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1,000 Gongs (2010)

Gongs play an intrinsic part in many Asian cultures and the tam-tam (the gong most commonly used in Western music) has an important role in music by Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Mesiaen, Sculthorpe and Edwards.
1,000 Gongs was an immersive performance that paid hommage to the subtlety and power of the gong reflected in compositions by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Olivier Messiaen, Erik Griswold, Michael Askill, Guo Wenjing, James Tenney, John Luther Adams and Robert Irving.

As part of the Australian Percussion Gathering 2010, Clocked Out teamed up with guest curator Michael Askill and Suncorp Piazza to create a unique community event that explored the sonic beauty of this instrument. Included within the presentation was gong healing, gong performances in the waterways of South Bank, and new compositions and improvisations in the Piazza.

"The universe is powered by sound. The gong is the basic creative sound. Out of the gong comes all music, all sounds, all words. The sound of the gong is the nucleus of the Word. The mind was created out of this sound. It is like the father and mother together. The gong is the first and last instrument for the human mind. It is the one thing that supersedes the mind. The mind has no power before the gong." - Yogi Bhajan

Who: DirectorMichael Askill Musicians Speak Percussion (Melbourne), Claire Edwardes (Sydney), Ba Da Boom (Brisbane), Tim White (Perth), Nozomi Omote (Brisbane/Japan), Ben Marks and the Queensland Conservatorium Trombone Ensemble, Janet McKay (Brisbane), Steven Schick (USA) Photos Sharka Bosakova
What: A concert celebrating the gong in Western music.
When & Where: 29 Aug 2010 @ Australian Percussion Gathering 2010, Suncorp Piazza, Southbank

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