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Thomas Meadowcroft : Represented Artist

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Photo: Raphaelle Mueller

Thomas Meadowcroft is a composer, arranger and musician.

His work has been described as 'reaching an inexpressible purity' (Le Monde), 'nerve torture' (Süddeutsche Zeitung), 'dreamy post-rock' (New York Times), and 'between academic schmaltz and avantgarde-pop' (Zitty Magazine).

His music has been performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra (conductor Brett Dean), Decibel, ELISION ensemble, ensemble Mosaik, Ensemble Offspring, ensemble recherche, ensemble XII, Klangforum Wien, KNM Berlin, Line Upon Line Percussion, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Philharmonic Orchestra State Theater Cottbus (conductor Evan Christ), Quartett PLUS 1, Third Coast Percussion, and YARN/WIRE, among others. His work has been presented at various international festivals and concert series including Acara Festival Salihara (Jakarta, Indonesia), Berlin in Lights (Carnegie Hall, NYC), Festival Présences (Radio France, Paris), Hawler International Theater Festival (Erbil, Iraq), Lucerne Festival, Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles, USA), and Ultima Festival (Oslo, Norway). As performer, Thomas Meadowcroft has performed at various international festivals and venues including Holland Festival, Issue Project Room (Brooklyn, USA) and Maerzmusik (Berlin, Germany).

His early compositions for European new music ensembles exhibit 'Art brut' tendencies such as monotonous harmony, found-objects, feedback and square wave organs.

More recent work has focused on aspects of Australian culture. The 2016 radiophonic work, Moving Homes, co-commissioned by Deutschlandradio Kultur and ABC Creative Audio Unit, is set on an imaginary stretch of Queensland coastline which is prone to tropical cyclones and the ensuing loss of personal property. Song Buslines (2013), also commissioned by Deutschlandradio Kultur, describes the routes of long-haul bus trips along the east coast of Australia. The engine of a Holden Monaro belonging to Meadowcroft's cousin is the featured sound source in the 2008 installation, Monaro Eden (first exhibited at GOMA, Brisbane).

Questions of ecology, and the untenability and redundancy of arts practice have also featured in more recent work. Texts by biologist Edward O Wilson are juxtaposed with the sweet nothings of anonymous lovers in Eremozoic Age Lovers (2014), commissioned by SWR Vokalensemble. The Great Knot (2011), commissioned by Speak Percussion, is a poetic response to the migratory patterns of the bird, the great knot. Opera Abstract, a three-minute-opera-on-a-loop, is a marketing pitch for funding an opera in outer space. It was premiered at the Münchener Biennale in 2012.

In 2015, Meadowcroft collaborated with Dirk Von Lowtzow on the music for Von einem der auszog, weil er sich die Miete nicht mehr leisten konnte, arranging and orchestrating von Lowtzow's music for the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg (conductor Oliver Pohl). The opera, directed by René Pollesch, premiered at Volksbühne, Berlin.

Thomas Meadowcroft has undertaken artist residencies at the Villa Aurora Los Angeles (courtesy of the German Foreign Office), Cité des arts Paris (courtesy of the Berlin Senate for Cultural Affairs), and the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers' House, Sydney.

His music and/or arrangements have been released on Skirl, Mikroton, Telos and Vertigo/Universal labels.

Anthea Caddy — current to June 2016

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Medieval Rococo : for alto flute, clarinet in Bb, percussion, harpischord and playback (2016) Commissioned by Ensemble Offspring.
Eremozoic Age lovers : (with texts by Edward O Wilson and the sweet nothings of anonymous lovers) (2014) Commissioned by SWR /Grete Pedersen and the SWR Vokalenemble Stuttgart, with special thanks to Edward O Wilson
Cradles : for percussion duo, with live or pre-recorded Wurlitzer e-piano (2013) Commissioned by Julian Burnside, Maerzmusik Berlin.
Walkman Antiquarian : for grand piano, sampler and two percussion (2013) Commissioned by Yarn/Wire (musical group).
Peacemaker tattoo : for orchestra (2011) Commissioned by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Cottbus State Theater, Germany
The Great knot : for percussion trio (2011) Commissioned by Speak Percussion.

Analysis & Media

- Article: Off the beaten track

- Document: Short, Random ideas June in Buffalo works evoke a contrast of thoughts and feelings