2019 Archive

Improvisation Workshop with Robyn Schulkowsky

Improvisation workshop for women and non-binary improvisors

With percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky (USA)
Facilitated by Moon Project – Catherine Ashley (Harp) Kirsten Smith (Flutes)

Join Moon Project (Catherine Ashley & Kirsten Smith) in an improvisation workshop with American percussion innovator and explorer Robyn Schulkowsky. Aimed at developing new musical relationships amongst the Perth community, Robyn will lead a workshop with musicians looking to develop their skills as improvisors. Open to all women and non-binary instrumentalists and vocalists, Robyn’s experience in experimental percussion and collaborative performance practice will allow for an open and informative experience with a focus on  the immediacy of sonic discovery and the tactile intensity of music – in rhythm, sound and movement.

Robyn has been a part of over 20 recordings, including CDs with violist Kim Kashkashian and trumpet players Nils Petter Molvaer and Reinhold Friedrich, and seminal recordings of compositions by Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff, with whom she has collaborated for over 20 years.

Robyn will be Artist in residence as part of Gender Diversity in Music and Art Conference 2019. Hosted by the University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music. Robyn will perform the Australian premiere of her masterwork Armadillo, immersing audiences in the swirling rhythmic sonority of drums with percussionists Louise Devenish and Vanessa Tomlinson.


The workshops and showing will be at UWA Conservatorium of Music and registration is free. Please email tristen@tura.com.au to register.

The workshops and showings will run as follows:

Workshop 1 Sat 20 July 10am – 12pm
Workshop 2 Sat 20 July 1pm – 3pm
Workshop 3 Sun 21 July 10am – 12pm

The informal showing will be Sunday 22 July, 1pm – 2pm.

Ideally attendees will attend at least one Saturday workshop and all of Sunday.

Contact Kirsten or Catherine for more information.


Robyn Schulkowsky

Robyn Schulkowsky has been an innovator and collaborator throughout her life. She has dedicated herself to revealing the wonders of percussion to people around the world. Her continuous exploration of new sound dimensions has led to the development of new and unusual musical instruments. An active musician on five continents, Robyn moved to Germany during a heyday of experimental and adventurous classical composition. She has premiered and recorded some of the most important solo percussion works of the 20th and 21st centuries, working with composers Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis and Morton Feldman, presenting their works in Africa, India, Asia, the USA, South America and Mexico at festivals like The Proms, Salzburger Festspiel, Musikfest Berlin, Holland Festival, to name a few. With her percussion quintet and Gustavo Dudamel she premiered Sofia Gubaidulinas’s acclaimed composition glorious percussion.

Schulkowsky’s adventurous nature connects her with exceptional project partners and also with alternative performance spaces. She has collaborated with legendary African drummer Kofi Ghanaba, visual artist Guenther Uecker, actress Edith Clever, social scientist Nilam Ram, and choreographers Merce Cunningham and Sasha Waltz.

Moon Project

The Moon Project is a cross-medium collective centring around Catherine Ashley (harp) and Kirsten Smith (flutes). A dynamic performer on both acoustic and electric harps, Ashley’s diverse musical practice has spanned that of classical, pop, rock, world, experimental, improvised, composed, and community music making. She performs regularly with the WA Symphony Orchestra and Perth Symphony Orchestra, and is a leading exponent of contemporary and new music styles in Australia. Smith is a vibrant and exciting performer with a passion for pushing the flute to its acoustical limits, and has performed numerous national and world premieres as a soloist and as a guest artist. From a classical background, she has incorporated collaborations with musicians across the spectrum. Both Ashley and Smith are members of the Perth new music ensemble, GreyWing. Working with the visual artist Natalia Fidyka, as well as a range of other artists from diverse practices, the project creates collaborative cross disciplinary improvised works that tantalise the ears, the eyes, and the mind. The Moon Project’s first album “Morphologies” is available on Bandcamp through the Tone List label.