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Production Team
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Ticketing and Concession
Boundless Multi-Media Series: Schick Machine by Paul Dresher Ensemble (USA)


6*-7 July 2012 (Fri-Sat) 8pm
8 July 2012 (Sun) 4pm
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$250, 180 

Performed in English

*  With post-performance talk (Conducted in English)

In a musical lab, sounds reconnect future & past memories
If on a stormy night, an amnesiac sound inventor wandered into his underground lab; something fearsome, bizarre and surprising is about to get born!


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About the programme

The sound of a summer storm’s distant thunder and the rain on the roof – the memory of the late night sound of his mother’s typewriter down the hall – these compel the sound collector and sonic inventor Laslo Klangfarben to attempt the creation of the Schick Machine, a wondrous mechanical device that consumes his every waking and dreaming moment. A giant motorized hurdy gurdy, a deconstructed pipe organ and an array of spinning and thrashing metal machines that seen almost to be alive – these devices and more fill the basement workshop of our possibly mad and possibly genius inventor as he nears the completion of his giant instrument that he believes can reconcile the past and the future. He thinks: “Theoretically it’s sound. It’s sound, theoretically, it’s sound.”

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Steven Schick
For the past thirty years, Schick has championed contemporary percussion music as a performer and teacher. He has been commissioned and premiered more than one hundred new works for percussion and has performed theses pieces on major concert series and festivals internationally. Schick was the percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars of New York City from 1992-2002. From 2000-2004, he served as artistic director of the Centre International de Percussions de Geneve in Switzerland. In 2007 he became the music director and conductor of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. 

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Production Team

The Paul Dresher Ensemble Production of Schick Machine
Collaboratively created by:

Composer, Instrument Inventor and Builder, Artistic Director
Paul Dresher 

Steven Schick

Rinde Eckert

Mechanical Sound Artist
Matt Heckert

Instrument Inventor & Builder
Daniel Schmidt

Lighting & Production Design
Tom Ontiveros 

Sound Design & Engineering
Gregory Kuhn

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Programme Length
The programme lasts for about 90 minutes without intermission.
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Ticketing and Concession

Tickets available from 4 May onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking.

Discount Scheme

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis). Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission

Boundless Multi-Media Discount*
10% off for each purchase of standard tickets for any 2 different programmes of Schick Machine by Paul Dresher Ensemble(USA) and Minamata: A Requiem by Kung Chi Shing and Kingsley Ng

Group Booking Discount
10% off for each purchase of 4-9 tickets;
15% off for each purchase of 10-19 tickets;
20% off for each purchase of 20 or more tickets

Each ticket admits one person only. Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase. Please inform the box office at the time of purchase

*All discounts are not applicable to Minamata: A Requiem workshop by Kung Chi Shing and Kingsley Ng

Please refer to brochure or individual programme leaflets for details of other programmes and discount scheme in Boundless Multi-Media Series

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Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking:
Ticketing Enquiries:     2734 9009
Programme Enquiries:    2268 7323

Audience of age 6 and above are welcome
Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme

The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary

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