Category: Composers


Artist Julian Maher is widely exhibited both in NZ and in the USA. She gained the Masters in Fine Art with Honours from Auckland University of Technology 2007. In 2003 she as runner up in the Mazda Emerging Artist of New Zealand and for the 5 last years has worked moving between New Zealand and the United States. During this time she participated in a number of Artist in Residence programs and collaborations. Her work is exhibited in galleries both in New Zealand and in the US .

To see her work and last collaboration view online at: http://fe29.com/artwork/

Paul uses a mixture of traditional and digital techniques to create both sound and visual compositions. His music has been reviewed and featured in music magazines throughout Europe, Australia and Japan including ‘The Wire’ magazine. He has performed as a solo artist throughout the UK (as Reverbaphon) and in collaboration (with Box, Novus) . Now living in Auckland, he is a regular participant in the improvising collective Vitamin S, the percussion ensemble ‘fritterhead’ and is a founding member of ‘Plastic Sheep’.

Celeste Oram is an Auckland-based composer, flautist, singer, actor, and director. Her compositions have been performed, recorded and nationally broadcast by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Intrepid Music Project. This year she will be creating a new work for the Song Company, a Sydney-based vocal ensemble. Celeste has a particular interest in composing for theatre: in May 2011, her chamber opera The Electrical Eclipse was premiered at the University of Auckland, and she has scored songs and incidental music for productions ranging from Euripidean tragicomedy to German-language theatre to various Shakespeare plays. In 2012 she completed a BMus(Hons)BA with first-class honours at the University of Auckland, where her recognitions included Douglas Lilburn prizes in composition and performance, and the Douglas Mews composition prize.

ImageNat Grant has been playing drumkit and percussion since she was 15, and completed a Bachelor and Masters of Music (Performance) at the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne). She has studied a variety of solo and ensemble repertoire and worked in the fields of improvisation, composition and inter-disciplinary collaboration.Since 2006 Nat has devised, performed and recorded her own music both in Australia and overseas, creating original musical works alongside other artists and in her own right. Nat has toured the US twice as a solo performer, and has subsequently developed creative relationships with several other artists and educators. Her online collaboration with Californian bass player Steve Uccello has resulted in two completed recording projects and, in 2011, several US performances and a television appearance. In 2011 Natpresented a clinic at PASIC in Indianapolis on live looping and digital processing as performance and compositional tools for percussionists.Nat has developed her own performances to incorporate acoustic and semi-acoustic percussion instruments, loops and various forms of digital manipulation. Her music explores intersections between acoustic and electronic environments, and between composition and improvisation. She performs solo and in improvised ensembles, and has been employed as composer for new and independent theatre, puppetry, dance and film works.

Nat is currently undertaking research towards her PhD, comprising a year-long composition project incorporating a blog and online sound diary, with a new recording posted daily. The project is called ‘Momentum’ and is a chance for Nat to use the internet and recording technology to delve deeper into her compositional processes in a very public way. She also incorporates found sound and existing recordings into the work. Nat invites feedback to the project: recorded, written or otherwise:

http://momentumproject.blogspot.com
http://natgrantmusic.com

Wally Gunn

Wally spent his early years in Melbourne, Australia, playing in rock bands, then completing an Honours degree in Composition at the Victorian College of the Arts. After graduating, he worked with fellow composers Kate Neal and Biddy Connor in Dead Horse Productions to stage concerts of new music in unusual venues. He also provided original music for several Melbourne theatre companies, including The Eleventh Hour, The Shrimp Company and ITCH Productions (Catalpa, Green Room nomination for Best Composition); co-wrote a musical with Wes Snelling for Platform Youth Theatre; and contributed songs to Snelling’s cabaret (Kiosk, Green Room nomination for Best Original Songs). He moved to New York in 2008 to undertake a Masters in Composition at the Manhattan School of Music. Since relocating, he has created original music for three productions by New York’s The Actors Company Theatre, and recently provided the soundtrack for a video installation by artist Matthew Sleeth. Wally is currently a Graduate Fellow at Princeton University.

3 Shades Black is excited to premiere Wallys new work: “There might have been a time”.

Artists depiction

We are a Grade 3/4 class at an Australian International School in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Borneo. Our cultural heritage is diverse; we come from South Africa, Ireland, Indonesia, America, India, Singapore, Australia and Greece. We speak a mixture of languages and have a million unique experiences. Our classroom teacher is Miss Felicity Mitchell, and she teaches us all subjects including Choir, Art and Music. We created these visual scores at school by using textas, pencils and black markers on paper. We are excited about our debut as composers and we hope we get really famous.

Alan Lee

Alan is a policy analyst by day and musician by night with bents on the side including graphic design and sustainability.

Trained from a young age in piano and later trombone, he has worked since the mid-90s as an instrumentalist, composer and musical coach with diverse soloists and ensembles from children to adults.

