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Leah Blankendaal : Associate Artist

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Leah Blankendaal is a versatile musician, whose composition comes from a love of light and space. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from the University of Western Australia, where she was awarded the Dorothea Agnus Memorial Scholarship for Honours studies. In 2014 she completed a Master's degree in Communication Studies (creative dissertation in sound design), submitting her dissertation, A Thousand Facets, as a large-scale sound and photography installation exploring the mathematical relationship between light and sound, in collaboration with photographer Darren Smith.

Blankendaal has worked with some of Australia's leading new music ensembles including Tura New Music, the Australian Art Orchestra, the Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta, Halfsound Saxophone Duo and Creative Original Music Adelaide and Soundstream Collective. In 2016 she was a finalist in the Soundstream Emerging Composers' Forum, where she won one of three major commissions for her work Overlap. Improvisation, movement, electronics and unusual timbre form the basis of her work, which includes cross-collaboration with dance, photography and film.

An accomplished broadcaster, Blankendaal also presents on community radio. Her work with 3MBS in Melbourne saw her named as a finalist in the CBAA National Features and Documentary Series for her feature on Kate Neal's work Permission to Speak; the first time anyone from the MBS Network had received this accolade. She is one of a team of producers who worked on the Making Waves Making Conversation: Australian Composers' Project podcast series and has written for the Limelight and CutCommon magazines.

2017 took Blankendaal to Rotterdam to the Classical:NEXT conference, where she represented the Australian delegation in the inaugural Australian Music Centre & APRA AMCOS Fellows Program.

She is the Barossa Arts and Cultural Facilitator with Country Arts SA and Regional Development Australia.

Leah Blankendaal — current to July 2017