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Artist Biography

Synergy Percussion

Synergy Percussion

Synergy Percussion was formed in 1974 and now performs a wide range of repertoire in combinations of between four and six players.

Members of Synergy coming to the Four Winds are Michael Askill Artistic Director, Alison Eddington, Philip South and Timothy Constable. Former Synergy member and Artistic Director of Taikoz, Ian Cleworth, acts as Synergy's Artistic Advisor. Synergy Percussion Limited manages and administers both Synergy Percussion and Taikoz. Synergy Percussion is the ensemble in residence at Newington College, Sydney

Since its formation in 1974, Synergy has pursued an ambitious program of commissions by Australian composers. In excess of 30 new works have entered the percussion repertoire as a direct result of composer commissions by the group, and over 50 Australian compositions have received their world premiere by this highly acclaimed ensemble. The group also contributes to the professional development of young artists in Australia through its Associate Artist program. Some of these were Alison Eddington (1994), Claire Edwardes (1999), Timothy Constable (2003) and Jeremy Barnett (2005).

Recent performance highlights for the ensemble include performances at the Crossdrumming Festival in Poland with Fritz Hauser (2005), the Synergy '30th Birthday Concert' - Sydney (2004), 'Pearl' with Meryl Tankard, 'Pulse:heart:beat' with Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Hossam Ramzy (2003).

Synergy with Synergy, the critically acclaimed 1992 collaboration with Graeme Murphy's Sydney Dance Company brought Synergy into direct contact with a whole new artistic world - dance and theatre - and a new audience. Sydney Dance Company and Synergy have since toured this production to Brisbane, Taipei and Tokyo.

Synergy has released CDs on the Tall Poppies, ABC Classics, Vox Australis, and Celestial Harmonies labels, and has released Steve Reich's 'Drumming' and Nigel Westlake's 'Omphalo Centric Lecture' on its own label (synergy cd 001/002). Synergy's recordings for Tall Poppies include Synergy with Samuels; Onomatopoeia: Chamber Music of Nigel Westlake; Ecstatic Dances:Chamber Music of Ross Edwards, An Australian Collection and Pratt's Alchemy, Daryl Pratt Works for Percussion.

At the Four Winds, Synergy will be performing Ross Edwards' Dance Mantra for brass and percussion (premiere), Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man for brass and percussion, Bach Chorales from St Matthew Passion, Purcell's Funeral Music for Queen Mary for brass and percussion, Arvo Part Arbos for 8 brass and percussion (Australian premiere), Terry Riley Good Medicine Dance (premiere), Peter Sculthorpe Jabaru Dreaming for percussion and didjeridu (premiere), Somei Satoh The Heavenly Spheres are Illuminated by Lights with Michael Askill and Kirsti Harms, Michael Askill's The Birth of the Buddha (premiere), and Terry Riley Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector (premiere).

see a list of artists that have performed at previous Four Winds