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 Colin Bright

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Carriageworks

2007

 
     

Sydney performance of The Last Whale by The Song Co and Ensemble Offspring

I am a composer of - for want of a better expression - art music.  That is - concert and electronic music composed in the so called contemporary 'classical' music tradition. My compositions aim to define aspects of where I live (i.e. 'place'), and how I/we live (my perception of the psychological state of the society of which I am a part).


My recent music reflects a 'realist' approach whereby voice samples (spoken & sung) are integrated into the musical fabric. These pieces quote politicians/writers/poets and although an 'attitude' is expressed I think of them as primarily music but driven or inspired by socio-political events.

The primary influences on my music are Australian aboriginal music, especially didjeridoo (didjeridu), but also some elements of jazz, rock and techno, particularly in the choice of instruments, electro sounds and rhythms. I work in computer music (& multimedia) and use particular aspects of micro-tonality - especially 1/4 tone and 3/4 tone intrvals in juxtaposition with minor 3rds - which, in addition to multiphonics, enrich the harmonies .

Rhythmically, I prefer ON the beat, which is a more direct expression of human animality. It is not about beauty - beauty is slavery - a genteel submission to nostalgia - though I suppose that can be all right ocasionally . But mostly, I prefer the liberating effulgence of rampant passion.

I live in an apartment overlooking a beach at Dee Why (near Manly) in Sydney, Australia, and I like to go body surfing or swimming when I am not composing music.


My music has been performed and broadcast in 27 countries throughout the world.

There is FREE MUSIC to listen to and there is a CD or two for sale if you like the sounds.



THE LATEST
 

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The Last Whale

(2007) Duration 14'30"
- an electroacoustic composition for voices,viola/v'cello, clarinet, bass clarinet, percussion and samples of whale voices

Awarded Best Composition by an Australian Composer at the 2008 APRA / AMC
Awards
held at the Sydney Opera House 21st July 2008



The Last Whale was premiered at the Cage Uncaged Concert at The Carriageworks 2007 by The Song Company and Sydney Offspring

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Surf Symphony

Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra 28th January, 2008

Auckland Harbour Day Festival

Media release - Australian Music Centre

2007 Trans-Tasman Composer Exchange Residency October 2006 The Australian Music Centre is pleased to announce that Sydney composer Colin Bright has been selected to reside with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2007, as part of the fourth Trans-Tasman Composer Exchange Residency. The exchange residency is a partnership between the Australian Music Centre and SOUNZ – the Centre for New Zealand Music. Supported by Creative New Zealand and the Music Board of the Australia Council, the project – initially established in 2003 – aims to further develop music relationships between the two countries and provides significant opportunities for contemporary composers/sound artists to collaborate with some of the world’s most outstanding musicians.

Colin Bright is an important figure in the Australian music landscape. His music – often driven by sociopolitical issues – explores aspects of place, both physically and psychologically. The Wild Boys (1995), however, saw a shift towards what Bright refers to as ‘urban psychoscapes’. Using sampled voices, many of his works since this piece seek – by integrating music and voice – to project the spirit of a particular writer/poet, adding a theatrical facet to his music. He is influenced by Australian aboriginal music – especially didjeridu – but also by aspects of jazz, rock and techno, particularly in the choice of instruments, electro sounds and rhythms. Bright has achieved great success as a composer having received Fellowships from the Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council, as well as numerous commissions from Australia’s leading ensembles. His music has been performed and broadcast in twentyseven countries throughout the world.

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Townsville Writers Festival - October 21 2006 - 7 PM Words On Water
An outdoor performance on the Ross River music (Colin Bright) words (Suzie Gilmour) imagery (Glen O'Malley)
A performance event featuring electronics, voice samples
sounds, lights, projected photographs, words & fire-sculpture
Live performers
Head
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Aquapella Choir
Young dancers/acrobats from Magnetic Island
Woodenbong Fire Tribe
Words On Water celebrates Write Up North

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Let The Storm Break Loose (2003) Duration 9'00"
- an electroacoustic composition
featuring - Ian Shanahan - recorders.
Selected as a finalist in the 2005 APRA / AMC
Awards
for Best Composition by an Australian Composer

Colin Bright has been awarded a 2 year Composer Fellowship for 2003-4
from the Music Board of the Austrakia Council

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Strictly a
LIMITED RELEASE CD
Young Tree Green (A Song of the Republic)
for Double Bass & Orchestra

available at the
Australian Music Centre
(02) 9247 4677 (1800) 651 834
Email: info@amcoz.com.au

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PERFORMANCES
 

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Black Years - Red Years
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Australian Music Centre (Center) awards - Dec 1st 2000:
Best Composition of 1999
in the state of New South Wales - Australia


Performanced as part of the Australasian Computer Music Conference 2003

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OPERA - on CD

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The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior
 

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Performers

The Song Company & austraLYSIS

 


Composer

Colin Bright

 

Conductor

Roland Peelman

 

Producer

Andrew Mclenan

Libretto

Amanda Stewart

     

Sound Engineer

Russell Stapleton

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