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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

8.30pm, 29 January 2017
MPavilion, Melbourne


Tickets

This is a FREE event


Artists

Performers:

Tony Buck
Matthias Schack-Arnott


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


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

Click here to buy yours

 


ARTISTS

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


PAST PERFORMANCES

Friday 4 March 2016
Tectonics, Adelaide Festival

 


Bell Curve

A new work for massed bell players

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A long-form phenomenological work by Eugene Ughetti for Victoria’s Federation Hand Bells. This immersive and intimate performance work is for 12 independent players precisely syncronised by networked click tracks. The audience sits between a double ring of musicians where subtle temporal and timbral mutations create a hallucinatory aural experience.Through an exploration of complex mathematical and spatial relationships, a massed sound event unfolds across the performance space, a world revealed between the attacks and beating patterns of tuned bell resonance.

Time & Venue

Presented as part of Darebin Arts’ Speakeasy Program

8pm, 3 March 2017
2pm & 8pm, 4 March 2017
Northcote Town Hall

Past Performances

Presented by Arts House as part of the Summertime Party

430pm, 6pm & 7.15pm, 3 December 2016

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne


Artists

Director and Composer: Eugene Ughetti

Assistant Director: Kaylie Melville

Sound Production Designer: Nick Roux

Producer: Michaela Coventry

Performers: Theo Carbo, Madi Chwasta, Louise Devenish, Jonathan Griffiths, Michael McNab, Kaylie Melville, Mungo Moje-O’Brien, Therese Ng, Zoe Petch, Matthias Schack-Arnott, Leah Scholes & Hamish Upton


Tickets

Get your tickets here!


Credits

Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Department of Education and Training

Australia Council for the Arts

City of Melbourne

City of Darebin

Speak NOW donors

Museum Victoria

Besen Family Foundation

 


FLUOROPHONE

A program of works that explore light sources as musical instruments

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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.


PROGRAM

Juliana Hodkinson (DEN/UK) - Lightness
Simon Løffler (DEN) - b & e
Damien Ricketson (AUS) - Rendition Clinic
Eugene Ughetti (AUS) - Pyrite Gland


Upcoming Performances

Presented by City of Townsville & Speak Percussion

6.30pm, 14 March 2017
10.30am, 15 March 2017
Riverway Arts Centre
Thuringowa Central, QLD

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

22 & 23 July 2017
City Recital Hall, Sydney


Tickets

Riverway Arts Centre (14 & 15 March 2017):

Adult $45; Concession $40; School St./Child $25. Click here too book.

City Recital Hall (22 & 23 July 2017):

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


ARTISTS

Performers:
Eugene Ughetti (Director)
Louise Devenish
Kaylie Melville

Guest artists:
Nozomi Omote (in Brisbane)
Ian Brunskill (in Townsville)

Lighting:
Nick Roux (Pyrite Gland)

Design & Construction:
Tom Burless (e)

Electrics:
Rowan Cochran – Prodigious Concepts

Production: 
Nick Roux

Sound engineer:

Tilman Robinson

Producer: 
Michaela Coventry


PAST PERFORMANCES

23 – 25 November 2016
The Substation, Newport

Thursday 20 October 2016
SIPFest, Komunitas Salihara
Jakarta, Indonesia

Friday 23rd October 2015
LASALLE, Singapore

Thursday 29th October 2015

Tuesday 3rd November 2015
Kammer Klang Series, Cafe OTO, London, England

Thursday 12th November 2015
Musik Akademie Basel, Switzerland

Saturday 14th November 2015
Fluorophone
Tage für Neue Musik Zürich (Contemporary Music Days of Zurich), Switzerland

 

 


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

Book yours here

 


 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

 


2016 Salihara International Performing Arts Festival

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Speak returns to the Salihara International Performing Arts Festival in Indonesia with two of it’s flagship projects, TRANSDUCER and Fluorophone.

In TRANSDUCER 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 it’s function and potential as an expressive musical object.

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.

 


Time & Venue

Transducer
8pm, 19 October 2016
Black Box Theater
Komunitas Salihara, Jakarta, Indonesia

Flourophone
8pm, 20 October 2016
Salihara Gallery
Komunitas Salihara, Jakarta, Indonesia


Tickets

 

More info and tickets here

 


Program

TRANSDUCER by Eugene Ughetti & Robin Fox

Fluorophone:
Juliana Hodkinson (DEN/UK) – Lightness
Simon Løffler (DEN) – b & e
Damien Ricketson (AUS) – Rendition Clinic
Eugene Ughetti (AUS) – Pyrite Gland

 


Video

https://vimeo.com/151384142

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCSoKoqrrak

 

 


Fault Traces

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A new solo work by acclaimed percussive artist Matthias Schack-Arnott. Fault Traces uses subsonic frequencies to trigger vibrational patterns on layers of percussive objects and strewn material. Bells, cymbals, bamboo and glass are used to form shimmering kinetic systems, resulting in extremes of pitch and density. Inspired by our physical and psychological relationship to the subterranean.

Image: Rebecca McCauley


Time & Venue

The Unconformity

15 & 16 October
Sat: 11am, 3pm & 5pm. Sun: 11am

Queenstown Scout Hall, 15 Bowes St


Artists

Matthias Schack-Arnott - Composer & Performer

Tilman Robinson - Sound Consultant/Engineer


Tickets

Adult – $35

Concession – $30

Youth – $25

Book yours here!

 

 

 


Brutalist Block Party

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Assemble Papers and Open House Melbourne have programmed a month long program of talks, workshops, lunches, performances and social situtations called Brutalist Block Partythis May.

In celebration of Brutalism, Hotel Hotel has commissioned two new works. One for theeyes and one for the ears – a short film of Brutalist buildings, co-directed by Coco & Maximilian and U-P, and an accompanying piece by Eugene Ughetti for Speak Percussion. Together they work to observe and orchestrally arrange Brutalism.


TIME AND VENUE

6pm 20 May
122 Roseneath Street
Clifton Hill, VIC

This is a FREE event!


ARTISTS

Composition: Eugene Ughetti

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

 


Adelaide Festival: Tectonics 2016

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Speak returns to Illan Volkov’s infamous ‘Tectonics’ program, this time to engage in four vastly contrasting works, including a new collaboration with The Necks + Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, world premieres by Eyvind Kang (USA) and David Shea (USA/AUS) and the first Australian performance of ‘moon in a moonless sky’ by Klaus Lang.

Program One (Friday)
Ilan Volkov (Conductor) with
the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, The Necks and Speak Percussion
Plus Splinter Orchestra

New work by:
Eyvind Kang
Annie Hsieh
Cathy Milliken
Phill Niblock
Jim O’Rourke

Program Two (Saturday)
David Shea with Speak Percussion + Mindy Wong - World Premiere
Laura Altman, Romy Caen, Prue Fuller, Melanie Herbert
Jim Denley, Cor Fuhler, Bonnie Stewart, Easter Toru, Peter Farrar, Andrew Fedorovitch
Jessika Kenney (solo)
Phill Niblock with Dafne Vicente – Sandoval - World Premiere
Speak Percussion plays Klaus Lang
Arcadia Quintet (Musica Viva FutureMakers) + Speak plays Eyvind Kang - World Premiere
Eyvind Kang with Jessika Kenney plus Speak Percussion
Papaphilia
Nik Kamvissis (solo)


Gloamer

Mpavilion Cover

 

Speak Percussion’s Artistic Associate Matthias Schack-Arnott collaborates with celebrated British architect Amanda Levete and lighting designer Ben Cobham to create a 30-minute installation for the 2015 MPavilion.

MPavilion is a four year architectural project initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. Each year an architect is commissioned to design a temporary pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, housing talks, workshops, performances and installations from October until February. The 2015 MPavilion has been designed by Amanda Levete of AL_A.
As the sun sets each night, AL_A’s gently swaying MPavilion will perform its own Evening Ritual. Installed where the structure’s roof petals and carbon fibre poles meet, LEDs will create scattered halos of light that are synchronised to a multi-channel sound installation. Unfolding nightly throughout MPavilion’s 2015 season. Set yourself a sunset reminder and greet the darkness in a digital forest.

 


Time & Venue

Presented by MPavilion

Mon 5 Oct 2015 – Sun 7 Feb 2016, every day at sunset

Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne  


Artists

Composition: Matthias Schack-Arnott

Architect: Amanda Levete

Lighting design: Ben Cobham

Recording Engineer: Adam Casey


Tickets

This is a FREE event

 

 


International Tour 2015

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Speak is heading on tour to Singapore, London, Glasgow, Basel & Zurich withTRANSDUCER (Robin Fox/Eugene Ughetti) and our new project Fluorophone. Plus Speak undertakes it’s first collaboration with members of the London Symphony & BBC Symphony Orchestras in a performance of John Luther Adam’s Inuksuit at Barbican’s Sound Unbound. 

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.

In TRANSDUCER 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 it’s function and potential as an expressive musical object. Click here to see video excerpts of the work.


Time & Venue

Friday 23rd October
Fluorophone and TRANSDUCER
LASALLE, Singapore

Thursday 29th October
Fluorophone and TRANSDUCER

 

Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November
Inuksuit
Sound Unbound
The Barbican Classical Weekender
Barbican, London, England

Tuesday 3rd November
Fluorophone
Kammer Klang Series, Cafe OTO, London, England

Thursday 12th November
Fluorophone
Musik Akademie Basel, Switzerland

Saturday 14th November
Fluorophone
Tage für Neue Musik Zürich (Contemporary Music Days of Zurich), Switzerland

Plus workshops at LASALLE (Singapore), Royal College of Music (London) and Basel Musicademy


Program

Juliana Hodkinson (DEN/UK) - Lightness
Simon Løffler (DEN) - b & e
Damien Ricketson (AUS) - Rendition Clinic
Eugene Ughetti (AUS) - Pyrite Gland

 


A wave and waves

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Speak Percussion and Melbourne Festival present the world premiere performance of a major work for 100 percussionists by seminal Waldelweiser composer Michael Pisaro.

