Rhythms Of Change: New Percussion Solos By Australian Female Composers

Claire Edwardes

Dialogue & Demos

Rhythms Of Change: New Percussion Solos By Australian Female Composers

March 22 | 1:30 pm

Rhythms of Change is my latest project directly addressing the parity of the representation of women in classical music and specifically in the world of solo percussion music. My project was triggered by the realisation that the majority of the pieces that I had been performing throughout my career were written by men. To re-address this gender disparity, for Rhythms of Change I commissioned seven of my favourite emerging and established female identifying Australian composers to write new works for solo mallet percussion. 

As a commissioning and performance project my Rhythms of Change initiative ensures that the next opus of Australian percussion music will be more fairly represented by women, so that the next generation of musicians can do what makes sense in our day and age – play music written equally by male AND female composers. The works are designed to be performed by a range of musicians – from high school to tertiary students, through to professionals, with the compositions made readily available for purchase through the Australian Music Centre. I hope you enjoy listening and for those budding percussionists out there, I urge you to consider programming some of this awesome new music in your next recital!

“I am very grateful for your project and feel that the gender balance among composers for percussion is the most important challenge we face currently – I feel the need for greater equity more than ever right now. Thank you for your efforts Claire!” Steve Schick (legendary American percussionist)

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