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Matthias Schack-Arnott

Presented in Season 1 2015

Presented by Arts House and Speak Percussion

6.30pm, Wed 13 May
6.30pm, Thu 14 May
6.30pm, Fri 15 May
8.45pm, Fri 15 May
3.30pm, Sat 15 May
6.30pm, Sat 16 May
4pm, Sun 17 May
40 mins

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne


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Emerging young Melbourne-based musician Matthias Schack-Arnott performs Fluvial, a solo work for a large-scale kinetic percussion instrument. A horizon of quivering metals, glass and stone are used to create a work of shimmering textural extremes.

Fluvial draws its inspiration from tidal movement, currents, transformation and ritual. Informed by Matthias’ training as a classical percussionist, the work combines rigorous musical processes with an immersive installation environment. Objects are suspended en masse above an eight-metre bed of granite, metal and water. Glass bottles quiver and collide; overlapping metal tubes create glistening harmonic swells as wind chimes hover and sway over the instrument.

A stunning and beautifully balanced exploration of sound and texture, Fluvial renders the percussion instrument into a teeming, fluid mass, moving between the ecstatic and the absurd.

“As thought provoking as it is beautiful…Theatrically stunning,aurally stimulating, Fluvial is an unmissable experience.”
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Artistic Director, Composer and Performer:
Matthias Schack-Arnott
Lighting Designer:
Travis Hodgson

Art Technician:
Steve Walsh
Timber, Stone and Metal Work:
Lucas Paine

Supported by – Fluvial has been supported by Arts Victoria; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image by – Jesse Hunniford