Totally Huge New Music Festival 2017

2017 THNMF Opportunities

Opportunities within the 13th Totally Huge New Music Festival

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Participant Call-Out


Speak Percussion and guests will unite in the 13th Totally Huge New Music Festival to perform the WA premiere of A wave and waves by American composer Michael Pisaro, a massive 74-minute work for 100 performers on 100 instruments.

In this rare opportunity, join with one of Australia’s most dynamic and risk taking arts organisations in an extraordinary new music project. Michael Pisaro is a world-renowned composer who was instrumental in the formation of the Wandelweiser Group. A wave and waves is a project that redefines the way contemporary chamber music is presented.

  • Participate in the WA premiere of a major work by Michael Pisaro (USA)
  • Perform in the 13th Totally Huge New Music Festival alongside Speak Percussion and peers from across Australia
  • Signing up is easy, free and comes with a range of benefits

100 individuals will unite to realise the WA premiere performance of A wave and waves. The Midland Railway Workshops will be transformed into a sonic and visual ocean of instruments and performers, creating an intimate experience of monumental proportions.

Each of the 100 performers will be set up in a grid formation, with their individual part and meticulously selected percussive instrument. Between (in-front, beside and behind) each performer will sit an audience member, forming a massive grid-like seating configuration that fills the entire floor space.

In A wave and waves the 100 parts evolve through textures in an expansive structure comprised of two 35-minute sections. The first section is one colossal percussive wave lasting the entire 35 minutes. The second section is a series of 100 small waves that move across the grid of performers. As the title suggests, A wave and waves is inspired by the sound and regularity of the ocean’s waves, as well as by the duality between the collective action of granular sounds (drops of water) and the large event (the wave). The proportions of the work, and the sheer beauty and fragility of the sound world, will offer an unforgettable evening for both audiences and performers alike.

All participants will receive an Artist Pass enabling special price tickets to all Totally Huge New Music Festival events, 1 x complimentary ticket to one of the performances, a complimentary company t-shirt to wear in the performances and the rare and exciting opportunity to be a part of a giant new music ensemble in the 13th Totally Huge New Music Festival.

Water, tea and coffee will be provided at all rehearsals. A meal will provided on Sunday 22 October and Saturday 28 October. Snacks will be provided between performances on Sunday 29 October, however participants are advised to eat before they arrive.

Participants must be aged 15 years or over. No percussion experience is required – this call is open to all interested people. Participants will work with Eugene Ughetti (Artistic Director, Speak Percussion), Louise Devenish (Head of Percussion, University of Western Australia) and Tura’s production team.

Rehearsals will take place at Callaway Music Auditorium, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley.

Performances will take place at the Midland Railway Workshops:
Intersection of Main Gate and Woodmill Lane within the Midland Railway Workshops. Enter via Yelverton Drive (see map: Midland Railway Workshops Map).

17 October 2017 | 6pm-7pm | Info Session (Callaway Auditorium, UWA)
21-22 October 2017 | 10am-5pm | Rehearsals (Callaway Auditorium, UWA)
28 October 2017 | 10am-5pm | Rehearsals (Midland Railway Workshops)
29 October 2017 | 11.30am-5.30pm | Performances (Midland Railway Workshops)

Tura New Music’s annual program is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, in association with Lotterywest and The Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body.

You can apply to perform in A wave and waves by submitting the application form:
A wave and waves application form 2017

All applications must be submitted via email to by 15 September.

An excerpt of the work can be seen here:


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