Reviews

"The final movement [of Per Nørgård’s Percussion Concerto For a Change] was an absolute tour de force of percussion playing, demanding great reserves of stamina. It was almost as if Melville herself had become the Sacrificial Maiden with a frenzy of sustained drumming, hypnotic enough to put anybody in an altered state of consciousness. Her slender, lithe frame swayed to driving rhythms with unerring commitment. The drumming of feet that accompanied the enthusiastic applause was a fitting acknowledgment of her immense skill and musicianship."
- Heather Leviston, Classic Melbourne (March 2016)

"Melville gave a bravura performance [of Norgard's Percussion Concerto], moving from drums and woodblocks to a large array of gongs, then over to a panoply of more drums – the whole exercise carried out with assurance and an obvious familiarity with the Danish composer’s demands."
- Clive O'Connell, O'Connell the Music (March 2016)

"Messiaen in Melbourne is sadly all too rare a treat, but a treat it was to gather on Sunday evening at the Australian National Academy of Music to hear the 40th anniversary performance of Des canyons aux étoiles…, one of his most sublime orchestral creations... Kaylie Melville and Peter Neville each showed expert handling of the intricate rhythms and colours of the solo xylorimba and glockenspiel parts."
- Andrew Aronowicz, Partial Durations (November 2014)

"There then followed a breathtaking performance of Brett Dean's Pastoral Symphony - a composition that was uniquely Australian it is evocation of birdsong and urban sounds... The percussion pair of Kaylie Melville and Hugh Tidy were the stars along with Dean's direction."
Hoang Pham, Limelight Magazine (March 2014)

For Rubiks

"From the multicoloured butterflies of Saariaho’s Sept papillons to the dark bouquet of Smith’s Things are become new, the concert showcased Rubiks’ searingly-precise ensemble skills and instrumental control. Rubiks are a formidable contribution to Australia’s growing community of contemporary music makers."
- Matthew Lorenzon, Partial Durations (November 2015)

For Speak Percussion

"So the experience was rather like sitting beneath a canopy of stars and trying to take it all in; an impossible task but endlessly enjoyable to try... At 70 minutes duration, [Speak Percussion's A wave and waves] passed as if but in a fraction of that time. A powerful exercise in 'mindfulness'; a reminder of the exquisite beauty within small things. 5 stars of out 5 (exceptional, unforgettable, a must see)."
- David Barmby, ArtsHub (October 2015)


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