Saturday May 23
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“I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains…”
Transmutations by Australian Composer Anthony Pateras explores the fundamental concept of change. Each section of this 5 movement masterwork constructs new and juxtaposing soundscapes, which are then deconstructed, rebuilt, and transformed through the unique combinations of sounds and unconventional instruments. Acoustic Effects such as metallic tinkling, rustling paper and plastic, shrill and shrieking bowed polystyrene and even a harmonious chorus of whirly tubes are merged with more traditional percussion sounds such as drums and woodblocks to create spectacular combinations of colours and textures. The piece will leave you transfixed as the performers take you on a journey through sonic landscapes that are constantly shifting and changing.
Our first concert of 2015 celebrates another constantly changing landscape rich in diversity; our home country Australia. A wide range of percussion music from all Australian Composers reflects the amazing diversity and awesome power of the land we call home; works inspired by the beauty of the landscape, the wonders of life, and the importance of our culture and heritage.
Splash will also be featuring several guest soloists as well as premiering a new work by a young, up-and-coming Australian composer.
Join us on the 23rd of May as we present our first concert, “Transmutations”.Book Now
Splash, or the Sydney University Percussion Ensemble is the first and only percussion ensemble at the main university campus. Splash’s vision is to inspire and encourage young percussionists to continue playing percussion and performing music after leaving High School. To do this Splash provides regular rehearsals and performance opportunities for percussion ensemble music as well as the necessary equipment and support. Splash is unique in that all members are amateur musicians, and all are involved in the creative and organisational processes.
Splash engages its members and audiences by performing fun and exciting pieces as well as challenging contemporary works. Splash’s ever growing list of repertoire includes transcriptions, arrangements and novelty items all the way up to serious percussion masterworks by prominent composers such as Steve Reich, Nigel Westlake and John Cage. Splash has also premiered several works written specifically for the ensemble by young, talented composers.
James Guest (Artistic Director)