Synergy Percussion presents Common Time

Common Time is a program of brand new works for percussion, presented by Synergy Percussion, one of Australia’s most venerated contemporary music ensembles.

It’s about time, shared time, common shared principles, sounds and instruments. It’s about a time and place – and the placement of time. The swing, the groove, the space, the clave – 2/3, 3/2 – shared and common elements.

In Common Time, Synergy Percussion brings together percussive brethren through the pairing of Western 20th & 21st century art music, improvising jazz groove and Afro-Latin percussion artists – and more – to explore the differences and commonalities of their artistic approaches.

This dynamic program features living composers whose backgrounds and musical training are as diverse as percussion. Works by Gai Byrant, Ryuji Hamada, Lee McIver, Kaoru Watanabe, Sandy Evans, and Ed Goyer are performed by a cohort of virtuoso percussionists drawn from across the spectrum of the world of drumming.

Common Time is living art, the vanguard of modern percussion, and a thrilling musical snapshot of contemporary multicultural Australia. See it now, before the world changes.

This is an all ages show.

About Synergy Percusssion

Celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2024, Synergy Percussion is Australia’s oldest contemporary music ensemble.

Synergy’s expansive vision of percussion, together with the exceptionally wide musical experience has allowed the group to work together with a diverse and exemplary family of artists from around the world. Collaborators include Fritz Hauser, Hossam Ramms, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Aly N’Diaye Rose, Trilok Gurtu, Jose Vincente, Kazue Sawai, Dave Samuels, Evelyn Glennie, Riley Lee, Taikoz, Michael Kiernan Harvey, Sydney Dance Company, Meryl Tankard and Regis Lansac, Akira Isogawa, Grainger String Quartet, William Barton, The Leigh Warren Dancers, and the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras among many others.

Well over fifty commissions of Australian and International composers have helped create an Australian percussion sonic identity, and contributed to the canon more generally. Notable commissions include Steve Reich “Mallet Quartet” (2009), Antony Pateras’ “Beauty will be amnesia or will not be at all” (2013), Nigel Westlake “Omphalo Centric Lecture” (1984), Ross Edwardes “Prelude and Dragonfly Dance”, Peter Sculthorpe “Sun Song”, and Gerard Brophy “Book of Clouds".

Event and ticketing details


Wheelchair Access
Assistive listening Assistive Listening

Dates & Times

Performance THURSDAY 20 JULY 2023 - 7:30PM
Duration Approx. 70mins


Adult $60.00
Concession $50.00 - Must hold a valid concession card
Group $45.00 - Per person for groups of eight or more
Booking fee $3.70 - A one-off booking fee applies per transaction. This is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.


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