SHHH!!… a powerful utterance designed to draw attention forward… creating space and awareness… opening ears to something important.
SHHH!! Ensemble is “truly virtuosic and intense”. Percussionist Zac Pulak and pianist Edana Higham pride themselves on developing fresh audiences for new music by commissioning and performing works that are provocative and compelling, in creative collaborations and innovative settings. They have appeared at the Shenkman Arts Centre, Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall (Calgary), Trinity Church (Toronto) and Edmonton’s Convocation Hall, and at universities across Canada, showcasing works written for them by John Beckwith, Jocelyn Morlock, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Noora Nakhaei, and many more. Recent highlights included performances for Newfoundland’s Tuckamore Festival and Ottawa Chamberfest, a National Arts Centre #CanadaPerforms livestream appearance, and a residency in the Banff Centre’s prestigious Evolution: Classical program. Their Toronto debut was featured on CBC Radio 2’s “In Concert”, and Zac and Edana have been appointed co-Artistic Directors of the Ottawa New Music Creators for 2021-2023. They will be premiering Kelly-Marie Murphy’s Double Concerto with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in January 2023. SHHH!! Ensemble’s debut recording Meanwhile will be released in September 2022 on the Analekta label.