Defying Gravity
photo: Robert Duncan

DEFYING GRAVITY

WAAPA’s award-winning Defying Gravity percussion ensemble creates a new world of sound - where sparkling rhythms and seductive melodies mix with an astonishing array of percussion instruments from around the globe. Defying Gravity tours nationally and internationally, commissions and performs new music, records and broadcasts for ABC Classic FM, and sells out all of its major series concerts in WA. It’s one of Australia's longest-established and most active new music ensembles. Directed by Tim White, Defying Gravity’s performances combine exotic timbres with melodic beauty and the overwhelming power of rhythm - plus all the fun of 'Stomp'!

‘Defying Gravity... played to an often wildly enthusiastic, capacity audience... Throughout the evening, I have rarely heard audience responses that were so wild – and entirely justified. This program was presented at a level that left one in no doubt that WA’s young percussionists can drum up a storm to equal anything of a similar kind anywhere across Australia. And much of this is due to the untiring efforts of Tim White, who heads WAAPA’s percussion department and, as Principal Percussionist of the WASO, leads by example.’ - Neville Cohn, The West Australian

“Magic is exactly what this group performs. They’re not just artists, they’re sorcerers-extraordinaire!” - Steve Spain, Harambee Magazine

‘Sublime percussion… and a magical delicacy of touch. Full of surprises and variety, this concert was a top notch effort from a dedicated ensemble.’ - Naomi Millett, The West Australian

‘Over the past two decades, this remarkable Perth-based ensemble has sent a small army of able young percussionists out into the world… Defying Gravity is right up there with the best because Tim White is up there with the best.’ - Neville Cohn, The West Australian

‘I’ve attended innumerable performances by Defying Gravity since its inception 25 years ago. And the spirit of adventure that informed those very first concerts was as gratifyingly in evidence as ever at its silver anniversary performance for a packed, wildly enthusiastic house on Thursday.’ - Neville Cohn, The West Australian

‘In one of the most sheerly exciting concerts offered in the city this year, the youthful Defying Gravity percussion ensemble presented a fascinatingly varied program that included a movement from Iannis Xenakis’ ‘Pleiades’. Percussion music doesn’t come much more difficult than this. It requires the coolest of heads, an iron nerve and mallet technique of the highest order to cope with its treacherous contra-rhythms. That these young percussionists possess these qualities in abundance was glowingly apparent as the ensemble’s lecturer Tim White guided his gifted charges to a thrilling close.’ - Neville Cohn, The West Australian

‘A thundering success... white-hot intensity... a riveting experience in both sonic and visual terms... unfettered listening pleasure’ - Neville Cohn, OZarts review

Defying Gravity produces a regular e-news bulletin, providing details of upcoming performances and projects. If you would like to join this email news list, please contact Tim White through the contact page.

Defying Gravity : commissions and world premieres

  • Arman Abednia, arr Issaro: Sufi Whirling for large percussion ensemble (2016)
  • Arman Abednia, arr Issaro: Love Song for large percussion ensemble (2016)
  • Arman Abednia, arr Issaro: Ecstasy for large percussion ensemble (2016)
  • Greg Coles: Good Vibes for vibraphone duet (2000)
  • Greg Coles: Genesis of a Rhythm for percussion sextet (2001)
  • Defying Gravity: temple lights for percussion ensemble (2014)
  • Defying Gravity: Stars for large percussion ensemble (2016)
  • Devissaro: Ahuti (The Offering) for large percussion ensembles, basses, choir and dancers (2014)
  • Devissaro: Hang Five for percussion quintet (2016)
  • Andrew Ford: Soave sia il vento for vibe and marimba (2005)
  • Gary France: Celebration! for large percussion ensemble (2012)
  • Louis Frere-Harvey and Adrian Mariano: Seven-Seven-Two for percussion duet (2010 Louis Frere-Harvey and Adrian Mariano: The Not-So-Periodic Table for percussion duet (2010)
  • Daniel Hall: The Marching Drumkit for percussion sextet (2006)
  • Daniel Hall: Celebration! for large percussion ensemble (2007)
  • Pavan Hari: Finally at Peace for large percussion ensemble (2017)
  • Pavan Hari: Defying Gravity for large percussion ensemble (2017)
  • Tao Issaro: Lifeline for percussion solo (2017)
  • Tao Issaro: Shiva for large percussion ensemble (2016)
  • Tao Issaro: Rain Music for small percussion ensemble (2016)
  • Tao Issaro: Gingin Tonic for large percussion ensemble (2015)
  • Tao Issaro: Trikaal for large percussion ensemble (2015)
  • Tao Issaro: KARMA: Invocation for large percussion ensemble (2016)
  • Tao Issaro: KARMA: Incantation for percussion octet (2016)
  • Tao Issaro: KARMA: Intoxication for percussion octet (2016)
  • Tao Issaro and Sobhan Ahmadyar: Bayanic for percussion duo (2015)
  • Amelia Jutilayne-Maynard: Elements for percussion sextet (2014)
  • Kaboom Percussion: Moto Moto for large percussion ensemble (2014)
  • Kaboom Percussion: Good Cup / Bad Cup for percussion ensemble (2014)
  • Kaboom Percussion: Doomsday for large percussion ensemble (2015)
  • Pippa Lester: Henry VIII for vocalist and large percussion ensemble (2017)
  • Pippa Lester: Vampire for vocalist and large percussion ensemble (2017)
  • Mike Nelson: Percussion Concerto for soloist with orchestra or percussion ensemble (2012)
  • Marcus Perrozzi: Her Spirit Lives On for percussion quartet (2005)
  • Marcus Perrozzi: Fire in the Sky for large percussion ensemble (2015)
  • Marcus Perrozzi: Matsuri DG for large percussion ensemble (2015)
  • Marcus Perrozzi: Vesuvius for large percussion ensemble (2008)
  • David Pye: here is the shell that was never ours but remembers for large percussion ensemble (2005)
  • David Pye: WAAPA Bells (2013)
  • David Pye: fragile (2013)
  • Manju Radhakrishnan and Joshua Hogan:: ...rhythm dance... for vocal percussionist and dancer (2014)
  • Elise Reitze: Oneiric for percussion quartet (2011)
  • Steven Richter: Flirting with Gravity for large percussion ensemble (2007)
  • Steven Richter: Pie Bake for percussion quartet (2010)
  • Steven Richter: Latigra for percussion ensemble (2010)
  • Steven Richter: Mach 5 for percussion ensemble (2010 Paul Tanner: Hyde for percussion quintet (2004)
  • Joshua Webster: Loitering with Intent for percussion quartet (2007)
  • Joshua Webster: Desafiando la Gravedad for large percussion ensemble (2012)
  • Newman, and Morricone arr Joshua Webster: Once Upon A Time in the West(ern Australian Academy of Performing Arts) for large percussion ensemble (2012)
  • Tim White: Fremantle Bells for percussion ensemble (2016)
  • Tim White: Reverberations for percussion ensemble (2016)
  • Euphina Yap: Awakening to Winter Rain for large percussion ensemble (2013)


