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Jacqui Rutten : Represented Artist

Jacqui Rutten - singer, improviser, and composer.

Random Audio Sample: Improvisation : voice by Jacqui Rutten, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 49.

Photo of Jacqui Rutten

Jacqui Rutten was born in Melbourne in 1964. She comes from a musical family and throughout her school years pursued her interest in singing and composing, also playing the piano, violin, and guitar. She went busking at 14 years of age.

Jacqui Rutten gained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, and Associate and Post-Graduate Diplomas in opera and music theatre from the Victorian College of the Arts. She received a BP Award for her postgraduate studies. She also studied singing and gamelan for one year at Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia (1991-1992), assisted by the Australian and Indonesian governments.

Jacqui Rutten's compositional work has always been inextricably linked to her singing. As a composing singer and improviser, she has sung extensively, including improvising for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, to a full house at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and for performances at Taman Budaya in Central Java with Indonesian artists.

In 1994 Jacqui Rutten was commissioned by Chamber Made Opera to compose a dance-opera Tresno (Love) for the Sydney Festival. Described by The Age newspaper as 'A state of the art piece', Tresno was remounted for the Greenmill Dance Festival and broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Commission. She also sang as a regular cantor at St. Patrick's Cathedral from 1999 to 2005. In 2002 she began 'Improvisations as Nature', an annual performance event, and a daily practice in her Dandenong Ranges garden. Jacqui was commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Commission to create radiophonic works, including Shelter (2003) and Lyrebird Themes (2005). Her compositions are also held in libraries.

Jacqui Rutten registered Sacred Stage in 2007, creating sacred vocal performances - original, extant, and improvised music, for various contexts, including the Australian Catholic University, cathedrals, and for festivals. Jacqui has also focused on Celtic sacred song. She was a conference delegate at the 2014 conference 'Composition in the 21st Century' at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Jacqui spoke about vocal composition and improvisation. She was granted a composing residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland, during May 2015. Jacqui was also awarded a grant from the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia; from their PPCA Performers' Trust Foundation, towards her 2015 residency, and returned for a second residency in 2016. In 2017 Jacqui will be Composer in Residence at Montsalvat.

Visit sacredstage.com.au for more information about Jacqui Rutten's work.

Jacqui Rutten — current to December 2016

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Sagart na cuile baine, op. 71 : piano solo (2015) Composed for a concert at St. Paul's Cathedral Melbourne in March 2015
Digital sheet music sample Memorial : Victimae paschali laudes, opus 73, for soprano and ensemble/small orchestra (2015) Composed as part of a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, County Monaghan, Ireland
Ascension : experimental vocal and computer music (2005) NA
Shelter : (yet to be assigned) (2004) Commissioned by ABC Radio.
Tresno : (Love) an opera in movement (1994) Commissioned by Chamber Made Opera.