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Damian Barbeler : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Confession 3 (recorder with pre-recorded sound) by Damian Barbeler, from the CD Weaver of fictions

Photo of Damian Barbeler

Photo: Patrick Boland

Artist website: http://www.barbeler.com

Damian Barbeler is an award-winning composer and multimedia artist whose works have been performed and broadcast around the world. He is widely recognised for his idiosyncratic and playful artistic style as well as his lush, emotional creations inspired by textures and patterns from nature. He regularly collaborates with colleagues from diverse fields including architecture, software design, media arts, dance and more. His music has twice been selected as a UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers 'Recommended Work'.

His 2018 work with visual designer Tim Jetis, Visiting Eucalyptus (Four Winds Festival 2018), featured a concert performance (featuring James Crabb, Dean Olding, Julian Smiles, Eugene Ughetti and Tamara Cislowka) film and art installation. In May 2019 he performed Piece for Violin and Ball of Wool with virtuoso Anna McMichael in the Metropolis Festival in Melbourne.

He collaborated with iconic EDM artist Paul Mac, preparing music videos for Paul's album Mesmerism. Barbeler's film clip for 'Catalepsy' was broadcast nationally on ABC's Rage. Damian and Paul premiered a live interactive set at the Day for Night Festival at Carriageworks in October 2017. The album will be released in April 2019.

Barbeler's interactive light and sound installation (with John Taylor) The Sound Bubble featured in Vivid Festival 2016 on Circular Quay and later in 2017 in the City Recital Hall (Sydney). It appeared with live performances from Anna McMichael in the Mofo Festival in 2018 in Launceston. For Vivid Festival 2017 Barbeler created The Music Orchard (with Tim Jetis, Ciaran Frame and John Taylor). This was another interactive, multimedia installation work. Bruce's Shed, commissioned by Big hArt, premiered in the 2015 Tasmanian International Arts Festival.

Damian lectures in composition, digital music and performance practice at the University of Sydney, Sydney Conservatorium, and University of New South Wales.

Damian Barbeler — current to June 2019

Studied with

Gerard Brophy


Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2015 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Finalist Shadow box
2013 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Finalist Bright Birds
2008 Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 3rd Prize God in the machine
2005 Ian Potter Music Commission Emerging Composer
2002 International Rostrum of Composers Recommended Work Elastic horizons

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Paper trails to midnight : chamber ensemble Commissioned by the Southern Cross Soloists for performance in their 'Words and Music' series
Visiting Eucalyptus : chamber ensemble Commissioned by Cliff Wallis and Sayaka Mihara.
Digital sheet music sample A Match Struck Twice : for soprano solo, choir, taiko drums and large orchestra (2018) Commissioned by the Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College, Sydney
Elastic horizons : full orchestra (2002) Composed in 2002 for the Australian Composers Orchestral Forum (ACOF)
Filter : for orchestra (2000) Composed for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra 'Sinfonia' Orchestra as part of the 2001 Composer Dialogue Program