After Julia

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After Julia


After Julia is an album of eight contemporary works by Australian women composers responding to Julia Gillard’s tenure as Australian Prime Minster. Decibel Artistic Director, Cat Hope, was inspired to pursue the project after circumstances around Gillard’s prime ministership exposed gender discrimination within politics and wider Australian society, causing her to reflect on the new music sector.

Seven Australian women composers were commissioned to create works for Decibel – Michaela Davies, Andree Greenwell, Laura Lowther, Catherine Milliken, Kate Moore, Gail Priest, Thembi Soddell and Cat Hope. The premiere performance at the ABC Centre in Ultimo, Sydney in 2014 featured Julia Gillard as a special guest, and the program went on to be performed Australia wide. This studio recording was completed across 2020 – 2021.This broad collection of works includes a choir, instructions from goldfish, spoken phrases turned into musical gestures, mouth organs and more.

Decibel is a new music ensemble of 6 musicians based between Perth and Melbourne, Australia, that focusses on the integration of acoustic and electronic instruments in chamber music performance. Whilst rooted in Western Art Music tradition, Decibel aims to remove stylistic boundaries in its commissioning and performance approaches, which focus on the combination of acoustic and electronic sounds.


Gail Priest: Everything and Nothing
Thembi Soddell: your sickness is found in my body
Cat Hope: Tough it Out
Cathy Milliken: Shifrori
Michaela Davies: Goldfish Variations
Laura Jane Lowther: Loaded [NSFW]
Kate Moore: Oil Drums
Andrée Greenwell: Arrows


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