Speak Percussion: Fluorophone
Oct
25
7:30pm 7:30pm

Speak Percussion: Fluorophone

Speak Percussion’s Fluorophone creates a kaleidoscopic sound world in which the central instruments radiate, flicker, glow and burn. Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and custom-built LED discs are combined with percussion to create a program in which the music and lighting design are one and the same. Fluorophone moves between noise, theatrical music and virtuosic instrumentalism, in a synesthetic display of light and sound.

Presented by Tura for the 2017 Totally Huge New Music Festival.

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Speak Percussion: A wave and waves
Oct
29
2:00pm 2:00pm

Speak Percussion: A wave and waves

One hundred individuals will unite to realise the WA premiere performance of A wave and waves. The Midland Railway Workshops will be transformed into a sonic and visual ocean of instruments and performers, creating an intimate experience of monumental proportions.

Performances at 2pm and 4pm.
PISARO A wave and waves (WA premiere)
Speak Percussion & TURA, as part of the 2017 Totally Huge New Music Festival

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Victorian Opera: The Snow Queen
Nov
3
to Nov 4

Victorian Opera: The Snow Queen

Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of dark magic, the power of friendship and the triumph of good over evil is revisited in a new Australian work by composer Gordon Kerry and writer John Kinsella commissioned by Victorian Opera. Their take on Andersen’s classic will be staged exclusively in Wodonga and will capture the heart of the local community.

3 – 4 November, 7:30pm

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APRA Screen Music Awards
Nov
13
6:30pm 6:30pm

APRA Screen Music Awards

The annual Screen Music Awards represent the successful marriage of two defining elements of contemporary Australian culture: music and film. Presented by APRA AMCOS in conjunction with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC), the ceremony acknowledges excellence and innovation in the field of screen composition.

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Press, Play: sweet is the torment
Nov
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

Press, Play: sweet is the torment

Taking the sensuous splendor of Monteverdi’s madrigals as a point of departure, Sweet is the Torment draws on a range of historical influences to create a musical journey in time from the sumptuous beauty of High Renaissance, via the liturgical purity of Baroque, to the unpredictable whimsy of Modernity. Press, Play invite you on an impassioned musical and visual adventure as words, sounds, and images collide and coalesce in a tapestry of seamless beauty and timelessness.

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Rubiks: 75 Years - A Portrait of Meredith Monk
Oct
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

Rubiks: 75 Years - A Portrait of Meredith Monk

Monk’s music is intoxicatingly playful, achingly personal and instantly recognisable, exploring the human voice at its most ethereal, acrobatic and startling. Rubiks Collective and Invenio Singers celebrate Monk’s seventy-fifth birthday with a retrospective of her musical output, pairing some of her most recent offerings with beloved works from her early career.

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The Black Rider
Sep
15
to Oct 8

The Black Rider

A naïve hunter travels to a crossroads in the dead of night to conjure the devil. He’s willing to bargain almost anything in exchange for magic silver bullets that will never miss their mark. But the devil makes cunning deals—just when you think you can have it all, you may have unwittingly given it all away.

Who else could write a macabre musical about a pact with the devil, but Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs? Cry-in-beer ballads meet 1920s jazz and gritty beat poetry, in a carnival of addictions. Black Rider is a spectacle that pulls the audience into the dark and decadent depths of the underworld.

Malthouse Theatre and Victorian Opera team up to create a theatrical fantasia with some of Australia’s greatest seducers, including Meow Meow, Paul Capsis and Kanen Breen in a production that is part vaudeville, part opera, and all dance with the devil.

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Speak Percussion: Assembly Operation
Sep
5
to Sep 9

Speak Percussion: Assembly Operation

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.

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Turangalîla
Jul
29
8:00pm 8:00pm

Turangalîla

Australian conductor Simone Young leads Messiaen’s mammoth Turangalîla-Symphonie - a monumental symphony and a virtuosic piano concerto, an epic symphonic 'love song' demanding the full commitment of over one hundred orchestral musicians.

Jacob Abela, ondes-martenot | Timothy Young, piano | Simone Young, conductor
Australian World Orchestra & Australian National Academy of Music Orchestra

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Speak Percussion: Fluorophone
Jul
23
2:00pm 2:00pm

Speak Percussion: Fluorophone

Speak Percussion’s Fluorophone creates a kaleidoscopic sound world in which the central instruments radiate, flicker, glow and burn. Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and custom-built LED discs are combined with percussion to create a program in which the music and lighting design are one and the same. Fluorophone moves between noise, theatrical music and virtuosic instrumentalism, in a synesthetic display of light and sound.

Presented by City Recital Hall (Sydney) for the Unashamedly Original Festival. 

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Speak Percussion: Transducer
Jul
22
4:00pm 4:00pm

Speak Percussion: Transducer

Speak Percussion’s Artistic Director Eugene Ughetti and new media artist Robin Fox explore the relationship between percussion and the microphone, space and kinetics, and acoustic and processed sound.

Transducer places the microphone at the centre of the creative investigation and redefines its function and potential as an expressive musical object, repurposing microphone technology to tease out the inextricable fundamentals of creating, reproducing and manipulating electronic and acoustic sound. Through specially developed kinetic sculptures and complex modes of electrical transduction a completely unique musical work is formed.

Presented by City Recital Hall (Sydney) for the Unashamedly Original Festival. 