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.

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.


Tickets

Adult: $55.00, Concession: $50.00, Under 30: $35.00, Child: $25.00, Student Rush: $25.00

Buy your tickets here


Past Performances

Presented by Melbourne Festival 2015

15-17 October 2015
7.30pm (duration 1h 15min)
Meat Market, North Melbourne


Artists

Composer Michael Pisaro (USA)

Director Eugene Ughetti

Guest Artist Greg Stuart (USA)


Video


Diplopia

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Speak’s Artistic Associate, Matthias Schack-Arnott, has been commissioned by Melbourne’s newest festival, Supersense – Festival of the Ecstatic (Arts Centre Melbourne) to create a new solo.

For Diplopia Schack-Arnott creates a unique gestural vocabulary through the use of tiny wireless lapel microphones attached to his wrists, amplifying the resonances of 34 chinese hand cymbals and low gongs. Shifting harmonic patterns cycle in and out of audibility as asymmetric shapes are simultaneously articulated in sound and gesture. Informed by vision defects in which misaligned eyes see one object as two, Diplopia is a work in which resonating objects are channeled through the cracked mirror of an imperfect binary system. The work is influenced by ambient aesthetics, with undercurrents of secret theatre and ritual


Time & Venue

Presented by Supersense – Festival of the Ecstatic (Arts Centre Melbourne)

6.30pm 7 August 2015

State Theatre Rehearsal Room, Arts Centre Melbourne


Tickets

Friday Festival Pass – $60

Full Festival Pass – $250

Book your tickets here 


Artists

Composition & Performance – Matthias Schack-Arnott

 


Fluvial

Large-scale kinetic percussion solo

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Matthias Schack-Arnott performs Fluvial, a solo work for a large-scale kinetic percussion instrument. A horizon of quivering metals, glass and stone are used to create a work of shimmering textural extremes. ‘As thought provoking as it is beautiful’ (Realtime/Matthew Lorenzon), Fluvial draws its inspiration from tidal movement, currents, transformation and ritual. Informed by Matthias’ training as a classical percussionist, the work combines rigorous musical processes with an immersive installation environment. Objects are suspended en masse above an eight-meter bed of granite, metal and water. Glass bottles quiver and collide, overlapping metal tubes create glistening harmonic swells as wind chimes hover and sway over the instrument.


Time & Venue 

Presented by Arts House & Speak Percussion

13-17 May 2015

Wed – Sun 6.30pm

Fri 8.45pm, Sat 3.30pm, Sun 4pm

North Melbourne Town Hall, Arts House

PAST PERFORMANCES

Presented by Next Wave Festival in association with Speak Percussion

1-4 & 7-11 May 

North Melbourne Town Hall, Arts House


Artists

Artistic Direction, Composition, Performance Matthias Schack-Arnott
Art Technician Steve Walsh
Timber, Stone & Metal work Lucas Paine
Lighting designer Travis Hodgson

Tickets

Full $30 / Conc $20 / Student $15

 


Between two parts there is an intermission of a hundred thousand years

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Moving between two performance spaces, Speak Percussion herald the opening of the Metropolis New Music Festival with a program of world premieres. Between two parts there is an intermission of a hundred thousand years features new compositions by three of Australia’s finest young composers – Alex Garsden, Jeanette Olivia Little and Peter de Jager. Three contrasting works move between intricate keyboard writing, polyphonic tapestries, post modern collages, video projection and trandsucer activated gongs. The audience and performers will shift between the different performance spaces of the Melbourne Recital Centre for each of the works.

Don’t miss this special event!


Time & Venue

Presented by the Melbourne Recital Centre & Speak Percussion for the Metropolis New Music Festival
7:30pm Monday 4 May 

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall & Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

 


Program

Jeanette Olivia Little No Optic for Percussion Quartet, Electronics & Video Projections

Alex Garsden Messages to Erice I & II for transducer activated gongs

Peter De Jager Fractured Timelines for Percussion Trio & Keyboard Soloist


Artists

Guest soloist: Peter De Jager (piano)

Performers: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott (Artistic Associate), Peter Neville, Kaylie Melville (Young Artist In Residence) & Anna Camara


Tickets

$38/$28

Book yours here

 


Composition Machine #1

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The Australian premiere of Mark Applebaum’s Composition Machine #1, a new solo piece co-commissioned by Speak Percussion.

Speak will present multiple simultaneous performances of the work throughout the many spaces of the South Melbourne Town Hall by Emerging Artists, Co-Commissioners and Speak Artists.

Composition Machine #1 explores a fixation on the score as an object of hidden meanings. Bringing the performer into the compositional process, Applebaum has concieved an organic system for generating a pictographic score. The work is a puzzle governing sound, movement & visual aesthetics, that is pieced together by a solo percussionist through the act of ritual performance.


Time & Venue

Presented by Speak Percussion
7pm 21 March 2015
210 Bank Street, Australian National Academy of Music, South Melbourne 

Program

Mark Applebaum Composition Machine #1

 

Tickets

Only $15. Book here.


SEAP 2015: Applebaum

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The SEAP 2015 focussed on the Australian premiere of a newly commissioned work by Mark Applebaum (Associate Professor of Composition and Theory, Stanford University), and will be lead by the composer himself alongside Speak’s Artistic Director Eugene Ughetti. The 2015 Emerging Artist Program will also feature performances and contributions from some of Australia’s most innovative percussive artists. The program is open to 18-28 year old percussionists. The program is also open to passive participants specialising in composition and percussion from secondary, tertiary and professional levels.

PROGRAM

The Emerging Artists Program will focus on the interpretation and performance of Composition Machine #1, a solo percussion work by Mark Applebaum. Participants will share in an open learning environment where professional and emerging artists discuss and develop artistic approaches to the work. Mark Applebaum will give lectures on his compositions and artistic practice, as well as a performance masterclass on Composition Machine #1. The 2015 Emerging Artist Program will culminate with multiple simultaneous performances of Composition Machine #1, performed by the Emerging Artists, guest artists and Speak Percussion at the Australian National Academy of Music.

 

KEY DATES

All events will take place at the Australian National Academy of Music, 210 Bank Street, South Melbourne.

09 Feb Applications open

27 Feb Applications close

02 March Program Offers Distributed

06 March Closing Date to Accept Offers

18 – 21 March Emerging Artists Program @ ANAM

21 March Mark Applebaum Composition Machine #1 @ ANAM

 

APPLICATION FORM

To download the application form here.


…slow in to dissolve…

Spatial electroacoustic works by Speak’s 2014 Emerging Artists

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This year’s Emerging Artist Program focussed on three facets of contemporary music making: electro-acoustic practice, sound spatialisation & improvisation. In July, eight Emerging Artists worked under the guidance of UK composer/performer Richard Barrett, sound diffusion experts from SIAL Sound Studios and Speak Percussion to develop a program of new works. Now, we are excited to preset the startling results. This concert is FREE. Bring your friends!


Artists

Time & Venue

Presented by Speak Percussion and SIAL Sound Studios (RMIT)
7pm Saturday 20 December

The Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory 
RMIT University, Design Hub (Building 100) 
Corner of Swanston & Victoria Street, Carlton


Program

Andrew Aronowicz – Moths

Andrew Aronowicz – Surgery

Josten Myburgh – ‘chronicle’ II

Josten Myburgh – slow in to dissolve

James Paul – MIKROS

James Paul – MAKROS


Artists

Kaylie Melville: Percussion
Therese Ng: Percussion
Thea Rossen: Percussion
James McIean: Drums
Michael McNab: Drums
Andrew Aronowicz: Composer
Josten Myburgh: Composer
James Paul: Composer


Tickets

Free admission, bookings required

Book here!

Speak Percussion’s Emerging Artist Program is generously supported by Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne

 

 


CIRCUIT – European Tour

Speak takes it’s electro-acoustic project to Eastern Europe & Scandinavia

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In CIRCUIT, Speak Percussion creates a surreal musical world in which the central instruments are re-purposed machines, electronic objects and antiquated technology. Reel-to-reel tape machines, fluorescent lights and sampler keyboards are used alongside a gamut of percussion instruments.

CIRCUIT features several recently commissioned works by the leading next generation of Australian composers. Shlomowitz’s Popular Contexts Vol 6 uses samples of roaring crowds, fractured techno grooves and airplane engines to create hyper-stylised musical words. Meadowcroft’s Cradles has been making waves in the international new music community for its combination of pop infused synths with revox machine antics. Pateras’s Hypnagogics dwells in the state between wakefulness and sleep, while Løffler’s ‘b’ explores the sound of flickering neon lights combined with electrical currents passing through the performer’s bodies.


