"After Julia is a most unusual cultural event — a heartfelt artistic tribute to a significant Australian politician" RealTime Arts
"an incisive example of music as social commentary" The West Australian.
After Julia is a concert of eight contemporary works by Australian women composers responding to Julia Gillard’s tenure as Australian Prime Minster. Decibel Artistic Director, Cat Hope, was inspired to pursue the project after circumstances around Gillard’s prime ministership exposed gender discrimination within politics and wider Australian society, causing her to reflect on the new music sector.
The broad collection of works includes a 6-girl choir, instructions from goldfish, spoken phrases turned into musical gestures, mouth organs and more.
Michaela Davies - Goldfish Variation
Andrée Greenwell - Arrows I, II
Cat Hope -Tough It Out
Laura Jane Lowther – Loaded. [NSFW]
Cathy Milliken - Shifrorl
Kate Moore - Oil Drums
Gail Priest - Everything and Nothing
Thembi Soddell - our sickness is felt in my body.
The premiere performance took place at the Eugene Goosens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, Sydney with Julia Gillard in attendance.
Presented by ABC Classic FM and Tura New Music as part of new music month.
It was broadcast live to air on ABC Classic FM, New Music Up Late.
There is an extensive article about the concert Rationale from the artistic director Cat Hope here.
Decibel would acknowledge the support of Julia Gillard, Random House, Stephen Adams, Synergy Percussion, Ensemble Offspring, Byron Scullin, Mark Cauvin, The Peggy Glanville Hicks Composers residency.
Thursday 13, Friday 14, 2017
Sue Benner Theatre, Metro Arts, Queensland.
As Part of the Queensland Music Festival.
Presented by the WA Dept Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the Queensland Music Festival and Metro Arts.
Program can be found here.
THere is a recording of the concert here.
Monday July 10, 2017
Music Auditorium, Monash University,
Presented by the WA Dept Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Monash University. Program can be found here.
There is a recording of the concert here
Monday 20th April 2015
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Perth.
Presented by Tura New Music and PICA
Saturday 8 November, 2014
Euguene Goosens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney.
You can steam the Sydney concert here.
and read reviews in Limelight here, in the West Australian here, and in Realtime here.
There is a great preview of the project in Realtime here.
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