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Synergy Percussion Presents Two Australian Premieres In Assembly

May 18 @ 6:00 pm

Synergy Percussion presents Assembly , a program curated by Synergy’s dynamic new artistic director, Rebecca Lloyd-Jones featuring works by female composers that push the limits of contemporary percussion.

Included are Australian premieres from Elizabeth Jigalin and Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh and pieces by Inti Figgis-Vizueta and Unusk Chin. At the heart of the performance stands the 1977 work Alanbiq by the Australian composer Moya Henderson. Last performed in 1985, this remarkable piece gives audiences a chance to hear Henderson’s unique hand-crafted instrument, the Alemba.

Invented by Henderson herself, the Alemba is a triumphant combination of music, design and science and is rightfully part of the Powerhouse Museum’s permanent collection. Henderson says “Developing the Alemba took quite a long time, and it went through many iterations – what you see now is the 3rd prototype!”

Receiving their Australian premieres in Assembly are Sydney-based composer, Elizabeth Jigalin’s, Tempus Fugit (Time Flies) for four bass drums and found objects. Jigalin’s concept is that each percussionist has a ‘clock of objects’ that are played throughout the work. These are a combination of traditional percussion instruments and everyday objects.

Assembly celebrates women’s creative voices center stage, promising an exhilarating fusion of tradition and boundary-defying sonic journeys through percussion!

Tickets are available now.


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Dawes Point, NSW 2000 Australia
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