TIMOTHY CONSTABLE (Artistic Director)
Timothy Constable is an award-winning percussionist, composer, electronica producer and singer. he is the artistic director of synergy, comprising australia's premiere percussion group and splinter group, moth. he tours extensively as a solo artist. he was the friedman fellow of classical music in 2008. he has performed throughout australia, in new zealand, sweden, switzerland, poland, uk, ireland, senegal, usa, china, nepal and south-east asia. he lives in sydney.
as a soloist he has collaborated with steven schick, bob becker, rob kloet, emanuel sejourne, fritz hauser, nicholas daniel, michael collins, amy dickson, philippe graffin, steve reich (to name a few) and has appeared as a guest with many new music goups including kroumata percussion ensemble (sweden) and The australia ensemble. Through activities with synergy he has worked with the likes of the sydney dance company, omar farouk tekbilek (turkey), hossam Ramzy (egypt), ali n'diaye rose (senegal), circle of rhythm, river guerguerian, roger woodward, akira isogawa (design), the shanghai song and dance company (premier dance ensemble in northern china), and le percussions klaviers de lion (France).
His composition credits include scores for contemporary dance (anton's super modern for performing lines, beautiful noise for brisbane festival 2011, kaidan for meryl tankard receiving abc limelight magazine best new composition 2007, happy as larry - sydney festival (2010), percussion symphony (a 45 minute work for percussion orchestra which premiered at sydney town hall in 2010), and numerous works for percussion (heard in festivals in europe, usa, australia and korea). Electronica credits include two launch shows for fashion designer akira isogawa, and dancefloor/ambient electronica under the alias noxious aquatic such as city jungle (heard on jjj and fbi radio).
recent highlights include artistic direction of the composers 1 - steve reich in residence for sydney opera house, city jungle (synergy and speak percussion, melbourne planetarium), xenakis' pleiades (abc limelight best chamber music concert 2011), Tonyeong international music festival, seoul drum festival, canberra international music festival, australian festival of chamber music, aurora festival, big west festival, 2011 mona foma.
he studied percussion and composition in stockholm sweden, dakar senegal, new york, london and san diego. he holds a bachelor of music from university of newcastle and was awarded the university medal on graduation.
Perth born and educated Alison Pratt (nee Eddington) has been working as a free-lance percussionist since 1990. With a BMUS in Performance from WA Conservatorium - Edith Cowan University, and a Graduate Diploma in Performance from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, she was the first percussionist to win the ABC Young Performer of the Year in 1995. In 1996 Alison won the Arts category in Western Australia for the Young Australian of the Year. In 2000 she was awarded a Grant from the Australia Council and studied for six months at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with Anders Loguin, Artistic Director of the Kroumata percussion ensemble.
Alison performs with Australia’s leading orchestras and ensembles including The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Seymour Group, The Song Company and The Australian Art Orchestra. Alison has performed and toured in North America, Europe and Asia with Graham Murphy’s Sydney Dance Company since the creation of ‘Free Radicals’ in 1996, a work featuring three percussionists. She has been a member of Synergy Percussion since 1997 and is a founding member of MATCH Percussion with Daryl Pratt. Alison has appeared on television for the ABC and has recorded with The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Song Company, Match and Synergy. In 2002 she was the featured soloist with the Western Australian Orchestra in the Australian premier of Michael Torke’s percussion concerto, ‘Rapture’.
In addition to her work as a free-lance percussionist Alison also teaches privately and is on staff at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
BREE VAN REYK
Bree van Reyk is a versatile percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. She had her first professional gig at age 12, playing triangle with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra in an Opera Australia production of the Barber of Sevill
e. Since then she has performed throughout Europe, Asia, Scandinavia and the United States and has recorded in Sydney, Shanghai, Nashville and New York.
Bree is a member of new music groups Synergy Percussion and Ensemble Offspring and performs regularly with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. She has co-written and performed on ARIA-nominated albums by Holly Throsby and CODA and has toured extensively with both - playing drums, accordion, vibraphone, electronics and singing, sometimes all at the same time. Bree has toured from Arnhem Land to Berlin as drum-set player for Darren Hanlon and has composed music for new work by the Sydney Dance Company. She has played onstage with Jens Lekman and the Violent Femmes and recorded with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. As a member of Synergy Percussion, Bree has also collaborated with Egyptian tabla master Hossam Ramzy, Swiss sound artist Fritz Hauser, and Turkish Sufi singer Omar Faruk Tekbilek.
Bree completed a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the Canberra School of Music in 2000.
Bob Scott is an experienced and versatile Sound Designer, Recording and Mix Engineer. He has an extensive resume in modern music production as well as acoustic music recording, combining modern audio techniques such as live signal processing, recording, editing and amplification, with acoustic instruments.
In the last few years, Bob has been exploring the world of composition and sound design. This has led to collaborations with Brett Dean and Genevieve Lacey – Noctune for Miss Genevieve for ABC Classics, a work for 5 bass recorders, processed bells and large PA; Xenia Hanusiak 1000 Doors, 1000 Windows Australian tour; Also numerous collaborations with Synergy Percussion, the five elements, ‘Blur’ with Timothy Constable and Space and Time with Fritz Hauser and Synergy.
Theatre and Dance collaborations include composition and sound design work for: Meryl Tankard’s Kaidan with Taikoz and Timothy Constable, which premiered at Sydney Festival; Branch Nebula’s Paradise City – co written with Inga Liljestrom; Reticence a solo for Fiona Malone. One Week in White performance for piano and live processing in Aoyama , Japan, with Tomoko Mukaiyama and Nederlands Dans Theater.
He has worked as a recording and mix engineer for various artists including Nigel Kennedy, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Nigel Westlake, Ensemble Moderne, Australian Baroque Brass, Salut Baroque, Song Company and Ensemble Offspring.
Also mixes for Abi Tucker, Dave Mason, Wicked Beat Sound System, Paul Kelly, Iota, Groove Terminator, Deborah Conway, Leonardo's Bride, Figg Kidd, Good Buddah, Brett Dean and Nigel Westlake.
David Symes has worked as a bass player, composer and arranger on many important Australian music projects. He is currently musical director for Missy Higgins, a position he has held for two years, recording, producing and touring Australia and the USA, arranging her compositions for strings and small Orchestra. He had a close artistic relationship with the late Jackie Orszaczky spanning several years, which also resulted in recordings and National/European touring. He has also worked in a similar capacity with The Sleepy Jackson, Sarah Blasko, The Whitlams, Jimmy Little, Tina Harrod, Paul Capsis, Matt Walters and Tony Buck. He was co-founder of post-rock band Prop, with Julian Hamilton and Kimberley Moyes, which supported Stereo Lab, Tortoise and Sonic Youth and built up quite an underground and radio following before they disbanded in 2003.
He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and attended the Conservatorium High School. He is an endorsee of Fender and Ampeg.
Joshua Hill completed his under graduate and post graduate study at the sydney conservatorium of music. he has played and recorded with many of Australia's orchestras and ensembles including the sydney symphony orchestra, australian opera and ballet orchestra, eminence symphony, canberra symphony, sydney sinfonia, symphony australis, kurrawong ensemble, nsw police band and the australian air force air command band. Joshua has also been a part of many recordings for soundtracks for feature films, anime and computer games.