Mother Soldier reinterpretates the march drum as a timbral and cultural symbol.

Historically, the march drum has been an instrument of the patriarchy, invented as a utility instrument to be used in times of war. The march drum has served to transform orders of officers into auditive signals that were audible across long distances. When the march drum hangs from the body of a women, this instrument suddenly gets new connotations.

In Mother Soldier, the heavy march drum has been exchanged with a light frame drum and the cymbal has been replaced with a gong.

Mother Soldier is made for percussionist Irene Bianco. This is the first study of a larger performance with premiere in 2023.