Time & Venue

Presented by Arena Festival (Latvia)

7pm 3 November 2014
Imants Ziedonis Hall, Latvian National Library
More details here 

Presented by GAIDA Festival (Lithuania)

7pm 7 November 2014
Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
More details here 

Presented by the Norwegian Academy of Music

20 November 2014
3pm: Performance. 5pm: Masterclass
Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo 

Presented by Connect Festival (Sweden)

7pm 21 November 2014
Palladium, Södergatan 15, 211 34, Malmö 
More details here


Program

Thomas Meadowcroft   (Aus/De) - Cradles for 2 reel-to-reel tape machines, keyboard, percussion & playback devices

Simon Løffler (Denmark) - for fluorescent lights, effects pedals & a loose jack cable 

Anthony Pateras (Aus/De)  - Hypnagogics for micro sounds, crotales and tape

Matthew Shlomowitz (Aus/UK) - Popular Contexts Volume 6 for drumkit, vibraphone and sample keyboard

Additional pieces…

At GAIDA Festival (Lithuania):

Steve Reich (USA)Pendulum Music for microphones and speakers

At Connect Festival (Sweden):

Simon Løffler (Denmark)New Work for 10 fluorescent lights, loose jack cable & triangle


Artists

Artistic Director, Percussion – Eugene Ughetti

Percussion – Matthias Schack-Arnott

Percussion – Jennifer Torrence

 


Fluorophore Residency

 Two new percussion quartets developed with leading Danish composers

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Speak has been supported by the Danish Arts Council’s DIVA Residency to undertake a 2 week residency in Copenhagen, hosted by Klang Festival. This will see Speak working with two leading Danish composers, Juliaana Hodkinson and Simon Løffler, who are both writing new percussion quartets that explore the synchronicity between sound and light.

Simon Løffler has almost completed a new work for 10 fluorescent lamps, loose jack cable and a triangle that has already won him an award at the 2014 Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt. This work will be further refined in rehearsal with Speak and then premiered at the Connect Festival (Malmø) on 21 November 2014. For info on the concert, click here.

Juliana Hodkinson will be writing a new work which takes as it’s basis the intimate sound world of matches being lit. This fragile sound world will be amplified, and augmented with theatrical undercurrents.


Residency dates

27 October – 1 November 2014

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10-16 November 2014

 

 


Distant Drums

Speak’s debut performance in Hong Kong

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Speak’s Hong Kong debut is presented by Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Performing solos and duos, including Lucier’s mesmerising Distant Drums, Hauser’s classic work for four cymbals and Ughetti/Schack-Arnott’s new work for gaming controllers and percussion.


Time & Venue

Presented by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble

8pm 24 October 2014
2B, 3/F, Blue Box Factory Building
25 Hing Wo Street
Tin Wan, Aberdeen
Hong Kong


Program

Alvin Lucier (USA) - Distant Drums for amplified percussion

Anthony Pateras  (Aus/De)Hypnagogics for micro instruments, crotales and tape

Thomas Meadowcroft (Aus/De) -  Cradles for reel-to-reel tape machines,

Fritz Hauser (Switzerland) - Zeichnung for four cymbals

Ughetti/Schack-Arnott (Aus) - XOOX for gaming controllers and percussion


Artists

Artistic Director, Percussion - Eugene Ughetti

Artistic Associate, Percussion - Matthias Schack-Arnott


Tickets

$120 / $60 HK


Pianos Plus Percussion

An old piano decays in the former City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana

Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion is one of his most exhilarating masterworks. In this collaboration between Melbourne based Speak Percussion and Adelaide based Soundstream Collective, homage is explored as a form of memory. Bartok and Tristram Cary pay tribute to J.S. Bach through their transcriptions of his music, while Paul Grabowsky and James Rushford pay homage to Bartok in festival premiere performances. A visceral performance on this dynamic combination of instruments.


Time & Venue

Presented by the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival

10am Sunday 12th October
Reardon Theatre, Port Fairy


Program

James Rushford – Necrology*
Tristram Carey – Ricercare for two pianos (arr. From JS Bach)
Paul Grabowsky – Sacred Site II
Bela Bartok – Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion


Artists

SPEAK PERCUSSION
Eugene Ughetti – Artistic Director, Percussion
Peter Neville –  Percussion

SOUNDSTREAM COLLECTIVE
Timothy Young – Piano
Gabriella Smart – Piano


Tickets

Book yours here


Salihara Festival (Indonesia)

Speak takes CIRCUIT to Indonesia

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Following recent performances across Victoria and Taiwan, CIRCUIT is heading to Indonesia. The Salihara Festival presents international acts such as Ensemble Modern (Germany) and Compagnie Olivier Dubois (France) alongside leading Indonesian artists.

CIRCUIT features electro-acoustic works by some of Speak’s closest collaborators. A bold and uncompromising program using fluorescent lights, reel-to-reel tape machines, samplers keyboards, effects pedals and a barrage of percussion.


Time & Venue

8pm Thursday, September 25
Galeri Salihara
Jalan Salihara 16, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta


Program

Thomas Meadowcroft (AUS/DE) – Cradles for 2 reel-to-reel tape machines,  keyboard & playback devices

Anthony Pateras (AUS/DE) – Hypnagogics for crotales, mirco sounds & tape

Matthew Shlomowitz (AUS/UK) – Popular Contexts Volume 6 for drumkit, vibraphone and sample keyboard

Simon Løffler (Denmark) – for fluorescent lights, effects pedals & a loose jack cable


Artists

Eugene Ughetti - Artistic Director, Percussion

Matthias Schack-Arnott - Artistic Associate, Percussion

Kaylie Melville - Percussion

Travis Hodgson - Lighting Designer

 


IONISATION

Kroumata Drums

Speak Percussion teams up with the iconic Swedish percussion group Kroumata and the Australian National Academy of Music on a program of large scale works for percussion. Featuring the world premiere of a new double percussion quartet by Bent Sørensen (Denmark), alongside two Australian percussion twelvetets, Anthony Pateras’ ‘Flesh & Ghost’, a stunning work exploring massed polyphony, and Liza Lim’s haunting ‘City of Falling Angels’. Also on the program, the first Australian performance of Sandstrom’s ‘Drums’ and the grandfather of modern percussion writing, Edgar Varese’s ‘Ionisation’.


Time & Venue 

7pm 19 September 2014

South Melbourne Town Hall
210 Bank St
South Melbourne VIC


Program 

Varèse Ionisation
Lim
 City of Falling Angels
Sørensen
 Silence (World Premiere)
Pateras
 Flesh and Ghost
Sandström
 Drums


Artists

Kroumata
Speak Percussion
Percussionists of the Australian National Academy of Music

Tickets

Full $55.00
Seniors $40.00
Concession $30.00

Bookings here


CIRCUIT- Regional Tour

CIRCUIT is coming to regional Victoria with performances happening in Bendigo and Castlemaine. Speak Percussion will also be working with local schools, exploring music, technology and what happens when these elements meet.

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In CIRCUIT, Speak Percussion creates a surreal musical world in which the central instruments are re-purposed machines, electronic objects and antiquated technology. Reel-to-reel tape machines, gaming controllers and sampler keyboards are used alongside a gamut of percussion instruments.

PROGRAM
Matthew Shlomowitz (Aus) – Popular Contexts Vol 6 for vibraphone, drum set and sampler keyboard
Thomas Meadowcroft   (Aus) – Cradles for 2 tape machines and Wurlitzer E-Piano
Simon Løffler (Denmark) – b for 3 neonlights, effectpedals and a loose jack cable
Ethno Tekh/Speak Percussion (Aus)  – XOOX for live percussion and gaming controllers

8pm Wednesday 20 August
Uniting Church Hall
8-12 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine
Tickets $17/25/28

8pm Friday 22 August
Old Fire Station
View St, Bendigo
Presented by Undue Noise
Tickets $10/15 


 Speak Percussion’s regional tour is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

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Ghan Tracks

Speak Percussion & Ensemble Offspring (Syd) collaborate with Jon Rose

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Speak Percussion and Sydney’s Ensemble Offspring embark on their first joint project, working with maverick composer-inventor Jon Rose in the world premiere of an artistic exploration of Australia’s iconic Ghan railway. Ghan Tracks mashes video projections and electronics with live performance on pedal powered zither, electric cement mixer, wind machine, piccolo, bass clarinet, trombone and multiple percussion, into a bizarre documentary-like spectacle. The evening kicks off to a wobbly start with a threnody of singing carpentry saws in Singularities for Saw Orchestra.


Time & Venue

Presented by Performance Space

8pm Thursday 7th, Friday 8th & Saturday 9th August
Carriageworks 


Program

Jon Rose – Singularities for Saw Orchestra 
Jon Rose – Ghan Tracks (World premiere)


Artists

Jon Rose (conductor, new instruments)
Lamorna Nightingale (piccolo)
Jason Noble (bass clarinet)
Carolyn Johns (sousaphone)
Clayton Thomas (double bass)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Eugene Ughetti (Speak Percussion)
Jennifer Torrence (Speak Percussion)


Tickets

$25/$35

Click here to book


Richard Barrett Percussion Portrait

Speak works with one of the UK’s most unique voices in composition & improvisation

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In this special once-only event, Speak Percussion and SIAL Sound Studios (RMIT) presents the work of Richard Barrett, one of the UK’s most impressive composers. Featuring the composer himself live on electronics, this tour de force is not be missed. Barrett’s visceral music is informed by science, ethics and literature, and explores the utter extremes of instrumental performance.

Richard Barrett is internationally active as both composer and improvising performer, having collaborated with many of the world’s leading performers.  He studied composition principally with Peter Wiegold, is based in Berlin and currently teaches at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, having previously held a professorship at Brunel University in London.  His long-term collaborations include the electronic duo FURT, composing for and performing with the ELISION contemporary music group, and regular appearances with the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.  His work as composer and performer is documented on over 25 CDs, including five discs devoted to his compositions and seven by FURT.  Recent projects include CONSTRUCTION, a two-hour work for twenty-three performers and three-dimensional sound system, premiered by Elision in November 2011.


