Speak Percussion


Before Nightfall #3


For the third instalment of Speak’s Before Nightfall featured guest artist Chris Corsano (USA) alongside Eugene Ughetti & Matthias Schack-Arnott.

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

Chris Corsano has been working at the intersections of collective improvisation, free jazz, avant-rock, and noise music since the late 1990′s with collaborators including Björk, Evan Parker, Virginia Genta, C. Spencer Yeh, and Jandek.

Time & Venue

6pm Thurs 25 May
Speak Percussion Studio


This is a FREE event



Chris Corsano
Eugene Ughetti
Matthias Schack-Arnott


An Elemental Thing



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

Date & Venue

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

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


Major electro-acoustic work exploring the microphone as sonic object


A collaboration between new media artist Robin Fox and Speak’s Artistic Director, Eugene Ughetti, TRANSDUCER is a major 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. TRANSDUCER repurposes microphone technology to tease out the inextricable fundamentals of creating, reproducing and manipulating electronic and acoustic signal.


Presented by City Rectial Hall (Unashamedly Original Festival)
22 July 2017
City Recital Hall, Sydney

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



Robin Fox & Eugene Ughetti: Transducer (2013) 


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

Production Management & Sound Engineering: Nick Roux





A program of works that explore light sources as musical instruments


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.


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


Eugene Ughetti (Director)
Matthias Schack-Arnott (Artistic Associate)
Louise Devenish
Kaylie Melville

Nick Roux (Pyrite Gland)

Design & Construction:
Tom Burless (e)

Rowan Cochran – Prodigious Concepts

Production / Sound Engineer: 
Nick Roux

Michaela Coventry


23 July 2017
City Recital Hall, Sydney

14-15 March 2017
Riverway Arts Centre
Thuringowa Central, QLD

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
Tage für Neue Musik Zürich (Contemporary Music Days of Zurich), Switzerland




Brutti ma Buoni


‘Brutti ma Buoni’ is a commissioned work by Hotel Hotel which seeks to build knowledge and appreciation of Brutalist architecture in Canberra. The work consists of two parts – a short film of Brutalist buildings, co-directed by Coco & Maximilian and U-P; and an accompanying score by Speak Percussion that interprets them aurally. Together they observe and orchestrally arrange Brutalism.  The screening and performance work together to create a different experience of Brutalism – one that doesn’t ask us what we think, but rather, one that asks us to feel and question Brutalist architecture with our senses.

This is the first screening and performance of ‘Brutti ma Buoni’ in Canberra – Australia’s home of Brutalism. Monster kitchen and bar will be serving up Brutalist influenced drinks before and after the performance.

After the screening, Australian composer and sound designer Tilman Robinson will play a vinyl set with 20th century art music, modern minimalism and experimental music that reflects on the stark and modular nature of the brutalist-style

Image of National Gallery of Australia – film still shot by Coco & Maximilian

Time & Venue

6.30pm, 2 June 2017
Nishi Gallery, Canberra


Composer - Eugene Ughetti

Video – Coco & Maximilian and U-P

Performers – Eugene Ughetti, Matthias Schack-Arnott & Anna Camara

Sound Engineering & DJ Set – Tilman Robinson


This is a FREE event! Bookings essential through the Eventbrite link.


Listen to a recording of the work here!


The Trading Routes – The Silk Road & Magau Caves



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


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

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


Friday 4 March 2016
Tectonics, Adelaide Festival


Before Nightfall #2



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


This is a FREE event



Tony Buck
Matthias Schack-Arnott

Before Nightfall #1



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


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



Ingar Zach
Eugene Ughetti
Matthias Schack-Arnott

Bell Curve

A new work for massed bell players


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


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


Get your tickets here!


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



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