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Taran Carter : Represented Artist

Carter's music crosses the normal genre boundaries, often incorporating aspects of Jazz and Rock into a notated Classical context, creating new yet somehow familiar sound worlds. It aims to be alluring, direct and always relevant.

Random Audio Sample: Perverse exit songs (quartets: flute, horn, violin, cello) by Taran Carter, from the CD Locana's world.

Photo of Taran Carter

Photo: Caitlin Williams


Taran Carter has been writing music since he realised that to be a pop star you either had to look good, sound good or write nice tunes. He chose the latter.

Carter's music has been described as having a "quasi-populist vocabulary" and a "distinctive compositional voice, precociously adept at orchestration and form". He has written music for orchestras, wind bands, an opera, several Musicals, a percussion concerto, saxophone quartets, chamber works, pop songs, educational works. and in 1999 Carter was asked to write two songs to which the Australian Synchronised Swimming Team swam at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Other highlights in Carter's career include the sold-out premiere season of his first opera, Busking Hugs, (commissioned by Opera Australia) in 2001 and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra commission and premiere of Moondani Music in 2004.

Carter's music has also been performed by groups and individuals such as: Speak Percussion, EnsembleBash, Romp Duo, Questing Spirit, Locana Quartet, Peter Sheridan, Jason Xanthoudakis, Tehai, Collision Theory, Daniel Richardson and the Grainger Wind Symphony.

In 2001 Carter completed a Bachelor of music at the Victorian College of the Arts, returning in 2004 to complete his Honours year. He now focuses much of his energy on musical education and has subsequently had several works included on the AMEB saxophone, clarinet and guitar syllabi as well as a clarinet work on the British ABRSM syllabus. It was as a school teacher that Taran met the author Scott Hatcher with whom he has since written several Musical Theatre works including Sanctuary Springs, H2Oh! and Odes to the Baglady in A minor.

Carter is currently working on Mixed Precipitation, a work for Grand Organ and Six Percussionists, which is to set to be performed by Synergy Percussion and Brendon Lukin at the Melbourne Town Hall in December 2013.

Carter's music is published by Reed Music and Wirripang Publishing and represented by the Australian Music Centre. He currently lives and works in the Macedon Ranges with his partner, 2 daughters and renovators' delight.

Taran Carter — current to November 2013

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Somewhere near 1770 : symphonic wind band (2004) Commissioned for Ken Waterworth.

Analysis & Media

- Program note: Taran Carter's "Imagined Red"

- Document: Biography of Taran Carter