Defying gravity: Steve Reich under the stars

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'OffBEAT' percussion festival


Fremantle Arts Centre


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications




White, T., & Defying Gravityt. (2017). Defying gravity: Steve Reich under the stars. 'OffBEAT' percussion festival. Fremantle Arts Centre.


The music of legendary American composer Steve Reich comes to life as WAAPA's award· winning percussion ensemble Defying Gravity performs his classics Six Marimbas and Music for Pieces of Wood.

Considered one of America's greatest and most influential living composers, Reich pioneered minimalism in the 1960s with music that thrives on pattern, pulse and melody, and remains a giant on the contemporary music scene.

Defying Gravity will be joined by master musician Joshua Webster (WA), the sublime vocals of Pippa Lester (WA), and acclaimed WA/Indian composer and performer Tao lssaro for this performance in FAC's enchanting Inner Courtyard.

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Performed at the Fremantle Arts Centre on 25 March 2017.

Performers: Drew Alexander, Ben Albert, Joshua Banks, Chris Damant, Nanna Faulkner, Azariah Felton, Pavan Hari, Laura Harris, Michael O'Shaughnessy, lzaac Masters,Arund Pearce, Germaine Png, Tom Robertson, Julius Rogers, Mercedes Slack-Smith and Jesse Vivante

Special guest artists: Joshua Webster, Tao lssaro, Pippa Lester, Hari Hament and Sivakumar Balakrishnan

Musical Director:Tim White

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