Defying Gravity

PAST PROGRAMMES

Note:
* indicates Australian premieres
+ indicates WA premieres

Semester I, 2017 4, 5 and 6 May Kaboom!

  • (DG with Kaboom Percussion, Tao Issaro, Pippa Lester, Dr Hari Hament and Sivakumar Balakrishnan
    Tim White: Kerala Afternoon world premiere
    Dr Hari Hament: Veena improvisation world premiere
    Pavan Hari: Finally at Peace world premiere
    Tao Issaro: Lifeline world premiere
    Steve Reich: Music for Pieces of Wood
    Cameron Sinclair: Funk Loops
    Pippa Lester: Henry VIII and Vampire world premiere
    Trad arr O'Shaughnessy: African Journey world premiere
    Kaboom Percussion: Laniakea world premiere
    Kaboom Percussion: Orion world premiere
    Kaboom Percussion: Alpha Centauri world premiere
    Kaboom Percussion: The Saucer's Apprentice world premiere
    Kaboom Percussion: Space Junk world premiere

Semester II, 2016 15, 16 and 17 September KARMA

  • (DG with Tao Issaro, Arman Abednia, Iman Sepahsalari, Julia Watson, Pippa Lester)
    Chris Hanning: Mirror Image
    Nebojsa Zivkovic: Uneven Souls
    Devissaro: Hang Five world premiere
    Christopher Rouse: Ogoun Badagris
    Steve Reich: Six Marimbas
    -------- Tao Issaro: KARMA world premiere Tao Issaro: Vedic Drumming: Invocation, Incantation and Intoxication world premiere
    Iman Sepahsalari: Tombak solo
    Arman Abednia, arr Issaro: Sufi Whirling world premiere
    Trad, arr Arman Abednia: My Delicate Beloved
    Arman Abednia, arr Issaro: Love Song world premiere
    Iman Sepahsalari: Daf solo
    Arman Abednia, arr Issaro: Ecstasy world premiere

Semester I 2016 28, 29 and 30 April Latin Carnivale! (DG with Iain Robbie and the Nueva Salsa Orchestra)

  • Tim White: Reverberations world premiere
    Fritz Hauser: Die Welle
    Gerard Brophy: Umbigada, obrigado!
    Amadeo Roldan: Ritmica No. 5 and 6
    Mark Pollard: The Heavenly Muzak Machine Part 4
    John Psathas: Kyoto *
    Trad, arr. M. O'Shaughnessy: African Medley: Yankadi, Makru and Kgapotso
  • Trad. Cuban, arr. A. Monk: Rumba
    Hector Lavoe, arr. Pervan: Llego La Banda
    Arsenio Rodriguez: Anabacoa
    Tito Amadeo, arr. Pervan: Idilio
    Tito Puente, arr. Pervan: Ran Kan Kan
    Antonio Cantoral, arr. Pervan: El Preso
    Tito Puente, arr. Pervan: Oye Como Va
    Poncho Sanchez, arr. Pervan: Yumbambe

11 March 2016 Fremantle Arts Centre Defying Gravity and Guests (DG with Tao Issaro, Arman Abednia and Iman Sepahsalari)

  • Tim White: Fremantle Bells world premiere
    Fritz Hauser: Die Welle
    John Cage: Child of Tree
    Defying Gravity: Stars world premiere
    Tao Issaro: Shiva world premiere
    Tao Issaro: Rain Music world premiere
    Tao Issaro: Trikaal

15 and 16 August 2015 Gravity Discovery Centre, Gingin Gingin Tonic (DG with Tao Issaro)

  • Tao Issaro: Gingin Tonic world premiere

Semester II 2015 17, 18 and 19 September Stereo Action (DG with Marcus Perrozzi and Tao Issaro)

  • Raymond Scott: Powerhouse
    Emmanuel Sejourne: Concerto for Vibraphone
    Edgard Varese: Ionisation
    Nebojsa Zivkovic: Trio per Uno
    Jonathan Newman: Stereo Action
  • Tao Issaro: Trikaal world premiere
    Michael Askill: Lemurian Dances
    Traditional Chinese: Moon Over Guan's Mountain
    Marcus Perrozzi: Matsuri DG world premiere
    Traditional Chinese: Fernleaf Bamboo Under Moonlight
    Marcus Perrozzi: Fire in the Sky world premiere

