Drummer, Percussionist, Composer, Teacher, Sound Artist, Producer and Entrepreneurial Leader


27 November
The Light Within
26 – 30 August
Australian Percussion Gathering, Brisbane Australia

This event was hosted by Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University with support from the new Australian Percussion Centre (Tom O’Kelly) and percussion studies at UQ (Michael Askill). Special Guests: Professor Steven Schick, Kuniko Kado, Phil Trelor and Sylvio Gualdo.

22 August
DRUMatiX Concert for Friends of ANU SOM

The DRUMatiX Percussion Group, Gary France Artistic Director, presented a concert that featured music by one of the twentieth centuries most influential and controversial composer/performer Frank Zappa. The DRUMatix will present Zappa’s “Black Page” Originally written for the drum kit and melodic percussion the piece was later rearranged in several versions, including a disco and a so-called New Age version. This concert featured the Black Page “unplugged” as well as “fully plugged”.

1 August
Roland VDrum Festival Sydney Australia

Gary France joined the Roland VDrum team for this exciting day of clinics, masterclasses and concerts. Gary France, educational consultant for the Roland Corporation Australia, will be on hand to share his knowledge with music educators and drum enthusiasts for one on one sessions.

29 July
ACT Music Educators Network (ACTMEN) Conference

Gary France will present a 30 minute session for music educators, “Warm up your Musical Mind and Body”.

24 – 25 July
Australian Ultimate Drummers Weekend, Melbourne Australia

Gary France participating on judging panel for Australia’s Best Up & Coming Drummer 2010, and joining the Roland VDRUM team for the weekend.

25 May
Homage to Alberto Ginastera, Cantata Para Magica America
19 – 23 May
Professor Jan Williams (in residence) at the ANU School of Music

Jan Williams has performed as solo percussionist with orchestras in Paris, Berlin, Israel, Detroit, New York, and Copenhagen. He has appeared as percussionist, conductor, and instructor throughout the United States and internationally. Composers who have written works for him include John Cage, Elliott Carter, Joel Chadabe, Luis De Pablo, Gustavo Matamoros, Frederic Rzewski, Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman, Orlando Garcia, Nils Vigeland, and Lukas Foss. His playing and conducting has been captured on at least three dozen commercial recordings and hundreds of archival recordings. Professor Williams will be presenting masterclasses and workshops with the Percussion Department of the ANU School of Music. for further information please contact gary.france@anu.edu.au

14 May
Young Musicians Workshop at Canberra Girls Grammar School

Gary France presented a workshop focusing on the relationship between organized sound and rhythm as it relates to the language of music.

5 May
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29 March
Young Musicians Workshop at Radford College Canberra ACT
20 February
Arts Education Conference ACT Department of Education and Training ANU School of Music, 4pm: This 75 minute session focused on rhythm in Body, Mind and Expression. Participants experienced a basic introduction to the instruments of the Percussion Family concluding with a world percussion Drum Circle.