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. Recent commissioning projects include new music from Canadian composers John Beckwith, Jocelyn Morlock, Mathew-John Knights, Daniel Mehdizadeh, and a forthcoming double concerto from Kelly-Marie Murphy, among many others.
The duo has toured nationally, presenting their unique, avant-accessible programming at concert series, chamber music festivals, and universities. Other engagements have included residencies at the Vormingscentrum Destelheide (Belgium), Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and the Canadian Music Centre (Toronto). Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 would have seen the duo premiere three new works in collaboration with the Ottawa International Writers Festival and the Ottawa New Music Creators, participated in a three week career development program led by the Gryphon Trio, perform a CBC Classical live recital broadcast from Toronto, and perform at the Ottawa International Chamberfest. Despite the interruptions, SHHH!! Ensemble has continued to perform through livestream concerts in collaboration with OrKidstra and the National Arts Centre’s #CanadaPerforms series.