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Kaboom Percussion joins Defying Gravity for musical magic!

Thursday, 06 April 2017


In May, two of WA’s top percussion ensembles join forces to present four joy-filled concerts of super-charged percussive entertainment guaranteed to delight and amaze.

Kaboom!, featuring the brilliant local duo Kaboom Percussion with WAAPA’s award-winning percussion ensemble Defying Gravity, will be performed in WAAPA’s Music Auditorium from Thursday, 4 May to Saturday, 6 May at 7.30pm, with a matinee on Saturday, 6 May at 2.00pm. The two ensembles come together under the inspired musical direction of renowned percussionist and educator, Tim White.

Catherine Betts and Joshua Webster, who formed Kaboom Percussion three years ago, are known locally for their exhilarating percussion performances, commissions, school workshops and holiday programs. Their videos on social media – including a quirky 3-minute percussion duo for red drinking cups, based on Anna Kendrick’s ‘Cup Song’ from the movie Pitch Perfect – have now been viewed more than 25 million times.

In Kaboom!, mallets will dance, flash and glow in the dark as Kaboom Percussion creates musical magic from colour and light in exciting new works composed especially for these concerts. Defying Gravity joins the party to perform Steve Reich’s famous Music for Pieces of Wood, Cameron Sinclair’s groovy Funk Loops, Anders Koppel’s virtuosic Toccata and new works by Pavan Hari, Pippa Lester and Tim White.

Steve Reich, one of America’s leading composers and a pioneer of minimalistic music, has been at the forefront of contemporary music for over 50 years. Watching a performance of his 1973 composition Music for Pieces of Wood is a truly remarkable experience as the piece, written for five pairs of claves (wooden sticks or blocks with particular pitches), tests the players’ senses of rhythm to the extreme.

Funk Loops, by the award-winning Scottish composer, conductor and percussionist Cameron Sinclair, showcases vibraphones and marimbas with a dazzling display of flying mallets.

The music of Danish composer Anders Koppel, founder of the successful rock band Savage Rose, is influenced by jazz, rock and Latin American music and often features challenging solo parts – as audiences will experience when they enjoy his virtuosic Toccata.

2017 is a year of festivity for Defying Gravity, as the group celebrates its 30th anniversary at the forefront of percussion in Australia. Join them as they kick off their year-long party with Kaboom!, a performance of percussive brilliance overflowing with energy, joy and exhilaration – don’t miss it!

For all venue and performance details, please visit the Kaboom! performance web page.


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