AN ALL-FEMALE cast of power percussionists are set to bring their high-energy performance to Albany this winter.
Drummer Queens, who held their world premiere in Sydney earlier this year, are now embarking on their first tour across Western Australia.
The group of eight percussionists delivers energetic and visually thrilling performances, utilising a range of drums to create different rhythmic styles on stage.
Western Australian Drummer Queens member Georgia Anderson said each of the women bring their unique musical style and character to the performance.
“We kind of refer ourselves as female drummer power rangers, we all have our own superpowers in a sense,” she said.
“We were able to lock in some wonderful performances around Australia, but this will be our first time in Western Australia.”
On stage, the Drummer Queens play multiple instruments while incorporating choreographed dance and movement to a story line.
All of the women are either drummers, dancers or performers and play their own character on stage.
“The performance is a mixture of electronic and acoustic instruments, it’s a really fun mix of different styles.” Anderson said.
“We have swinging bass drums that are on lines that come down from the roof.”
The group gains inspiration from different styles of rhythmic drumming to create a diverse performance that keeps the audience on their toes.
“The styles refer to many different types of drumming, like rock or Beyonce-inspired pop, there is African drums in there, Japanese style drumming” Anderson said.
“So, you’ve got quite traditional drums but also quite modern and electronic things in there too.
“There’s different music for every age group and every genre.”
The set is created and composed by Joe Accaria, the creative direction is led by Nigel Tuner-Carroll and the movement is choreographed by Peta Anderson.
“The choreographer, the director and composer have worked a great deal together to come up with various concepts and how to make the instruments work on a stage,” Ms Anderson said.
“We will have different instruments that we will move throughout the show… we also want to add choreography and story lines.
“It’s been a big collaboration between the main creatives and also us performers as well, adding our own things in there and our ideas.”
Ms Anderson spoke of how the group of women create such a strong sense of power and support when performing on stage.
“It’s the interactions with the wonderful women that I have on stage with me, they’re such a joy and they’re so inspiring in their own way, everyone has their own special skills,” she said
“It’s the energy that we bring to the stage that I enjoy the most.”
The Drummer Queens will be lighting up the stage at the Albany Entertainment Centre on June 19 at 7.30pm, tickets can be purchased through the AEC website.