Noorderzon Festival, Radialsystem V, Melbourne Recital Centre, Carriageworks and the New Music Network


Rosemary Joy’s instruments make magical sounds but test the idea of the musical instrument. – RealTime

An international percussion work of miniature proportions, System Building fuses percussion and architecture on an intimate scale. The premiere season of artist Rosemary Joy’s new work featured a series of miniature percussion instruments, each inspired by a venue in which the work was be performed.

Drawing inspiration from the architecture of Sydney’s CarriageWorks, Radialsystem V (Berlin), Watertoren West (Groningen) in the Netherlands, and the Melbourne Recital Centre, System Building challenges the very idea of a musical instrument.

Astonishing Mexican percussionists Diego Espinosa and Evaristo Aguilar with Melbourne’s wunderkind Eugene Ughetti performed this minutely staged work for duo percussion to an audience of only twelve people at a time.


Artist – Rosemary Joy
Percussionists– Diego Espinosa (Mexico), Eugene Ughetti (Australia), Evaristo Aguilar (Mexico) – Berlin only
Instrument Construction – Adam Stewart and Rosemary Joy
Lighting design – Richard Vabre (Melbourne and Sydney)

Noorderzon Festival, Watertoren West, Groningen, The Netherlands
22 – 25 August

Radialsystem V, Berlin
14 – 18 October

Melbourne Recital Centre
11 November

CarriageWorks, Sydney
23 November

Images Yatzek and Colin Page

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