Time & Venue

Presented by Speak Percussion and SIAL Sound Studios (RMIT)

7pm Saturday 26 July

The Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory
RMIT University, Design Hub (Building 100)
Corner of Swanston & Victoria Street, Carlton


Program

Richard Barrett – urlicht (3 vibraphones, percussion and eight channel electronics) WORLD PREMIERE

Richard Barrett – codex XIV  (3 percussion and live electronics) WORLD PREMIERE

Richard Barrett - abglanzbeladen/auseinandergeschrieben (solo percussion)

Richard Barrett – solo electronics improvisation


Artists

Richard Barrett: Live Electronics

Eugene Ughetti: Artistic Director, Percussion

Matthias Schack-Arnott: Artistic Associate, Percussion

Peter Neville: Percussion


Tickets

Concession: $15

Full: $20

To book, click here

 


SEAP 2014: Barrett

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APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN! Click here to download yours.

Speak Percussion is excited to present this year’s Emerging Artist Program with a focus on composition, improvisation & performance within electro-acoustic music.  We have brought together a stellar team to lead this program, including members of the Spatial Informational Architecture Laboratory from RMIT University, leading British composer / improviser Richard Barrett (Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, FURT), local percussion virtuoso Peter Neville (Convener of Percussion, Australian National Academy of Music & Head of Percussion/Chair, New Music Studio, Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music) and Speak’s Artistic Director Eugene Ughetti.  

The program is open to 18-28 year old percussionists and drummers who are advanced in both notated and improvised musical contexts, as well as emerging composers with a pre existing track record of working with percussion and/or electronics.

Composition

The emerging composers will each workshop and develop 2 new electro-acoustic percussion pieces – one using conventional notation, the other structured improvisation – under the guidance of Richard Barrett and entire team of mentors.  Barrett’s own compositional practice spans complex notational methods and structured improvisation, and varies from large scale orchestral works (BBC Symphony Orchestra) to chamber ensemble pieces (ELISION Ensemble).  Lawrence Harvey and the SIAL Sound Studios team will provide the composers with expert tutelage in live sound spatialisation and audio processing techniques. Composers will be provided access to state-of-the-art technology (3 x rooms of 8-channel diffusion systems in a cube formation) which their compositions will be built around. Lawrence will deliver a series of lectures covering some of the master works of electroacoustic music with an emphasis on the percussion repertoire. They will also have the opportunity to direct their own rehearsals and receive one-on-one time with the mentors including expert advice about writing for percussion.

Improvisation

The participating emerging artists will take part in a series of intensive workshops on group improvisational techniques lead by Richard Barrett and Eugene Ughetti.  The workshops will focus on the creation of improvised works that move between highly structured and open-ended forms, and will allow the participants to perform alongside the mentors.

Performance

The emerging artists will be tutored in the performance of complex notated music, with a focus on the music of Richard Barrett.  Peter Neville will guide the participants on learning new notational systems and in ensemble playing. Speak Percussion will present a series of open-rehearsals of new pieces by Richard Barrett, which the emerging artists will attend. The 2014 Emerging Artist Program will culminate in the recording and performance of six new electro-acoustic works by the emerging composers on the 20th of December 2014.


Program

WEEK 1 & 2 (14 – 25 July)
Workshops, lecture demonstrations, creative development on the new compositions and open-rehearsals of new Richard Barrett pieces by Speak Percussion.

WEEK 3 (15 – 20 December)
Rehearsals and recordings of emerging composers works. Public performance at RMIT’s Design Hub.

 


Partners

ABOUT SPATIAL INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE LABORATORY (SIAL) AT RMIT
SIAL Sound Studios are part of the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory housed in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT.  It is one of only a small number of international groups devoted to auditory-based research and teaching located in a school of architecture.  Students access the Studios through cross-University electives.  Postgraduate study is offered by research at Masters and PhD levels, candidates’ home disciplines include architecture, sound design, composition, acoustics, environmental management, computer science and performance.  A vertically integrated scholarship model is applied in the Studios that aligns research, teaching and cultural activities across three domains, Spatial Sound Performance and Design, Urban Soundscape Research and Design and Acoustic Design.

ABOUT ART MENTOR FOUNDATION LUCERNE
Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne is a member of SwissFoundations, the association of grant foundations in Switzerland, and supports projects which promote the understanding of new music and the improvement of access to, and new discovery of, technical and interpretive knowledge.  It supports young professional musicians, conductors and composers and the realisation of educational projects in the fields of visual art and music that relate to a larger context, have a long-term perspective, and promise fruitful results.  At the same time, the Foundation also promotes the understanding of these fields and contributes to imparting their importance.


How to Apply

We are now accepting applications from outstanding percussionists, drummers and composers, aged 18 – 28, who are Australian or New Zealand residents. Application requirements are listed in the application form, which can be downloaded here.


Key Dates

07 April Applications open

15 May Applications close

23 May Program Offers Distributed

30 May Closing date to accept offers

14 – 18 July Emerging Artists Program @ SIAL (Week 1)

21 – 25 July Emerging Artists Program @ SIAL (Week 2)

26 July Richard Barrett Portrait Concert @ SIAL

15 – 19 December Emerging Artists Program Rehearsals @ SIAL (Week 3)

20 December Emerging Artists Showcase Concert @ SIAL


 


Tapei International Percussion Convention

Speak undertakes a 4 city tour of Taiwan

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Speak is excited to undertake its first tour of Taiwan, hosted by the prestigious Taipei International Percussion Convention, a festival associated with some of the world’s foremost percussion groups including Les Percussions De Strasbourg, Red Fish Blue Fish and Armadinda.

Speak will be presenting its CIRCUIT program, featuring electro-acoustic works by some of Speak’s closest collaborators. A bold and uncompromising program  using fluorescent lights, reel-to-reel tape machines, samplers keyboards, effects pedals and a barrage of percussion.


Time & Venue

Presented by the Taipei International Percussion Convention

7.30pm, 27 May 2014
National Concert Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

7.30pm, 30 May 2014
Chiayi Performing Arts Center, Chiayi, Taiwan, R.O.C.

7.30pm, 31 May 2014
Performance Hall of Cultural Bureau, Hsinchu County, Taiwan, R.O.C.

2.30pm, 1 June 2014
Yuanlin Performance Hall, Changhua, Taiwan, R.O.C.


Program

Thomas Meadowcroft (AUS/DE) – Cradles for 2 reel-to-reel tape machines,  keyboard & playback devices

Anthony Pateras (AUS/DE) – Hypnagogics for crotales, mirco sounds & tape

Matthew Shlomowitz (AUS/UK) – Popular Contexts Volume 6 for drumkit, vibraphone and sample keyboard

Simon Løffler (Denmark)b for fluorescent lights, effects pedals & a loose jack cable


Artists

Eugene Ughetti – Artistic Director, Percussion

Matthias Schack-Arnott – Artistic Associate, Percussion

Leah Scholes – Percussion

Travis Hodgson – Lighting Designer


Inuksuit & CIRCUIT

Speak Performs two programs at one of Victoria’s leading regional arts festivals

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Speak Percussion launches it’s CIRCUIT project a massed outdoor audience and joins with the best emerging and professional local percussion talent to mount the first Australian regional performance of John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit.

Presented by Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival

Speak Percussion’s regional tour of CIRCUIT is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts

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INUKSUIT 
Fri 28 Feb, 5.30pm
Mildura Arts Centre
FREE

CIRCUIT
Sat 1 Mar, 5.00pm til Late
Feast Street Party
FREE


Program

INUKSUIT

John Luther Adams - Inuksuit, for 9-99 percussionists

CIRCUIT
Matthew Shlomowitz (Aus) - Popular Contexts Vol 6 for vibraphone, drum set and sampler keyboard

Thomas Meadowcroft   (Aus) - Cradles for 2 tape machines and Wurlitzer E-Piano

Simon Løffler (Denmark) - b for 3 neonlights, effectpedals and a loose jack cable

Ethno Tekh/Speak Percussion (Aus)  - New work for live percussion and     gaming controllers


Artists

Performers: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott (Artistic Associate), Leah Scholes


Tickets

FREE


Premiere performance of Matthew Shlomowitz’s Popular Contexts Vol 6

 

 


Tectonics

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Speak Percussion will play a central role in TECTONICS as part of the Adelaide Festival curated and conducted by Ilan Volkov. This marathon event showcases formidable composers and legendary musicians crossing the boundary between experimental and contemporary classical music.

World Premieres by Matthew Shlomowitz, James Rushford and Oren Ambarchi as well as works by Scelsi, a collaboration with Robbie Avenaim, and guest appearances with ELISION and John Zorn, and Sounstream.

PROGRAM 1
Sun 9 Mar 2.30pm – 7pm
Grainger Studio

Speak Percussion w. the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Matthew Shlomowitz Listening Styles (world premiere) for Orchestra with Drum Kit.
Eugene Ughetti, Soloist

Oren Ambarchi - New Work (world premiere)
Speak Percussion, Ensemble and Oren Ambarchi Soloist.

