Speak Percussion


Eugene Ughetti

Artistic Director

Eugene Ughetti

Off on another challenging acoustic adventure, Ughetti is currently showing why he is one of this country’s most talented artists in the field of advanced contemporary music. The Age

Eugene instigates arts projects that impact on contemporary culture and presents work that stimulates our consciousness. He is a percussionist, composer, conductor and is currently the Artistic Director of Speak Percussion. His professional experience is diverse but his particular focus is new chamber music and hybrid-arts collaboration.

Eugene has instigated numerous International arts projects involving Australian chamber music, cross-arts collaboration, commissioning International artists and taking other Australian artists overseas. He has undertaken professional collaborations with choreographers, animators, dancers, installation artists, actors and instrument builders. He has commissioned over forty new solo and ensemble works. This experience includes solo and group work in premiere arts festivals, educational residencies and independent projects.

Eugene founded, with glass artist Elaine Miles, The Glass Percussion Project. This project was launched in Melbourne in 2006, it received its international debut in New York in early 2007 and was the focus of a full episode of an ABC “Artists at Work” documentary screened on Australian national television.

As a conductor Eugene has worked with ELISION, Speak Percussion, Quiver and Orchestra Victoria. His engagements with Australian new music ensembles and arts organisations include ELISION, the Australian Art Orchestra, Libra, the David Chesworth Ensemble, Astra, Synergy, Aphids, Ensemble Offspring and Chamber Made Opera.

Eugene has lectured and hosted masterclasses throughout the world, and is currently a sessional staff member at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (University of Melbourne) and is an academic lecturer at Monash University.

Michaela Coventry

Executive Producer

Michaela Coventry

Michaela Coventry has been working in the arts for the past 20 years across all art forms. Prior to joining Speak Percussion in 2015 she was the General Manager of Megafun, where she produced such programs as the National Gallery of Victoria’s Melbourne Now Dance Program, curated by Antony Hamilton; and the Melbourne Town Hall WW1 Commemoration, directed by Andrew Bleby and Paul Grabowsky; as well as producing the choreographer Lee Serle.

From 2006 to 2012 Michaela was the Executive Producer of the Australian contemporary dance company Lucy Guerin Inc. Other career highlights include being the Manager of Marrugeku and Stalker, the Project Coordinator of Performance Space in Sydney; as well as working with artists and companies including The Fondue Set, Sam James, Julie-Anne Long and Wendy Houston, Gail Priest, PACT Theatre, Zen Zen Zo, Urban Theatre Projects and Brink. She holds a BA Hons from Flinders University in South Australia.

Michaela currently sits on the City of Yarra Arts Advisory Panel and the M.E.S.S Advisory Panel.


Matthias Schack-Arnott

Artistic Associate

Matthias Schack-Arnott

‘virtuosic’ – The Wire
‘a consummate musician’ – ABC

Matthias Schack-Arnott is a Melbourne based percussive artist working in contemporary classical and exploratory music as a performer, composer and improviser.

Matthias’ solo practice explores unique and ambitious approaches to percussive performance, often involving the development of new instrumental set-ups built in collaboration with architects, engineers and technicians. His work has been presented by Melbourne Festival, Arts House, Supersense Festival (Arts Centre Melbourne), MPavilion, Spor Festival (Denmark), Spot Festival (Denmark) & Next Wave (2012 & 2014). He won the 2014 Green Room Award in the category ‘Outstanding Work by an Emerging Artist’ for his work Fluvial.

At the age of 21 Matthias was invited to be the Artistic Associate of Speak Percussion, who were recently described by the New York Times as ‘virtuosic & adventurous’. Matthias is a key artist in the creative team and a performer in almost all of Speak’s projects nationally & internationally.

Matthias is also the founding member & co-director of two leading new music ensembles in Melbourne, Quiver Ensemble (2009-2014) and CATHEXIS (2013-present).

As a guest artist Matthias appears with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, ELISION, Australian Art Orchestra, Synergy, Chamber Made Opera, Victoria Opera and Nick Tsiavos Ensemble.

Matthias has worked with many leading musicians, including Steve Reich, John Zorn, Stephen O’Malley, Erkki Veltheim, Fritz Hauser, Paul Grabowsky, Brett Dean, Anthony Pateras, Richard Barrett, Jon Rose, Robin Fox, Thomas Meadowcroft, Liza Lim, Oren Ambarchi and Chris Dench.

Performance highlights include Berliner Festspiele (Germany), Roullette (New York), Café OTO (UK), Barbican (UK), CONNECT Festival (Sweden), Batteries IV Festival (Geneva), Taiwan National Concert Hall, Salihara Festival (Indonesia), Adelaide Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Melbourne Festival, MONA FOMA & Dark Mofo.


Kaylie Melville

Sounds Unheard Coordinator

Kaylie Melville

Kaylie has worked with many of Australia’s leading ensembles and orchestras and performed at festivals such as the Metropolis New Music Festival, Melbourne Festival, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the Salihara Festival (Indonesia) and the Percussive Arts Society’s International Conventional (US). In 2015 Kaylie was selected as a percussion fellow for the Bang on a Can Summer Institute in Massachusetts, and in 2013 Kaylie travelled to the So Percussion Summer Institute at Princeton University (US), where she performed for Steve Reich and premiered works by Princeton composition students.

Kaylie was a finalist in the ANAM Concerto Competition in August 2015, and has performed in numerous Australian and Victorian premieres, including major works by Messiaen and Boulez. Kaylie is the Artistic Director of Bricolage, a percussion ensemble dedicated to championing new Australian works, and a founding member of the Melbourne-based contemporary ensemble Rubiks. Highlights for these ensembles include Bricolage’s performance in Kate Neal’s work Semaphore (2015), and Rubiks’ residency with the Forest Collective in 2015. As a recipient of the Australia Council’s Artstart grant for early career artists, Kaylie is currently developing a new performance fusing percussion and electronics to premiere in mid-2016.


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