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Speak Percussion

Presented in Season 2 2016

World Premiere
Presented by Arts House

7.30pm, Wed 2 Nov
6.15pm, Thurs 20 Jul
6.15pm, Fri 21 Jul
5pm, Sat 22 Jul with post-show Q&A

45 mins

Arts House
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne


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Wheelchair Accessible

Suitable for ages 10+

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Acclaimed percussive artist, Matthias Schack- Arnott, returns to Arts House with a new work that aurally and kinetically explores cycles, orbits and the perception of time. Hypnotic and dreamlike, Anicca features a variable-speed rotating instrument created with engineer Richard Allen, augmented by a rotational lighting system and multi-channel audio.

Anicca – meaning ‘impermanence’ – is inspired by the relationship between the cyclic and the transcendental in Hindu and Buddhist thought. Through interlocking musical gestures, performers Schack-Arnott and Eugene Ughetti play the instrument’s spinning, textured surface, creating timbral cannons, mechanical phasing effects and microtonal pitch cycles. The result
is a shimmering reflection on impermanence, recurrence and perpetual motion. Dynamic, virtuosic and multisensory, Anicca is a percussion adventure with a musical vocabulary like nothing you’ve heard before.

Director, Composer & Performer:

Matthias Schack-Arnott
Eugene Ughetti
Creative Engineering:
Richard Allen
Video System:
Pete Brundle & James Sandri (PDA)

Production Manager & Lighting:
Richard Dinnen (Megafun)
Artist Interns:
Jonathan Griffiths & Hamish Upton
Michaela Coventry

Supported by – Anicca and Matthias Schack-Arnott are supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and the Substation.
Image by – Bryony Jackson