PROGRAM 2
Mon 10 Mar, 2.30pm – 11pm
Queen’s Theatre

Speak Percussion chamber works

Giacinto ScelsI Riti : I funerali d’Achille for Percussion Quartet

James Rushford Whorl Would Equal Reaches* (world premiere) for Percussion Sextet with Electronics

*commissioned generously by Lyn and Tim Edwards


Artists

Performers: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott (Artistic Associate), Leah Scholes, Louise Devonish


Tickets

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Australian Percussion Solos

21st Century solo works by Australian composition luminaries

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Speak Percussion’s Artistic Director Eugene Ughetti is a guiding light in Australian new music. His award-winning performances are informed by a theatrical and choreographic sensibility, underpinned by the authority and precision of formal classical training. In this rare solo event, Eugene performs 21st century works by Australia’s compositional luminaries including Liza Lim, Anthony Pateras, James Rushford, Thomas Meadowcroft and Alex Garsden. Be prepared for the new Australian masterworks of the solo percussion repertoire.


Program

Anthony Pateras  Hypnagogics
Alex Garsden  Macrograph
James Rushford  Twin Resistance
Liza Lim  Love Letter
Thomas Meadowcroft  Plain Moving Landfill


Artists

Solo Percussion: Eugene Ughetti


Time & Venue

Presented by the Melbourne Recital Centre & Speak Percussion

6pm Saturday 14th December
Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
Southbank, Melbourne

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Tickets

$35 / $25 via Melbourne Recital Centre


Video

 


Common Ground

Speak Percussion & Brisbane’s Topology combine forces

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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 composed by the ensembles or have been written specially for them by leading Australian composers. The concert will culminate with the two groups combining to perform as a mini-orchestra in a new realization of a Topology work featuring video projection and audio samples.

Click here to download a full Media Release


Time & Venue

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

7:30pm Saturday 9th November 2013
Brisbane Powerhouse
119 Lamington Street,  New Farm
Brisbane
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Presented by Big West Festival

7:30pm Tuesday 26th November 2013
The Substation
1 Market St Newport
Melbourne
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

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School Workshops

Speak will be presenting two FREE school workshops at the Substation on the day before the Melbourne performance, in which Speak will dissect the music, discuss the use of electronics, and perform excerpts of the program.

Primary School Workshop (1 hour)

11:00am, Monday 25 November
The Substation

Secondary School Workshop (1 hour)

1:00pm, Monday 25 November
The Substation

For bookings and inquiries please contact:
Jo Daniell
Education & Public Programs Coordinator
The Substation
Phone: 9391 1110
Email: jo.daniell@thesubstation.org.au


Program

Speak Percussion: 

Thomas MeadowcroftThe Great Knot (2011) for percussion trio & electronics

Rohan DrapeSee Hearer Clearer (2012) for vibraphone, electromagetic piano & electronics

Matthew ShlomowitzPopular Contexts Vol. 6 (2013) for vibraphone, drumkit & sampler


Artists

Speak Percussion:

Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott (Artistic Associate) & Leah Scholes

TOPOLOGY:

John Babbage (saxophone), Robert Davidson (double bass), Bernard Hoey (viola), Therese MIlanovic (piano) & Christa Powell (violin)


The Black of the Star

Gerard Grisey’s masterwork for percussion sextet and pulsarsThe Black of the Star

Speak Percussion, in conjunction with SIAL Sound Studios (RMIT) and Melbourne Festival, present the first ever Melbourne performances of Gerard Grisey’s electro-acoustic masterwork The Black of the Star (Le Noir de l’Etoile).  Featuring new recordings of pulsars by CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science Division.

The piece takes as its musical framework the cosmic pulses of rotating neutron stars 7 million light years away. These stars, known as pulsars, rotate at up to thirty times a second, emitting a rotating beam of light. The pulsating electro-magnetic energy from a Pulsar can be converted into a sound recording, which The Black of the Star uses as both timekeeper and template for the sound world of the piece.

Australia is renowned for being a world leader in pulsar research; some of the earliest recordings in 1960′s were made by CSIRO Canberra. These recordings were most likely used for the original soundtrack of Grisey’s work.

Speak Percussion’s performances at the Melbourne Festival will feature new recordings of the Vela Pulsar captured from the Parkes Telescope, and beamed across Federation Square’s Deakin Edge by leading sound diffusionist Lawrence Harvey and the team from SIAL Sound Studios.  With six of Australia’s most virtuosic percussionists located around the audience at The Edge, and up to 20 spatialised speakers throughout the space, this will create a unique auditory experience.  The ethereal and ancient sounds of these stars and vibrant percussion will rotate around the space in all directions, enveloping the audience and evoking the revolving pulsars.

The Black of the Star represents Speak Percussion’s first collaboration with SIAL Sound Studios and the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science Division.


Time & Venue

Presented by Speak Percussion & SIAL Sound Studios in association with Melbourne Festival

8pm Wednesday 16th October
8pm Thursday 17th October
10pm Thursday 17th October

Deakin Edge, Federation Square
Corner Flinders Street and Swanston Street
Melbourne

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Program

Gérard Grisey Le Noir de l’Etoile (The Black of the Star) for six percussionists & pulsars


Artists

Percussion: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott (Artistic Associate), John Arcaro (courtesy of MSO), Leah Scholes, Louise Devenish & Paul Tanner
Sound Diffusion: Lawrence Harvey (Director, SIAL Sound Studios)
Audio Production Manager: Jeffrey Hannam
Lighting Design: Travis Hodgson
Pulsar Sonification: George Hobbs & Robert Hollow (CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science Division)


Tickets

$25 / $20  via Melbourne Festival


Schallmaschine Maximus

A new site-specific work for 20 percussionists performed in a Roman Ruin

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A major new sound/space/light project in the Schallmaschine series created by long standing collaborative partners Fritz Hauser and Boa Baumann.

Augusta Raurica is a Roman Theatre, archaeological site and open-air museum in Switzerland. It will be home to 20 percussionists in an impressive soundspace of complex large-scale textures created on a variety of carefully selected metal percussion instruments.

The audience will be placed on the former stage and will experience this epic space through sound in the round. A line-up of performers includes Ensemble XII (international), Bob Becker (Canada), Rob Kloet (Netherlands), Sylwia Zytynska (Poland), plus Australia’s Speak Percussion (Australia) and Synergy (Australia).


Time & Venue

8:30pm
Wednesday 28th – Saturday 31st August
Augusta Raurica, Roman Amphitheatre (open air)
Giebenacherstrasse 17, Augst, Switzerland


Tickets

To book click here


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City Jungle

Collaboration between electronic producer Terminal Sound System & Speak Percussion

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City Jungle explores the dramatic sound world of underground British electronica genres from the 1990’s including Drum’n’Bass, Jungle & Glitch. That many percussionists have a fascination with these genres is perhaps not surprising. When at its best, the music weaves complex webs of syncopated rhythms and textures, its funk and soul heritage intensified by contemporary technology. Despite these connections and appeal, the music’s fast tempi have kept its performance largely the domain of DJs in nightclubs. Created in collaboration with leading Melbourne based producer Terminal Sound System, the piece weaves fragmented beats, distorted classical timbres and ambient resonances into the world of underground club culture.


Artists

Speak Percussion: notation and arrangement
Terminal Sound System: programming and composition
Eugene Ughetti: Artistic Director, Percussion
Matthias Schack-Arnott: Artistic Associate, Percussion


Past Performances

2013
Brisbane Trilling Wire Series, Griffith University, 8pm Thursday 7 February 2013. Presented by Clocked Out
Melbourne Metropolis New Music Festival. Melbourne Recital Centre (Salon), 6pm & 9pm Friday 19 April 2013. Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Speak Percussion

2011
Sydney Seymour Centre, 8pm Wednesday 19 – Sunday 22 October 2011. Presented by Synergy and Speak Percussion in association with the Seymour Centre
Melbourne Melbourne Planetarium, 8pm Thursday 24 November 2011. Presented by Melbourne Planetarium and Big West Festival in conjunction with the New Music Network



Conflux – One River Project

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Conflux is a major new composition by Kim Chalmers combined with new contemporary dance works which draw inspiration from collected stories of life at the confluence of the great Murray and Darling Rivers. This premiere performance, featuring choreography by Sally Hederics and original music by Kim Chalmers, brings together young local dancers to explore ideas of social, cultural and regional identity; looking at how these rivers truly define our community in more ways than simple geography.

Speak Percussion will perform live as the dancers physically explore spiritual, human and industrial aspects of this unique environment. A contextual thread of water flows throughout the work in reference to its importance as the lifeblood of this district and so many others like it across the Murray Darling Basin.


Artists

Composer: Kim Chalmers
Choreographer: Sally Hederics
Performers: Steve Falk, Laura Holian, Matthew Horsley & Arwen Johnson


Time & Venue

4pm-8pm Saturday 25th August
Belconnen Arts Centre
118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, ACT
Free entry


Past Performances

2013 – Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival


USA/EURO Tour 2013

Speak tours two new programs to Europe & USA

CROPPED TOUR SHOT FOR CM 444


Australian ElectroAcoustic Percussion

For the first part of their tour, Speak performs a program of works that shift between avant-garde pop, conceptual minimalism, progressive rock and noise. Each work subverts conventional instruments by using domestic objects, micro-instruments, found sound, tape machines and a midi keyboard blurring the boundaries between percussion and electronics. Featuring world premieres by Matthew Shlomowitz and Thomas Meadowcroft.

