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Caroline Wilkins : Represented Artist

One of my main concerns is with the 'play of time', a dialogue between present and past. It is possible for sound and music to travel through time quite freely, by sliding through different contexts and juxtaposing different influences.

Random Audio Sample: Fusa II : solo for accordion or bandoneon by Caroline Wilkins, from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

Photo of Caroline Wilkins

Photo: West German Radio


Dr. Caroline Wilkins comes from a background of new music performance,
composition and theatre, and has worked extensively on collaborative productions
involving a combination of these disciplines. After studying piano and composition at
the Royal College of Music she moved to Sydney, Australia, and regularly gave
workshops in improvisation and new music theatre at the Conservatorium of Music.
As a performer she collaborated in projects and productions of new-form
theatre/music theatre whilst pursuing parallel studies in performance/theatre skills at
the Drama Action Centre, Sydney.
In 1987 she was awarded an Australia Council grant for further study in new music
theatre composition with Mauricio Kagel in Cologne. Since this time Wilkins's music
has received performances, prizes and broadcasts worldwide, and has been selected
on numerous occasions by the ISCM World Music Days. She was awarded the KarlSczuka
prize from South West German Radio in 2000 for her radio composition
Mecanica Natura.

She currently lives in Britain, where she completed a practice-based PhD in Sound Theatre at Brunel University, W. London in 2012. As a researcher she has presented at international conferences including ARTECH, Guimares, IFTR World Congress, Munich, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki (2010) & Caen University (2011). She has published extensively online (see website links below), in journals such as 'Perspectives of New Music' (2013), MusikTexte, Contemporary Music Review, Leonardo Music Journal (2003),Studies in Music Theatre / International Journal of the Performing Arts & Digital Media (2012/13,Intellect Books), and most recently as a contributor to the book 'Gestures of Music Theater' (2013, O.U.P).

As a vocalist/instrumentalist Caroline has recently performed solo and collaborative work both internationally (Japan, Slovenia, Belgium, Crete) and in the UK at venues such as Sadler's Wells, Riverside Studios (Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival), and Sonorities Festival, Belfast. Forthcoming performances include Sadlers Wells (April) with the company Dans Sans Joux, and Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival 2014 at The King's Place, London.

Online published thesis can be viewed at: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/6438

Works published by G.Ricordi & Co. Munich.

Caroline Wilkins — current to January 2014

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Le fisarmoniche : radiophonic work (2002) Commissioned by Studio Akustische Kunst, West German Radio.
Oh what! : song based on a text fragment from the York Mystery Plays (2000) Commissioned by York Early Music Centre 2000
Mecanica natura : radiophonic work (1999) WDR Studio Acoustic Art/ABC Radio Art Sydney
Intersections (trios: bass clarinet, piano, violin) (1998) Commissioned by Gemini Ensemble.
For these my friends and yours : madrigal for 4 male voices from a text by Sappho (1994) Commissioned by Hilliard Ensemble.
Theatri machinarum : radiophonic work (1994) Commissioned by Studio Akustische Kunst, West German Radio.

Analysis & Media

- Video: Interweave by Caroline Wilkins

- Video: Pas by Caroline Wilkins

- Video: PPPPP by Caroline Wilkins

- Video: Sprechmaschinen by Caroline Wilkins

- Video: PPPPPP film by Ollala Lemus

- Video: Phonurgia by Caroline Wilkins

- Video: Zaum: Beyond mind by Caroline Wilkins

- Video: Phonurgia