Matthias Schack-Arnott Masterclass

Adelaide Festival Masterclass


Helpmann Academy regrets to advise that we have sadly taken the decision to cancel tomorrow’s masterclass.

In partnership with the Helpmann Academy, the Adelaide Festival are providing a free masterclass for emerging visual and inter-disciplinary artists with Melbourne-based percussive artist, Matthias Schack-Arnott. Described by The Guardian as ‘visually and sonically exquisite’, Schack-Arnott’s work explores unique approaches to percussive performance. In 2022 Adelaide Festival is presenting Groundswell, a beautiful installation in Rundle Mall “that cleverly combines auditory, sculptural and interactive elements to prompt a mediation on our relationships with the earth and one another”.

From 2010-2018 Matthias was the Artistic Associate of Australia’s leading percussive arts organisation, Speak Percussion. He continues to have a close affiliation with the organisation. His work has been presented by Melbourne Festival, La Comete (France), Spor Festival (Denmark), Arts House, Supersense – Festival of the Ecstatic (Arts Centre Melbourne), MPavilion, The Unconformity (Tasmania) & Next Wave (2012 & 2014). Matthias has won numerous awards, including the 2016 Melbourne Prize for Music ‘Development’ Award, a 2014 Green Room Award and multiple Australian Art Music Awards for his work with Speak Percussion. As a collaborator, interpreter and improviser, Matthias has worked with many leading musicians including Steve Reich, Claire Chase, Unsuk Chin, Valerio Tricoli, John Zorn, Liza Lim and Steven Schick.

Starting at the site of Matthias’ Adelaide Festival work, Groundswell, participants will then have an opportunity to hear from Matthias talk about his career, his creative approach to collaboration, and working with artists and creatives from multiple disciplines.