2 March                  Eklekto Percussion Festival IV, Geneva, Switzerland

16 March                MaerzMusik, Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany

21 March                Third Coast Percussion Studio, Chicago, USA


Vanishing Languages

Composer Kevin James’ ambitious new multi-media work Vanishing Languages features stereophonic audio content collected from field recordings of languages on the verge of extinction. This premiere performance is presented by MiShinnah Productions and Speak Percussion performs in collaboration with ETHEL and Del Sol string quartets, the [kaj] Ensemble and Nonsemble 6.

28-29 March          Roulette, Brooklyn, New York, USA

5-6 April                  ODC Dance Commons, San Francisco, USA


Artists

Speak Percussionists: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott & Leah Scholes

Thomas Meadowcroft: Guest Performer at MaerzMusik Festival



Quasi Una Fantasia

A program of revolutionary works for the keyboard.

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Speak Percussion have spent the last decade rerouting, deconstructing and all together shattering preconceptions of what classical music can be. Now, with Quasi Una Fantasia (Almost A Fantasy), Speak set their sights firmly on the foundation point of the Western tradition itself: the keyboard. Toy pianos and music boxes are set alongside marimbas, harpsichords and mechanised electromagnetic pianos in a playful program that strays from arch-minimalism to works that overturn conventional notions of keyboard music.
Part conceptual exploration, part reverential tribute to the infinite possibilities of the keyboard, Quasi Una Fantasia showcases this most familiar of instruments in ways you’ve never heard before.


Program

John Cage 4.33’
Helmut Lachenmann Guero for solo piano
Rohan Drape See hearer clearer for mechanical piano, percussion & electronics *
Iannis Xenakis Evryali for solo piano
Adam Simmons Pandora’s Box for eight music boxes and toy piano *
Chris Dench Permutation City for marimbas, vibraphone and crotales *
La Monte Young Piano Piece for David Tudor No. 1 for piano, hay and a bucket of water
Conlon Nancarrow Player Piano Studies (arr. Speak Percussion) for keyboard instruments
* World Premieres


Artists

Michael Kieran Harvey: Piano
Eugene Ughetti: Percussion
Matthias Schack-Arnott: Percussion
Peter Neville: Percussion


Past Performances

2012 Melbourne Festival. 6pm & 9pm Tuesday 23 October 2012, Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

 



Automation

A large-scale project exploring automated percussion.

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Intimate performance installations and a collaborative community performance are presented free followed by the performance of a new massed automated percussion work by Artistic Director Eugene Ughetti. Robotic bass drums, prepared turntables and radio-controlled robotic-tappers will take the stage in this rare juxtaposition of diverse automated percussion languages


Artists

Director: Eugene Ughetti

Automated Percussion Artists: Ernie Althoff, Robbie Avenaim, Matt Gardiner, Adam Simmons and Graeme Leak

Speak Percussionists: Eugene Ughetti, Matthias Schack-Arnott and Matt Horsley

Emerging Artists:Jonathan Griffiths, Yvonne Lam, Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, Kaylie Melville, Anna Ng, Zela Papageorgiou and Hugh Tidy.


Past performances

2012

Melbourne Melbourne Fringe Festival. The Substation, Saturday 29 September 2012. Presented by Speak Percussion and the Substation


 


Emerging Artist Program

National program for the next generation of percussionists and composers

Monday 23 April – Thursday 3 May 2012

Monday 24 September – Saturday 29 September 2012

The 2012 Speak Emerging Artists Program will provide the opportunity for 12 Australian emerging percussionists, aged between 18-28, to join forces in presenting two major projects alongside Speak Percussion.

Successful applicants will participate as performers and collaborators in John Luther Adam’s Inuksuit for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Metropolis New Music Festival, and in the AUTOMATION project, featuring some of Australia’s leaders in the field of robotic and automated percussion.

They will receive mentorship and perform alongside nationally and internationally recognised professionals from Speak Percussion, percussionists from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Kroumata (Sweden), Eighth Blackbird (USA), and the guest artists in the AUTOMATION project (Graeme Leak, Robbie Avenaim, Matt Gardiner, Ernie Althoff and Adam Simmons).

The program will be made up of rehearsals, professional development and performance activities as well as master-classes and lectures. The focus will be on developing an artist language, specialised performance techniques, collaboration and new music practice.

All successful applicants will be expected to participate in the Autumn program (23rd April – 3rd May) and will then be asked to submit a proposal in order to qualify for the Spring program (24th September – 29th September).


Chrysalis

A performance-installation for one person at a time.

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Chrysalis explores the archetypal human emotions that are triggered by confined spaces. Percussionist Matthias Schack-Arnott has collaborated with Büro Architects to create a unique structure that is both a percussion instrument and an architectural micro-space. Alone and enclosed in complete darknesss, one person at a time experiences the work from inside the structure. Matthias uses falling grains of rice and sand to perform on the exterior walls, creating an immersive 10-minute composition that references live burial and pre-natal experience.


Artists

Concept, Composition, Performance: Matthias Schack-Arnott
Design: Büro Architects – Paul von Chrismar, Bronwyn Stocks & Scarlett Moloney
Construction: Adam Stewart

Lighting: Bronwyn Pringle


Past Performances

2012

Melbourne Blindside Gallery, 23-27 May 2012. Presented by Next Wave Festival and Speak Percussion

2013

Århus (Denmark) Spanien 19B, 9-12 May 2013. Presented by SPOR Festival

 


 

 


Music by Steve Reich

Speak works with Reich on two of his iconic percussion works.

8pm Monday 30 April 2012

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre

Metropolis New Music Festival, presented by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Recital Centre.

We will be performing Part 1 of the iconic minimalist work Drumming, which explores rhythmic phasing in hypnotic afro-inspired bongo grooves. Eugene will also be performing the duo Clapping Music with Steve Reich himself!


Program

Reich - Clapping Music
Reich – Vermont Counterpoint
Reich – Different Trains
Reich – Drumming – Part One


Artists

Steve Reich
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Members of the MSO
Eugene Ughetti
Speak Percussion – Eugene Ughetti, Matthias Schack-Arnott, Peter Neville & Leah Scholes


Inuksuit

 For 9-99 percussionists.

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Inuksuit for 9-99 percussionists is a 21st Century American masterwork for percussion. This 80-minute masterwork was described by New York author and music critic Alex Ross as “…a sonic and scenic glory almost beyond description”. Elements of Inuit culture and Arctic spaces shape the rhythmic layers of the piece, creating a slowly shifting play of sound and space.


Artists

Members of the MSO
Eighth Blackbird (USA)
Speak Percussion & Speak Emerging Artsists
Kroumata (Sweden)


Past Performances

2012

Melbourne Metropolis New Music Festival. University of Melbourne, 4:30pm Saturday 28 April 2012. Presented by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Recital Centre


The Box

A chamber opera for 3 percussionists, a soprano and a box.
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Presented by Chamber Made Opera, in association with Speak Percussion and Aphids

A new chamber opera composed by Fritz Hauser (Switzerland), who is renowned for his explorations of sound and space, in collaboration with architect Boa Baumann.

Three of Australia’s most innovative arts companies come together to present a new chamber opera by Switzerland’s Fritz Hauser in collaboration with architect Boa Baumann. With a libretto by Aphids Artistic Director Willoh S Weiland, THE BOX starts its life as a Living Room Opera in a 1955 Grounds, Romberg & Boyd House overlooking the steep banks of the Yarra River.

Hauser and Baumann’s collaborative partnership spans more than 20 years, during which time they have worked together on both performance and architectural projects. These have included SCHALLMACHINE with Aphids and Speak Percussion which took audiences literally underneath Federation Square for the 2006 Melbourne Festival; going on to perform in Basel’s Kaserne in 2007. They have designed houses, vineyards and even castles – Castel Burio in the Piedmont in Italy has been the subject of their architectural experiments since the 1970s. This extraordinary relationship is currently subject of a major retrospective at the Zug Kunsthaus in Switzerland, and is chronicled in an 80 page full colour publication.


Artists

Concept, Music, Space, Object: Fritz Hauser with Boa Baumann
Libretto: Willoh S. Weiland
Soprano: Deborah Kayser
Percussion: Eugene Ughetti, Matthias Schack-Arnott & Leah Scholes

 


Past Performances

2012

6:30pm Saturday 17 March 2012
6:30pm Sunday 18 March 2012
6:30pm Wednesday 21 March 2012
6:30pm Thursday 22 March 2012
6:30pm Friday 23 March 2012
6:30pm Saturday 24 March 2012

Venue: A private living room in Kew


 


Nightclubs / Concerthalls

Concerthall pieces to underground club music.

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Speak tours a new program of works, from concerthall pieces to music inspired by underground genres. An all-Australian program of our finest composers for percussion, nightclubs/concerthalls reveals some of the hidden connections between electronic and acoustic music, pop and art music through a rich musical landscape of layered rhythms and shifting timbres.

Join Speak Percussion before the performance (Mildura and Castlemaine only) for a special workshop that dissects their performance nightclubs/concerthalls. They will draw connections between pop, electronic and art music through live performance examples, analysis and discussion.


Program

Thomas Meadowcroft – The Great Knot (percussion trio and electronics)
Javier Alvarez – Temazcal (solo maracas and electronics)
Eugene Ughetti – Syncretism A (drumkit trio)
Terminal Sound System – City Jungle (percussion duo and electronics)
(arr. Speak Percussion)


Artists

Eugene Ughetti: Percussion
Matthias Schack-Arnott: Percussion
Leah Scholes: Percussion


Past Performances

2012

Bendigo Old Fire Station, 8pm Sunday 4 March 2012. Presented by Undue Noise.

