Decibel “After Julia” CD


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After Julia is a collection of eight works commissioned from Australian women and non-binary composers, who were asked to respond musically to Julia Gillard’s tenure as the first female Australian Prime Minster (2010—2013), a period which saw her subjected to gender discrimination within politics but also from the wider Australian society. For artistic director of Decibel, Cat Hope, witnessing Gillard’s experience encouraged her to look into gender discrimination in her own world, Australian new music practice, and After Julia is the beginning of a response. The program was first premiered at the ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney, Australia in November 2014, with Gillard in attendance.

The album is out on Tall Poppies and features a luxurious, detailed booklet with design by long time Decibel collaborator, When Studios.

Composers and their pieces featured are:

GAIL PRIEST Everything and Nothing for alto flute, clarinet, viola, cello, vibraphone and electronics.

THEMBI SODDELL your sickness is found in my body  for bass flute, bass clarinet, cello, viola, percussion, piano and electronics.

CAT HOPE Tough it Out for ensemble and electronics.

CATHY MILLIKEN Schifrorl  for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, harmonicas and electronics.

MICHAELA DAVIES Goldfish Variations  for goldfish and choir.

LAURA JANE LOWTHER Loaded [NSFW] for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, vibraphone, keyboard and electronics.

KATE MOORE Oil Drums  for alto flute, clarinet, cello, violin, organ, percussion and playback.

ANDREE GREENWELL  Arrows I, II  for voices, alto sax, violin, cello, bass guitar, synth, piano and percussion.