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Leah Blankendaal : Associate Artist

My practice is built on the idea of holding space: both for sound and with sound, for the listener and with the listener. There is a quiet love in holding space for those sharing an experience and I’m interested in that place of reverence.

Photo of Leah Blankendaal

Photo: Emma Luker

Leah Blankendaal is internationally acclaimed for works that explore stasis, light and space. Focused body autonomy, gender and transformation, her language is "fractured and complexified" (Realtime) with a "peaceful understanding of ritual" (Glam Adelaide). Blankendaal's diverse practice spans concert music, installation and improvisation. At home as a performer and creator of experimental sound, Blankendaal has worked with leading ensembles such as Duo Alterity (USA) Tura New Music and STRUT Dance (WA), Soundstream (SA) and the Australian Art Orchestra (VIC). 2019 included engagements at the Australian International Computer Music Conference (VIC), Connecticut Summerfest (USA) and the UWA Wind Band; and performances at Make It Up Club (VIC) Experimental Music Night (SA), and praxis ARTSPACE (SA). Her work has toured Europe, South East Asia, USA and New Zealand.

Blankendaal has received multiple awards including the UWA Dorothea Agnus Memorial Prize, Soundstream Emerging Composer's Forum Prize, APRA AMCOS 2020 Art Music Fund Commission, the 2020 Peggy Glanville Hicks Commission, and the 2017 Australian Music Centre Classical: Next Fellowship. She has received grants from Arts SA, Music Development Office SA, APRA AMCOS, the New Zealand Musicological Society, Connecticut Summerfest, Monash University, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and Country Arts SA. Currently she is preparing to install her site-specific work Skin Systems (2020) at Featherstone Place Sound Space. Blankendaal is a represented artist with the Australian Music Centre. Her first solo album Alongside, Amongst, Against will be released in August 2020.

Leah Blankendaal — current to August 2020

Studied with

Johanna Selleck


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Music for a Sleeping City (trios: percussion, violin, cello) (2019) Commissioned by Creative Original Music Adelaide for performance by COMA Ensemble.