Semester I 2015 30 April, 1 and 2 May 2015 Kaboom! (DG with Kaboom Percussion: Catherine Hall and Joshua Webster)

  • Jeff Beal: The Red Shoes *
    Minoru Miki: Marimba Spiritual
    Henderson and Hamm: Bye Bye Medley
    Zimmer and Howard: The Dark Knight
    Bill Whelan: Riverdance+
    Kaboom Percussion: Doomsday world premiere

20 March 2015 at Fremantle Arts Centre Inuksuit (DG directed by Tim White)

  • John Luther Adams: Inuksuit

Semester II 2014 11, 12 and 13 September 2014 Fascinating Rhythms (DG with Joshua Hogan, ‘Joni in the Moon’, Rosie Taylor, Elizabeth Aitken, The Ahuti Singers, and the Temple of Fine Arts Dancers)

  • Nebojsa Zivkovic: To The Gods of Rhythm
    Trad arr. Mike O’Shaughnessy: African Medley
    Amelia Jutilayne-Maynard: Elements world premiere
    Stephen Rush: Mas Fuerte
    Russell du Plessis: Incalcando
    Joshua Hogan: Ta Dhi Ghi Na Thom in a Box
    Joni in the Moon: Yellow Moon
    Nebojsa Zivkovic: Les Violons Morts
    Defying Gravity: temple lights world premiere
    Joni in the Moon: Dove Song
    Joshua Hogan: Bhaji Smugglers
    Selvaganesh, arr J. Hogan: You and Me
    Joshua Hogan and Manju Radhakrishnan: ...rhythm dance... world premiere
    Devissaro: Ahuti (The Offering) world premiere

Semester I 2014 1, 2 and 3 May 2014 FIESTA! (DG with Paul Tanner)

  • Defying Gravity: soundscape
    Gareth Farr: Little Sea Gongs
    Trad arr. Mike O’Shaughnessy: Bamaya, Jerusarema and Manhanga +
    Paul Tanner: Angels
    Kaboom Percussion: Moto Moto world premiere
    Trad arr Paul Tanner: Samba
    Stewart Copeland: The Gene Pool *
    Astor Piazzola arr. K. Super: Tango Suite movt 1
    Kaboom Percussion: Good Cup / Bad Cup world premiere
    Paul Tanner:Cuba

Semester II 2013 19, 20 and 21 September 2013 Drumming Up A Storm (DG with Ric Eastman)

  • David Pye: fragile world premiere
    Mark Ford:Afta-Stuba! +
    Nebojsa Zivkovic: Uneven Souls
    Chris Crockarell: Brooms Hilda
    David Mancini: Suite for Solo Drumset and Percussion Ensemble *
    Mark Pollard: The Heavenly Muzak Machine part 1a
    John Thrower: Starry Night from Aurora Borealis *
    Iannis Xenakis: Peaux from Pleiades
    Joseph Green: Xylophonia
    Frank Zappa: The Black Page parts 1 and 2
    Ric Eastman: drumset solo
    Henry Mancini: Theme from Peter Gunn

Semester I 2013 18 and 19 April 2013 Carnivale! (DG with Freddy Poncin and Constanza Herrero)

  • Peter Sculthorpe: From Jabiru Dreaming
    Nigel Westlake: Omphalo Centric Lecture
    Daniel Hall: The Marching Drumkit
    Victor Daniel: La Vida es un Carnaval
  • Trad arr Poncin: Guinean Welcome Akira Nishimura: Concerto for Timpani +
    Yap/Rheinberger/Vivaldi: Awakening to Winter Rain world premiere
    Tito Puente: Oye Como Va
    Arthur Lipner: Sweet Rio

23 March 2013 WAAPA In The Park at 6pm in Ron Stone Park, Mt Lawley DG with multiple guests, directed by Tim White

  • John Luther Adams: Inuksuit +

Semester II 2012 20, 21 and 22 September 2012 Defying Gravity : 25th Birthday Celebrations! (DG and Kuniko Kato, Gary France, Iain Robbie, Chris Tarr and Joshua Webster)

  • John Luther Adams: Evensong from songbirdsongs *
    Gary France: Celebration! world premiere
    Zimmer and Howard arr J Webster: The Dark Knight world premiere
    Minoru Miki: Marimba Spiritual
    John Cage: Third Construction
    Mike Nelson: Percussion Concerto (first movt.) world premiere
    Iannis Xenakis: Rebonds
    David Downes: Painting with Breath
    John Luther Adams: Morningfieldsong from songbirdsongs *
    Trad arr. Iain Robbie: Pacific Island Drumming

Semester I 2012 24 and 25 May 2012 Thunderstruck (DG with Joshua Webster)

  • Gerard Brophy: Umbigada, obrigado!
    Trad arr J Webster: Csardas *
    Cameron Sinclair: Funk Loops
    Trad arr J Webster: Roman Forgatos *
    Newman and Morricone arr Webster: Once Upon A Time in the West(ern Australian Academy of Performing Arts) world premiere
    Stephen Taylor: Everywhere Entangled *
    Erik Griswold: Strings Attached
    Liszt arr Webster: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 *
    Manfred Menke: Eine kleine Tischmusik
    Joshua Webster: Desafiando la Gravedad world premiere

Semester II 2011 17 and 18 August 2011 Marimba Magic (DG with Alison Pratt and Joshua Webster)

