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.

Sheah Sutton

Executive Producer

Sheah Sutton


Sheah tried her hand at acting but soon realised her skills lay elsewhere, and so has spent the last 20 years working in arts administration and management across the performing arts sector, with a particular passion for the small-to-medium sector. Her previous roles include General Manager with Midsumma Festival, Company Manager and subsequently Executive Producer with Snuff Puppets, Executive Producer with Arena Theatre Company and is now Executive Producer with Speak Percussion.

Sheah also has experience in the government funding sector, as a Program Coordinator at Creative Victoria (previously Arts Victoria), managing the Local Festivals and Artists in Community funding program from 2001 – 2004.

In 2014, Sheah completed her Masters of Arts & Cultural Management with the University of Melbourne.

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 experimental music as a performer, composer and improvisor.

Described by The Guardian as ‘sonically and visually exquisite’, Schack-Arnott’s solo work 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, La Comete (France), The Unconformity (Tasmania), Arts House, Supersense – Festival of the Ecstatic (Arts Centre Melbourne), MPavilion, Spor Festival (Denmark), Spot Festival (Denmark) & Next Wave (2012 & 2014). He won the 2016 Melbourne Prize for Music ‘Development’ award and 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 won the 2016 Australian Art Music Award for Excellence in Experimental Music. Matthias is a key artist in the creative team and a performer in almost all of Speak’s projects nationally & internationally.

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

Matthias has worked with many leading musicians, including Steve Reich, John Zorn, Michael Pisaro, Tony Buck, Ingar Zach, The Necks, Stephen O’Malley, Erkki Veltheim, Johannes Kreidler, Fritz Hauser, Brett Dean, Anthony Pateras, Richard Barrett, Jon Rose, Robin Fox, Thomas Meadowcroft, Liza Lim and Oren Ambarchi.

Performance highlights include Berliner Festspiele (Germany), GAIDA Festival (Lithuania), ARENA Festival (Latvia), Roullette (New York), 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

Melbourne-based percussionist Kaylie Melville is a soloist and chamber musician dedicated to contemporary music performance. Noted for her “extraordinary ability to impart a sense of musicality to even the smallest gestures” (Partial Durations), Kaylie is a core artist with new music pioneers Speak Percussion, a co-director of the contemporary ensemble Rubiks Collective and frequently works with leading Australian ensembles and orchestras. In addition to performance, her practice incorporates improvising, directing, curating and education.

As a passionate advocate of new music Kaylie has performed in the world premieres of major Australian works, including Kate Neal’s ‘Semaphore’ (Arts House 2015) and as the percussion soloist in Jack Symond’s ‘Double Purity’ double concerto (BIFEM 2016). Her festival appearances include the Metropolis New Music Festival, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Melbourne Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Salihara Festival (IND), and the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention (US).

Kaylie has participated in a number of prestigious new music courses including the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music (DEU, 2016), Bang on a Can Summer Festival (USA, 2015) and So Percussion’s Summer Institute at Princeton University (USA, 2013). In 2017 she has been selected as a fellow for Classical:NEXT (NLD), an international forum for classical and art music held in Rotterdam, and for the inaugural Blackbird Creative Lab (USA), an immersive chamber music training program directed by the internationally-renowned ensemble Eighth Blackbird. www.kayliemelville.com


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