Mildura Evolution Bar, Thursday 8 March 2012. Presented by Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival

Frankston Frankston Arts Centre, 7.30pm Wednesday 14 March 2012. Presented by Speak Percussion, Frankston Arts Centre & New Music Network

Castlemaine Phee Broadway Theatre,  6pm Workshop & 7:30pm Performance, 9 June 2012. Presented by Speak Percussion, Punctum & New Music Network

Eltham Montsalvat, 4pm Sunday 10 June 2012. Presented by Speak Percussion, Montsalvat & New Music Network

 


Andrew Byrne in Profile

Performance and Broadcast for choir, percussion ensemble and solo piano

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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  New Works (2011) for percussion ensemble “A Ringing World” and solo piano, first performance


Artists

Percussion: Speak Percussion
Piano: Michael Kieran Harvey
The Astra Choir and soloists conducted by John McCaughey


Time & Venue

2pm Saturday 24 September 2011
Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Centre Southbank


Flesh & Ghost

Recent works for percussion by three of Australia’s finest composers

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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 fragile textures, using sounds of bamboo whirring through air, ceramic tiles being struck, and the crackling of plastic wrapping to create a rich musical landscape. In the haunting Flesh & Ghost, 12 percussionists throw undulating waves of sound above a bed of chattering fragmented material.

Surface Given Radiance by Luke Paulding utilises exclusively pitched resonant metal instruments including 80 micro-tonally tuned aluminum tubes. The trio creates tightly woven textures with explosive force and the blazing resonance of metallic overtones.

This new trio by Berlin-based composer Thomas Meadowcroft, The Great Knot, is inspired by the lo-fi sounds of a Casio keyboard and builds rhythmic textures with sonorities that evoke a forgotten sound world. It demands a peculiar physical approach to percussion whilst alluding to a domestic environment.


Program

Anthony Pateras  Refractions
Luke Paulding  Surface Given Radiance
Thomas Meadowcroft  The Great Knot
Anthony Pateras  Flesh & Ghost


Time & Venue

Presented by the Totally Huge New Music Festival

8pm Saturday 17 September 2011
Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre, Perth


Le Noir de l’Etoile

Gerard Grisey’s masterpiece for six spatialised percussionists and interstellar pulsars

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Grisey’s epic percussion masterwork, Le Noir de l’Etoile, takes as its musical framework the cosmic pulses of rotating neutron stars 7 million light years away. These stars, known as pulsars, rotate at up to thirty times a second, emitting a beam of light that turns at the same time as the star, like a kind of cosmic lighthouse. The pulsating energy from a pulsar can be converted into a sound recording, which in Le Noir de l’Etoile is used as both a timekeeper and a template for the sound world of piece.

Spatialised on podiums surrounding the audience, the six percussionists act as conduits of interstellar sound. Pulsing textures build and deteriorate; resonances erupt into the space only to be subsumed by others. Le Noir de l’Etoile takes the listener on an hour-long journey in which sounds are experienced as having a life of their own, navigating through time and space.


Time & Venue

Presented by the Totally Huge New Music Festival

8pm Thursday 15 September 2011
Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre, Perth


Us and Others

Gian Slater’s Invenio Singers with Speak Percussion

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Voices en masse, the power of percussion – this is no ordinary choral work. Visionary vocalist, composer and performance artist Gian Slater convenes a hand-picked group of singers to take on Australian contemporary music legends Speak Percussion in a two-night only performance of a brand new work that thrillingly dismantles the boundaries of vocal music.

Us and Others is a new show that harnesses 18 voices and a cracking percussion arsenal in a performance of devastating power, emotion and beauty. Gian Slater’s virtuosic score draws on the influences of Bjork, Carmina Burana, Squarepusher and Steve Reich to create a musical world of rich complexity, melodicism and potent rhythmic power. With the mercurial brilliance of Eugene Ughetti’s Speak Percussion and Slater’s own internationally acclaimed Invenio Singers, Us and Others brings singing, percussion and choreography into a new world of Australian contemporary music.


Time & Venue

8pm Thursday 8 & Friday 9 September 2011
Beckitt Theatre, The Malthouse


INTERIOR DESIGN: Music for the Bionic Ear

interiorSix of Australia’s foremost experimental music composers have been commissioned to research and test new sounds and musical forms both in the lab and with cochlear implant users themselves.

These tests have resulted in unique new approaches to the composition and diffusion of musical ideas and sensations. The concert is designed to be enjoyed by both cochlear implant users and audiences with normal hearing.

There are over 1000 Bionic Ear users in Victoria today. For these people the Bionic Ear brings sound into a previously silent world, and for the most part allows them to converse with friends and family. However, listening to live music can be a difficult, or even annoying experience!

INTERIOR DESIGN: Music for the Bionic Ear aims to start addressing that problem. Prepare to be challenged by what you hear and be careful not to make assumptions about what others might experience!


Time & Venue

5:30pm & 8pm Sunday 13 February 2012
Fairfax Theatre, The Arts Centre Melbourne


Speak Emerging Artists Performance

5 new works by Australia’s next generation of composers

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The premiere performance of 5 new works, developed by leading young composers during the 2012 Emerging Artist Program.

These works are the culmination of an intensive collaboration between Speak Percussion, guest composition lecturer Thomas Meadowcroft and 10 Emerging artists selected from around Australia.


Program

Chris Williams (NSW) Il Pleut
Owen Salome (NSW)  Ensõ
Micah Brown (QLD) Evolve Theory
James Paul (WA/VIC) Cephalopoda
Emily Sheppard (VIC)  The Elements

Premiere performance of all works, written for percussion quartet.


Emerging Artists – Percussion

Anna Ng (VIC)
Kaylie Melville (WA/VIC)
Lionel Pierson (WA)
Madeleine Chwasta (VIC)
Rory Hannan (VIC)


Time & Venue

6pm Friday 15 April 2011
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School

Supported by Arts Victoria, Cybec Foundation, Myer Foundation, Optimum Percussion, Rhythmscape Publishing and Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.


Thomas Meadowcroft Percussion Portrait

Speak Percussion present a portrait concert by one Australia’s most innovative voices in composition. Based in Berlin since 1998, Thomas has composed for Europe’s leading ensembles includign Ensemble Recherche, Klangforum Wien and Les Percussions De Strasbourg.

Thomas’s works reflect on contemporary culture with insight and humour, often exploring themes of cultural identity and lost meaning.  For Speak Percussion Thomas composed a major new piece for Speak Percussion for percussion trio and electronics entitled The Great Knot. This work is inspired by migratory patters of the almost extinct Great Knot bird, which migrates huge distances every year between Siberia and Australia without any stopover. To see a video of this work, click here.


Program

Meadowcroft  Home Organs (1999/2000, sextet)
Meadowcroft  Plain Moving Landfill (2003, solo)
Meadowcroft  The Great Knot (2011, trio) World Premiere


Artists

Composer: Thomas Meadowcroft
Percussion: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott, Peter Neville, Matthew Horsley
Percussion/Keyboards: Leah Scholes, Laura Holian


Performances

2011
Melbourne Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Centre Southbank, 6pm Saturday 16 April


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Canons & Ions

Epic percussion works at MONA FOMA 2011

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In celebration of Speak Percussion’s 10th Birthday, the MONA FOMA will present an event of some of the most significant percussion music ever to have been presented in Australia.

The program will feature large-scale works by Australian composers Liza Lim, Anthony Pateras and Erik Griswold plus masterpieces by European and American greats. These programs span the entire duration of the percussion ensemble canon starting with the iconic work Ionisation from the 1930’s through to a world premiere by Anthony Pateras.

This once-in-a-decade project has at its centerpiece two major works for percussion 12tet, in an instrumental formation never before presented in Australia.


Program

Edgard Varese  Ionisation (1931) for percussion twelvetet with piano
Iannis Xenakis  Persephassa (1969) for percussion sextet
James Tenney  3 pieces for drum quartet (1974/75) for percussion quartet
Anthony Pateras  Flesh and Ghost (2010/11) for percussion twelvetet


Artists

Percussion: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott, Peter Neville, Leah Scholes, Arwen Johnston, Steve Fitzgerald, Guy du Blêt, Daniel Richardson, Louise Devenish, Timothy Constable, Matthew Horsley, Ross Karre, Claire Edwardes, Domenico Melchiorre
Piano: Anthony Pateras


Time & Venue

Saturday 15 January 2011
Shed No. 1 Princes Wharf, Hobart

Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts.



Pulsars & Angels

Opening night of MONA FOMA 2011

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In celebration of Speak Percussion’s 10th Birthday, the MONA FOMA will present an event of some of the most significant percussion music ever to have been presented in Australia.

The program will feature large-scale works by Australian composers Liza Lim, Anthony Pateras and Erik Griswold plus masterpieces by European and American greats. These programs span the entire duration of the percussion ensemble cannon starting with the iconic work Ionisation from the 1930’s through to a world premiere by Anthony Pateras.

This once in a decade project has at its centrepiece two major works for percussion 12tet, in an instrumental formation never before presented in Australia.


Program

Anthony Pateras  Refractions (2008) for percussion sextet
Erik Griswold  Strings Attached (1999) for percussion sextet
Liza Lim  City of Falling Angels (2006) for percussion twelvetet
Gerard Grisey  Le Noir de l’Étoile (1991) for percussion sextet


Artists

Percussion: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott, Peter Neville, Leah Scholes, Arwen Johnston, Steve Fitzgerald, Guy du Blêt, Daniel Richardson, Louise Devenish, Timothy Constable, Matthew Horsley, Ross Karre, Claire Edwardes, Domenico Melchiorre


Time & Venue

Friday 14 January 2011
Shed No. 1 Princes Wharf, Hobart

Supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts.



