Featured Collaborator: Brigid Burke

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Dr Brigid Burke is an Australian composer, performance artist, clarinet soloist, visual artist, video artist and educator whose creative practice explores the use of acoustic sound and technology to enable media performances and installations that are rich in aural and visual nuances. Her work is widely presented in concerts, festivals, and radio broadcasts throughout Australia, Asia, Brazil, Europe and the USA. 

Brigid’s main focus is integrating musical ideas with a combination of different media. Each component of media is a tool in the exploration of her artistic process: sound (acoustic, laptop, clarinets and electronics), composition, improvisation, installation, collaboration (with dancers, acoustic performers and other new media performers), print making, pen and ink drawings, painting and animation (digital). Her involvement New Music has led her to integrate sound, visuals, video mixing and theatre in her performances of her own work and in collaboration with other composers/performers. Other ensembles Brigid performs with are Tri Duo, Nunique Quartet with Megan Kenny, Charles McInnes & Steve Falke, Pausa with Adrian Sherriff, BHZ with Mark Zanter and Steve Hall based in the USA and Duo with David McNicol piano.  

Recently she has been a recipient of an Australia Council Project Music Fellowship & new work commissions ‘Coral Bells’ & “Instincts and Episodes’ also Artist in Resident at Marshall University USA with a Edwards Distinguished Professor Artist Residency, Indiana University USA in 2015 & 2017 also ADM NTU Singapore. Also most recently she has presented her works on the Big screen at Federation Square Melbourne, Tilde Festival, ABC Classic FM. and International Media Festival at the Trafacka Arena in Prague, ICMC International Computer Music Conference Perth Australia, Echofluxx 14-16Festivals Prague, Generative Arts Festivals in Rome, Milan & Florence Italy, Asian Music Festivals in Tokyo, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Futura Music Festival Paris France, Mona Foma Festival Hobart, The International Clarinet Festivals in Japan and Canada also Seoul and Australian International Computer Music Festivals. She has a PhD in Composition from UTAS and a Master of Music in Composition from The University of Melbourne.

Brigid Burke's newly commissioned work A Voice is Life received its world premiere in PLEXUS: Phantasms on Monday 29th May 2017 at the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon.