Title

Rhythms of life percussion festival

Document Type

Performance

Publisher

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

School

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

RAS ID

31461

Comments

White, T., Defying Gravity Percussion Ensemble, Digney, F., Oetomo, R., & Logan, A.. (2019). Rhythms of life percussion festival. Australia: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

WAAPA 2019 Performance Program

Abstract

In September 2019, Tim White was the artistic director of the 'Rhythms of Life' percussion festival. This event encompassed seven public performances, eight percussion masterclasses and 12 workshops, and was hosted by the WA Academy of Performing Arts. The goal of the research was to challenge conventional percussion ensemble performance by inventing novel percussion instruments as performance art, interrogating the principles of minimalism (via Steve Reich's 'Drumming'), and emphasizing the emerging role of the composer /percussionist in 'Power.Passion.Percussion'.

These performances included the world premieres of four new works: Joey Eng's 'Six Minutes in the Rain', Gabrielle Lee's 'Turtles in a Hurry', Steven Hartley's 'Ripples' and Joey Eng's 'Quiet Mind'.

Power.Passion.Percussion

International percussion virtuosi Fiona Digney (multipercussion) and Robert Oetomo (marimba and vibraphone) dazzle with their extraordinary skills and musicianship in a celebration of the imagination, energy, passion and power of percussion. Defying Gravity joins in to explore a mystical world of exotic instruments, seductive timbres, breathtaking images, and the overwhelming power of rhythm!

Steve Reich's Drumming

Steve Reich's masterpiece, Drumming, is an overwhelming and unforgettable experience. Unique, astonishing, pioneering, enchanting and mesmerising, Drumming sweeps audiences into another realm – a musical universe where time stands still, where rhythms shimmer with joy, and melodies unfold until they sparkle like stars in the sky.

Additional Information


Power.Passion.Percussion

Performed by Fiona Digney and Robert Oetomo with Defying Gravity.

Music Director: Tim White.

Defying Gravity: Madeline Colvin, Chris Damant, Joey Eng, Steven Hartley, Gabrielle Lee, Aaron Logan, Germaine Png, Tayla Rattray, Caleigh Rhee, Laura Saxon, Thomas Selim, Christopher Thong and Jesse Vivante.

Guest musicians: Rachel Fish (harp) and Caitlin Malcolm (flute).

Performed at Richard Gill Auditorium, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Mount Lawley, Western Australia on 13th and 14th September 2019.

Steve Reich's Drumming

Performed by Defying Gravity and Guests.

Music Directors: Fiona Digney, Aaron Logan and Tim White.

Defying Gravity: Madeline Colvin, Chris Damant, Joey Eng, Steven Hartley, Gabrielle Lee, Aaron Logan, Germaine Png, Tayla Rattray, Caleigh Rhee, Laura Saxon, Thomas Selim, Christopher Thong and Jesse Vivante

Guest musicians:

Caitlin Malcolm and Joshua McMahon (piccolo)

Charis Postmus and Sophie Herbert (voice)

Performed at Richard Gill Auditorium, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Mount Lawley, Western Australia on 19th, 20th and 21st September 2019.

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