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Blackbird Creative Lab
Jun
11
to Jun 24

Blackbird Creative Lab

A two-week intensive in Ojai, California with Eighth Blackbird, composers Jennifer Higdon and Ted Hearne, director/filmmaker Mark DeChiazza, and thirty fellows from around the world.  The Creative Lab focuses on cutting edge musicianship, dynamic performance aesthetic and savvy inventive development. 

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Only
Mar
24
8:00pm 8:00pm

Only

An evening of sound and silence at Aeso Studio. Improvisations and world premieres of low volume works by Josten Myburgh (WA) and Jacob Abela (VIC).

ABELA - Z for flute, percussion and electronics (WP)
Josten Myburgh, Sage Pbbbt, Michael McNab - improv set
MYBURGH - Only for glockenspiel and electronics (WP)

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Speak Percussion: Bell Curve
Mar
3
to Mar 4

Speak Percussion: Bell Curve

An immersive and intimate performance work for 12 independent musicians playing the Federation Hand Bells. Through an exploration of complex mathematical and spatial relationships, a massed sound event unfolds across the performance space, a world revealed between the attacks and beating patterns of tuned bell resonance.

8pm, 3 March 2017
2pm & 8pm, 4 March 2017

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Speak Percussion: Fluorophone
Nov
23
to Nov 25

Speak Percussion: Fluorophone

A kaleidoscopic sound world in which the central instruments radiate, flicker, glow and burn. Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and custom-built LED discs are combined with percussion to create a program in which the music and lighting design are one and the same. 

October 23-25, 8pm

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ANAM: Ballet Mecanique
Oct
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

ANAM: Ballet Mecanique

  • Australian National Academy of Music (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Revolutionary as nothing has been revolutionary… It is the rhythm of machinery, presented as beautifully as an artist knows how.” George Antheil

GINASTERA Cantata para América Mágica op. 27
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring (arr. Young for two pianos and percussion)
ANTHEIL Ballet Mécanique (1923-25 version)

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Rubiks: songbirdsongs
Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Rubiks: songbirdsongs

In the beautiful surrounds of Brightspace, Rubiks Collective presents three works celebrating and exploring the tensions between our natural world and modern technology.

LUTHER ADAMS songbirdsongs (Australian premiere)
ABELA gonzo (I want more from you) (World premiere)
WILLIAMS new work (World premiere)

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Freedman Classical Fellowship Finalists' Concert
Sep
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

Freedman Classical Fellowship Finalists' Concert

  • ABC Sydney - Eugene Goossens Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear performances from the three finalists of the prestigious 2016 Freedman Classical Fellowship in concert and be there as this year's winner is announced. The annual Fellowship awards a classical instrumentalist less than 30 years of age with a $20,000 scholarship to undertake a career-enhancing creative project. Free concert, but booking ahead advised!

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BIFEM: Seeing Double
Sep
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

BIFEM: Seeing Double

2016 BIFEM opens with the world premiere of two new Australian double concerti.

SYMONDS Double Purity 
Soloists James Wannan, viola d'amore, and Kaylie Melville, percussion
CHISHOLM Harp Guitar Double Concerto
Soloists Jessica Fotinos, harp, and Mauricio Carrasco, guitar

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Darmstadt 48th International Summer Course for New Music
Jul
29
to Aug 14

Darmstadt 48th International Summer Course for New Music

A meeting point for composers, interpreters, performers, sound artists, and scholars. For discovery, learning, networking, exchange and debate, collaboration, and – last but not least – invention.

2016 percussion studio led by Christian Dierstein and Hakon Stene, with lectures and workshops by with Christof Caskel and James Wood.

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Bricolage: Australian Percussion Gathering
Jul
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Bricolage: Australian Percussion Gathering

  • Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Australian Percussion Gathering is week-long event bringing together percussion students, educators, industry professionals, orchestra musicians, instrument makers and passionate audiences from around the country. Bricolage will perform as part of Clocked Out's Listening Museum, alongside The Sound Collectors, Clocked Out and Early Warning System.

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kammervolk: chamber people
Jun
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

kammervolk: chamber people

Melbourne based composer and freelance musician Allison Wright presents an evening of chamber music inspired by the sound of the emerging contemporary classical music scene in New York, exploring both the divide and intimacy between classical and pop music.

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Rubiks: The cold earth slept below.
Jun
12
5:00pm 5:00pm

Rubiks: The cold earth slept below.

In partnership with Kew Court House's Future Classic series, Rubiks presents The cold earth slept below; a program of breathtaking beauty inspired by the Winter Solstice, exploring the intertwined themes of death and renewal in human lives and the natural world.

DONATONI Ave
WOLFE Singing in the Dead of Night (Australian premiere)
FONVILLE Music for Sarah VI
LANG death speaks (Australian premiere)

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The Beatles Orchestrated
May
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Beatles Orchestrated

A live musical recreation of the Beatles greatest hits made famous through the band’s collaboration with the genius of their producer and arranger George Martin. The world’s premier Beatles band, the Fabulous Beatle Boys, perform with the Australian Symphony Orchestra under the baton of internationally-acclaimed conductor George Ellis.

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Speak Percussion: Brutalist Block Party
May
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

Speak Percussion: Brutalist Block Party

  • 122 Roseneath Street Clifton Hill, VIC, 3068 Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hotel Hotel has commissioned two new works. One for the eyes and one for the ears – a short film of Brutalist buildings, co-directed by Coco and Maximilian and U-P, and an accompanying sound piece by Speak Percussion that interprets them aurally. Together they create a different experience of Brutalism – one that doesn’t ask us what we think, one that doesn’t challenge what we know, but rather, that asks us to feel Brutalist architecture with our senses. 

Free event.

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