Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music – After Julia

Date/Time: Mon 10 Jul / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Monash University, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Music Auditorium, Building 68, 55 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton Campus

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

After Julia

After Julia is a concert by Decibel New Music of eight contemporary works by Australian women composers responding to Julia Gillard’s tenure as Prime Minister.

Please RSVP by 10 July 2017

Following acclaimed performances in Sydney (attended by Julia Gillard herself) and Perth, multi-­award winning new music ensemble, Decibel, bring their ‘After Julia’ program to Victoria. Their only Melbourne concert will be performed on July 10, 2017 at the Monash Auditorium in Clayton, before they venture north to Metro Arts in Brisbane for the Queensland Music Festival.

In a world where it is unusual for composers to respond in their work to political issues, composer Cat Hope felt compelled to explore the complexities of women in the workplace, highlighted by the experience of a woman in Australia’s top job. Commissioned by Hope’s ensemble Decibel, seven female composers were asked to address, through music, the impact of and reaction to Julia Gillard’s prime ministership.

After Julia explores the ways in which her leadership inadvertently exposed gender discrimination both in the Australian parliament, throughout the country and the world. Presenting works by acclaimed composers Gail Priest, Thembi Soddell, Cathy Milliken, Michaela Davies, Kate Moore, Andrée Greenwell/Hilary Bell, Laura Lowther and Decibel’s artistic director Cat Hope, After Julia offers seven diverse approaches not only to the subject matter, but to contemporary composition as well. 

As world leaders in the merging of acoustic instrumentation with electronics, Decibel have established themselves as a major force in Australian new music, bringing a fresh and forward­thinking approach to the commissioning and performance of musical works that push boundaries sonically and conceptually. Featuring everything from the operatic delivery of parliamentary speeches to a piece conducted by a goldfish, the program is concerned not so much with politics, but with the cultural recognition of women in leadership. After Julia’s eclectic approach to its subject matter nonetheless hones in on several problematic truths concerning contemporary culture, and explores these across a diverse palette of musical approaches.

After Julia is presented by Monash University, Department of Culture and the Arts (WA), Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane City Council, Metro Arts and Decibel New Music.

Please RSVP by 10 July 2017 via the below link:

For further information please contact:

Johannes Luebbers – 99055927


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