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Spirits is piano/percussion duo SHHH!! Ensemble’s most ambitious project to date. Diversely inspired by composers reflections on the beyond, the nature of creativity, whiskey, and more, Spirits features the world premieres of two new works by John Gordon Armstrong and Jocelyn Morlock. The programme is augmented by existing pieces by Andy Akiho, Micheline Roi, Kevin Hanlon, and John Beckwith.

This recital is the culmination of a one-week residency at the CMC before the duo embarks on a cross-Canada University recital/masterclass tour. Admission is by donation at the door.

About the ensemble //

SHHH!!… a powerful utterance designed to draw attention forward… creating space and awareness… opening ears to something important. 

SHHH!! Ensemble is a piano/percussion duo dedicated to the creation and dissemination of new and rarefied sounds. The Ottawa based duo of pianist Edana Higham and percussionist Zac Pulak pride themselves in the presentation of programmes that are as accessible as they are groundbreaking.

The ensemble is committed to creating and exploring works for piano and percussion through commissioning and arranging. Recently, SHHH!! Ensemble commissioned and premiered a major new work by iconic Canadian composer John Beckwith at the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, ON. Other engagements have included residencies at the Vormingscentrum Destelheide (Belgium), Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and the Canadian Music Centre (Toronto).