Pasta Percussion

An exploration of the nexus between food and sound

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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 words related to shaking, striking or sprinkling – all actions of cooking and performing with percussion. Such words include squash, discuss, paste and pastry and related words in Italian, Hindi, Persian and Greek.

The audience will progress through a five-course meal in which each dish is carefully coupled and conceptually intertwined with a percussion piece. The basic platform will be the relationship between pasta and percussion and the way in which the two senses correlate.

The performance will be presented in various parts of the Raw Materials warehouse space including The Studio which features a state-of-the-art kitchen and dining area fully equipped for cooking demonstrations and degustation.

The major work of the event takes pasta as both the food and sound source. It will be a compositional exploration of sprinkling, cracking and shaking pieces of raw pasta in combination with other culinary implements and sound generators. The pasta that is eaten will be exactly that that becomes the musical instrument. Orechiette, this distinctly Italian form of pasta translates literally as “little ears” and will contribute another connection between the experience of sound and taste.

Percussionists will be dressed in chef’s attire, programs will function simultaneously as menus, ushers will also be waiters and the percussionists will interact sonically with live cooking.


Menu / Program

1.  ANTIPASTI.
Wine: Prentice Ramato
Eugene Ughetti 
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2.  ORECHIETTE.
Wine: Moondarra Semillion Savignon Blanc
John Cage  THREE 2 for percussion trio (1991)

3.  SHAKE AND SPRINKLE.  House-smoked salmon with Tuscan bread salad, lime and herb salt
Wine: Moondarah Beurot Pinot Gris
Javier Alvarez  Temazcal for solo maracas and tape (1984)

4.  SAULT.  Spaghetti saltate finished with pangritata
Wine: Holly’s Garden Pinot Noir
Iannis Xenakis  Rebonds B for multiple percussion (1989)

5.  QUARTO PIATTO.  Radicchio & rocket with walnut dressing
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Fritz Hauser  Zeichnung for 4 cymbals (2002)

6.  TIRAMISU. Tiramisu with caffe Agust, crostoli
Wine: Pizzini vin Santo, King Valley
Eugene Ughetti  Lady Cosmic Dream for percussion trio & 2 tapes (2005)


Time & Venue

Presented by the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

7pm Thursday 19 & Friday 20 March 2010
Raw Materials, 148 Cowper Street, Footscray


Artists

Chef: Glenn Flood

Percussion: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott, Daniel Richardson



Surface Given Radiance

Works for vibraphone, from Signor Frisco to Richard Barrett

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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 and Tuning Forks
Luke Paulding  Surface Given Radiance (World premiere)


Artists

Percussion: Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott, Peter Neville & Leah Scholes


Time & Venue

Presented by the Castlemaine State Festival 

6pm Monday 4 April 2010
Castlemaine Presbyterian Church, 11 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine


Vibraphone I

A program focused around perspectives of the vibraphone, reflecting on its unique sonority and ancient origins presented within its contemporary context.

VibraphoneImageFeaturing 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 infamous Aloha Oe, and a traditional Indonesian Gender Wayang piece harking back to the vibraphone’s hypnotic Gamelan origins.


Program

Traditional Hawaiian, arranged by ‘Signor Frisco’  Aloha Oe
Mark Pollard  The Heavenly Muzak Machine (World premiere)
Karlheinz Stockhausen  Vibra Elufa
Dale Gorfinkel  solo for prepared vibraphone
Stuart Saunders-Smith
 Links No. 4 (Monk)
Traditional Balinese music  Rebong – Gender Wayang duo
Warren Burt  Beat Generation in the Californian Coastal Ranges
Warren Burt  Vibraphone and Tuning Forks (World premiere)


Artists

Percussion: Eugene Ughetti, Matthias Schack-Arnott, Jeremy Dullard, Timothy Phillips, Matthew Horsley
Prepared Vibraphone: Dale Gorfinkel


Time & Venue

8pm Saturday 12 June 2010
Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham


Vibraphone II

A program focused around perspectives of the vibraphone, reflecting on its unique sonority and ancient origins presented within its contemporary context.

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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 some of the most distinctive works ever written for the instrument. A work from Stockhausen’s week-long opera Licht (Freitag) and an ultra-complex master-work by Richard Barrett. The first-ever recorded Vibraphone work from the Vaudeville era, the infamous Aloha Oe, and a traditional Indonesian Gender Wayang piece harking back to the vibraphone’s hypnotic Gamelan origins.

Sitting in sonic dialogue with the vibraphone will be a number of octaves of tuning forks pitched in just intonation and, commissioned especially for this project, quarter-tone suspended aluminium tubes.


Program

Traditional Hawaiian, arranged by ‘Signor Frisco’  Aloha Oe
Mark Pollard  The Heavenly Muzak Machine
Karlheinz Stockhausen  Vibra Elufa
Dale Gorfinkel  solo for prepared vibraphone
Traditional Balinese music  Angkatan - Gender Wayang duo
Richard Barrett  abglanzbeladen/auseinandergeschrieben
Warren Burt  Beat Generation in the Californian Coastal Ranges
Warren Burt Vibraphone and Tuning Forks


Artists

Percussion: Eugene Ughetti, Matthias Schack-Arnott, Peter Neville, Timothy Phillips
Prepared Vibraphone: Dale Gorfinkel
Gender Wayang: Adrian Sherriff


Time & Venue

6pm Thursday 29 July 2010
Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre


Exile

Exile may well be the world’s first iPad opera.

ExileWe 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 animated the show reel for Aphids Reel Music Festival presented at ACMI. We are very pleased to be working with this award-winning media arts and design studio who are working at the fore of virtual, digital, and mobile technologies.

Set on a desolate coastline, Helen Gifford’s exquisite chamber opera, Exile, explores the psychological state of Iphigenia as she reflects on her time as a high priestess of human sacrifices.

Co-produced by Aphids, Chamber Made Opera and Speak Percussion, Exile features acclaimed soprano Deborah Kayser with an ensemble of percussionists, clarinets, piccolo and mandolin. Exile will combine operatic performance with the extraordinarily textured and layered virtual gaming visuals by cult new media artists Champagne Valentine (Amsterdam).

Exile is a major production for 2010, and is the ultimate and dramatic combining of Greek tragedy, chamber opera, advanced digital media, new mobile technologies and contemporary music.

Exile will be recorded in front of a live studio audience for ABC Classic FM; filmed on location in remote, coastal Victoria; animated and digitally enhanced in Amsterdam; and launched online for download straight to your handheld device, iPad or computer.


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after Euripides’ story of Iphigenia

Composition: Helen Gifford
Libretto: Richard Meredith
Director: Margaret Cameron
Soprano: Deborah Kayser
Media Artist: Champagne Valentine (Amsterdam)
Percussion: Eugene Ughetti, Peter Neville & Matthias Schack-Arnott

This project is supported through Aphids by the City of Melbourne, Arts Victoria and private donors.

Art direction by Sweet Design with Aphids and Chamber Made Opera


Time & Venue

8pm Tuesday 22 June 2010
Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Centre Southbank


System Building

Presented by Aphids, Speak Percussion, and Red Gate Gallery.

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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 in and inspired by Radialsystem V (Berlin), Watertoren West (Noorderzon Festival, the Netherlands), the Melbourne Recital Centre and CarriageWorks.

System Building in China draws inspiration from the Ming Dynasty architectural features of Beijing’s Red Gate Gallery, and challenges the very idea of a musical instrument.

System Building coincides with the Year of Australian Culture in China.


Artists

Creation: Rosemary Joy
Percussion: Eugene Ughetti and Matthias Schack-Arnott
Instrument Construction: Adam Stewart and Rosemary Joy
Executive Producer: Thea Baumann


Time & Venue

Sunday 17 – Monday 18 October 2010
1 pm, 1.20pm, 1.40pm, 2.00pm, 3 pm, 3.20pm, 3.40pm daily
Red Gate Gallery Levels 1 & 4, Dongbianmen Watchtower Chongwenmen, Beijing


The Glass Percussion Project

An immersive experience unveiling the hidden sound world of glass

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The Glass Percussion Project is a collaborative initiative directed by glass/installation artist Elaine Miles and percussionist/composer Eugene Ughetti. It brings together a series of specialist artists in the disciplines of percussion practice, instrument building, musical composition, sound and light design, installation, studio glass and performance.

This project researches, develops and presents the interaction between glass and sound, refining and expanding the possibilities of sound installation and performance, simultaneous musical instrument and visual art objects within a family of glass percussion instruments.

From within installations of glass percussion instruments, live performances, soundscapes amplified in surround-sound and interactive experiences converge around themes of air, water and divine melody.

The experience is a holistic interplay between sight, sound, light and movement. Presentations vary between seated performances, gallery installations and more complex interactive environments.

Installations feature hand-blown glass percussion instruments, many made of crystal, of over 300 gongs, 100 bowls, 160 goblets, 50 maracas, 60 udu drums, various wind-chimes, bars, bells and a collection of suspended sheets and shards.

Performances include a selection of elite percussion soloists with live electronic manipulation of the sound and diffusion through a network of speakers throughout the space.


Artists

Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director), Matthias Schack-Arnott
Elaine Miles (design & glass sculpture)
Myles Mumford (sound diffusion)
Richard Vabre (lighting design)


Past Performances

2008
Melbourne
Federation Square Atrium



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