding low worth goods.


ARTISTS

Composer/Director:
Eugene Ughetti

Designer/Dramaturge:
Clare Britton

Video Artist:
Cyrus Tang

Sound Designer:
Nick Roux

Lighting Designer/Production Manager:
Richard Dinnen (Megafun)

Ceramicist/Visual Artist:
Jia Jia Chen

Performers:
Kaylie Melville, Matthias Schack-Arnott, Eugene Ughetti

Producer:
Michaela Coventry

Image:
Damian Stephens @ DDT


Past Performances

Presented by Arts House 

7.30pm, 5 – 9 September 2017

North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne


Sounds Unheard

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www.soundsunheard.com

Sounds Unheard is a free music education program for secondary music students, hosted by the internationally acclaimed Speak Percussion. Open to all instrumentalists and composers, this free program introduces creative approaches to music making, encourages critical thinking, and connects students with some of the most inventive and adventurous artists in Australia and beyond. Participants choose from a range of activities to create a tailor-made program, reflecting their individual interests and talents. Sounds Unheard will run from 2015-2017, offering a range of unique opportunities that will develop student’s creativity and inspire through innovation.

2016 PROGRAM

Key activities in 2016 include:

Sounds Unheard Artist Program (November 29-December 3)

Experience professional music-making, explore contemporary and experimental music practice, and present a public performance. In 2016 Sounds Unheard Members are invited to take part in the world premiere of Bell Curve, an immersive and intimate performance work for twelve independent musicians featuring the Federation Handbells.

School Holiday Intensive (July 4-8)

Sounds Unheard Members will workshop Bell Curve, a new work by Eugene Ughetti, ahead of a public performance in late 2016. Through an exploration of complex networked temporal relationships, a massed sound event unfolds across the performance space, a world revealed between the attacks and beating patterns of tuned bell resonance. New wireless technology will enable a mass of performers to perform precisely across vast spaces in one complex spatial composition.

Sounds Unheard Internships

Participate in the creative development of new Speak Percussion projects as a Sounds Unheard Artist Intern, or develop your interviewing skills as a Sounds Unheard Reporter with radio broadcast training at PBS FM.

Backstage Passes

Go behind-the-scenes at Speak Percussion rehearsals and performances. Participants will be among the first to see new Speak projects, gain insight into the work of professional musicians, and visit some of Australia’s premier performance venues.

Online Masterclasses

Presented by the Sounds Unheard Experts, including composers Liza Lim and Johannes Kreidler, sound artist Gail Priest, performance-maker Tamara Saulwick and the Australian Art Orchestra’s Artistic Director Peter Knight.

 

Signing up for Sounds Unheard is easier than ever, with our new online application form at www.soundsunheard.com/join.

For further information and all the latest on upcoming Sounds Unheard activities, visit www.soundsunheard.com today.

Sounds Unheard is supported by the Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program. The Federation Handbells are managed by Museum Victoria on behalf of Creative Victoria.

 


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