to the All-Star World Percussion Spectacular
During the Melbourne Commonwealth Games celebrations in 2006 an ‘All-Star World Percussion Spectacular’ arena show was staged at the Myer Music Bowl, featuring Nii Tettey Tetteh and the Kusun Ensemble from Ghana; the Dhol Foundation and Talvin Singh from London; The Renegades, a full Jamaican Steel Orchestra; virtuoso steel pan player Liam Teague from Trinidad and Tobago; and Scrap Arts Music, Canada. Also Bob Becker and Nexus percussion ensemble from Canada, Michael Askill and Synergy percussion ensemble from Sydney and Evelyn Glennie from the UK – all celebrated legends of contemporary percussion. Additionally, from across Australia over 80 of the country’s best percussion students took part in a program of workshops and played in the show with the international guest-stars.
I composed and conducted a Finale that brought everyone together in a super-ensemble at shows end. It was an extraordinary experience.Testimonials
Huge congratulations and admiration for Sunday night! You made the impossible possible and gave everyone a big buzz as well!! Every percussion festival in the world should get you to do the same thing.
Once again…well done!
Michael Askill, founder and artistic director, Synergy Percussion
“Graeme is one of the most inventive musicians in Australia. He can turn his talents towards the unusual, the off-beat – the impossible. He can bring people together and make music out of anything, with a great sense of fun…”
Andrew Bleby, Director, Andrew Bleby & Associates Pty. Ltd. (and director of 2006 Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival)
A six-minute edit of the eighteen minute FINALE composed for the ‘All-Star World Percussion Spectacular’ concert for the Commonwealth Games cultural festival, 2006