  • Gareth Farr: Little Sea Gongs
    Nebojsa Zivkovic: Uneven Souls +
    Martin Wesley-Smith: For Marimba and Tape
    Christopher Rouse: Ogoun Badagris
  • interval music: Spring Arrives on the Qing River *
    Arr. Josh Webster: Bragtime world premiere
    Minoru Miki: Marimba Spiritual
    Jonathan Newman: Stereo Action *
    Chris Brooks: Stick Schtick

Semester I 2011 25 and 26 May 2011 Virtuoso! (DG with Nick Parnell)

  • Trad. Chinese: A Pair Of Hands Opens A Happy Spring *
    Emmanuel Sejourne: Concerto for Vibraphone +
    Chris Crockarell: Rung Again! *
    Jim Casella: Compound Autonomy *
    Lalo Davila: Rockin Rickie Rocket *
  • Thierry de Mey: Musique de Table
    Elise Reitze: Oneiric world premiere
    Vittorio Monti: Csardas
    Ney Rosauro: Bem Vindo
    Arthur Lipner: Crystal Mallet +
    Chris Crockarell: Clean Sweep *
    Friedman / Samuels: Carousel +

Semester II 2010 20 and 21 October 2010 Alchemy! (DG with Steve Richter)

  • Peter Sculthorpe: Djilile
    Steve Richter: Mach 5 world premiere
    Nebojsa Zivkovic: Les Violin Morts
    Frere-Harvey and Mariano:The Not-So-Periodic Table world premiere
    Steve Richter: Latigra world premiere
  • Andy Pape: CaDance for Two
    Steve Richter and Josh Hogan: Abbiente
    Edgard Varese: Ionisation
    Steve Richter: Pie Bake world premiere
    Michael Askill: Fire

28 August 2010 at Australian Percussion Gathering in Brisbane Morning Fire (DG with Michael Askill)

  • Louis Frere-Harvey and Adrian Mariano: Seven-Seven-Two world premiere
    David Pye: Rebana Loops
    Michael Askill : Fire
    Paul Tanner: Cuba

18 and 20 May 2010 at WAAPA with Fiona Digney Steve Reich: Drumming

  • Vinko Globokar: ?Corporel
    Steve Reich: Drumming

Semester I 2010 24 and 25 March 2010 Cuban Carnivale (DG with Freddy Poncin)

  • Trad. arr. Poncin: African Welcome
    Graham Fitkin: Hook
    Theo Loevendie: Doppleriana
    Poncho Sanchez: Bien Sabroso
    Henderson and Hamm: Bye Bye Medley
  • Michael Askill : Lemurian Dances
    Fritz Hauser: Die Welle +
    Tito Puente: Oye Como Va
    Arthur Lipner: Sweet Rio

Semester II 2009 7 and 8 October 2009 Thunderstruck (DG with Timothy Constable)

  • Cameron Sinclair: Funk Loops
    Lee Buddle: Just an Inkling for an Angklung
    George H. Green: The Ragtime Robin
    Nigel Westlake: Omphalo Centric Lecture
    Daniel Hall: The Marching Drumkit
  • Timothy Constable: Waves 09 +
    Timothy Constable: Last Waltz +
    George H. Green: Log Cabin Blues
    Timothy Constable: Suna +

Semester I 2009 6 and 7 May 2009 Beats 'n' Pieces (DG with Paul Tanner)

  • Chris Rouse: Ogoun Badagris
    Mark Ford: Stubernic
    Paul Tanner: Home By 11
    Manfred Menke: Eine kleine Tischmusik Paul Tanner: Guaguanco
  • Rob Smith: Sprint *
    Iannis Xenakis: Peaux
    Paul Tanner: Back in 1516
    Evelyn Glennie: A Little Prayer
    Paul Tanner: Cuba

Semester II 2008 8 and 9 October 2008 Drumming Up A Storm (DG with Andrew Fisenden)

  • Ney Rosauro: Marimba Concerto
    Nigel Westlake: Fabian Theory
    Mark Ford: Head Talk
    Arthur Lipner: Lime Juice *
    Christopher Rouse: Bonham
    David Pye: Rebana Loops
    George Green: Rajah
    Frank Zappa: The Black Page
    Andrew Fisenden: Drum Solo *
    Henry Mancini: Peter Gunn

Semester I 2008 7 and 8 May 2008 The Spirit of Taiko (DG with Marcus Perrozzi)

  • Peter Sculthorpe: From Jabiru Dreaming
    Gareth Farr: Little Sea Gongs
    Minoru Miki: Marimba Spiritual
    Marcus Perrozzi: Her Spirit Lives On
  • Herman Rechberger: Kata
    Chris Crockarell: Office Max
    Robert Cossom: Bonking Music
    James Lent: The Ragtime Drummer
    Chris Crockarell: Brooms Hilda
    Marcus Perrozzi: Vesuvius world premiere

Semester II 2007 2 and 3 October 2007 20th Birthday Celebration! (DG with Gary France, Iain Robbie and Louise Conroy)

  • John Beck: Overture for Percussion Ensemble
    Erik Griswold: Strings Attached
    Keiko Abe: Conversation in the Forest *
    Stephen Rush: Mas Fuerte
    Daniel Hall: Celebration! world premiere
  • Edgard Varese: Ionisation
    Joshua Webster: Loitering with Intent world premiere
    Joseph Green: Xylophonia
    Henderson/Hamm/Becker: Bye Bye Medley +
    Trad arr Robbie: Pacific Island Drumming

Semester I 2007 2 and 3 May 2007 Defying Gravity starring Steven Richter (DG with Steven Richter)

