“virtuosic and adventurous” New York Times
Speak Percussion has shaped the sound of 21st century Australian percussion music through the creation and presentation of ambitious arts projects. Internationally recognised as a leader in the fields of experimental and contemporary classical music, Speak is constantly seeking to redefine the potential of percussion.
Speak Percussion engages in world-class, risk-taking and innovative projects with many of the world’s leading exponents of experimental and new music. It has commissioned and premiered over 130 percussion works, and has contributed new 21st Century masterworks to the global percussion repertoire.
Speak Percussion's “breathtakingly impressive” (The West Australian) projects have toured to some of the world’s leading festival’s and venues including Maerzmusik (Germany), SONICA (UK), The Barbican (UK), Darmstadt (Germany), Tage für Neue Musik, Zurich (Switzerland), TIPC (Taiwan), Salihara (Indonesia), CONNECT (Sweden), ARENA (Latvia), GAIDA (Lithuania) and Café OTO (UK).
Artistic collaborators have included Steve Reich (USA), Ilan Volkov (ISRAEL), The Necks (AUS), Liza Lim (VIC), Oren Ambarchi (VIC), Chris Corsano (USA), Ingar Zach (NO), Mark Applebaum (USA), Richard Barrett (UK), Jon Rose (AUS), Eyvind Kang (USA), Bent Sørensen (DK), Steven Schick (USA), Fritz Hauser (CH), Michael Pisaro (USA), Claire Chase (USA), Robbie Avenaim (VIC), Robin Fox (VIC) and Phil Samartzis (VIC).