Sheets of Sound

Sheets of Sound is the latest solo project from award-winning percussionist Louise Devenish.

Featuring two new commissions composed especially for Devenish by Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh and Matthias Schack-Arnott, Sheets of Sound diversifies the sonic possibilities of metal, paper, plastic and skin and electronics. This tactile sound world is paired with instruments and objects carefully and spatially arranged. An invitation to discover new percussive music, Sheets of Sound is a curious exploration of the intersection between sound, performance and installation.

Presented by Tura and PICA.

‘…incredibly deft and compelling performance’ – Limelight Magazine

‘Sonic gorgeousness from Devenish’ Seesaw Magazine

stunning virtuosity …interpretive flair and technical brilliance’ –  Loudmouth


7:30pm Fri 28 – Sat 29 June 2019
PICA Performance Space
$15-$32 Tickets from PICA


Louise Devenish | Image by Rachael Barrett

PROGRAM

Featuring two new commissions composed especially for Devenish by Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh and Matthias Schack-Arnott, Sheets of Sound diversifies the sonic possibilities of metal, paper, plastic and skin in combination with electronics.

Hsieh’s composition utilises paper, plastic and metal sheets and builds dialogues between texture, tactility and the soloist’s body. Exploration of the expressive affordance of various sheets will be extended using contact microphones to elevate subtle sonorities that are otherwise inaudible.

Schack-Arnott’s work animates two bass drums. Their skins vibrating through the use of extreme low frequency. As specific kinetic forces are set in motion by the drums, knives, crystal and metal objects are scraped across the surface of the drums to form geometric patterns of glistening tones.

LOUISE DEVENISH

Louise Devenish is a contemporary percussionist whose practice blends performance, collaboration and artistic research. A passionate advocate of new and Australian music, Louise has commissioned over 50 works for percussion, and her performances are acknowledged for ‘dazzling vitality’, ‘stunning virtuosity’,‘interpretive flair and technical brilliance’.Louise is a core artist with Decibel (WA), Speak Percussion (Vic), The Sound Collectors and Intercurrent. With these ensembles she explores graphic notation, post-instrumental practice and collaborative creativity through performances around Australasia, Europe, North America and the UK. Louise is Chair of Percussion at the UWA Conservatorium of Music, a Churchill Fellow, and recently published her first book Global Percussion Innovations: The Australian Perspective.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.