  • Peter Sculthorpe: How The Stars Were Made
    Steven Richter: Flirting with Gravity world premiere
    John Cage: Third Construction
    Steven Richter: Ragged Round The Edges
  • Istvan Marta: Dolls House Story
    Steven Richter: Digga
    Anders Koppel: Toccata
    Ed Argenziano: Stinkin' Garbage
    Chris Brooks: Stick Schtick

Semester II 2006 10 and 11 October 2006 World of Percussion (DG with Freddy Poncin)

  • Nebojsa Zivkovic: To The Gods of Rhythm +
    Trad. arr. Freddy Poncin: African Welcome *
    Russell du Plessis: Incalcando
    Christopher Rouse: Ogoun Badagris
    Lee Buddle: Just an Inkling for an Angklung
    Paul Tanner: Cuba
  • Peter Sculthorpe: Djilile
    Iannis Xenakis: Peaux from Pleiades
    Victor Daniel arr. Lalo Davila: La Vida es un Carnival *
    Matthias Schmitt: Ghanaia

Semester I 2006 26 and 27 April 2006 Fascinating Rhythms (DG with Iain Robbie)

  • Mark Pollard: interludes
    Akira Nishimura: Ketiak +
    interlude Astor Piazzola: Tango Suite
    interlude Greg Coles: Good Vibes
    interlude Manfred Menke: Eine Kleine Tischmusik
    interlude Nigel Westlake: Penguin Circus
  • Ney Rosauro: Concerto for Timpani *
    interlude David Downes: Painting with Breath
    interlude Matthias Schmitt: Ghanaia
    interlude Daniel Hall: The Marching Drumkit world premiere
    interlude Trad arr Iain Robbie: Pacific Island Drumming

Semester II 2005 26 October 2005 Sparkling Rhythms (DG with Freddy Poncin)

  • Michael Askill: no rest from the dance
    Tim Davies: Sprungy Jump +
    Andrew Ford: Soave sia il vento world premiere
    Michael Askill: Lemurian Dances
    Tito Puente: Oye Como Va
  • Thierry de Mey: Musique de Table +
    David Pye: here is the shell that was never ours but remembers world premiere
    Paul Tanner: Djenne world premiere
    Chris Crockarell: Brooms Hilda
    Michael Askill: Fire

Semester I 2005 20/21 April 2005 Drumming Up A Storm (DG with Andrew Fisenden)

  • Cameron Sinclair: Ndonge Mahwe *
    Cameron Sinclair: Funk Loops
    John Beck: Concerto for Drumset
    Mark Ford: Stubernic
    Marcus Perrozzi: Her Spirit Lives On world premiere
  • Toru Takemitsu: Rain Tree
    George Green: The Whistler
    Joseph Green: Xylophonia
    Frank Zappa: The Black Page +
    Andrew Fisenden: Drum Solo
    Henry Mancini arr. Faini: Peter Gunn

Semester II 2004 1.10.04 DRUMMING (DG @ WAAPA with Steven Schick)

  • John Cage: Inlets *
    Steve Reich: Drumming +

Semester II 2004 1.9.04 (DG @ WAAPA) A Night in Brazil

  • Peter Sculthorpe: From Jabiru Dreaming
    Ney Rosauro: Concerto for Vibraphone +
    Gerard Brophy arr Tanner: Umbigada, obrigado! +
  • Andrew Ford: After the Ball was Over +
    Nigel Westlake: Omphalo Centric Lecture
    Ney Rosauro: Marimba Concerto
    Arthur Lipner: Sweet Rio *

Semester I 2004 21.4.04 (DG @ WAAPA) Marimba Spiritual

  • Vincent Plush: The Summoning of the Sun
    Minoru Miki: Marimba Spiritual
    Mark Ford: Head Talk
    Paul Tanner: Hyde world premiere
  • Chris Crockarell: Office Max *
    Nebojsa Zivkovic: Trio per Uno *
    Hugh Crosthwaite: The Kid +
    George Hamilton Green: Log Cabin Blues
    Ed Argenziano: Stinkin' Garbage
    Chris Brooks: Stick Schtick

Semester II 2003 #2 22.10.03 (DG @ WAAPA) Dream of the Cherry Blossoms

  • Mark Pollard: interludes 1
    Robert Cossom: Bonking Music +
    interlude Akira Nishimura: Padma in Meditation +
    interlude Keiko Abe: Ancient Vase
    interlude Lee Buddle: Just an Inkling for an Angklung
  • Peter Sculthorpe: Djilile
    interlude Keiko Abe: Dream of the Cherry Blossoms
    interlude Erik Griswold: Three Tangos +
    interlude Toshu Fukami: Daybreak over Yamagata *
    Traditional: Miyake, Umi, Hoo-Daiko

Semester II 2003 #1 25.9.03 (DG @ Australian Percussion Symposium in Canberra)

  • Mark Pollard: interludes 1
    Robert Cossom: Bonking Music
    interlude Lee Buddle: Just an Inkling for an Angklung
    interlude Anders Koppel: Toccata
    interlude Christopher Rouse: Ogoun Badagris
    interlude Paul Tanner: Cuba

Semester I 2003 14.5.03 (DG @ WAAPA) Sparkling Rhythms

  • Paul Tanner: Cuba
    Karlheinz Stockhausen: Tierkreis
    Anders Koppel: Toccata for Vibraphone and Marimba
    Christopher Rouse: Ogoun Badagris
  • Maurice Ohana: Etudes Choregraphiques
    James Lent: The Ragtime Drummer
    Joseph Green: Xylophonia
    Chris Crockarell: Balloonology +
    Trad. arr. Iain Robbie: Pacific Island Drumming

