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Colin Bright : Represented Artist

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).

Random Audio Sample: Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior : opera by Colin Bright, from the CD sinking of the Rainbow Warrior


Photo of Colin Bright

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.

Bright has been selected to reside with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2007, as part of the fourth Trans-Tasman Composer Residency Exchange.


Biography provided by the composer — current to November 2006

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Climate change : trio (2010) Commissioned by Freshwater Chamber Music Festival.
Red earth II (guitar with chamber ensemble) (1997) Commissioned by Seymour Group.
Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior : opera (1994) Commissioned by Sydney Metropolitan Opera Company.
Young tree green : a song of the republic : concerto for double bass & orchestra (1992) Commissioned by Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Tulpi-stick talk : for marimba, wood drums and metal (1984) Commissioned by Synergy Percussion.
Digital sheet music sample Tango dreaming (solo piano) (1984) In memory of the great American pianist Yvar Mikhashoff (1941-1993)

Analysis & Media

Kit: The sinking of the rainbow warrior : teacher resource kit / research and questions by Anne Power.

- Article: Scored in black and white

- Article: Aboriginal Influences in a Hymn for the Republic

- Article: Bright's Didgeriddoo Delights the Spirits

- Program note: Selections from War and Peace

- Review: Taking artistic licence - Song Company Modern Art Series September 18

- Program note: War and Peace

- Review: War and Peace The Song Company 18 June 1994

- Review: War and Peace The Song Company 18 June 1994

- Review: War and Piece The Song Company 18 June 1994

- Review: The Song Company Viewing 30 May 1999

- Review: The Song Company Cage Uncaged 15 September 2007

- Review: The Song Company Cage Uncaged 15 September 2007