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Mutant Theatre - Anthony Pateras


Mutant Theatre - Anthony Pateras

  • Date: Sunday, 14 June 2009, 3pm
  • Venue: Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre — Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC
  • Tickets: Adults: $30, Children: $20 Concession: $20 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Event Details

After a long and successful relationship with Anthony Pateras, Speak Percussion and Vanessa Tomlinson present a portrait of his extensive body of works for percussion, including two new pieces commissioned especially for this concert. Mutant Theatre Act III for solo percussion (2008) is the latest instalment in an ongoing collaboration between Pateras and Tomlinson (the first act premiered in 2001 at the Melbourne Museum). The performer is surrounded by a vast array of timbres, explored through short examinations of micro-sets contained within this. A bizarre quicksand results, maximalism drowning in minimalism, buoyed by rich orchestration and elastic tempo.

Transmutations for percussion sextet (2002) is a 5-movement monolith commissioned by Australian new music cornerstone Peter Neville in 2002. At times brutal and unrelenting, as well as spacious and poetic, the piece is a Xenakis-tinged exploration of layered timbral palettes generated from highly physical performance. Pateras originally conducted the VCA ensemble for his 2004 recording Mutant Theatre, released on the prestigious Tzadik imprint.

Hypnagogics for microsounds, crotales and tape (2005) was inspired by the 1960s works of Robert Ashley and Alvin Lucier. It was written as a brief study in psychoacoustics for Eugene Ughetti. The performer has 5 sets of incredibly tiny instruments, amplified and thus transformed into something completely alien. The crotales are tuned around the tape drone, creating variable beating frequencies in the space that intensify as the piece progresses.

Refractions, for percussion sextet (2008) incorporates some of the spatial ensemble techniques of Transmutations, but explores the amorphous sonic capabilities of percussion sextet more deeply. Written in one continuous movement, it is flavoured with some of Pateras’s more recent interests in music from Ethiopia and Burundi, combined with Helmut Lachenmann’s concept of acoustic musique concréte. A supersonic close to an unforgettable concert.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (07) 3844 1296 or by email to janet@clockedout.org

Featured Australian Works

Hypnagogics : percussion by Anthony Pateras
Mutant Theatre Act III : percussion by Anthony Pateras
Refractions (sextets) by Anthony Pateras
Transmutations : for percussion sextet (2002) by Anthony Pateras

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