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Before Nightfall #8 & CD Launch

For the eighth instalment of Speak’s Before Nightfall series we’re working with European improvisation quartet, Dans les arbres, consisting of pianist Christian Wallumrød, clarinetist Xavier Charles, guitarist Ivar Grydeland and percussionist Ingar Zach.

This event will also be a CD Launch of our first Before Nightfall collaboration with percussionist Ingar Zach, which is being released on the Sofa label. This will be available for the special price of $15 on the night!

Dans les arbres have released two critically acclaimed albums on the coveted record label ECM and have performed at notable contemporary music and jazz festivals around the world. Parallel to their quartet work, they have collaborated with music luminaries including Jim O’Rourke, Otomo Yoshihide and Yumio Tanaka. In 2015 they performed “About Nature” in the Norwegian Opera House with Oslo Sinfonietta for the Ultima Festival. In that same year, they were nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize.
Photo: Eve Lagger

Time & Venue

7pm Monday 25 June
75 Reid Street, North Fitzroy

FREE Entry, but bookings essential via sheah@speakpercussion.com


Artists

Christian Wallumrød (piano)

Xavier Charles (clarinets)

Ivar Grydeland (guitar)

Ingar Zach (percussion)

Eugene Ughetti (percussion)

Matthias Schack-Arnott (percussion)


Speak in Europe

Speak tours to Spain and Germany this July to perform our Fluorophone project as well as the European premiere of Liza Lim’s major staged work ‘Atlas of the Sky’. We’ll be performing at the Actual Festival Agora Percussio (Spain) and Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (Germany).

Photo: Bryony Jackson

Time & Venue

Actual Festival Agora Percussio:

Fluorophone
10.30pm 10 July
Casa de la Cultura
Xabia, Spain

Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt:

Fluorophone
4pm 16 July
Lichtenbergschule (Große Sporthalle)
Darmstadt, Germany

Atlas of the Sky
7.30pm 19 July
Lichtenbergschule (Große Sporthalle)
Darmstadt, Germany


Artists

Fluorophone

Performers:
Eugene Ughetti
Matthias Schack-Arnott
Louise Devenish

Lighting:
Nick Roux (Pyrite Gland)

Design & Construction:
Tom Burless (e)

Electrics:
Rowan Cochran – Prodigious Concepts

Production / Sound Engineer: 
Nick Roux

Atlas of the Sky

Composer:
Liza Lim

Musical Director & Percussionist:
Eugene Ughetti

Soprano:
Jessica Aszodi

Percussionists:
Kaylie Melville & Matthias Schack-Arnott

Sound Design:
Tilman Robinson

Producer:
Sheah Sutton & Michaela Coventry

Lighting Designer:
Keith Tucker

Movement Director:
Jo Lloyd

Costuming:
Shio Otani


World Premiere: Polar Force

Speak Percussion- Small Polar Force 2 A4 - Jeff Busby

Arts Centre Melbourne and Speak Percussion present Polar Force

Book tickets through Arts Centre Melbourne HERE

Immerse yourself in the sound of Antarctica 

Polar Force evokes the beauty and infinite complexity of Antarctica through an immersive and multi-sensorial performance work presented in an inflatable performance space. 

Imagine being on the Antarctic ice shelf, housed inside a temporary shelter where you are intimately observing aural experiments using the raw polar energies collected from outside. In an investigation of extreme wind and ice, pristine Antarctic field recordings combine with live industrial percussion to envelope the audience in a visceral soundscape and performance environment. 

Unsure whether you’re witnessing a sinister activity, cutting edge scientific research or part of a dangerous polar expedition, Polar Force makes us rethink our relationship to the natural world and explores notions of human fragility and isolation from the perspective of the coldest, windiest and driest continent on earth. 

New high fidelity field recordings made in the Australian Antarctic Territory are augmented by custom built musical instruments made to manipulate pressurised air, water and ice. 

Image: Jeff Busby


ARTISTS

Concept, Co-Director, Composer & Instrument Design:
Eugene Ughetti

Co-Director:
Clare Britton

Sound Artist & Field Recordings:
Dr Philip Samartzis

Performers:
Matthias Schack-Arnott & Eugene Ughetti

Lighting Designer:
Keith Tucker

Sound Design, Audio System Design, Instrument Design & Construction:
Nick Roux

Production & Technical Manager:
Megafun

Producer:
Sheah Sutton

Inflatable Design and Construction:
Steve Howden (3D inflate)

RMIT Industrial Design Atelier Leader & Air Consultant:
Malte Wagenfield

RMIT Industrial Design Atelier Student contributors
Air table: Aston Chadwick, Phoebe Richardson, Remi Freer, Thomas Grimshaw 
Air supply: Will Makarainen, Vasilios Pittas, Edward Sims

