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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 
untitled soundscape (2010)

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
Water
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.


Exile

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


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