Semester II 2002 #3 23.11.02 (DG for Tura @ Art Gallery of WA) Scale Variable

  • Ross Edwards: Prelude and Dragonfly Dance
    Minoru Miki: Time
    David Downes: Painting with Breath
    Astor Piazzola: Tango Suite
  • David Lang: The Anvil Chorus +
    Herman Rechberger: Kata
    Rodriguez/Ribot: La Vida es un Sueno
    Cameron Sinclair: Funk Loops

Semester II 2002 #2 6.10.02 (DG, Tetrafide and CSM @ WAAPA during Rhythms of Life)

  • Edgard Varese: Ionisation
    Steve Reich: Drumming Part I +
    Astor Piazzola: Tango Suite
    Cameron Sinclair: Funk Loops
  • Gavin Bryars: One last bar then Joe can sing +
    Michael Askill: no rest from the dance +
    Michael Askill: Fire +
    Trad. arr. Drum-Drum: Papua New Guinean Drumming

Semester II 2002 #1 2.10.02 (DG @ WAAPA) Rhythms of Life

  • Peter Sculthorpe: From Jabiru Dreaming
    Wolfgang Reifeneder: Ball Percussion *
    Astor Piazzola: Tango Suite
    Carl Vine: Defying Gravity
  • Graham Fitkin: Hook *
    David Downes: Painting with Breath *
    Rodriguez/Ribot: La Vida es un Sueno *
    Herman Rechberger: Kata *
    Chris Crockarell: Pulp Friction +

Semester I 2002 24.4.02 (DG @ WAAPA) Dragonfly Dance

  • Michael Udow: African Welcome
    Ney Rosauro: Prelude for Vibraphone
    Amadeo Roldan: Ritmica #5
    Keiko Abe: Dream of the Cherry Blossoms
    Cameron Sinclair: Funk Loops
    Manfred Menke: The Interval Rap *
  • Erik Griswold: Strings Attached +
    Ross Edwards: Prelude and Dragonfly Dance
    Mitchell Peters: Yellow After the Rain
    Gareth Farr: Little Sea Gongs *
    Chris Crockarell: Brooms Hilda +
    Nigel Westlake: Penguin Circus

Semester II 2001 24.10.01 at WAAPA

  • Roger Smalley: Ceremony I
    GH Green: The Ragtime Robin
    James Lent: The Ragtime Drummer
    Poul Ruders: ChaChaCha *
    Chris Brooks: Stick Schtick *
  • Minoru Miki: Marimba Spiritual
    Manfred Menke: Eine Kleine Tischmusik
    GH Green: Triplets
    Gordon Stout: Mexican Dances
    Sherrie Maricle: Street Beats *

Semester I 2001 2.5.01 at WAAPA

  • Vincent Plush: The Summoning of the Sun +
    Peter Sculthorpe: How The Stars Were Made
    GH Green: Log Cabin Blues
    Manfred Menke: Eine Kleine Tischmusik *
  • Trad arr. Tanner: Samba Welcome
    Greg Coles: Genesis of a Rhythm world premiere
    Peter Sadlo: Cadenza for Six Timpani *
    Matthias Schmitt: Ghanaia +
    Michael Askill: Fire +

Semester II 2000 18.10.00 at WAAPA

  • Steve Reich: Music for Pieces of Wood
    Nigel Westlake: OmphaloCentric Lecture
    Greg Coles: Good Vibes world premiere
    John Beck: Concerto for Drumset +
  • Michael Askill: Lemurian Dances +
    Astor Piazzola: Tango Suite
    Jennifer Fowler: Echoes from an Antique Land
    Mancini arr. Faini: Peter Gunn

Semester I 2000 19.4.00 at WAAPA

  • Peter Sculthorpe: From Jabiru Dreaming +
    Christopher Rouse: Ogoun Badagris
    Karlheinz Stockhausen: Tierkreis +
    GH Green: Rajah
    Joseph Green: Xylophonia
  • Jennifer Fowler: Echoes from an Antique Land
    Anders Koppel: Toccata for Marimba and Vibraphone +
    Trad arr. Drum-Drum: Pacific Island Drumming

Semester II 1999 27.10.99 at WAAPA

  • Peter Sculthorpe: Djilile +
    Rich O'Meara: Wooden Music +
    Cameron Sinclair: Funk Loops *
    Nigel Westlake: Penguin Circus
  • Steve Reich: Six Marimbas +
    Per Norgard: The Gentle, the Penetrating
    Trad arr. Tanner: Batucada Salsa *

Semester I, 1999 14.4.99 at WAAPA

  • John Cage: Second Construction +
    Steve Reich: Nagoya Marimbas +
    Charles Johnson: Dill Pickles
    Ney Rosauro: Marimba Concerto
  • Maurice Ohana: Etudes Choregraphiques
    Keiko Abe: Dream of the Cherry Blossoms
    Per Norgard: The Gentle, the Penetrating
    Nigel Westlake: Penguin Circus

Semester II, 1998 30.10.98 at WAAPA

  • Edgard Varese: Ionisation
    Martin Wesley-Smith: White Knight and Beaver
    Gordon Stout: Mexican Dance
    Carl Vine: Defying Gravity
  • Amadeo Roldan: Ritmica #5 +
    Cathie Travers: Telecommunications
    Iannis Xenakis: Rebonds (part b)
    Ross Edwards: Prelude and Dragonfly Dance
    Trad arr. Drum-Drum: Pacific Island Drumming

