Scale Variable 2017

Concert 4: Motion by Soundstorm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it has been necessary to cancel Motion by Soundstorm.  Soundstorm and Tura New Music apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Kirsten Smith (flutes)
Louise Devenish (percussion)
Catherine Ashley (harp)
Tristen Parr (cello)
Joan Wright (double bass)
Pedro Alvarez (conductor)
Josten Myburgh (sound, electronics)


Soundstorm are presenting an international program with a Perth accent: music by renowned Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and US-born/Finland-based Timothy Page create a framework for works by Perth composers Pedro Alvarez and Stephen de Filippo. The program features works in which the idea of change through movement is one of the key elements shaping the musical process and expressivity. Investigating the nature and structure of change projects a multitude of possibilities, and each work addresses the concept in different ways that generate a range of sonic energies. Pulsating motion; ethereal, gravity-fleeing flight; transition – subtle or striking; turbulent stream; agile running… Embracing motion, and the changes it brings, is a way of diving into the unknown and traversing unfamiliar territories, as well as finding connecting pathways along the unfolding journey.

Kaija Saariaho – Laconisme de l’aile (flute and electronics) WA premiere
Pedro Alvarez – Untitled on Earth (percussion, double bass) world premiere
Stephen De Filippo – Sporadic Intervention (percussion, harp, double bass) world premiere
Pedro Alvarez – Silente (cello) world premiere
Timothy Page – Curl (flute, harp, and electronics)


Soundstorm is an ensemble dedicated to performing contemporary and late 20th-century music, with particular interest in works that focus on imaginative and in-depth exploration of sound through performance craft. The ensemble is based in Perth, Australia, and is strongly committed to presenting music by local composers, both emerging and internationally recognised, alongside some of the major compositional voices of the past few decades. The concerts presented by the ensemble aim for a balance between newly commissioned works, revisiting formerly performed scores, and reaching for selected gems of the modern repertoire.

‘challenging and stimulating’ – The West Australian

‘Throughout, the performances were as arresting and strongly individual as the compositional voices. If [Soundstorm’s concert] The Calm Before was “about” anything, it was possibility. And the transcendence of limitations.’ – The West Australian

 ‘[Soundstorm’s concert] The Calm Before was successful in presenting adventurous music that not only showcased the uniqueness of each composer but also the identity of the musicians.’ – RealTime