“Synergy is the finest contemporary music group in Australia, and I am proud to be associated with it” Peter Sculthorpe, 2008
Synergy is a world of sound with percussion at its heart. An award-winning percussion group, we began our journey in 1974, touching audiences with the beauty and expressive diversity of percussion.
Synergy regularly performs at festivals through Europe, Asia and the United States, as well as most of Australia's mainstage recital and performance venues. Core members - timothy constable, bree van reyk and joshua hill are all award-winning and internationally acclaimed exponents of new music in their own right. we are proud of our international reputation as one of australia's finest and most versatile music projects.
Synergy is at home on world music stages, contemporary/experimental art venues, pop and rock concerts, and opera and recital stages. Its expansive vision of percussion, together with the exceptionally wide musical experience of the members, has allowed the group to work together with a diverse and exemplary family of artists from around the world.
Collaborators include Fritz Hauser, Hossam Ramzy, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Aly N’Diaye Rose, Trilok Gurtu, Jose Vicente, Kazue Sawai, Dave Samuels, Evelyn Glennie, Riley Lee, TaikOz, Michael Kieran Harvey, Sydney Dance Company, Meryl Tankard and Regis Lansac, Akira Isogawa, Grainger String Quartet, William Barton, and the Leigh Warren Dancers, the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony orchestras.
Synergy has commissioned over thirty works by Australian and international composers. The group commissions internally, and works by ensemble members have been performed internationally to high acclaim.
Synergy is both subtle and a tour de force, descriptive, emotional, melodic and rhythmically athletic. Unique musical architectures are sculpted from such elements as the whisper of crumpled cloth, infectious beats, the delicate beauty of a tiny bell, or the engulfing sounds of large drums, cymbals and gongs.
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criss-cross the pop/experimental borderland. Suave beats drive intricate instruments, catchy melodies, soaring vocals and textural, filmic electronica. From fragile ballads to dance-worthy electro movers, the music is tough, thoughtful and disarmingly beautiful.
the songbook arm of synergy percussion, an innovative and highly original music project sitting somewhere between electro pop, classical, experimental, and film music.
Moth brings together the talents and experience of some of australia's finest young musicians - Timothy constable, evan mannell, david symes, and carl dewhurst and includes significant historical contributions by bob scott and bree van reyk.
moth has a core mission to bring contemporary percussion and sound design to a wide cross-section of the music loving community, beyond concert halls or other often daunting establishments. A fiercely independent enterprise, moth believe that audiences are far more adventurous than much of the industry gives them credit for being.