Semester I 1998 2.6.98 at WAAPA

  • Edgard Varese: Ionisation
    Carlos Chavez: Toccata
    Carl Vine: Defying Gravity

Semester II 1997 11.11.97 at WAAPA

  • Peter Sculthorpe: Sun Song
    Nigel Westlake: Penguin Circus +
    Dmitri Shostakovich: Intermezzo from Die Nase *
    Mark Ford: Head Talk +
    GH Green: Xylophonia
    Minoru Miki: Marimba Spiritual

Semester I 1997 3.6.97 at WAAPA

  • Peter Sculthorpe: Sun Song +
    John Cage: Credo in Us +
    Ney Rosauro: Marimba Concerto

Semester II 1996 1.10.96 at WAAPA

  • Trad arr. Drum-Drum: Manus Island and Tahitian Drumming
    Nigel Westlake: OmphaloCentric Lecture
    Paul Sarcich: Sierra-nade +
    Ney Rosauro: Marimba Concerto (IV movt)
    Nigel Westlake: Fabian Theory
    John Cage: Third Construction
    Trad arr. Drum-Drum: Tamure and Cook Islands Drumming

Semester I 1996 11.6.96 at WAAPA

  • Trad arr. Robbie: Pacific Islands Drumming
    GH Green: The Ragtime Robin
    GH Green: Rajah
    Xavier Joaquin: Preludio y Salsa
    James Lent: The Ragtime Drummer +
    Ney Rosauro: Marimba Concerto (I movt) +
    Christopher Rouse: Ogoun Badagris +

Semester I 1996 Tim recital 16.4.96 at WAAPA

  • David Lumsdaine: Kangaroo Hunt +
    Morton Feldman: The King of Denmark
    Per Norgard: The Gentle, the Penetrating
    Iannis Xenakis: Psappha

Semester II 1995 7.11.95 at WAAPA

  • Peter Sculthorpe: How The Stars Were Made +
    Martin Wesley-Smith: White Knight and Beaver
    Maurice Ohana: Etudes Choregraphiques

Semester I, 1995 30.5.95 at WAAPA

  • Martin Wesley-Smith: White Knight and Beaver +
    Siegfried Fink: Sonatine for Snare Drum
    Steve Reich: Clapping Music
    Toshimitsu Tanaka: Two Movements for Marimba
    Maurice Ohana: Etudes Choregraphiques +

Semester II 1994 13.9.94 at WAAPA

  • Martin Wesley-Smith: For Marimba and Tape
    John Beck: Sonata for Timpani
    Charles DeLancey: Love of L'Histoire
    Nigel Westlake: Moving Air +
    Gordon Stout: Two Mexican Dances
    Elliott Carter: March for Timpani
    Charles Johnson: Dill Pickles
    Joseph Green: Xylophonia



PAST PLAYERS

These musicians have been members of Defying Gravity over the past twenty years:

  • 2017
    Ben Albert, Drew Alexander, Joshua Banks, Jet Kye Chong, Chris Damant, Nanna Faulkner, Azariah Felton, Pavan Hari, Laura Harris, Tao Issaro, Aaron Logan, Michael O'Shaughnessy, Izaac Masters, Arund Pearce, Germaine Png, Tom Robertson, Mercedes Slack-Smith and Jesse Vivante
  • 2016
    Ben Albert, Amberlie Boyd, Jet Kye Chong, Chris Damant, Nanna Faulkner, Kayla Ferris, Ben Fillingham, Richard Frampton, Pavan Hari, Laura Harris, Tao Issaro, Amelia Jutilane-Maynard, Aaron Logan, Michael O'Shaughnessy, Arund Pearce, Lila Raubenheimer, Tom Robertson, Mercedes Slack-Smith, Adam Tan, Jackson Vickery and Jesse Vivante
  • 2015
    Sobhan Ahmadyar, Ben Albert, Amberlie Boyd, Chris Damant, Nanna Faulkner, Kayla Ferris, Ben Fillingham, Richard Frampton, Laura Harris, Tao Issaro, Amelia Jutilane-Maynard, Aaron Logan, Michael O’Shaughnessy, Tom Robertson, Mercedes Slack-Smith, Adam Tan, Katie Thomas and Jackson Vickery
  • 2014
    Ben Albert, Amberlie Boyd, Matt Cole, Nanna Faulkner, Kayla Ferris, Ben Fillingham, Richard Frampton, Amelia Jutilane-Maynard, Aaron Logan, Michael O’Shaughnessy, Rishma Pragash, Tom Robertson, Mercedes Slack-Smith, Imogen Thomson, Adam Tan, Naomi Tan, Katie Thomas and Jackson Vickery
  • 2013
    Elizabeth Aitken, Ben Albert, Jordan Berini, Amberlie Boyd, James Chong, Matt Cole, Nanna Faulkner, Richard Frampton, Amelia Jutilane-Maynard, Tegan LeBrun, Aaron Logan, Lionel Pierson, Rishma Pragash, Tom Robertson, Mercedes Slack-Smith, Imogen Stacey, Adam Tan, Rosie Taylor, Katie Thomas, Alin Todea, Jackson Vickery, Felicity Wood and Euphina Yap
  • 2012
    Elizabeth Aitken, Kieran Beard, Jordan Berini, Amberlie Boyd, James Chong, Matt Cole, Tegan LeBrun, Aaron Logan, Lionel Pierson, Ingrid Purich, Elise Reitze, Thea Rossen, Imogen Stacey, Adam Tan, Rosie Taylor, Katie Thomas, Jackson Vickery, Joshua Webster and Euphina Yap
  • 2011
    Elizabeth Aitken, Joel Bass, Devin Borstel, Kieran Beard, James Chong, Louis Frere-Harvey, Tegan LeBrun, Lionel Pierson, Ingrid Purich, Elise Reitze, Thea Rossen, Imogen Stacey, Huaizhi Sun, Rosie Taylor, Jackson Vickery, Joshua Webster and Euphina Yap
  • 2010
    Joel Bass, Kieran Beard, Catherine Betts, James Chong, Matthew Cole, Fiona Digney, Anthony Doherty, Megan Feddema, Louis Frere-Harvey, Rebecca Growns, Tegan LeBrun, Adrian Mariano, Kaylie Melville, Shaun Pickett, Lionel Pierson, Ingrid Purich, Thea Rossen and Liam Scarlett
  • 2009
    Joel Bass, Catherine Betts, James Chong, Matthew Cowie, Fiona Digney, Megan Feddema, Rachael Flynn, Louis Frere-Harvey, Rebecca Growns, Daniel Hall, Dylan Kemp, Keenan Klassen, Elizabeth Lyon, Adrian Mariano, Kaylie Melville, Shaun Pickett, Lionel Pierson, Ingrid Purich and Thea Rossen.
  • 2008
    Joel Bass, Catherine Betts, Fiona Digney, Megan Feddema, Rachael Flynn, Louis Frere-Harvey, Rebecca Growns, Daniel Hall, Elizabeth Lyon, Adrian Mariano, Kaylie Melville, Bess Murray, Shaun Pickett, Lionel Pierson, Ingrid Purich, Thea Rossen and Joshua Webster

