School Holiday Workshops: “You’re An Instrument”
Presented by Speak Percussion, Darebin Arts Centre & AirSticks
15-16 April 2023
Darebin Arts Centre
Two scientists take kids on a wild magical ride where movement becomes music, turning anything & everything into musical instruments. Yes, new technology can turn the actions of a human body, a pot-plant, or even a shampoo bottle, into any sound known to humanity. So move it!
A funny interactive all-ages family show exploring the history of sound & music, including the thoughts and feelings behind any toot, ding, dong or symphony, featuring the incredibly exciting technology of Airsticks.
For ages 5-12 years
Only participants require tickets. Guardians are free to attend and do not require a ticket.
Duration: 50 Minutes
Complimentary tickets are available for students currently enrolled at a Victorian specialist school. For further information, please contact email@example.com.
Sonic Eclipse Performance Program: March Static
29 April – 15 June 2023
Darebin Arts Centre / Melbourne Recital Centre
Calling all flute, clarinet, saxophone, low brass, percussion and drum players; we need you for the Melbourne premiere of March Static! Join Speak Percussion in the opening and closing works of their epic project Sonic Eclipse in this year’s RISING Festival.
Composed by internationally acclaimed composer Thomas Meadowcroft (AU/DE), March Static is a stunning roaming work for massed wind/low brass and percussion/drum players, developed in collaboration with two luminary figures in new music: Eugene Ughetti (AU, percussion) and Claire Chase (US, flutes).
In this performance, a massed team of wind/low brass and percussion/drum players will overtake the foyers and Elisabeth Murdoch Hall at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday June 15.
We are seeking volunteer participants who play flute, clarinet, saxophone, low brass, percussion and drums at an equivalent minimum AMEB Grade 2 standard. Music notation reading skills are required.
- perform at RISING, an international arts festival, in the world class venue, Melbourne Recital Centre
- be mentored by and perform alongside new music pioneers Speak Percussion
- explore new music, choreography and performance techniques
- be provided a performance T-Shirt to keep and light refreshments around rehearsal and performance periods.
- have access to Artist Rush tickets from the Melbourne Recital Centre (purchase up to two tickets (for yourself and a guest) at $15 each to MRC Presented Events. Offer is available from 48 hours prior to the concert)
Applications for the Sonic Eclipse Performance Program must be received by 5pm, Wednesday 12 April 2023. For assistance with your aapplication or to request further information, please contact Biddy Connor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
School Holiday Intensive: Dark Voyages
5-7 July 2023
Darebin Arts Centre
Victorian secondary students are invited to take part in the creative development of a new musical work to premiere in late 2023, drawing inspiration from the Voyager space exhibition and the story of the Golden Record.
The Golden Record is a curated set of images and sounds, portraying life on Earth and greeting any other potential residents of the universe. Launched into space in 1977, the Voyager spacecraft and the Golden Record are now the farthest human-made objects from Earth.
Dark Voyages is a new musical work exploring the story of the Golden Record, using percussion and artificial intelligence to synthesise the record’s sounds into a new cosmic language.
Led by Speak Percussion’s Assistant Artistic Director Kaylie Melville, students will workshop and explore notated, improvised and graphic musical ideas ahead of further rehearsals and performances at the Science Gallery in late 2023.
Participants will perform on a range of traditional and non-traditional percussion instruments. Percussionists and non-percussionists are encouraged to apply, and all materials will be provided.
Applications for the Dark Voyages School Holiday Intensive must be received by 5pm, Friday 30 June 2023. For assistance with your application or to request further information, please contact Sounds Unheard Coordinator Kaylie Melville (email@example.com).