2017 students: Mengyu Chen, Damian Dehne,  Jed Kelly, Sara Wan Fen Kiew, Xue Miao, Billy Orozco, Dionisius Satriawan Pangkey, Jacob Sandom, Timothy Secombe, Edward Sims, Sebastian Sincich, Akil Wahid, Todd Ward, Ceren Ozcan 
2016 students: Jacob Aldrich, Rosemary Boddam-Whetham, Michael Efford, Pan Heyuan, Ian Bunyi, Aidan Chen, Dayne McMahon, Claudio Da Silva, Anthony Dinh, Izaak Madsen, Daniel Robbins, Orlando Seelander, Darcy Jones, Felix Taylor

 

SUPPORTERS

Polar Force would not have been possible without the support of the following people and organisations.

Thank you:

Arts Centre Melbourne and David Anderson

Stephen Whately for commissioning support

Australian Antarctic Division
Bogong Centre for Sound Culture
RMIT School of Art
for their support for Dr Philip Samartzis’ field recordings

 

Australia Council for the Arts]

Creative Victoria

City of Melbourne

Department of Education and Training

City of Darebin

Besen Family Foundation

APRA/AMCOS Art Music Fund

 


Performance

Saturday November 24th – Saturday December 1st

Book tickets through Arts Centre Melbourne HERE


Atlas of the Sky

Speak Percussion - Small Atlas of the Sky A3 - Jeff Busby

Atlas of the Sky is a new work of dramatic and ritualistic power by award-winning and internationally acclaimed Australian composer Liza Lim. It combines driving rhythms with swarming percussion and vocal sounds from a ‘crowd’ of performers.

Featuring Speak Percussion’s virtuosic instrumentalism and Jessica Aszodi’s vast palette of vocal colour, Atlas of the Sky tells stories about the stars, the power of crowds and changing constellations of memory.

The ‘crowd’ of performers consists of a group twenty trained and untrained musicians plus young people from Speak Percussion’s Sounds Unheard program, who will create large-scale patterns that counterpoint the turbulent rhythms of our contemporary world. Using purpose-built instruments, the work demonstrates the expressive elemental power of string drums, stones, wood blocks made of Australian timber and the semantron — a resonant plank of wood that is used like a bell in Greek and Eastern European Christian Orthodox ritual.

The music is expressive, lyrical, textural, percussive, playful, dynamic and conceptually rich. Liza Lim is one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary classical composers, and has strong affinities with Asian and indigenous Australian cultural practices.

Image: Jeff Busby


TIME & VENUE

Presented by Speak Percussion & Melbourne Recital Centre
7.30pm Monday 18 June 2018
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Melbourne Recital Centre


ARTISTS

Composer:
Liza Lim

Musical Director & Percussionist:
Eugene Ughetti

Soprano:
Jessica Aszodi

Percussionists:
Kaylie Melville & Matthias Schack-Arnott

Sound Design:
Tilman Robinson

Producer:
Sheah Sutton & Michaela Coventry

Lighting Designer:
Keith Tucker

Movement Director:
Jo Lloyd

Costuming:
Shio Otani

‘Crowd’ performers:
Chris Ardley, Simon Aubor, Owen Bomford, Melisand Box, Debbie Brady, Kay Cooper, David Cramond, Kris Eira, Jonathan Griffiths, Lee Zelda Hunt, Perri Hammond, Jim Hill, Zoe Petch, Madison Petherick, Gillian Tang, Katherine Walsh, Emily Wans

 


TICKETS

$45 / $35 via Melbourne Recital Centre

 


Assembly Operation

Assembly Operation Image lo res

Three percussionists dutifully form an assembly line to extract music from everyday objects.

Drawing on the visual, sonic and conceptual qualities of the one Yuan note, using paper, packaging, electronic toys and traditional objects, Speak Percussion delivers a loaded sonic odyssey.

In this major new collaboration between Eugene Ughetti, performance maker Clare Britton and visual artists Cyrus Tang and Jia Jia Chen, dark video sequences and minimalistic set design conjure surreal reflections on mass-production.

Assembly Operation manufactures high quality sound by crunching and grinding low worth goods.


ARTISTS

Composer/Director:
Eugene Ughetti

Designer/Dramaturge:
Clare Britton

Video Artist:
Cyrus Tang

Sound Designer:
Nick Roux

Lighting Designer/Production Manager:
Richard Dinnen (Megafun)

Ceramicist/Visual Artist:
Jia Jia Chen

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

Producer:
Michaela Coventry

Image:
Damian Stephens @ DDT


Past Performances

Presented by Arts House 

7.30pm, 5 – 9 September 2017

North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne


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