Since 1997 the Australia Asia Foundation has invited many Australian composers, performers and sound artists to take part in annual programs of creating and presenting new cross-cultural works. The guest artists of AAF projects between 1997 and 2006 are listed below.
Ros Bandt is a well-known composer, performer and sound sculptor. Her original music, sound sculptures and installations have been widely appreciated in Europe, America and Australasia. She plays the medieval psaltery and historical wind instruments with the early music group La Romanesca as well as creating her own acoustic and electronic compositions. She was also the founding member of the cross-cultural ensemble Back to Back Zithers. She won the Don Banks Composer's Fellowship in 1990 and the Listening Room Sound Art Award in 1991. She has also written a book on sound sculpture in Australia funded by an ARC Research Fellowship.
Brigid Burke is a composer, clarinet soloist, visual artist, and educator. She has performed extensively in solo and chamber recitals, both nationally and internationally. Most recently at the 2003 Asian Music Festival, Cybersonica Festival -The ICA London, MAXIS 2002 Festival England, Pulse Field Sound-Art Gallery performance at Atlanta USA. Seoul International Computer Music Festival 2001 and 2002, and Medi@terra Festival micromuseum International Digital Audio & Video Festival, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Frankfurt. Also solo and chamber performances at local Melbourne venues and International Festivals.
As a freelance performer/composer Brigid is broadcast on ABC FM including local & overseas radio. During 2003 she completed a commission from the Australian Broadcasting Commission Listening Room which was broadcast in Febuary 2003. She presented a concert of her works on Sunday Live in Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne with her ensemble TRI DUO PLUS in May 2003. She is currentlyworking on another commission with from the Australian Broadcasting Commission Listening Room with her ensemble ELECTRIO to be broadcast in 2004. Her most recent CD recordings are INTERSECT, TRI DUO, BURKE & WILMOT and Electronic Compositions 1997-2001 have been which have been reviewed and broadcast internationally.
Warren Burt is an American Australian composer whose works have been performed and shown in the USA, Australia, Europe and Japan. He has been the artist in residence with many organisations, such as the CSIRO, the Los Angeles based art-science think-tank International Synergy, ABC Radio, the American Composers Forum and various Universities. His highly original electronic and computer compositions are recognised internationally. He has also collaborated with many Asian composer-performers in making new Australian music.
Peter Hagen majored in pianoforte and harpsichord at the Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University. He furthered his studies in the Netherlands learning from Bob Van Asperen, Jacques Ogg and Ton Koopman. As well as playing in ensembles such as Il Teatro Musicale and the Flevolandskamerorkest, he gave solo recitals in Switzerland, England and Germany. In Australia, he has performed extensively in many capital cities as well as regional performing arts festivals.
Dang Kim Hien is a composer, performer and educator. She is a
vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, specialising in Vietnamese strings and percussion. She
holds many national awards from Vietnam, including a National Gold Medal for Excellence in
Vietnamese Zither Performance and a National Award for Traditional Vocal Performance. She
taught at the Department of Traditional Music of the Conservatory of Music in Ho Chi Minh
City (Vietnam) for 14 years before migrating to Australia in mid-1990s. Her performances and
compositions were released on Move Records.
Le Tuan Hung is a composer, performer and musicologist,
specialising in Vietnamese music and experimental music of Australia. He is a
multi-instrumentalist with a strong background in Vietnamese traditional music and
Western classical music. He has performed widely in Asia, Australia, Europe, America and
Oceania. His compositions have been created for a wide range of instruments, ensembles and
media. His compositions and performances have been released on Move and ABC labels. He is
also the author of various publications on Vietnamese performing arts and is regarded as an
expert in Vietnamese musicology. Apart from being trained as a traditional musician in the
Vietnamese tradition, he also had a Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne and a
Ph.D. in Music from Monash University.
Deborah Kayser performs in areas as diverse as ancient Byzantine Chant, French and German Baroque
song and classical contemporary music, both scored and improvised. Her work has led her to tour regularly both within Australia
and internationally to Europe and Asia. She has recorded, as soloist, on numerous CDs, and her work is
frequently broadcast on ABC FM. As a member of Jouissance, and the contemporary music ensembles Elision and Libra,
she has performed radical interpretations of Byzantine and Medieval chant, and premiered works written
specifically for her voice by Australian and overseas composers.
