Boom! International Festival of Percussion presents

Simon Barker In Concert

Concert

5 Oct 2022

Simon Barker is one of Australia’s most brilliant, thoughtful, and musically adventurous drummers. In this concert of solo works, Simon draws on his extensive experiences in Korea and how the fundamental principles he gained from that experience allowed him to develop a self-guided developmental practice.

Simon has also been mining concepts associated with the synthesising principles of barefoot running and how they interact, influence, and inform drumming fundamentals.

Furthermore, over the past five years Simon has been generating what he calls ‘rhythmic coils’, and so, all of these ideas, techniques, and concepts find their way into his performance, making for a wildly engaging, musically challenging, emotionally satisfying, and highly enjoyable concert experience.

If you have access needs, please call the Box Office on 02 9061 5344 to book tickets.

Simon Barker studied in Australia with Jon Collins, and in New York with John Riley, Keith Copeland, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Kim Plainfield, and Mike Clarke.

Since returning home in 1990, he has performed throughout Australia, Europe, Asia, and the US. In 2001, he studied with Kang Sun il. And in 2005 he set up Kimnara Records, an independent record label presenting new music by Australian improvisers. He is currently working as a Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney/ Conservatorium of Music.

Simon has produced a large collection of solo drumming recordings, including the recently released, A B Ten Learning in Change, and over the past 20 years he has been involved in several ongoing collaborative projects including Band of Five Names (with Phil Slater and Matt McMahon), Showa 44 (duo with Carl Dewhurst), duets with Scott Tinkler, and Chiri (trio with Bae il Dong and Scott Tinkler).

Recently, he has collaborated with numerous local and international artists including Jen Shyu, Gian Slater, Kim Hyelim, Chris Hale,  Tony Malaby and Kris Davis, Jo Jonghun and Lim Mijeong (Byeolsinak), Mary Rapp and Carl Dewhurst, as well as with Henry Kaiser, Bill Laswell, and Rudresh Mahanthappa (on the 2018 recording, Mudang Rock).

Along with collaborative groups, Simon has performed with many of Australia’s most established ensembles including the Phil Slater Qt, Baecastuff, Matt McMahon Trio, the Australian Art Orchestra, Vince Jones, Red Fish Blue, Cameron Undy’s 20th Century Dog, and Stu Hunter, as well as various groups led by Scott Tinkler.

In the past he performed and recorded with a great variety of local artists and ensembles including John Sangster, Mark Simmonds’ Freeboppers, Bernie McGann, Jamie Oehlers, Marc Hannaford, Don Burrows, Dale Barlow, Tim Stevens’ Trio, Sandy Evans GEST8, Mark Isaacs Trio, Judy Bailey, Ian Chaplin, James Muller, Clarion Fracture Zone, Roger Dean, Julian Wilson, and James Greening.

He has recorded over sixty CDs with local and international jazz artists including ARIA winner, Fire, by a great musical mentor, Mark Simmonds, and has performed with many international touring artists including Jason Moran, Marylyn Crisspell, Tim Berne, Joe Lovano, Ed Schuller, Makoto Kuria, Claire Martin, Sheila Jordan, Gary Smulyan, John Hicks, and Carlos Ward.

Presenting Artist Simon Barker

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

Everest Theatre

Wed 5 Oct 7:30pm

60 minutes (no interval). Partial lockout applies. 

Adult $30
Concession* $25
Full-time Student $20

$6 transaction fee applies.

*Concession tickets are available to:

  • Pensioners (with valid Pensioner Concession Card)
  • Health Care Card holders (with valid, government-issued Health Care Card)
  • MEAA members (with valid MEAA Membership Card)
  • Those who are unemployed (with valid Centrelink Customer Reference Number)

You will be required to enter your concession card number during ticket purchase for verification purposes, and should be prepared to present corresponding ID at your event if requested by our staff.

If you are booking with a Parents NSW voucher, please note multiple vouchers can be used per transaction, up to a total transaction amount of $250. Vouchers can only be redeemed when booking online. Read more.

Simon Barker In Concert is available to purchase as part of a Boom! Seymour Sessions Day Pass, alongside various other 5 Oct events. Buy a Seymour Sessions Day Pass to access all applicable events for a total price of just $45 (adult price), $35 (concession price), or $25 (student price).

