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CArl dewhurst, Timothy Constable, david symes, evan mannell

MOTH People

criss-cross the pop/experimental borderland. Suave beats drive intricate instruments, catchy melodies, soaring vocals and textural, filmic electronica. From fragile ballads to dance-worthy electro movers, the music is tough, thoughtful and disarmingly beautiful.

the songbook arm of synergy percussion, an innovative and highly original music project sitting somewhere between electro pop, classical, experimental, and film music. 

Moth people brings together the talents and experience of some of australia's finest young musicians - Timothy constable, evan mannell, david symes, and carl dewhurst and includes significant historical contributions by bob scott and bree van reyk.

moth people has a core mission to bring contemporary percussion and sound design to a wide cross-section of the music loving community, beyond concert halls or other often daunting establishments. A fiercely independent enterprise, moth people believe that audiences are far more adventurous than much of the industry gives them credit for being.



Timothy Constable (artistic Director, voice & percussion)

Timothy Constable is an award-winning percussionist, composer, electronica producer and singer. he is the artistic director of synergy, comprising australia's premiere percussion group and splinter group, moth. he tours extensively as a solo artist. he was the friedman fellow of classical music in 2008. he has performed throughout australia, in new zealand, sweden, switzerland, poland, uk, ireland, senegal, usa, china, nepal and south-east asia. he lives in sydney.

as a soloist he has collaborated with steven schick, bob becker, rob kloet, emanuel sejourne, fritz hauser, nicholas daniel, michael collins, amy dickson, philippe graffin, steve reich (to name a few) and has appeared as a guest with many new music goups including kroumata percussion ensemble (sweden) and The australia ensemble. Through activities with synergy he has worked with the likes of the sydney dance company, omar farouk tekbilek (turkey), hossam Ramzy (egypt), ali n'diaye rose (senegal), circle of rhythm, river guerguerian, roger woodward, akira isogawa (design), the shanghai song and dance company (premier dance ensemble in northern china), and le percussions klaviers de lion (France).

His composition credits include scores for contemporary dance (anton's super modern for performing lines, beautiful noise for brisbane festival 2011, kaidan for meryl tankard receiving abc limelight magazine best new composition 2007, happy as larry - sydney festival (2010), percussion symphony (a 45 minute work for percussion orchestra which premiered at sydney town hall in 2010), and numerous works for percussion (heard in festivals in europe, usa, australia and korea). Electronica credits include two launch shows for fashion designer akira isogawa, and dancefloor/ambient electronica under the alias noxious aquatic such as city jungle (heard on jjj and fbi radio).

recent highlights include artistic direction of the composers 1 - steve reich in residence for sydney opera house, city jungle (synergy and speak percussion, melbourne planetarium), xenakis' pleiades (abc limelight best chamber music concert 2011), Tonyeong international music festival, seoul drum festival, canberra international music festival, australian festival of chamber music, aurora festival, big west festival, 2011 mona foma.

he studied percussion and composition in stockholm sweden, dakar senegal, new york, london and san diego. he holds a bachelor of music from university of newcastle and was awarded the university medal on graduation.

Dave Symes

DAve has worked as a bass player, producer and music director on many important contemporary music projects. He has collaborated with artists such as missy higgins (music director), the sleepy jackson, sarah blasko and marcia hines (producer). he was co-founder of post-rock band prop, and had a close relationship with the late jackie orszaczky spanning several years. 

he holds a bachelor of music from the sydney conservatorium of music and is an endorsee of fender and ampeg.


Carl dewhurst (guitar)

- Is recognised as one of Australia's most creative and versatile contemporary guitarists, in demand at home and abroad. He is a leading figure on the experimental scene and is considered one of the best improvisers in Australia. His use of exteneded guitar techniques and electronics have resulted in some of the most original sounds and textures being produced today. He is equally at home playing withing traditional confines and continues to perform professionally in a multitude of genres.

Carl's talents as a versatile and flexible musician have seen him perform and record as a sideman with a wide range of jazz, rock and pop artists including: James morrison, Mick Nock, Jim Black, Dale barlow, Bobby Previte, Terumasa Hino, Peter Scherr, Vince Jones, Susan Gai Dowling, Bernie McGann, Katie Noonan, Tim Freedman, Paul capsis, Marcia Hines, Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, Mose Allison, Michelle Nicolle, Andy Bey, Jackie Orzacsky, Tony Buck, Phil Trelor, Lily Dior, The Catholics, the young wagilak (Arnhem Land) and the sruti Laya ensemble (india).

evan mannell (drums, percussion)

- Evan plays the drum set and often has good ideas. At the age of 31 evan is fair and square on the hip list of sydney drummers, forming the backbone of countless groups and artists on the jazz, indie-rock and underground scenes. WIth left-of-centre beats and furious improvising talent, the music is always sidestepping convention and taking the listener to that rare and valued place of excitement, emotion and antcipation.

In 2011, evan toured nationally with 'they will have their way', featuring artists lior, claire bowditch, paul dempsey and sarah blasko. he was a shortlist finalist in the prestigious freedman fellowship awards, as well as a finalist in the national jazz award. most recently he has been performing electronic music as part of city jungle with synergy percussion, and aslo behind australian music legend gurrumul.

Previous members:

Bree van Reyk

- is a versatile percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. She has performed throughout Europe, Asia, Scandinavia and the United States and has recorded in Sydney, Shanghai, Nashville and New York. She is a member of new music groups Synergy Percussion and Ensemble Offspring and performs regularly with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. She has co-written and performed on ARIA-nominated albums by Holly Throsby and CODA and has toured extensively with both - playing drums, accordion, vibraphone, electronics and singing, sometimes all at the same time. Bree has toured from Arnhem Land to Berlin as drum-set player for Darren Hanlon and has composed music for new work by the Sydney Dance Company. She has played onstage with Jens Lekman and the Violent Femmes and recorded with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

Bob Scott

- is an experienced and versatile Sound Designer, Recording and Mix Engineer. He has an extensive resume in modern music production as well as acoustic music recording, combining modern audio techniques such as live signal processing, recording, editing and amplification, with acoustic instruments. He has collaborated with Brett Dean and Genevieve Lacey – Noctune for Miss Genevieve for ABC Classics, a work for 5 bass recorders, processed bells and large PA; Xenia Hanusiak 1000 Doors, 1000 Windows Australian tour. Theatre and Dance collaborations include Branch Nebula’s Paradise City – co written with Inga Liljestrom; Reticence a solo for Fiona Malone. One Week in White performance for piano and live processing in Aoyama , Japan, with Tomoko Mukaiyama and Nederlands Dans Theater. He has worked as a recording and mix engineer for various artists including Nigel Kennedy, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Nigel Westlake, Ensemble Moderne, Australian Baroque Brass, Salut Baroque, Song Company and Ensemble Offspring. He also mixes for Abi Tucker, Dave Mason, Wicked Beat Sound System, Paul Kelly, Iota, Groove Terminator, Deborah Conway, Leonardos Bride, Figg Kidd, Good Buddah, Brett Dean and Nigel Westlake.


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