Peter Neville is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, where he was later appointed as the Head of Percussion. He has worked for seventeen years as a casual percussionist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, including its 1988 tour of Japan and its Australian tour with pop singer Elton John. He has also worked with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. Peter has performed in over a dozen musicals, including West Side Story, Cats, Hello Dolly and The Secret Garden, and in three Australian tours of the Broadway version of The Pirates of Penzance. He was the musical director of the 1996 Australian tour of Tap Dogs. As the percussionist of ELISION Ensemble, Peter has been involved with practically all their concerts, 9 compact discs, and international tours. Within Dance orchestras, Peter has supported performances of the Bolshoi Ballet, the Russian State Ballet, the Nureyev Farewell Tour and the Netherlands Dance Theatre. As well as Jouissance and Elision, Peter is a member of the Nadoya Music and Dance Company, the David Chesworth Ensemble, the Southbank Ensemble, the duo Chronochromie, and the Zappa Instrumentaale. Peter appears on many CD recordings ranging from pop albums by Peter Andre and Deborah Conway to the experimental industrial sound of Paul Schutze's New Maps of Hell.
Anne Norman is a composer, improviser and performer focusing on her own original works for her primary instrument shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) in ensemble with a variety of other instruments and artists. Anne is a bi-musical artist who specialises in both Western and Japanese musical idioms. She held a Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne, a Masters of Arts in Ethnomusicology from Monash University and had studied the shakuhachi in Japan under the Living National Treasure Yamaguchi Goro and the Grand Master Tajima Tadashi. She has collaborated with various artists, including Greg Dikman (baroque flute), Jarek Czechowicz (guitar), Michael Livett (multi-instrumentalist), Satsuki Odamura (koto), and Peter Neville (percussion) in efforts to create a new Australian repertory for the shakuhachi. She has released 5 CDs of original music and has performed with other artists in five other CDs. She is also the artistic director of the Nadoya Music and Dance Company.
Ria Soemardjo was born in Melbourne of Australian and Indonesian descent. Her distinctive vocal style is shaped by her love of traditional musics and eclectic approach to improvisation. Curious about her father's love for the haunting songs of his traditional Javanese culture, she began to actively research these songs several years ago. She is currently performing in a diverse range of traditional and contemporary ensembles.
Wang Zheng Ting is a composer and master performer of the sheng (Chinese mouth
organ). He graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and had performed with many
leading Chinese orchestras before migrated to Australia in the late 1980s. Working as a
freelance artist, Wang has performed widely in Australia, Asia, America and Europe. He is
the founding member and director of the Australian Chinese Music Ensemble. He has also been
very active in collaboration with non-Chinese musicians in creating Australian cross-cultural
music. He recently completed a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at the University of Melbourne.
Nick Tsiavos studied the classical canon at the Victorian College of the Arts. He developed an interest in contemporary bass technique while studying with noted bassist Dr Burt Turetsky. His further study was under the virtuoso bassist Francois Rabbath in Paris.
He worked with the noted jazz groups such as The Tony Hicks Quartet and the Vince Jones Quintet, and played with the contemporary music ensemble ELISION. He has also worked with Viriditas, Alchemy and Interactive Performance Space Ensemble. He is the musical director and founder of the group Jouissance, which focuses on the exploration of the dialogue between contemporary thought and ancient chant. His original music for solo bass was recorded on the CD 'All that is solid melts into Air' which has been broadcast on New Music Australia (ABC), The Planet (ABC) and Hybrid (PBS).
Dindy Vaughan is a composer, environmentalist, organiser, writer and educator. Her music is frequently performed
live and has been broadcast on 3MBS FM and the ABC. Happiest in the thick of artistic, intellectual but above all
practical, activity, she thrives in social groups where imagination and creativity combine with plenty
of grass roots growth in a hurry. In 1996 she was awarded the prestigious University of Sydney Alumni Award
for Achievement in Community Service. The award was given for her innovation, stimulation of new ideas and services,
creativity, dedication and leadership in areas of arts and education.
Australian Chinese Music Ensemble was established in Melbourne in 1989. Its dazzling musical skills and mastery of both traditional and contemporary Chinese music has ensured its success throughout Australia and Asia. Currently, the ensemble is recognised as one of the finest ensembles of Chinese music in Asia Pacific Region. Apart from performing at major national and international events, the ensemble has also been featured on various radio and television programs in Australia (ABC, SBS, and the Ten Network).