  • 2007
    Joel Bass, Catherine Betts, Priscilia Chang, Michael Chewter, Fiona Digney, Rachael Flynn, Emma Gilbert, Rebecca Growns, Daniel Hall, Rosie Halsmith, Elizabeth Lyon, Kaylie Melville, Kirsten Melville, Callum Moncrieff, Shaun Pickett, Anthony Price, Jay Watson, Josh Webster and Lara Wilson.
  • 2006
    Catherine Betts, Tegan Borstel, Michael Chewter, Josh Devlin, Rachael Flynn, Emma Gilbert, Daniel Hall, Rosie Halsmith, Daniel Laidley, Elizabeth Lyon, Ella Mack, Kaylie Melville, Callum Moncrieff, Holly Norman, Kym Reeves, Paul Waterhouse, Josh Webster and Lara Wilson.
  • 2005
    Catherine Betts, Tegan Borstel, Kitt Byfield, Jillian Chrisp, Louise Conroy, Josh Devlin, Fiona Digney, Natasha French, Daniel Hall, Rosie Halsmith, Kaylie Melville, Callum Moncrieff, Holly Norman, Despina Prastides, Anthony Price, Kym Reeves, Paul Waterhouse, Josh Webster and Lara Wilson.
  • 2004
    Tegan Borstel, Kitt Byfield, Louise Conroy, Helena Cook, Rebecca Corston, Josh Devlin, Fiona Digney, Glen Dow, James Forrest, Natasha French, Daniel Hall, Rosie Halsmith, Alex Kealley, Kaylie Melville, Callum Moncrieff, Holly Norman, Marcus Perrozzi, Todd Pickett, Despina Prastides, Anthony Price, Kym Reeves, Jessica Sandon, David Saulsman, Dion Serras, Paul Waterhouse and Lara Wilson
  • 2003
    Kitt Byfield, Louise Conroy, Helena Cook, Josh Devlin, Fiona Digney, Glen Dow, Natasha French, Daniel Hall, Rosie Halsmith, Alex Kealley, Callum Moncrieff, Marcus Perrozzi, Laine Petterson, Despina Prastides, Anthony Price, Kym Reeves, Jessica Sandon, David Saulsman, Dion Serras, and Hayley Wiegmink
  • 2002
    Shayna Allard, Stacey Borich, Kitt Byfield, Tamara Camilleri, Louise Conroy, Helena Cook, Joshua Devlin, Glen Dow, Natasha French, Joshua Hogan, Marcus Perrozzi, Despina Prastides, Jessica Sandon, Robyn Sarti, Monica Seeber and Hayley Wiegmink.
  • 2001
    Stacey Borich, Tamara Camilleri, Louise Conroy, Helena Cook, Kristie Cote, Natasha French, Aaron Greenfield, Josh Hogan, Despina Prastides and Hayley Wiegmink.
  • 2000
    Kathryn Barras, Stacey Borich, Tamara Camilleri, Wyana, Etherington, Joshua Hogan, Daniel Jeater, Taryn Lush, Kae Muto, Luigi Paolino and Despina Prastides
  • 1999
    Kathryn Barras, Stacey Borich, Tamara Camilleri, Kristie Cote, Joshua Hogan, Taryn Lush, Kae Muto, Luigi Paolino, Steven Richter, Robyn Sarti and Jenny Winley
  • 1998
    Kathryn Barras, Michael Bernard, Stacey Borich, Tamara Camilleri, James Honner, Grace Ling, Taryn Lush, James Mellows, Kae Muto, Fred Pagnoncelli, Steven Richter, Iain Robbie, Gordon Ryder, Robyn Sarti and Jenny Winley
  • 1997
    Stacey Borich, Kae Muto, Steven Richter, Luigo Paolino, Iain Robbie, Robyn Sarti and Jenny Winley
  • 1996
    Luigi Paolino, Steven Richter, Iain Robbie, Robyn Sarti, Kay Smoljak, Neville Talbot and Jenny Winley.




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