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Diana Blom : Represented Artist

'Composing, for me, is a continual exploration of, and revel in, sounds - shaping, manipulating and polishing - akin to a potter working with clay or a painter with paints.'

Random Audio Sample: Genji (the shining prince) and the koto player : for violin and piano by Diana Blom, from the CD Creative explosion

Photo of Diana Blom

Artist website: http://www.dianablom.com


Born in New Zealand in 1947, Diana Blom moved to Sydney, Australia in 1969. She has studied music at the University of Canterbury, NZ (B. Music), University of Sydney (M.Mus. composition; PhD Minimal music: roles and approaches of teachers engaging students with a contemporary art music through composing activities) and the University of Michigan (M.A. musicology). Composition studies have been with Peter Sculthorpe and Ian Farr.

Blom was composer-in-residence with the Australian Opera in 1974 and commissioned to write a children’s opera, The Pied Piper. Other commissions include songs for voice and piano, voice and harp for the ABC Radio Coming Out, Ready Or Not Show; music for an ABC-TV four part series on Daisy Bates; and music for Alitji in Wonderland, the Marionette Theatre of Australia’s shadow puppet translation of 'Alice's Adventures' into Pitjantjatjara.

She lived in the U.S., Hong Kong and Malaysia for ten years during the 1980s before returning to Sydney, and the sounds of these countries’ musics can be heard in some works. Recent compositions include chamber music for voice and piano, for cello and piano, for voice, recorder, harpsichord and cello, for solo piano and for solo harpsichord. Gong Agong for acoustic piano and pre-recorded CD, co-composed with Emma Stacker, was one of two finalists in Musica Nova 2006, Society for Electrocacoustic Music of Czech Republic. Diana Blom has an interest in Australian writers and has set to music words of David Malouf, Helen Garner, Jocelyn Ortt-Saeed, Tim Malfroy, Robyn Ravlich and Peter Goldsworthy. Compositions are published by Publications by Wirripang Articles and Orpheus.

Blom is senior lecturer in music, and Head of Program (Music) in the School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney. She plays harpsichord and piano and plays in a chamber group, Phoebus’ Fire, which performs Baroque and contemporary classical repertoire. Recent CD publications include performances of two Australian solo piano works (by Ross Edwards and Stuart Greenbaum) on Jo-Wha (Wirripang 2006); her work for cello and piano, The Whale’s Song, on the CD Music of the Spirit (Wirripang 2008); and Gong Agong by Blom and Stacker on Unfenced (Australasian Computer Music Association 2008). Music Composition Toolbox, a composition textbook co-authored by Matthew Hindson and Damian Barbeler is published by Science Press; and several articles have been published in Sounds Australian, British Journal of Music Education, Research Studies in Music and International Journal of Music Education.

Biography provided by the composer — current to April 2009

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
White rabbit climbs Mount Kosciusko (solo piano) (2011) Commissioned by Antonietta Loffredo.
Journeying (quartets: 4 recorders) (2006) Written for the Reluctant Consort's 30th anniversary concert.
Songs for Salome : mezzo-soprano voice with piano (1975) Commissioned by 'Coming Out, Ready or Not' show, Australian Women's Broadcasting Cooperative, ABC Radio 2.