Simon Barker In Concert is also available to purchase as part of a Boom! Festival Pass. Buy a Festival Pass to access all seven days of Boom! events at Seymour Centre and Sydney Town Hall, excluding participant access to workshops, for a total price of just $350 (adult price), $300 (concession price), or $250 (full-time student price).

Recommended for ages 12+. Contains dynamic music. Photography and filming prohibited. 

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Program details for this event are subject to change. If any changes are made, this page will be updated accordingly. Please check back for the latest information before your event.

Simon Barker studied in Australia with Jon Collins, and in New York with John Riley, Keith Copeland, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Kim Plainfield, and Mike Clarke.

Since returning home in 1990, he has performed throughout Australia, Europe, Asia, and the US. In 2001, he studied with Kang Sun il. And in 2005 he set up Kimnara Records, an independent record label presenting new music by Australian improvisers. He is currently working as a Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney/ Conservatorium of Music.

Simon has produced a large collection of solo drumming recordings, including the recently released, A B Ten Learning in Change, and over the past 20 years he has been involved in several ongoing collaborative projects including Band of Five Names (with Phil Slater and Matt McMahon), Showa 44 (duo with Carl Dewhurst), duets with Scott Tinkler, and Chiri (trio with Bae il Dong and Scott Tinkler).

Recently, he has collaborated with numerous local and international artists including Jen Shyu, Gian Slater, Kim Hyelim, Chris Hale,  Tony Malaby and Kris Davis, Jo Jonghun and Lim Mijeong (Byeolsinak), Mary Rapp and Carl Dewhurst, as well as with Henry Kaiser, Bill Laswell, and Rudresh Mahanthappa (on the 2018 recording, Mudang Rock).

Along with collaborative groups, Simon has performed with many of Australia’s most established ensembles including the Phil Slater Qt, Baecastuff, Matt McMahon Trio, the Australian Art Orchestra, Vince Jones, Red Fish Blue, Cameron Undy’s 20th Century Dog, and Stu Hunter, as well as various groups led by Scott Tinkler.

In the past he performed and recorded with a great variety of local artists and ensembles including John Sangster, Mark Simmonds’ Freeboppers, Bernie McGann, Jamie Oehlers, Marc Hannaford, Don Burrows, Dale Barlow, Tim Stevens’ Trio, Sandy Evans GEST8, Mark Isaacs Trio, Judy Bailey, Ian Chaplin, James Muller, Clarion Fracture Zone, Roger Dean, Julian Wilson, and James Greening.

He has recorded over sixty CDs with local and international jazz artists including ARIA winner, Fire, by a great musical mentor, Mark Simmonds, and has performed with many international touring artists including Jason Moran, Marylyn Crisspell, Tim Berne, Joe Lovano, Ed Schuller, Makoto Kuria, Claire Martin, Sheila Jordan, Gary Smulyan, John Hicks, and Carlos Ward.

Everest Theatre

Wed 5 Oct 7:30pm

60 minutes (no interval). Partial lockout applies. 

Adult $30
Concession* $25
Full-time Student $20

$6 transaction fee applies.

*Concession tickets are available to:

  • Pensioners (with valid Pensioner Concession Card)
  • Health Care Card holders (with valid, government-issued Health Care Card)
  • MEAA members (with valid MEAA Membership Card)
  • Those who are unemployed (with valid Centrelink Customer Reference Number)

You will be required to enter your concession card number during ticket purchase for verification purposes, and should be prepared to present corresponding ID at your event if requested by our staff.

If you are booking with a Parents NSW voucher, please note multiple vouchers can be used per transaction, up to a total transaction amount of $250. Vouchers can only be redeemed when booking online. Read more.

Simon Barker In Concert is available to purchase as part of a Boom! Seymour Sessions Day Pass, alongside various other 5 Oct events. Buy a Seymour Sessions Day Pass to access all applicable events for a total price of just $45 (adult price), $35 (concession price), or $25 (student price).

Simon Barker In Concert is also available to purchase as part of a Boom! Festival Pass. Buy a Festival Pass to access all seven days of Boom! events at Seymour Centre and Sydney Town Hall, excluding participant access to workshops, for a total price of just $350 (adult price), $300 (concession price), or $250 (full-time student price).

Recommended for ages 12+. Contains dynamic music. Photography and filming prohibited. 

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Presenting Artist Simon Barker

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

Program details for this event are subject to change. If any changes are made, this page will be updated accordingly. Please check back for the latest information before your event.

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