YOUR SICKNESS IS FELT IN MY BODY (2014)
Commisioned by Decibel New Music Ensemble for After Julia

For Bass Flute, Bass Clarinet, Viola, Cello, Piano and Bass Drum
 
 
"A darkly visceral musical statement on the impact of gender discrimination on women's health."  Stephen Adams - ABC Classic FM
 
 
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After Julia was a concert of eight contemporary works by Australian women composers responding to Julia Gillard’s tenure as Australian Prime Minster. Decibel Artistic Director, Cat Hope, was inspired to pursue the project after circumstances around Gillard’s prime ministership exposed gender discrimination within politics and wider Australian society, causing her to reflect on the new music sector.
 
The broad collection of works includes a 6-girl choir, instructions from goldfish, spoken phrases turned into musical gestures, mouth organs and more. 
 
After Julia on Decibel's webiste .
 
From Program Notes:
 
YOUR SICKNESS IS FELT IN MY BODY
 
"We tested the model that sexist discrimination, measured by the Schedule of Sexist Events (SSE), would account for additional variance in women's physical and psychiatric symptoms, above and beyond that accounted for by generic stressors. ... [Sexist] discrimination accounted for more of the variance than did generic stressors in premenstrual, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, somatic, and total psychiatric and physical symptoms. These findings... suggest that sexist discrimination plays a significant role in women's most prevalent symptoms." Landrine et al., (1995), PHYSICAL AND PSYCHIATRIC CORRELATES OF GENDER DISCRIMINATION