Decibel 10 at 10: WA Women of New Music

Presented as part of the 2019 Gender Diversity in Music And Art conference at the University of Western Australia, Decibel will present a concert of works they have commissioned over the past 10 years.

As part of their 10 year anniversary Decibel will present 10 at 10 – 10 concerts around Australia. For the Perth edition they will perform works by Amber Fresh, Erin Coates, Catherine Ashley, Rachael Dease, Olivia Davies, Cissi Tsang, Annika Moses as well as a world premiere commission from WA composer Kate Milligan made possible through Tura’s Young and Emerging Composer Comissioning Program.

Join Decibel as they revisit works from 2009 through to 2019.

Decibel 10 at 10: WA Women of New Music (2009 – 2019)

7pm Thursday 18 July 2019
Callaway Auditorium
UWA Conservatorium of Music
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Decibel New Music Ensemble | Image by Rachael Barrett


Based in Western Australia, Decibel are world leaders in the integration of acoustic instruments and electronics, the interpretation of graphic notations and pioneering digital score formats for composition and performance.

Decibel have commissioned over 60 new works since their foundation in 2009, have toured Europe and Australia, recorded for ABC Classic FM and SWR German Radio, and released five albums to date on Australian and international labels. The ensemble has developed and commercialised the Decibel ScorePlayer iPad app, a score reading device incorporating mobile score formats and networked coordination performance environments that is sold worldwide.

Decibel are Cat Hope (artistic director, flutes, bass), Lindsay Vickery (reeds), Stuart James (electronics, keyboards), Aaron Wyatt (viola, iPad programming), Tristen Parr (cello) and Louise Devenish (percussion).

Decibel’s 10 at 10 concert series has been made possible through the generous support of the Department of LocalGovernment, Sport and Cultural Industries and Monash University.

Kate Milligan
Kate Milligan is a composer and researcher from Perth, Western Australia. Her music draws on a broad range of influences, including philosophy and literature, and asks complex questions through experimental mediums. Predominantly electro-acoustic in nature, and often sampling text-based audio, her works engage critically with their socio-political context.

Kate has worked with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra in their Young and Emerging Artists Composition Project (2016), and with Tura for their Breaking Out Composers’ Concert at the Totally Huge New Music Festival (2017). Her work ‘Dunes’ was awarded the 2017 People’s Choice Award in the University of Western Australia’s Dorothy Ellen Ransom Prize.

Kate holds a BA(Hons) from UWA, where she studied composition and musicology. Her research interests sit at the intersection of gender and music, with particular emphasis on constructions of gender in new music practices, and gendered music-making in the community. Kate has an extensive performance background in violin, and directs several community ensembles in Perth.