World Class Innovative Projects
Speak Percussion engages in world-class, risk-taking and innovative projects with many of the world’s leading exponents of experimental and new music. Such artists include Steve Reich (USA), Ilan Volkov (ISRAEL), The Necks (AUS), Tony Buck (AUS), Liza Lim (VIC), Oren Ambarchi (VIC), Chris Corsano (USA), Ingar Zach (NO), Mark Applebaum (USA), Richard Barrett (UK), Jon Rose (AUS), Eyvind Kang (USA), Bent Sørensen (DK), Steven Schick (USA), Fritz Hauser (CH), Michael Pisaro (USA) and Robin Fox (VIC).
National touring appearances include MONA FOMA (TAS), Tectonics – Adelaide Festival (SA), Totally Huge New Music Festival (WA), Performance Space (NSW), Brisbane Powerhouse (QLD), Judith Wright Centre (QLD), Canberra International Music Festival (ACT), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (WA), OzAsia Festival (SA), City Recital Hall (NSW).
Many of our major works have toured to some of the world’s leading festivals and venues including Darmstadt (Germany), Transart Festival (Italy), Ruhrtrienniale (Germany), Noorderzon Festival (Netherlands), Maerzmusik (Germany), SONICA (UK), Barbican (UK), Tage für Neue Musik, Zurich (Switzerland), TIPC (Taiwan), Salihara (Indonesia), CONNECT (Sweden), ARENA (Latvia), GAIDA (Lithuania), Batteries IV (Switzerland) and Café OTO (UK).
Key to Speak Percussion’s success has been the development of long-term artistic relationships spanning multiple compositions. This has allowed Speak to work on an increasingly deeper level with collaborators across a period of several years.
With Fritz Hauser (Switzerland), Speak Percussion has developed six major projects from 2004-2012, including a chamber opera, installation, notated works and spatial improvisations in festival contexts in Australia and Switzerland.
From 2004-2011 Speak commissioned works from Anthony Pateras ranging from solo through to twelvetet, released multiple recordings, performed on the feature length film Errors of the Human Body and performed his work in four continents.
With Thomas Meadowcroft and James Rushford, Speak has commissioned and recorded multiple works and presented them in prestigious contexts such as MaerzMusik (Berlin Festspiele), Adelaide Festival and Taiwan International Percussion Convention.
Speak Percussion’s Awards
2019 APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award, Performance of the Year
2017 APRA AMCOS Art Music Award, Excellence by an Organisation
2016 APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award, Excellence in Experimental Music
2015 APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award, Victorian State Award for Excellence by and Organisation
2014 Green Room Award, Fluvial
2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival Award, Best Music
2011 Eugene Ughetti, recipient of inaugral Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship
2011 Eugene Ughetti, MCA/Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music
Speak Percussion invited to perform two works, Fluorophone and Atlas of the Sky at
Darmstadt Ferienkurse (Germany). Worked with 16 percussion students to rehearse and
perform Atlas of the Sky.
Introduction of the Before Nightfall project, where Speak Percussion works with guest artists
to create a new work over the course of a single day, then performed to a live audience the
Before Nightfall #1, Speak Percussion/Ingar Zach, The Substation, Newport
Before Nightfall #2, Speak Percussion/Tony Buck, MPavilion, Melbourne
Before Nightfall #3 Speak Percussion/Chris Corsano, Speak Studio, Thornbury
Before Nightfall #4, Speak Percussion/Steven Schick, Contemporary Arts Precincts,
Tectonics, Speak Percussion/Illan Volkov/The Necks/David Shea/Eyvind Kang, Adelaide
Transducer & Fluorophone, Speak Percussion, 2016 SIPFest, Komunitas Salihara,
First major work presented in collaboration with 100 community participants.
A wave and waves, Speak Percussion/Michael Pisaro, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne.
International Tour 2015, Speak Percussion tours to Sonica Festival (Glasgow), Barbican.
(London), Café OTO (London), Musik Akademie Basel, Tage fur Neue Musik (Zurich).
Tectonics, Speak Percussion/Illan Volkov/Oren Amarchi/Stephen O’Malley, Adelaide
Circuit (Taiwan), Speak Percussion undertakes a four-city tour of Taiwan for the Taiwan
International Percussion Convention.
Circuit (Indonesia), Speak Percussion tours to Indonesia to perform at Salihara, Jakarta.
Circuit (Europe), Speak Percussion tours to Lithuania, Latvia, Norway and Sweden.
2013First major work by Eugene Ughetti
First major work composed by Eugene Ughetti and Robin Fox
TRANSDUCER, Speak Percussion/Robin Fox, Totally Huge New Music Festival, Perth.
USA/EURO Tour, Speak Percussion tours to Berlin, Geneva, Chicago, San Francisco &
Chrysalis, Speak Percussion/Buro Architects, SPOR Festival, Denmark.
Schallmaschine Maximus by Fritz Hauser & Boa Baumann, Speak Percussion/Bob
Becker/Ensemble XII/Synergy Percussion + guests, Basel, Switzerland.
Nightclubs/Concerthalls, Speak Percussion tours regional Victoria.
Inuksuit, Speak Percussion/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Eighth Blackbird (USA),
Metropolis New Music Festival, Melbourne.
Black of the Star, Speak Percussion/CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science/SIAL Sound
Studios, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne.
Pulsars & Angels and Canons & Ions, Speak Percussion at MONA FOMA, Hobart.
Launch of the first national ‘Emerging Artist Program’ for young composers and
percussionists featuring Guest Lecturer Thomas Meadowcroft.
201010 Year Anniversary
System Building, Speak Percussion/Aphids, Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China.
10th Anniversary Tour, Speak Percussion tours to Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne.
2009Arts Organisation launched
Speak Percussion incorporates into a formal, legal association.
‘Swiss Australian Percussion Collectables’, Speak Percussion/JOLT + Guests tour to Zurich,
Basel, Vals & Lucerne.
2006Melbourne International Arts Festival
‘Schallmachine Kleine’ with Aphids & Fritz Hauser, Federation Square, Melbourne
International Arts Festival.
‘Swiss Australian Percussion Collectables’, Speak Percussion/JOLT + Guests at Liquid
Architecture Festival performing in Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne.
2003Solo Artistic Director
Eugene Ughetti becomes the sole Artistic Director of Speak Percussion.
Speak Percussion performs Castlemaine State Festival, Victoria.
Debut concert for Musica Viva’s Menage series at Hamer Hall (Melbourne) by founding
members and co-directors Minako Okamoto, Eugene Ughetti, Justin Marshall and Rory