Accomplished Year 11 musician, Madison, took to the stage at the Melbourne Recital Centre recently for the world premiere of the alternative percussion performance Atlas of the Sky.
The work of award winning Australian composer Liza Lim, Atlas in the Sky brings together the percussion rhythms and the vocal sounds of Soprano Jessica Aszodi for the unique 65-minute performance.
“It shows you how much more you can do with instruments outside of the stereotypical music,” explains Madison who joined 23 others to perform the alternative percussion piece… like a mini musical adventure”.
“During the performance we use things like chairs, rocks and cow bells,” she says adding that she was thrilled to have been selected for the one and only Melbourne speak percussion performance.
Madison now plays five instruments - the alto and soprano saxophone, the clarinet, bassoon and piano – and admits at first she was “a little confused” when she was told she wouldn’t be needing an instrument for the Speak Percussion performance.
The talented musician first played the piano when she was just 5-years-old and now spends at least than an hour a day playing music for fun and relaxation and is also in the School Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Stage Band, Saxophone Ensemble and the Clarinet Ensemble.
But she admits she has a duel passion, science, and hopes to study forensic science after completing Year 12.
Madison has been at Mentone Girls’ since she first started in the Early Learning Centre as a 3 year old. Her sister Ally, in Year 12, is also a Mentone girl.