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Coming Together: The Theatre of Percussion


Wed 10 Apr 2013, 7:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University, 140 Grey Street, South Bank, Queensland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $15.00
  • General Admission (concession): $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Clocked Out presents their second concert in the ensemble-in-residence series 2013, and their third concert of percussion group Early Warning System. Percussion is a gestural as well as sonic art form, offering both aural and visual clues to communicate ideas. Coming Together exploits this idea through text, morse code, gesture, and percussing.

Early Warning System is a new Australian percussion group, co-directed by two of Australia’s most innovative percussionists, Michael Askill and Vanessa Tomlinson. Together with emerging percussionists from a flourishing Queensland scene – including Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, Cameron Kennedy, and Nozomi Omote – EWS offer music that celebrates our position in the world, with an Asia-Pacific perspective, and our interests in deep listening to landscape and singular sound sources.

Kate Neal - What Hath (for five percussionists using morse code)
Georges Aperghis - Les Guetteurs des Sons – composed 1981 (for three speaking drummers)
Fredrik Rzewski - Coming Together (for voice, piano, marimbas and drums).

Australian composer Kate Neal combines morse code signaling lights and kaleidoscoping sound in What Hath (2012).

Greek composer Georges Aperghis looks for the ‘beginning of sound’ in his work – mostly in French and unintelligible language – written for 3 speaking, female drummers.

In 1971, Sam Melville was incarcerated in prison, and penned a letter before he was killed in the Attica Riots. The letter became the basis for a composition by the very political composer Fredrik Rzewski in 1972. In 2013, this piece has been turned into a musical performance by Early Warning System. Using spoken word and driving rhythms – drums, marimbas and grand piano – this work is the backbone for a concert that explores ideas of communication in music.