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Leah Scholes

Percussion

Leah’s diverse work as a musician and performer spans the Australian and international performing arts scene. She is passionate about imagination, delight and pathos, and pursues the integration of visual and physical theatre in her work.

Leah is the Artistic Associate of Barking Spider Visual Theatre. She is co-founder of the The Sound Collectors (percussion duo) and The Flying Tapirs (theatrical-music duo), and has performed with Speak percussion since 2008, both nationally and internationally. Leah collaborates with artists and organisations including Chunky Move, Polyglot Theatre Company, The National Institute of Circus Arts, Strange Fruit, Synergy Percussion, Graeme Leak, Nick Tsiavos Ensemble, and 3 Shades Black, and also appears regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia.

In 2009 Leah was awarded the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Traveling Fellowship (Music) to study with renowned improviser Fritz Hauser in Basel, Switzerland. She has also traveled to Senegal, Africa for intensive study of the djembe and sabar drums with master drummer Aly N’Diaye Rose. In addition to her musical pursuits, Leah is also studying midwifery and nursing, and is interested in exploring and developing a better integration of the arts and health care.