His output includes a chamber opera staged at Melbourne Museum, works performed by Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, Duo Sol, Song Company and Speak Percussion as well as film and theatre music. Most recently he staged a concert of Australian music and images in a 14th century Chinese temple as part of the Year of Australian Culture in China.

In addition to a Bachelor of Music, he holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and an interdisciplinary Masters from ANU. Since 2010 he has been based in Beijing where he works on climate change programs. http://alandavidlee.wordpress.com

Stephanie Kabanyana, photo by Yacek.

Following on from a degree in Music Composition and subsequent studies in Arts Education and Administration, Stéphanie is now the Director of Art Kabanyana.
Originally born from a desire to assist, develop and promote young emerging artists who are impeded by challenging officialdom and administration, Art Kabanyana has in time become the neurocentre for Stéphanie’s many hats: A Manager in Production, Project, Arts Administration and School Programs, to Producer, Sound Designer, Performance Artist and Composer. The company focusses on projects engaging in multicultural and community arts and development, new music, and indigenous music education. 
Recently, Stéphanie has worked with Creative Original Music Adelaide, Musica Viva Ménage, Arena Theatre Company, Next Wave, The Collingwood Underground Arts Park, Richmond Housing Estate Moon Lantern Festival, and The Substation.
Currently, Stéphanie is focussing her energy into being the School Programs Manager at Music Outback Foundation, as well as collaborating with Miranda Hill in 3 Shades Black New Music Ensemble and co-founding Melbourne’s newest community development organisation, Collaborative Cultures.
Stephanie has created a score working with Caitlyn Murphy.
Caitlyn is a recent graduate of Griffith University’s Bachelor of Multimedia, majoring in Film and TV Production. Caitlyn’s most recent projects include working with Brisbane’s Anti Poverty Week Campaign, Link Up’s touring exhibition Sustaining Connections, and Music Outback Foundation’s 2011 MOBFEST Tanami Festival. Caitlyn currently works with Link Up Queensland in the Media and Multimedia Team.

Meet the Composers – Adam Simmons

Adam SImmons

Adam is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, having been involved across many different scenes within Melbourne and beyond since 1990. In 2004, Adam received a Special Award from the Freedman Foundation. For the 2006 Melbourne Fringe Festival, a special Retrospective of Adam’s work was held – featuring over 200 musicians in 40 configurations over three weeks. Musicians Adam has worked with include: Ernest Ranglin, Nigel Kennedy, Peter Brotzmann, Odean Pope, The Mavis’s and CW Stoneking.

Current ensembles include: Adam Simmons Toy Band, Adam Simmons Quartet, Origami, New Blood, Nick Tsiavos Ensemble, BOLT Ensemble, Embers, Tania Bosak’s Beijao, Steve Purcell’s Pearly Shells, Big Fela, and Collider.

Adam is releasing the debut CD for his new project, Origami, on Oct 13 at Northcote Uniting Church.

Invited to participate in the collaborative exhibition “SMS – Szczecin/Melbourne/Szczecin” by artist and friend, Jarek Wojcik, Adam was encouraged to present something very different to his musical performances. In response to this Adam developed the idea of his music box assemblages, drawing from his musical aspirations and aesthetic sense to inform a more physical form of expression. As a visual artist, Adam has been in several group shows since Oct 2009, with his debut solo exhibition at Catherine Asquith Gallery in July 2010. Adam’s work has just been selected as a finalist for both the Hutchins Art Prize and the Deakin Small Sculpture Award.

Tower of Babel (selected for 2010 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize)

Interview – The Music Show – ABC Radio National

Naima Fine
Naima Fine

Naima Fine Fine lives in Naarm on unceded sovereign Kulin nations land. They studied composition at Qld Conservatorium and have an Honours degree in ecology. They’re a 5th+ generation musician: their grandma Joanne Fine was accepted into the London Academy of Music alongside Joan Sutherland and Don Burrows, but couldn’t take it up because they didn’t let married women study there. Naima’s favourite instruments to write music on are old family pianos.

Naima’s creative practice embraces composition, ecology, and activism. They work across artforms, explore multi-media processes and outcomes, collaborate on circus and theatre shows, and occasionally produce their own concerts.

Last year Naima had a work commissioned and premiered in L.A.; did sound design for Sydney Mardi Gras’s sold-out theatre production, The Bed Party; was artist in residence at Tilde New Music Festival; did performative live composition at La Mama Musica and the Copy That Copy Cat Festival; and had a work analysed in Routledge Press’s The Digital Score: Musicianship, Creativity, and Innovation.

Naima’s music has been performed and exhibited in shows, concerts and festivals across Australia, New Zealand, The U.K., China, and the U.S..

Naima loves queer feminist sci-fi, queercore punk, bicycling, and playing in Riff Raff Radical Marching Band