Sonic Arts Lounge

Speak Percussion Melbourne: Recital

Sonic Arts Lounge

Speak Percussion

Speak Percussion Melbourne

© Jeff Bushby

Past Dates

In hardly any other percussion formation does the sonic diversity of percussive art become as clear-cut as in Melbourne-based Australian ensemble Speak Percussion. The ensemble’s activities span a wide variety of contexts and genres ranging from regular music festival concerts to experimental hybrid-arts events. By collaborating with installation artists, choreographers, instrument makers, visual artists, sound engineers and architects, the ensemble’s musicians are continuously discovering further percussive possibilities and entering new territories. In particular, Speak Percussion fosters close contact with a young generation of musicians and composers.

At MaerzMusik, Speak Percussion presents new works by four young Australian composers for two to three percussionists, audio tapes and electronics, among them two premieres. They take a highly unconventional compositional approach, incorporating lo-fi electronics and everyday objects and appealing to an aesthetic between avant-garde pop, progressive rock, noise and conceptual minimalism.

Anthony Pateras
for microsounds crotales and tape (2005)

Thomas Meadowcroft
for two percussionists and Wurlitzer E-Piano (2013) WP
Work commissioned by Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik and Julian Burnside

Matthew Shlomowitz
Popular Contexts, Volume 6
Trio for vibraphone, drum set and sampler keyboard (2013) WP
Work commissioned by Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik and Julian Burnside

Rohan Drape
See hearer clearer
for three percussionists, electric piano and tape (2012) GP

Thomas Meadowcroft
The Great Knot
for three percussionists (2011)

Speak Percussion:
Eugene Ughetti / Matthias Schack-Arnott / Leah Scholes

Thomas Meadowcroft, Wurlitzer e-piano

In collaboration with Arts Victoria and The Australia Council for the Arts