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Scale Variable 4: Motion By Soundstorm

  • State Theatre Centre Studio Underground 174-176 William St Perth, WA 6000 (map)

7:30pm Wednesday 15 November
Rehearsal Room 1, State Theatre Centre of WA
$10/$22.90/$29.90 Ticketek


Kirsten Smith (flutes)
Louise Devenish (percussion)
Catherine Ashley (harp)
Tristen Parr (cello)
Joan Wright (double bass)
Pedro Alvarez (conductor)
Josten Myburgh (sound, electronics)


Soundstorm are presenting a Perth-focused concert with works by Pedro Alvarez, Stephen de Filippo, and Dominik Karski, as well as music by Kaija Saariaho. Entitled Motion, the program features works in which the notion of change is one of the key elements shaping the musical process and expressivity. Investigating the nature and structure of change projects a multitude of possibilities, and each work addresses the idea in different ways that generate a range of sonic energies. Pulsating motion; ethereal, gravity-fleeing flight; transition – subtle or striking; turbulent stream; agile running… Embracing change is a way of diving into the unknown and traversing unfamiliar territories, as well as finding connecting pathways along the unfolding journey.

Dominik Karski             To Remain in Change for flutes and cello
Pedro Alvarez               Untitled on Earth for percussion, double bass
Kaija Saariaho              Laconisme de l’aile for flute and electronics


Stephen de Filippo       new work for percussion, harp, double bass
Pedro Alvarez               Silente for cello
Dominik Karski             motion+form for percussion, harp, double bass


Soundstorm is an ensemble dedicated to performing contemporary and late 20th-century music, with particular interest in works that focus on imaginative and in-depth exploration of sound through performance craft. The ensemble is based in Perth, Australia, and is strongly committed to presenting music by local composers, both emerging and internationally recognised, alongside some of the major compositional voices of the past few decades. The concerts presented by the ensemble aim for a balance between newly commissioned works, revisiting formerly performed scores, and reaching for selected gems of the modern repertoire.

‘challenging and stimulating’ – The West Australian

‘Throughout, the performances were as arresting and strongly individual as the compositional voices. If [Soundstorm’s concert] The Calm Before was “about” anything, it was possibility. And the transcendence of limitations.’ – The West Australian

 ‘[Soundstorm’s concert] The Calm Before was successful in presenting adventurous music that not only showcased the uniqueness of each composer but also the identity of the musicians.’ – RealTime

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