Speak Percussion

Upcoming

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


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

 


In Development: Polar Force

Speak Percussion- Small Polar Force 2 A4 - Jeff Busby

An immersive live performance combining custom built ice instruments with Antarctic field recordings, set within a chilled inflatable performance space.

Polar Force is an investigation of extreme wind and temperature through hyper-realistic art. This visceral and multi-sensorial work immerses the audience within an overwhelming sound world and performance environment. Presented within a chilled and gusty inflated space, pristine Antarctic field recordings combine with live ice percussion as the audience are exposed to wind, cold, light and haze.

Polar Force explores notions of human fragility and isolation whilst pointing towards climate change. New ice-instruments that produce wholly unique acoustic results will be developed, distorting as they melt and fracture to render the ice and ‘weather’ into audible phenomena.

High fidelity field recordings made in the Australian Antarctic Territory of katabatic winds and extreme weather events will form the musical and structural foundation of the work. Dr Philip Samartzis will draw upon the hundreds of hours of recordings made during his two Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowships to underpin the work.

Image: Jeff Busby


ARTISTS

Musical Director & Composer:
Eugene Ughetti

Director:
Clare Britton

Sound Design & Field Recordings:
Phil Samartzis

Percussionists:
Matthias Schack-Arnott & Eugene Ughetti

Instrument Design & Consultation: 
Malte Wagenfield & Students (RMIT Industrial Design)

Lighting Designer:
Keith Tucker – Megafun

Production & Technical Manager:
Megafun

Producer:
Michaela Coventry


Performance

Stay tuned for details of world premiere season!


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