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Bruce Crossman : Represented Artist

I see the spiritual essence in my own work as an expression of a Christian faith whereby composition becomes a deep-felt emotion and spiritual sensibility linking heaven and earth.

Random Audio Sample: Back to the centre (solo piano) by Bruce Crossman, from the CD Hammered

Photo of Bruce Crossman

Photo: Tod Clarke

Artist website: http://brucecrossman.com

Bruce Crossman's sound world embraces Asian traditional musics, free form improvisation and European influenced interval-colour sonority towards a personal Pacific identity. Peter Sculthorpe, Chou Wen-chung and Chinary Ung have influenced Crossman's Pacific-based aesthetic.

His music explores Asian-Pacific influences such as Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Filipino gongs and chant resonances with harmonic colour sonority emphasis in Gentleness-Suddenness (2012), Double Resonances (2008) and Daragang Magayon Cantata (2001). Crossman's aesthetic is influenced by cross-disciplinary ideas from Chinese esthetics, Japanese aesthetics and architecture, Filipino-Australian poetry and abstract art.

Crossman's music has been featured throughout the Asia-Pacific region including at the ISCM World Music Days (Sydney), Tongyeong International Music Festival (Korea), Asian Music Week (Japan), Tunugan (Philippines) and Pacific Rim Music Festival (USA). He has won a number of awards including the Queensland Philharmonic's Corbould Prize and a Finalist Nomination for 'Vocal or Choral Work of the Year' at the 2007 Australian Classical Music Awards. Filigree Films have published a DVD of the music-theatre work Gentleness-Suddenness (2014). Wirripang have released several discs of his music including an album of compositions, Double Resonances (2008), and one of piano improvisations with multi-instrumentalist Michael Atherton, Resophonica (2009).

Crossman was born in Auckland in 1961. He studied composition with Ross Edwards, David Blake and Jack Speirs. His qualifications include a Doctor of Creative Arts from Wollongong University, Master of Philosophy from York University and Master of Music (Distinction) from Otago University. He holds the position of Associate Professor and Coordinator of Composition in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University.

Crossman writes: 'I see the spiritual essence in my own work as an expression of a Christian faith whereby composition becomes a deep-felt emotion and spiritual sensibility linking heaven and earth. The aim of my creativity is to generate spiritual presence through stillness with colour-energy that speaks of the Asia-Pacific.'

Bruce Crossman — current to December 2015

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Emergence from autumn darkness to spring : for jiari-shakuhachi and jinashi-shakuhachi (2015) Commissioned for performance at the Japan Federation of Composers concert in Tokyo on the 24th February 2016
Digital sheet music sample Emergence from darkness : for harp (2015) Commissioned by Akira Kobayashi.
Digital sheet music sample Dying of the light : Pacific resonance for Peter, for soprano saxophone (2014) Commissioned by Katia Beaugeais.
Digital sheet music sample Resonance of red : for sitār, tablā and harpsichord (2013) Commissioned by Vive’ Vinçent for performance at the interdisciplinary event SLOW, Toronto, Canada, November 2014 and Paris, France 2015.
Digital sheet music sample Spirit-presence : for Jiari-shakuhachi and Jinashi-shakuhachi (2012) Commissioned for performance at the 2013 European Shakuhachi Festival
Digital sheet music sample Gentleness-suddenness : for mezzo-soprano, violin, percussion and piano (2012) Commissioned for the performers Lotte Latukefu (mezzo-soprano), James Cuddeford (violin), Claire Edwardes (percussion) and Bernadette Harvey (piano) with filmmaker Iqbal Barkat for performance at the New Music Series 2013, Campbelltown Arts Centre