Emerging young Melbourne-based musician Matthias Schack-Arnott returns with Fluvial – a solo work for a large-scale kinetic percussion instrument at Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall for a limited season from 13 May 2015.
Premiering last year at the 2014 Next Wave Festival with a sold out season, and the recipient of a recent Green Room Award for ‘Outstanding Work by an Emerging Artist’, Fluvial is a stunning and beautifully balanced exploration of sound and texture that renders the percussion instrument into a teeming, fluid mass, moving between the ecstatic and the absurd.
Informed by Matthias’ training as a classical percussionist and drawing inspiration from tidal movement, currents, transformation and ritual, Fluvial combines rigorous musical processes with an immersive installation environment.
Fluvial features suspended glass bottles from the ceiling that will quiver and collide, overlapping metal tubes that will create glistening harmonic swells and 21 wind chimes that will provide a sonic haze as they hover and sway above the instrument.
As a solo practitioner who explores meticulously realised percussive installations, Matthias is also part of an extreme faux-ritual improv trio: KROKODIL with Erkki Veltheim (violin) and Scott McChonnachie (saxophones), a quartet: CATHEXIS with three other young new music fanatics and is in an ongoing duo project: THE WAKE with Ida Duelund Hansen.
Matthias has worked with many leading musicians including Steve Reich, John Zorn, Stephen O’Malley, Fritz Hauser, Brett Dean, Anthony Pateras, Jon Rose, Robin Fox, Thomas Meadowcroft, Liza Lim, Oren Ambarchi and Chris Dench.
Artistic Director, Composer & Performer: Matthias Schack-Arnott Lighting Designer: Travis Hodgson Art Technician: Steve Walsh Timber, Stone & Metal Work: Lucas Pain
Arts House – North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Season: 13 – 17 May 2015
Bookings: (03) 9322 3713 or online at: www.artshouse.com.au
Image: Matthias Schack-Arnott in Fluvial – photo by Jesse Hunniford