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

SHHH!!… une déclaration puissante qui attire l’attention… en créant de l’espace et en aiguisant la conscience… ouvrant les oreilles vers quelque chose d’important.

SHHH!! Ensemble is a piano/percussion duo dedicated to the creation and dissemination of new and rarefied sounds.

Edana Higham, piano; Zac Pulak, percussion

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Ottawa based piano/percussion duo “SHHH!! Ensemble” (Edana Higham, piano; Zac Pulak, percussion) began their musical journey together while in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in November 2017.

Dedicated to the creation and dissemination of new and rarefied sounds, SHHH!! Ensemble regularly collaborates with some of Canada’s (and abroad) most esteemed composers to create new repertoire for their unique ensemble.

Passionate about education and community engagement, SHHH!! Ensemble prides itself in the presentation of programmes that are as groundbreaking as they are accessible.

Recent engagements include performances at the Music and Beyond Festival (Ottawa), Canadian Music Centre (Toronto), Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and the Vormingscentrum Destelheide (Belgium).

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Titles marked with an * were commissioned by SHHH!!

  • Akiho, Andy; Karakurenai
  • * Armstrong, John; Like a Sock to the Jaw!
  • Aperghis, George; Quatre Pièces Fébriles
  • Bach, J.S.; Selections from Cello Suite No. 3 (arr. Schumann, adapted by SHHH!!)
  • Becker, Bob; New-Thaan
  • * Beckwith, John; Meanwhile for Marimba and Piano
  • * Bertino, Julian; Images
  • Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario; Fantasia for Guitar and Piano (adapted by SHHH!!)
  • Donkin, Christine; Album of Old Photographs
  • Kuzmenko, Larysa; Concerto for Piano and Percussions
  • Nesbitt, Roxanne; Pattern vs. Shape
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John Beckwith – Meanwhile for Marimba and Piano (world premiere)

John Beckwith – Meanwhile for Marimba and Piano (Banff Centre recording)

Christine Donkin – Album of Old Photographs

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