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Synergy Percussion presents Hierophonie


Synergy Percussion presents Hierophonie

  • Date: Saturday, 18 March 2023, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Pier 2/3 — 13 Hickson Road, Millers Point, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $70+ | Concession: $60+ | Students $39.

Event Details

Two World Premieres and two significant works from the 20th-century percussive canon.

Synergy Percussion presents Hiérophonie at the ACO Neilsen recital space Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay on March 18 at 7.30pm.

Percussion: Wood - Metal - Skin. 

Paul Stanhope... RAQAD II… Australian composer… World Premiere… Marimbas… WOOD! 

Melody Eötvös HELLSCAPE… Australian composer… Percussion Australia Commission… World Premiere… Vibes, Sixxen, Rin, Triangles… METAL! 

Iannis Xenakis OKHO… Greek/French composer… Drums, Drums, Drums… SKIN! 

Yoshihisa Taïra HIÉROPHONIE… Japanese-French composer… Drums, Triangles, Blocks, Cymbals etc etc… ALL IN! 

Percussion: Rhythm - Sound - Energy… SYNERGY! 

HELLSCAPE is a World Premiere and Percussion Australia commission of a new quartet by internationally renowned Melbourne-based composer Melody Eötvös lies at the centre of Synergy Percussion’s HIÉROPHONIE. With the title taken from Japanese-French composer Yoshihisa Taïra’s 1974 percussion sextet, the program explores humanity’s need for myth-making and our propensity to divide human activity into the 'sacred and profane'. But as religious historian Mircea Eliade observes, “myths describe the breakthroughs of the sacred into the World” – otherwise known as “hierophanies". The dramatic ritualistic mysticism of Taïra’s work – the sacred – contrasts with Australian composer Paul Stanhope’s joyful Raqad and 20th Century master Iannis Xenakis’ powerful Okho – the profane. 


Ian Cleworth

Artistic Director, Percussion Australia

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Hellscape : percussion ensemble by Melody Eötvös — World premiere
— performed by Synergy Percussion
Raqad II : for two marimbas (2018) by Paul Stanhope — World premiere
— performed by Synergy Percussion
 Hierophone by Yoshihasa Taira
 Okho by Iannis Xenakis

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