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Matthias Schack-Arnott

Percussive Artist


Matthias Schack-Arnott explores the quivering resonances of massed Chinese cymbals. Rich in harmonic and timbral detail, the overtones of the cymbals resonate through the drums beneath them to create expansive musical textures.


Matthias Schack-Arnott is a Melbourne based percussive artist working in contemporary classical and exploratory musics as a performer, composer and improvisor.


Matthias’ solo work explores unique and ambitious approaches to percussive performance, often involving the development of new instrumental set-ups built in collaboration with architects, engineers and technicians. His work has been presented by Melbourne Festival, Arts House, Supersense – Festival of the Ecstatic (Arts Centre Melbourne), MPavilion, Spor Festival (Denmark), Spot Festival (Denmark) & Next Wave (2012 & 2014). He won the 2014 Green Room Award in the category ‘Outstanding Work by an Emerging Artist’ for his work ‘Fluvial’.


Matthias is also the founding member & co-director of two leading new music ensembles in Melbourne, Quiver Ensemble (2009-2014) and CATHEXIS (2013-present).