Solo percussion works for singular sound sources, performed by Eugene Ughetti, artistic director of Australian ensemble Speak Percussion, as part of their 2022 UK tour.
Agglomeration of Measurement is a survey of work, spanning fifteen years, articulating some of the creative relationships surrounding Eugene Ughetti’s percussive language and a twenty-first century Australian percussion sound. This hour-long program features recent experimental compositions focussing on individual traditional percussion instruments including the woodblock, drum, cymbal, gong and the body itself.
This touring version of the project has been directed by German born Sydney-based choreographer Martin del Amo and features his movement work for solo, silent percussionist Inaudible.
Many of the works in the Agglomeration of Measurement project were the germ for larger scale compositions and collaborations, forming some of the major works in Speak Percussion’s oeuvre. Sitting around these solo works are other percussion solos, trios, quartets, sextets, twelvetets, mixed ensemble works and an opera. Featured composers include some of Australia’s leading voices in new and experimental composition and include Liza Lim, Thomas Meadowcroft, Nina Buchanan, Alex Garsden and Marin Del Amo.
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This concert is part of the 2021-22 UK / Australia Season. The UK / Australia Season is a major new cultural exchange celebrating the diverse and innovative artist communities and cultural sectors of each nation. A collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Season spans theatre, film, visual arts, dance, design, architecture, music, literature, higher education and public engagement across 2021 and 2022.
Liza Lim, An Elemental Thing (2017)
Alex Garsden, Tremolo (2019)
Nina Buchanan, (untitled) (2022)
Martin Del Amo, Inaudible (2009)
Thomas Meadowcroft, March Static (2018/2022)
Eugene Ughetti - Solo Percussion
Martin Del Amo - Dramaturgy
About Eugene Ughetti
Eugene Ughetti is the founding artistic director of Speak Percussion and is known for tackling complex and ambitious projects whether as director, composer, performer or conductor. He has worked with some of the world’s guiding lights in new music including Pierre Boulez, Liza Lim, Steve Reich and John Zorn. Eugene’s works have been presented at Darmstadt (Germany), Roulette (USA), SONICA (UK), Ruhrtriennale (Germany), Mona Foma (Australia), Arts Centre Melbourne (Australia), MONA FOMA (Australia), Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), Ars Electronica (Austria), SIPFest (Indonesia), National Museum (Singapore) and Transart (Italy) among others.
About Speak Percussion
“virtuosic and adventurous” New York Times
Speak Percussion has shaped the sound of 21st century Australian percussion music through the creation and presentation of ambitious arts projects. Internationally recognised as a leader in the fields of experimental and contemporary classical music, Speak is constantly seeking to redefine the potential of percussion.
Speak Percussion engages in world-class, risk-taking and innovative projects with many of the world’s leading exponents of experimental and new music. It has commissioned and
premiered over 130 percussion works, and has contributed new 21st Century masterworks to the global percussion repertoire.
Speak Percussion's “breathtakingly impressive” (The West Australian) projects have toured to some of the world’s leading festivals and venues including Maerzmusik (Germany), SONICA (UK), The Barbican (UK), Darmstadt (Germany), Ruhrtrienniale (Germany), Transart (Italy), Tage für Neue Musik, Zurich (Switzerland), TIPC (Taiwan), Salihara (Indonesia), CONNECT (Sweden), ARENA (Latvia), GAIDA (Lithuania) and Café OTO (UK).
Artistic collaborators have included Steve Reich (USA), Ilan Volkov (ISRAEL), The Necks (AUS), Liza Lim (VIC), Oren Ambarchi (VIC), Chris Corsano (USA), Ingar Zach (NO), Mark Applebaum (USA), Richard Barrett (UK), Jon Rose (AUS), Eyvind Kang (USA), Bent Sørensen (DK), Steven Schick (USA), Fritz Hauser (CH), Michael Pisaro (USA), Claire Chase (USA), Robbie Avenaim (VIC), Robin Fox (VIC) and Phil Samartzis (VIC).
Speak Percussion has four times been awarded an AMC/APRA Art Music Award, most recently taking the 2020 Luminary award for an Organisation and the 2019 award for Performance of the Year for Atlas of the Sky. Speak received an Honorary Mention for the Prix Ars Electronic 2019 for Polar Force.
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