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Steve Wood : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Tiny cakes fugue (solo piano) by Steve Wood, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 61.

Photo of Steve Wood

Steve Wood (b. 1959, Sydney) is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied composition with Bozidar Kos, Richard Vella, Martin Wesley-Smith and Graham Hair. He was the co-winner of the Raymond Hanson Memorial Prize for composition (1983) and his paper, The Use of Humour in Music, was published in New Music Articles 5, edited by Rainer Linz and Richard Vella (1987).

From 1984 Wood was composer, musical director and keyboard player for various N.I.D.A. productions with director Baz Luhrmann. He also worked as composer for film and video with Sue Brooks at the Australian Film and Television School. He has written music for the plays The Monk (1996) and Two weeks with the Queen (1998). His musical, Brothers of the Head (an adaptation of a Brian Aldiss's book) has been staged twice (1996 & 1997).

Steve Wood's musical philosophy is characterised by a belief that music, regardless of the materials used is not just an abstract arrangement of sound but a language with syntax, grammar and meaning. He believes it is the composer's responsibility to engage their audience in a dialogue. In his music he aims to use 'cultural' associations in combination and juxtaposition to create musical and at times extramusical argument. Because of this, style is often a tool rather than a product. His music does however have recognisable stylistic traits, such as a sense of rhythmic process and harmonic propulsion, often using non tonal materials with a strong harmonic centre.

Three works which are representative of his approach are Chambermaids Come Out To Play (2006) for wind quintet, Crustacean Rejoinder (1997) for chamber ensemble and choir, and Tea and Tiny Cakes (1988) for solo guitar (electric or acoustic).

Steve Wood lives in Sydney with his wife and son.

Steve Wood — current to January 2015

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Lullay, lullay, little child : 2-part children's choir with piano and optional descant recorder, violin and trumpet (2011) Rearranged for performance by Our Lady of Lebanon Primary School Choir for school concert
Lullay, lullay, little child : SATB choir with piano (1991) Commissioned by Amelia Koh, St David's Musical Director, for Christmas service.
2 Christmas carols : SATB choir with piano (1991) Commissioned by Amelia Koh, St David's Musical Director, for Christmas service.
Digital sheet music sample Alien : tuba solo (1989) Commissioned by Raffæle Marcellino for publication in Tubaphonics