Speak Percussion – Filament

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Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Speak Percussion


Concert Cancelled: Speak Percussion

Due to COVID-19 cases among the artists, we are sad and sorry to advise that Speak Percussion’s concert on Wednesday 13 April has been cancelled.

A message from Speak Percussion

Due to COVID-19, we must cancel tomorrow night’s premiere performance of Filament in the Primrose Potter Salon. We were excited to share our first major work in 26 months and are optimistic we’ll be able to reschedule the work for later this year. Our next event is a free concert at Gertrude Contemporary on Saturday 21 May as part of our Before Nightfall series. To stay informed about our upcoming works please subscribe to our enews on our website. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by this cancellation. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Ticketholders are entitled to a full refund through their original point of purchase. All refunds will be processed automatically.

Event details

A sound world where any physical object in existence can be musicalised.

Speak Percussion has shaped the sound of 21st century Australian percussion music through ambitious arts projects and are recognised as a leader in experimental and contemporary classical music. Constantly seeking to redefine the potential of percussion, they engage in world-class, risk-taking and innovative projects.

Their performance in Primrose Potter Salon takes listeners beyond musical instruments to a sound world where any physical object in existence can be musicalised. Filament is a showcase of artistic compositional voices in Post Instrumental Practice, a boundary-breaking field of contemporary percussion music.

In a program of Australian and world premieres, Speak Percussion present works by Cathy Van Eck, Josephine Macken, Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri and Andreas E. Frank. Focusing on electronics, bespoke instruments and simple everyday objects – a plant, a hairdryer, a quartet of windshield wiper motors.

An enthralling event that pushes the bounds of musical philosophies and unexpected sound worlds.

Please join Speak Percussion for a post-concert talk discussing their academic research in redefining the potential of percussion.

Praise for Speak Percussion

‘Virtuosic and adventurous.’ New York Times

COVID Safety

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Eugene Ughetti percussion
Kaylie Melville percussion
Louise Devenish percussion
Lauren Squire sound engineer


Josephine Macken
Vessel Song

Cathy van Eck
Groene Ruis

Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri
Duo for Motor and Sound Panels

Andreas Eduardo Frank
Duo Table Talk


This production is part of the following series: