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
There will be a pre-show artist talk with Louise, Annie and Matthias on Saturday 29 June, 5pm. This is free for ticket-holders, and the PICA galleries will stay open late before the performance at 7:30pm.
Louise Devenish and Stuart James Percipience
Matthias Schack-Arnott Catacomb Body Double
Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh Permeating Through the Pores of Shifting Planes
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 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.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.