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Speak Percussion

Speak Percussion presents Sonic Eclipse – an immersive spatial musical event featuring 50+ mobilised drummers and wind players and an ensemble of 12 leading percussionists. This program of four new Australian compositions sonically envelopes the three floors of Melbourne’s Recital Centre, reimagining the venue’s conventional acoustics, encouraging audiences to listen with their eyes, bodies and ears.

Sessions During APAM Gathering: Thu 15 June at 8:00pm
Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre


“An immersive sonic event featuring new works by luminary art music composers, a mass of mobilised musicians, spatialised sonic choreography and a reframing of the marching band phenomenon.”

Speak Percussion takes percussive art to its physical and conceptual extremes – challenging music performance practice and redefining the limits of percussion. Sonic Eclipse is an immersive percussive event that interweaves four world premiere compositions into a seamless exhalation of spatialized sound. A reimagining of the marching band phenomenon, Sonic Eclipse brings together a mass of 50+ mobilised musicians to envelop the entire Melbourne Recital Centre with a spectrum of choreographed percussion and wind music. Interwoven are new works for percussion duodectet by some of Australia’s most acclaimed experimental-art music composers. This work is adaptable to a variety of spaces and has capacity to work at a large scale of community engagement.

Performers include members of Speak Percussion in collaboration with Melbourne’s music community


Artistic Director: Eugene Ughetti
Lighting Designer: Bronwyn Pringle
Assistant Artistic Director: Kaylie Melville
Sound Engineer: Jem Savage
Composers: Cathy Milliken, Erkki Veltheim, Thomas Meadowcroft, Damien Ricketson

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