Drumming up a 15th anniversary storm

It’s hard to believe but Canberra’s DRUMatiX percussion group is turning 15,  so what better way to stir up a storm that to throw a big anniversary concert at the ANU Arts Centre this weekend? 

Alumnus Bree van Reyk

In a very contemporary kind of sentimental journey, “The Next Phrase” will revisit some of the group’s most significant moments, including Nigel Westlake’s “Kalabash,” premiered by the group in 2004, Steve Reich’s “Drumming” and a special version of Frederic Rzewski’s “Coming Together”, first heard in Canberra in 2007.

As well,  alumni and friends of DRUMatiX coming from around the country to join the  performance.

Emerging artists NOMAD Percussion will reprise their performance of Anthony Pateras’ “Transmutations” while the massed ensembles will perform Gary France’s new work for percussion orchestra “Celebration”.

Two featured alumni, Bree van Reyk and Charles Martin will showcase their new work, Van Reyk in her “Blindfold Duet” for two blindfolded percussionists withCanberra’s Yvonne Lam and  Martin, leading DRUMatiX in his new work for percussion and iPad, “Nordlig Vinter”.

Gary France, director of DRUMatiX since founding the group in 1998, says “world music, jazz, contemporary classical are all featured in our music. This is really music that everybody loves.”

DRUMatiX Percussion – “The Next Phrase,” at the ANU Arts Centre,  7:30pm on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1. Bookings to moshtix.com.au or by calling 1300 GET TIX.

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