Before Nightfall (series)

Before Nightfall is Speak Percussion’s ongoing collaboration with guest artists. They spend the day exchanging ideas and present the findings in a free performance to the public after the night falls.

About

Before Nightfall is a series of new artistic encounters between Speak Percussion and invited guest artists. Each guest artist works with Speak artists intensively across one day, experimenting with a range of musical concepts. In the evening, these investigations culminate in an intimate live performance. Before Nightfall started in 2017.

Past Performances

22 November 2019

Before Nightfall #11 Jane Sheldon

Trocadero Art Space, Footscray
8.30pm

Before Nightfall 11 with Jane Sheldon image by Bryony Jackson

Before Nightfall 11 with Jane Sheldon image by Bryony Jackson

 

Before Nightfall 11 with Jane Sheldon image by Bryony Jackson

 

Guest artist Jane Sheldon is an Australian-American soprano who specialises in the creation and performance of exploratory chamber music. Praised by the New York Times for singing “sublimely”, Jane has collaborated extensively with composers as they create new works for voice, most frequently with John Zorn, performing his music across the globe. She is Artistic Associate with Sydney Chamber Opera.

28 July 2019

Before Nightfall #10 Robyn Schulkowsky

124 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
7pm

Before Nightfall 10 with Robyn Schulkowsky image by Bryony Jackson

Before Nightfall 10 with Robyn Schulkowsky image by Bryony Jackson

Before Nightfall 10 with Robyn Schulkowsky image by Bryony Jackson

Born and raised in South Dakota, Robyn Schulkowsky has been an innovator and collaborator throughout her life. She has dedicated herself to revealing the wonders of percussion to people around the world. Her continuous exploration of new sound dimensions has led to the development of new and unusual musical instruments.

18 October 2018

Before Nightfall #9 Inland

Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Content
8pm

Before Nightfall 9 with Inland

Before Nightfall 9 with Inland

Before Nightfall 9 with Inland

 

Guest artists include Gamelan DanAnda’s Jeremy Dullard and Inland’s Alexander Garsden, alongside the composer Thomas Meadowcroft. This work, titled “Our Ancestors went on those TV shows to learn how to cook and find love…” will form around the notion of synthesising the music, culture and thought South East Asian, Western, and experimental music practices.

 

 

 

25 June 2018

Before Nightfall #8 Dans les arbres

75 Reid Street, North Fitzroy
7pm

Before Nightfall 8 with Dans les arbres - image by Bryony Jackson

Before Nightfall 8 with Dans les arbres - image by Bryony Jackson

Before Nightfall 8 with Dans les arbres - image by Bryony Jackson

Dans les arbres are a European improvisation quartet consisting of pianist Christian Wallumrød, clarinetist Xavier Charles, guitarist Ivar Grydeland and percussionist Ingar Zach.

 

29 May 2018

Before Nightfall #7 Claire Chase

The Mission to Seafarers, Docklands
7.30pm

Before Nightfall 7 with Claire Chase image by Bryony Jackson

Before Nightfall 7 with Claire Chase image by Bryony Jackson

Before Nightfall 7 with Claire Chase image by Bryony Jackson

Claire Chase, described by The New Yorker as “the young star of the modern flute,” is a soloist, collaborative artist, educator, curator and advocate of new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances on five continents.

14 March 2018

Before Nightfall #6 Robbie Avenaim

Northcote Town Hall, Northcote
7pm

Before Nightfall 6 with Robbie Avenaim (image care of artist)

For over 25 years, Robbie Avenaim has been at the forefront of the Australian experimental music scene both as a performer and a curator. Focused primarily on percussion and instrument building, he has developed a unique approach to performance which draws from a range of traditions: from non-idiomatic improvisation, to aleatoric, structural approaches and more formalised compositional frameworks utilising both extended and traditional techniques, and percussive automation.

27 February 2018

Before Nightfall #5 Carolyn Connors

Bishop's Parlour, Abbotsford Convent
7pm

Carolyn Connors is a vocalist, composer, and instrumentalist who was awarded the 2015 Age Melbourne Music Award for Avant Garde and Experimental music. Carolyn’s solo vocal works have been presented by the Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Festival, Dark MOFO, Liquid Architecture, ABC radio’s Sound Proof, The Ian Potter Museum, and Gertrude Contemporary.

4 October 2017

Before Nightfall #4 Steven Schick

Collingwood Arts Precinct
8pm

Before Nightfall 4 with Steven Schick image by Bryony Jackson

Before Nightfall 4 with Steven Schick image by Bryony Jackson

Before Nightfall 4 with Steven Schick image by Bryony Jackson

Steven Schick is a percussionist and conductor from the United States, specializing in contemporary music. He is Distinguished Professor of Music at University of California, San Diego and is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra. For the past 40 years he has championed contemporary percussion music as a performer and teacher, by commissioning and premiering more than 150 new works for percussion. He was the percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars of New York City from 1992 to 2002, and from 2000 to 2004 served as Artistic Director of the Centre International de Percussion de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2012 he became the first Artist-in-Residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

25 May 2017

Before Nightfall #3 Chris Corsano

7pm
Speak Percussion Studios, Thornbury

Before Nightfall 3 Chris Corsano image by Matthias Schack-Arnott

Before Nightfall 3 Chris Corsano image by Matthias Schack-Arnott

Chris Corsano is an upstate NY-based drummer who has been active at the intersections of collective improvisation, free jazz, avant-rock, and noise music since the late 1990’s. He began a long-standing, high-energy musical partnership with saxophonist Paul Flaherty in 1998. Their style, which they occasionally refer to with (semi-)tongue-in-cheek humor as “The Hated Music”, combines modern free-jazz’s ecstatic collectivist spirit and the urgency and intensity of hardcore punk.

29 January 2017

Before Nightfall #2 Tony Buck

MPavilion, Melbourne
7.30pm

Before Nightfall 2 with Tony Buck photo by Holimage

Tony Buck is regarded as one of Australia’s most creative and adventurous exports, with vast experience across the globe. As a drummer, percussionist, improviser, guitarist, video maker and producer, he has been involved in a highly diverse array of projects but is probably best known around the world as a member of the trio “The Necks”.

18 January 2017

Before Nightfall #1 Ingar Zach

The Substation, Newport
7pm

Before Nightfall 1 with Ignar Zach image by Ariele Monti

Ingar Zach (Norway) is one of the world’s leading improvising percussionists, known for his highly subtle and dynamic approach to instrumental performance. With Ivar Grydeland, he founded the record labels Sofa (2000) and Sillon (2007). He leads an international career as a solo performer and in permanent ensembles, including Dans les arbres and Mural (with Kim Myhr and Jim Denley). Zach is also involved in multiple collaborations and has shared the stage with many other instrumentalists such as Barry Guy, Evan Parker, Axel Dörner, Kevin Drumm, Susie Ibarra, Jaap Blonk, Annette Krebs, Andrea Neumann, Phil Minton, Jean Marc Montera, John Butcher, Mazen Kerbaj, Agustí Fernández, John Tilbury, Derek Bailey, Charlotte Hug, Bent Sørensen, and Esteban Algora. He can be heard on over 40 recordings, including his solo albums Percussion Music (Sofa) and IN (Kningdisk).

SUPPORTERS

Before Nightfall would not have been possible without the support of the following people and organisations.

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City of Yarra

Audio

Before Nightfall 1 with Ingar Zach