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Before Nightfall #1

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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. Occur in a new space. 3. Culminate in a performance and a recorded release.

For the first concert of the series, Speak teams up with international luminary, Ingar Zach.

Ingar Zach was born in Oslo (Norway) in 1971 and currently lives in Madrid. An improvising percussionist known for his wide range of sounds, he has developed a highly subtle and dynamic approach to his instruments. With Ivar Grydeland, he founded the record labels Sofa (2000) and Sillon (2007). He leads an international career as a solo performer and in permanent ensembles, including Dans les arbres and Mural (with Kim Myhr and Jim Denley). Zach is also involved in multiple collaborations and has shared the stage with many other instrumentalists such as Barry Guy, Evan Parker, Axel Dörner, Kevin Drumm, Susie Ibarra, Jaap Blonk, Annette Krebs, Andrea Neumann, Phil Minton, Jean Marc Montera, John Butcher, Mazen Kerbaj, Agustí Fernández, John Tilbury, Derek Bailey, Charlotte Hug, Bent Sørensen, and Esteban Algora. He can be heard on over 40 recordings, including his solo albums Percussion Music (Sofa) and IN (Kningdisk).


Time & Venue

7pm, 18 January 2017
The Substation
1 Market Street, Newport


Tickets

This is a FREE event. Limited capacity. To ensure your seat, please email michaela@speakpercussion.com


Artists

Performers:

Ingar Zach
Eugene Ughetti
Matthias Schack-Arnott


Before Nightfall #2

TonyBuck

 

Speak Percussion partners with MPavilion on the second concert of it’s Before Nightfall series, in which Speak returns to it’s friendship with Tony Buck, after having performed alongside The Necks in 2016 as part of Tectonics Adelaide.

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. Occur in a new space. 3. Culminate in a performance and a recorded release.

Tony Buck is regarded as one of Australia’s most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. As a drummer, percussionist, improviser, guitarist, video maker and producer, he has been involved in a highly diverse array of projects but is probably best known around the world as a member of the trio “The Necks”.
Apart from The Necks he has played, toured or recorded with Jon Rose, Nicolas Collins, Tenko, John Zorn, T. Cora, Phil Minton, Haino, Switchbox, The Machine for Making Sense, Ne Zhdall, The EX, Clifford Jordan and Ground Zero.


Time & Venue

Presented by MPavilion

7pm, 29 January 2017
MPavilion, Melbourne


Tickets

This is a FREE event


Artists

Performers:

Tony Buck
Eugene Ughetti
Matthias Schack-Arnott


The Trading Routes – The Silk Road & Magau Caves

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In this explosive Speak Percussion collaboration, David Shea combines four virtuosic musicians with a grand video work. Scored for electronics, percussion, guzheng, singing bowls and voice, this major work is fed by the rich cultural and spiritual history of the Silk Road and MoGau Caves in Dunhuang, China.

Sonically underpinned by field recordings and the live sound of the 2500 year-old iconic instrument the guzheng, Shea weaves a contemporary narrative around the ancient trading routes that connected China to the Middle East and into Greek and Roman civilisations.

In a first time to Melbourne, this project will immerse you within both a ritual as performance and a tribute to the lasting influence of the Silk Road on the modern world.


Time & Venue

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Speak Percussion in association with Asia TOPA

4pm & 7pm, Saturday 25 February
Melbourne Recital Centre


Tickets

Standard: $39
Concession: $29
3 Show Package: $33.15

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ARTISTS

David Shea composer/electronics/keyboards
Mindy Wang guzheng
Eugene Ughetti & Matthias Schack-Arnott percussion


PAST PERFORMANCES

Friday 4 March 2016
Tectonics, Adelaide Festival

 


TRANSDUCER

Major electro-acoustic work exploring the microphone as sonic object

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New media artist Robin Fox collaborates with Speak’s Artistic Director, Eugene Ughetti, on a major new electro-acoustic spatialised performance work. TRANSDUCER places the microphone at the centre of the creative investigation and redefines its function and potential as an expressive musical object.  Kinetic sculptures and unorthodox modes of transduction form the musical material of this virtuosic and conceptual Australian work. Presented alongside Karlheinz Stockhausen’s seminal work, MIKROPHONIE I, TRANSDUCER repurposes microphone technology to tease out the inextricable fundamentals of creating, reproducing and manipulating electronic and acoustic signal.


Time & Venue

Presented by City Recital Hall (Sydney) for it’s Unashamedly Original Festival

22 & 23 July 2016
City Recital Hall, Sydney


Tickets

Two-day festival pass $80 (for events on both Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July)
Single tickets $25 (on sale April 2017)


PAST PERFORMANCES

Presented by SIPFest
19 October 2016
Komuniatas Salihara, Jakarta

Presented by Sonica Festival
29 October 2015
Tramway, Glasgow, UK

Presented by LASALLE
23 October 2015
LASALLE, Singapore

Presented by MONA FOMA
7.30pm (TRANSDUCER) & 9.15pm (MIKROPHONIE I) 15 January 2015
PW1, Stage 2, MONA FOMA, Hobart

Presented by the Arts Centre Melbourne
7.30pm 1 & 2 August 2014
Arts Centre Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl – Linlithgow Ave

Presented at the Australian Performing Arts Market
2.30pm Friday 21 Febuary 2014
Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium

Presented by Totally Huge New Music Festival
8pm Saturday 10th August 2013
Hackett Hall Gallery, Western Australian Museum
James Street, Perth

 


Program

Robin Fox & Eugene Ughetti: Transducer (2013) 


Artists

Composition & Concept: Robin Fox & Eugene Ughetti
Performers: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott (Artistic Associate), Kaylie Melville & Louise Devenish
Spatialisation & Sound Processing: Robin Fox
Sound Designer: Byron Scullin


Tickets

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 Video from premiere performance

 

 


Anicca

A new work exploring cycles and orbits in sound

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Acclaimed percussive artist, Matthias Schack- Arnott, returns to Arts House with a new work that aurally and kinetically explores cycles, orbits and the perception of time. Hypnotic and dreamlike, Anicca features a variable-speed rotating instrument created with engineer Richard Allen, augmented by a rotational lighting system and multi-channel audio.

Anicca – meaning ‘impermanence’ – is inspired by the relationship between the cyclic and the transcendental in Hindu and Buddhist thought. Through interlocking musical gestures, performers Schack-Arnott and Eugene Ughetti play the instrument’s spinning, textured surface, creating timbral cannons, mechanical phasing effects and microtonal pitch cycles. The result is a shimmering reflection on impermanence, recurrence and perpetual motion. Dynamic, virtuosic and multisensory, Anicca is a percussion adventure with a musical vocabulary like nothing you’ve heard before.


Time & Venue

Presented by Arts House

7.30pm, 2 November 2016

7.3pm, 3 November 2016

7.30pm, 4 November 2016

2pm + 7.30pm, 5 November 2016

5pm, 6 November 2016

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne

Duration: 45 mins
Post-show Q&A: Thu 3 November
Suitable for ages 10+


Artists

Director, Composer, Performer: Matthias Schack-Arnott
Performer: Eugene Ughetti
Creative Engineering: Richard Allen
Video System: Pete Brundle & James Sandri (PDA)
Production Manager and Lighting: Richard Dinnen (Megafun)
Artist Interns: Jonathan Griffiths and Hamish Upton
Producer: Michaela Coventry


Tickets

Book yours here

 


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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