Speak Percussion has defined 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 are constantly seeking to
redefine the potential of percussion.
Ranging from solo concerts to massed sound events, Speak
Percussion’s “breathtakingly impressive” (The West Australian) work is
presented throughout the world in concert halls, theatres, galleries and
Speak Percussion have been responsible for over 100
commissions and premieres of new percussion works, contributing new 21st
Century masterworks to the global percussion repertoire.
Over its sixteen-year history, Speak Percussion has engaged
in world-class, risk-taking and innovative projects with many of the world’s
leading exponents of experimental and new music. Such artists include Steve
Reich (USA), Ilan Volkov (ISRAEL), The Necks (AUS), Liza Lim (VIC), Oren
Ambarchi (VIC), Mark Applebaum (USA), Richard Barrett (UK), Jon Rose (AUS), Eyvind
Kang (USA), Bent Sørensen (DK), Steven Schick (USA), Fritz Hauser (CH), Michael
Pisaro (USA) and Robin Fox (VIC).
National touring appearances include MONA FOMA (TAS),
Tectonics - Adelaide Festival (SA), Totally Huge New Music Festival (WA),
Performance Space (NSW), Brisbane Powerhouse (QLD), Judith Wright Centre (QLD)
and Canberra International Music Festival (ACT).
Speak Percussion has three times been awarded an Art Music
Award (APRA AMC), most recently the 2016 award for Excellence in Experimental
Music. Speak has won a 2014 Green Room Award for Fluvial and won Best Music in
the 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival for its large-scale robotics project Automation.
Speak’s Artistic Director Eugene Ughetti, over the past five years, has amassed
significant recognition through receiving an inaugural Sidney Myer Creative
Fellowship, MCA/Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music (2011), the OZCO
Creative Fellowship ‘Early Career’ as well as twice being a finalist in the
Melbourne Prize for Music.